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Eris, Please Take Yourself and Your Apple to Another Party…

3 years ago

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Photo: What is that? Oh, well, if you look closely, you’ll see a wire danging in front of my car in the middle of my driveway. You see, I had a beautiful morning planned of some light grocery shopping and cleaning while Ursa Major was at preschool yesterday. But when I left Roche Bros. and went home to drop off the groceries, I found a wire blocking my path. I got out of my car and stared at it like an idiot. Was it a live wire? I can’t drive over that, right? Who do you call for that kind of thing? I broke out my phone to ask Google, but instead my neighbor (who I share the driveway with) came out to inform me that it was “just” a telephone wire and that the police and Verizon would be out within the hour to fix it. Of course, that would mean that my driveway would not be available for me to drive up or down when it was time to pick up Ursa Major from school, so, I had to run right into town and pick him up early. I barely beat the trucks to the scene. Lordy. 

 

It is 4 in the afternoon, the men just left my house, my children are screaming because they didn’t nap that long… I have a house to prepare for a guest who I wasn’t even expecting but, being the southern girl that I am, invited over for dinner in a house that is woefully unprepared for any sort of company… 

I’m all for taking a bite of the Apple of Discord from time to time, but this, ladies and gentlemen, is a little bit much. 

And that’s after a crazy day yesterday that included a telephone wire dangling in the middle of my driveway, the discovery that my oil tank for our home heating was down to 1/8th full, pulling Ursa Major out of school early so as to facilitate the work on the telephone wire… and managing the men in this house. And for all of the work that they are doing, in this, the “last week” of work on the house, I’m feeling like it will just go on and on forever amen. Indeed, I was really hoping that we’d have a weekend free of men. I was going to have my mother visit and I was going to enjoy the Superbowl with my husband in a space fully ours… but I’m pretty sure I’m looking at yet another week of this. Yet. Another. Week.

When it rains, it pours, right?

I’m baking bread for Rose to say thank-you for the wonderful dinner that she delivered to us 2 weeks ago. She was supposed to come over for coffee and see the house, but now I think I’m going to have to deliver it. I think I’m also feeling overwhelmed because that’s a lot of social stuff for me, quite frankly. Interestingly, though, I was invited to pizza after school tomorrow by the two mean-girl moms at preschool. I just sent a very nice, but also short, “thank you but no thank you” email. I don’t know what’s up with that, but I’m not interested. 

Ursa Major just opened the door of the nursery (his crib is entirely too close to the door) and just called out of it the following: “Um, excuse me mommy… I just wanted you to know that… um… I think I’m really, uh…poopie.” and then Ursa Minor just screamed in the background “MAMA!! MAMA!!!” 

So, I guess my time for blogging is over and my time for everything else that requires my attention starts again now. 

I plan to dream about a boat in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay tonight. Just enough room for one person, a fishing rod, a cooler for what I catch and a cooler for my beer and a few sandwiches… and my kindle. That’s where I go on days like this. 

There will be Quiet Thoughts on Friday. I just might have to write them at 5am (also known as the only quiet time this house ever sees). 

Pictures of the chaos! 

This is the reason my dining room didn't get cleared out today. You see, the hood vent that we chose for my kitchen is entirely too tall and comes down way too low. Sooo we have to do some severe modification to make it fit. Even when my carpenters are done with that change, I'm STILL going to have to wait for the electricians to come back to wire the damn thing. So... you know...
This is the reason my dining room didn’t get cleared out today. You see, the hood vent that we chose for my kitchen is entirely too tall and comes down way too low. Sooo we have to do some severe modification to make it fit. Even when my carpenters are done with that change, I’m STILL going to have to wait for the electricians to come back to wire the damn thing. So… you know…
Also, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are having entirely too much fun finding tools and other stuff to play with. They are driving me bonkers!
Also, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are having entirely too much fun finding tools and other stuff to play with. They are driving me bonkers!
This is my dining room. I was going to serve dinner in it today. I was told that was gonna be possible...
This is my dining room. I was going to serve dinner in it today. I was told that was gonna be possible…

Oh.. and by the by… we had our oil tank filled today. $890. Unbelievable. We started the month of January with a full tank of oil, ya’ll. Two cold snaps later, and this is what we’re dealing with. I still have 2 months of winter ahead of me… I swear, purchasing a home was just a bad idea… 

7 Replies to “Eris, Please Take Yourself and Your Apple to Another Party…”

  1. It is SO hard to spend money on a house. At least it is for me. I have moments where I feel the same way….like it was all one big headache and bad idea. But, you will find your happy place eventually. 🙂 Maybe you need a night out alone? I know I’m craving one lately….

    1. I really really, REALLY need a night alone. And I feel bad typing that, because I know that my husband is feeling the same stresses that I am and needs the time as well. Seriously, though, I could go for a day of no words and no worries and no obligations. I had coffee with Rose, my preschool host-mom, and that made me feel a little better. Then, I got an email from The Husband that basically said “We don’t have any money, don’t spend any,” so that made all my hair turn gray. Seriously, I want to build a time machine, go back to about 13 months ago, hit myself in the head and say “don’t even THINK about purchasing a house!”

        1. I believe you. I shouldn’t complain so much, I know. 🙂 In the long run, we’ve done the right thing (I think? I hope? Unless we end up in bankruptcy court?)… I’m just waiting for the moment when I can stop holding my breath, you know? I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for an entire year..I’m dying to exhale!

          1. I get it. Complain away! Our first home was kind of a big regret. I hate to say that, but it was. We learned a lot in the process, and this time around, I feel like we are so much more ready. I hope that you find a happy place and can exhale…soon!

  2. I’m wondering how much harder this is all seeming because of the weather. I know that I am finding it hard to pick myself up because the incessant rain and sodden fields make walks less appealing. Lack of fresh air and sunshine depresses the spirit. I hope those workmen progress enough to let you have that weekend you hope for. It sounds like they are getting close to finishing. Hang in there 🙂

    1. You know, I read your post on your blog about how you’ve been feeling lately. My boys started screaming for me before I was able to comment. There is just so much I want to say, and so many positive vibes that I’m sending in your direction.

      I think that you are right: The weather is certainly a big factor in how I am feeling. This entire month has been marked by very low temperatures, some 3 snow storms, and no relief in sight. I know for a fact that I don’t get enough vitamin D anyway (I don’t drink milk on a regular basis) and that has a lot to do with your mood. Ursa Minor and I went on a little excursion on a day two weeks ago that was a balmy 40 degrees just to get out of the car/house for a minute. It was nice to breathe in the fresh air. (I took him to the Paul Revere capture site. So cool.) But then again, it was so fleeting. You know?

      Winter is winter and we all know when it comes and goes.It gets better, I know. I’m thinking about you and how that you start feeling better soon!

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