Monday, Monday

It’s a pretty widely-known fact (superstition?) that bad things come in 3s. And Monday, we had all 3 knocked out by 10:30. Yes, A.M.

It all started when Ryan woke up and decided to take a shower. And we had no hot water. At all. We knew from the inspection that the water heater was old and would need to be replaced in the next “year or two.” I guess that timeline got bumped up quite a bit. So Ryan tinkered around with it and started draining it into a pipe outside of the basement to keep it from leaking all over the place. He told me to check it every once in a while to see if it was still draining.

Then he got in his car to go to work and his car wouldn’t crank. Lovely. We figured it was a dead battery, but he was already running behind, so I told him just to take my car and we’d figure it out later.

The oven guy showed up shortly after that to fix our oven! Yay! We’ve been without one for several months now and after figuring out that the flipping part never got ordered, we were back in business. It took the guy all of 15 minutes to replace the part and we were good to go! I am so ready to bake all the things!

A few hours later, I took Jolene out and went down to check the basement. And there was about a half-inch of water covering the basement floor. Apparently, the water heater was draining too fast for the pipe and it leaked back into the basement. So of course, I groaned a lot and turned off the water heater faucet and used every single towel we own (that I had just washed Sunday, btw) to sop it up.

Fortunately, my cousin Alan lives super close by and works from home on Mondays. He was able to run by and bring me his shop-vac and help me wring all of the towels out. He also confirmed that Ryan needed a new car battery. I was so thankful to have family close by in that moment.

The guy that came to look at the water heater confirmed that we would need a new one. Fortunately, the new heater and labor would be covered by our home insurance. Unfortunately, to bring it up to code would not be. Alan said yesterday that when you are renting, things cost 100s of dollars, but when you own, things cost 1000s of dollars. Pretty much. There goes my new gameday outfit for Clemson.

While all of this was going on, however, this post from Momastery kept flashing through my head. So while yes, Monday stunk, I just kept thinking, at least we have a car to replace the battery for, we have access to hot water very easily while others don’t even have water at all, we have savings to cover these repairs.

After all of this went down, I found a minute to hang up a wedding picture that I had printed. It’s one of my favorites from the wedding. Yes, it’s beautiful, but it’s also so symbolic of life. Ryan and I are going together, arms around each other, both helping the other in some way, being shielded from the “rain” of life. Cheesy, maybe. But true.

Life is good. Not all of it, but most.


Just a little life update

Monday night, Ryan and I went on a date. I used to make fun of married couples without kids who got excited about date night. Wasn’t every night date night? That is, until I became one. And realized it’s so nice to sit down at a restaurant, have someone bring you your dinner (and clean it up) and look at Ryan with no distractions.

I can’t believe I’m actually going to say this, but I am. I very much dislike following teachers on Pinterest this time of year. I have a lot of friends that are teachers and I love them all, but I just don’t really care how you’re going to teach math to 2nd grade this year. I feel like a terrible person.

Moving on. I’ve already started thinking about Christmas gifts for this year. It feels a little ridiculous because it’s so early, but I’m totally going to avoid last year’s catastrophe of gifts arriving at our door on Christmas Eve and being wrapped Christmas morning. By the way, Uncommon Goods and Cracker Barrel are awesome for unique gifts.

I’ve been trying for a month to read The Agony and The Ecstacy. Let’s just say it’s not going well. So I’ve decided to abandon it and move on to something else. I think I will come back to it one day because it’s interesting, however, it is insanely difficult for me to keep up with all of the different characters that come in and out of his life every other page. Plus, they all have long, similar names that make it extra confusing. So I started The Book Thief. I’m usually behind when it comes to books because I almost always buy them from Goodwill. I’m only into the first chapter, but so far, it’s pretty fascinating.

I think mosquitoes have been worse this year than any I remember in a long time. Granted, I’m outside a lot more lately between just having a backyard and Jolene, but I don’t ever remember mosquitoes in the mornings.

Robin Williams died on Monday. All of the tributes on Twitter made me a mess. It was amazing to think back to all of the movies he was in and the range he had. Hook will always be one of my favorite movies and I will always stop for a minute when Mrs. Doubtfire is on TV. So sad.

We really do have the sweetest puppy dog in the world. She is so good. It’s a good thing she has an eating problem, otherwise she might be perfect and we just don’t do perfect around here. The two humans took a nap on Sunday and before I fell asleep, I snapped this picture. She’s such a lover.

Speaking of pets, our fish, O.B. died the other week. We’re not exactly sure why because betas usually live a while, but one morning, I went into the kitchen and he had turned white. It was yucky and sad. I made Ryan flush him. I think he was sad because I moved him in the kitchen alone. But we’ll never know.

Gosh, I hate to end on a down note. There have been some sad things lately, but there have been some happy things, too. Erika and Matt brought home baby Millie last week! That might be the best thing I’ve heard in a long time. She is sweet and squishy and I’m so happy for all of them!


House Updates- Slow and Steady

A few weeks ago, Ryan braved Ikea to pick up some furniture for the house. The biggest thing was the bookcase/entertainment center for the living room. We went back and forth between the Billy set and the Hemnes set but ultimately went with the Hemnes because it’s a little nicer looking, even though it was more expensive.

You can somewhat see in this before picture to the left of the TV was the security alarm. I knew I wanted to do these bookshelves and the alarm was almost in the middle of the wall, so I had them move it to the other side of the closet door.

We just had the TV sitting on the coffee table from our apartment. You can also see the huge hole left from where the alarm was. Once the room gets painted, it will be patched, but you already can’t see it with the bookcases in front of it. I didn’t take any pictures of the building process. I generally like putting together Ikea furniture- it’s like a puzzle. There was one tiny mess-up that I made though, when I put one piece in the wrong spot and it made everything wrong. So my sweet husband took it apart and re-did it. However, I got it right on the second bookshelf. ;)

So far, we love them. There is one more piece that will go across the top to bridge the two bookcases, but we are waiting on the room to be painted before we do that.

It still needs more “styling,” but we love it so far. I also want to do some art above the whole thing and a few other funky pieces, but it’s definitely getting there.

We also picked up this buffet to go in the kitchen. It’s got some extra storage, but mostly it fills in this space. The people before us had a little breakfast table in there, but the dining room is literally two steps away, so it seemed a little silly to me to have two dining tables so close to each other, especially because our dining room is really casual.

This fills in the space perfectly. I do want to adjust the shelf to make it a little easier to put the toaster down there. (It’s just kind of wedged in there right now and two of the legs are falling through, making it crooked.) And I had to have that little tail in there. So stinkin cute. I also took down that valence the day we moved in. It’s silly. It blocked half the window and looks so much more open now.

We are slowly, but surely making some changes around here. It’s feeling like home.

Of course, having this smiling face greet us when we walk in the door makes it that much more. She’s the best.

 


Weekend Recap

Weekends are good. Time to relax, hang out, see friends, we love them. Ryan and I had a great one.

Friday night, Jay and Rebecca came over for dinner and we grilled out and watched the Braves game. They have a boxer pup too, and we can’t wait to get Lady and Jolene together to play.

On Saturday after I got off work, Ryan and I started P90X-3. Oh, geez. It’s tough. But it’s only 30 minutes so we’re doing it. My abs are so sore, I’m having a hard time rolling over in bed.

Sunday morning, we taught Sunday School and had brunch since we finished our book. We did Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller and we all really liked it and could relate to it. After church and Sunday School, we came home to do P90X and play with our Leeney-girl before heading to the Braves game. Our Sunday School class went and we tailgated with them for a little bit before the game. Ryan got awesome seats from work so we got to sit in the club level.

The food was amazing- they had Asian, fajitas, pasta, the works. Ryan and I had hotdogs, because that’s what you have to eat at a baseball game. It was so nice to sit in the AC while we ate, though.

It was the perfect day to see the Braves because Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine were all inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame. They played a great game and ended up winning!

We came home and I did some things around the house while these two snuggled. Oh, my heart.


Our Jolene-girl

So Monday, this happened.

Meet Jolene, our new puppy!

And yes, she was named for the Dolly Parton song.

She’s a 10 month old boxer mix and we are already so in love with her. Ryan and I met at the Humane Society to look at a dog and we found her! We’re all still getting to know each other, but so far, everything has been about as good as it could be! There was a moment when she started sniffing O.B.’s tank and we had to move him. No eating your brother. She’s a little younger than we thought we would bring home, but we’re okay with that.

We’ve started playing in the yard with her and taking her on walks. And this morning I started training her a tiny bit. She mostly knows sit, we’re learning stay, come, and heel.

Our first family picture!

We’re so excited about this stage of our life!


Serving Together: Atlanta Community Food Bank

Last night, several people from our Sunday School class went down to the Atlanta Food Bank and sorted food for a few hours. Our class has done it before, but this was my first time. It was fun, relatively easy, and a great way to hang out and get to know each other more. There’s just something about serving together that bonds you. Plus, they play awesome music and the time passes really quickly. I just heard you don’t want to go on meat night.

1 in every 5 Georgians is food insecure and 1 in every 4 children is. That just stunned me. I just kept thinking how I have never actually been hungry and not been able to get food somehow. And the truth is, I probably never will be.

Less than 20 people working for about 2 hours ended up sorting 9,600 pounds of food equaling over 8,000 meals! I was amazed at that number!

After finishing at the food bank, most of us headed to Tacquiera del Sol for tacos and then Jeni’s for ice cream. I honestly haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. I’m so thankful for such a great group of people to serve the Lord with.

If you are looking for a place to serve with your group, I would highly recommend the Atlanta Food Bank!


Stuck in a Rut

I feel like I’m in a rut.

At the beginning of summer, I was waking up early, doing my Bible study, reading a lot, blogging regularly, staying (somewhat) caught up on chores around here. But every since we got back from the beach, I’ve been slacking. Granted, I didn’t get a weekend this week so that somewhat kills my productivity levels. It’s hard to get stuff done at home when I’m not home. But last night, instead of doing a load of laundry or my Bible study, I sat on the sofa and watched Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Bachelorette. So there’s that.

SPOILERS

(So excited Josh is still in. Yes, I basically know he “wins.” I thought she handled Chris very well last night by being honest with him and not taking him to the fantasy suite and I also liked that she did the rose ceremony because she acknowledged that the guys have a choice also. And even though she still says ‘like’ all the time, she has slowed down on the Stop and duck lips, so I’ll take it. Although last week, Ryan and I died laughing when she said, “I’m not a city girl. I grew up in the suburbs.” Um….)

Anyway, I’m ready to have my Monday back. Ryan needs clean clothes. I need to do some yard work. And just other general life things.

I’m not complaining though. I’m happy to have work to do and a sweet husband and house to come home to and I’m glad I can just throw laundry in the washing machine and I’m not using one of those wash board things like Ma Ingells. We’ve come a long way, baby.


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