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In Brief

So….where were we?

We did tell you that Wiley is back, right? The people who moved into our old apartment called one freezing morning in early January to tell us that Wiley was mewling outside their front door. Apparently, he’d been living underneath the apartment building. When we picked him up he was skin and bones, with a gaping wound on his haunches to boot. We took him to the vet for a checkup and were told he was fine. We were so relieved to find him all in one piece, especially after the cold snap he’d lived through, but already he is disturbing the fragile peace that Ting-Tong and Thumbs were finally establishing with each other. Our animal kingdom had finally found some order, but Wiley has a tendency to rule with an iron-fisted my-way-or-the-highway kind of demeanor when it comes to the other pets. As you can see here, he already has Ting-Tong on a short leash.

We’re hoping he calms down soon.

In the dining area, we finally put up the curtains we bought at IKEA back at Christmastime. They look great, though you can’t see much of them in this photo. I need to hem them a bit, which scares me because they’re really nice linen fabric with a nice lining, and I’ve never hemmed anything with so many layers and really don’t want to screw it up, but I’ll get around to it one of these days.

Our contractor, Ben is back from his two-week trip to India, which means 1) we owe him a lot of money, but 2) he will be coming over soon to tile our bathtub surround! This is very exciting, since we’ve been taking “shubs” (showers while sitting in the tub) for almost a month now. (Before that it was just baths, because we didn’t have our removable shower head yet. It’s amazing what one can get used to, isn’t it? No real shower for 3 months. Sounds pretty awful, but I don’t even notice the lack of it anymore.)

We’re also hoping to bang out some painting next weekend when my cousin Emily comes up for a home improvement visit. She’s got the energy to make up for our lackadaisical ways times three, AND she loves Sadie, to boot. So it should be a relaxing but productive weekend. Now, to get through the workweek first…

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Coming Along Slowly

You probably can’t tell from this photo (yup, we’re still mobile blogging!) but we finally have some painted walls. Our friend’s brother, who is a professional painter, came in and banged out our cathedral ceilings, the high stairwell walls, and some other ceilings. It makes such a difference to have painted walls rather than just primed or, even worse, taped and mudded drywall. Saturday night after Sadie went to bed I painted most of the living room and half the dining area. So we are making progress, bit by bit!

I also painted the walk-in closet in our bedroom, and Nick installed closet rods so we were finally able to hang up some clothes. I still can’t find half my socks, buy at least my work clothes will be less wrinkled from now on.

Other than that, it’s catch as catch can. After a full day of work and toddler minding afterwards, I don’t have a ton of energy for projects. It really doesn’t help that it’s been dark for hours by the time I get a breather–but we will get this place in shape soon enough. Stay tuned!

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