Saturday, August 24, 2013

Will we EVER be done?


I'm not sure. 

Another full day of "arranging" and "hanging." Michael was home today and THIS is why he asked I wait and let him do our room.....Our room is NOT done. 

Hanging pictures for Michael involves stud finders, tape measures, tacks, string and levels..... While he was so occupied, to get me out of his hair make the best use of our time, he sent me to Lowes to get some hardware to fix the sliding keyboard shelf on our desk and pick up a mattress for Stacia. 

He KNOWS sending me to Lowes is like me asking him to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up a specific item. It strikes terror into my heart. It takes me HOURS and I ALWAYS come back with the wrong item.  However, it was our chance to get out of the house...so the girls and I headed to Lowes and Sam's with Michael's lists. 

I still don't feel comfortable driving the van - or driving at American speeds. I comforted myself by saying over and over, "If I can drive in Tokyo, I can drive in CA." We were on the top of a narrow bridge (and those who remember where I was during the earthquake may remember I really don't like driving on high bridges any longer), when it HIT me. I turned to Arielle and said, "Arielle, I NEVER DROVE in TOKYO! I took the subway." ::snort:: 

She laughed and said, "I wondered about that." 

I was excited to discover a shortcut to Sam's....20 min going and 12 min coming home.....it has been 25 min. I'm not sure why the time difference. 

I found everything at Lowes AND discovered old men like to give me their names and addresses in CA. He promised to come right to my home and help me with these repairs. I really DID look clueless. He also told me he built an airplane from a kit....that did sound intriguing...but...you know...I have the Boyfriend at home. 

Next was Sam's. Lord HELP ME! Arielle proudly commented, as we left the store, that I lasted much longer this time before the stress of over-stimulation and uber-choices sent me scrambling for the peace of the van. I grabbed a mattress we needed for Stacia and slid it to the front of the store....I didn't have to look at anyone or see anything.  I'm pretty sure the flirting at the check out, the wild bench pressing of said mattress and talk of salaries had little to do with me...and much to do with Arielle.  ::gasp:: 

Back at home Stacia was THRILLED beyond measure with her "American Futon."  This is a girl who likes all the wrinkles to be out of her bed. 

Her room mate likes to make a nest that's "all snuggly." 

That hardware I was sent out for? I got the wrong thing...and my man friend INSISTED it was the right hardware. ::sigh:: 

We're trying to be "DONE" before labor day so we can  play. 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hilarious about Mike sending you out on a boondoggle!

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and my comforting thought while driving anywhere since has always been, "If I can drive in California, I can drive anywhere!" lol

It's always a surprise to realize the attentions are on your daughter, don't you think? Even though you've been through it before. :D

Kristine

Debbie said...

You are so dilegent in your unpacking. I grow weary so quickly of that sort of thing. Thankfully, my "boyfriend" is a tireless worker and keeps us on task.

Can't wait to see the all done pictures. Hope you make your deadline and can enjoy some much needed play time.

DeEtta @ Choosing Joy said...

This is what I've learned about military life....

Unpack QUICKLY

Make friends QUICKLY

Because you only have 2 - 3 years in each spot....

If we were moving "permanently" I would probably take an easier pace....but I want this DONE so LIFE can be normal again - so we can live our time here to it's fullest!

And we plan to continue downsizing - so I NEED to unpack all to see what to get rid of. LOL