What is everyone up to?

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What is everyone up to?
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Thu, 08-15-2013 - 6:46pm

I'm in the process of getting the suitcases ready for our trip.  We'll actually be away for 14 days - not sure where we would have any clothes washed except maybe when we arrive at my sister's on our way back home from Vancouver.  Of course the ship may have facilities to wash clothing..though not a laundromat so much as a service for a fee (like a hotel) where they will gladly take your clothes to wash them for you.  I'm not sure (haven't found out if they do have this or any other manner of clothes washing on board ) but I'd like to save on the expense.  I imagine it might not be cheap?  I don't know why I don't know if this is offered on board...I haven't come across it in any of the cruise literature.  But I probably haven't read all there is to read?  I am just not sure. 

Anyway getting ready for a trip is always a bit stressful.  It doesn't help that today our bedroom where I'm putting clothing into the suitcase is quite warm and worse than that, the humidity today is quite high.  Perspiration is exuding my my scalp and making my hair wet!  I left the room for a break, but must return to it after this to continue the packing process.

What is everyone else up to?  Anything new or different to mention?  The board has been quiet... I wonder what you are all up to! 

Well, it's back to the room for me.  I sure would like to get this task over with.  I'll feel so relieved with that behind me.

Shirley

 

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Thu, 08-15-2013 - 7:30pm

Been busy at work setting up for some engineering testing, and neglecting some other projects I'm supposed to be helping with (but they're lower priority).  Everyone at work is still very nervous with the takeover and the history of how the new company lays off left and right.  We hear of more layoffs in September, November, December, January...and it's all rumor - the new company hasn't said anything since the first round of layoffs last week.  So just tough on this end.

Last night had volleyball tournament - we did better than we thought, which meant playing 7 games, so today I'm pretty tired - watching Broadchurch now (new BBC America show) and likely turning in early!

 We're getting ready for a guy to come and take down the 70s paneling and ceiling tile in our den, to replace with drywall. DH has been moving things out in preparation - will be nice to catapult into this century and it'll brighten it up. This is the room we spend the most time in, so it's about time we spiff it up!

Sue

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 2:31am

I'm keeping busy, mostly with the usual stuff but also spending time with nephew in the evenings. I've been making "real" dinners every night and he tells us about his day, which is action packed. 

We're driving up to L.A. for the day this weekend, probably on Saturday. One of dh's sisters lives there and another sister (from Mexico City) is visiting her so we want to see her before she returns home next week. It takes 2.5-3 hrs to get there plus 4-5 hrs visiting so a long day. We're hoping to get an early start but I am not a morning person so we'll see!

Nothing else going on here, so far.

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 7:40am

Been swamped at work, will probably end up with a couple of hours of overtime.  Much worse on productiion, they already went over 40 yesterday and have to work Saturday so will probably end up around 60 hours. 

Tomorrow we are helping DD3 move so I get to spend my Saturday doing what I do Mon-Fri, move boxes.   The worse part will be moving her out, she lives in a 2nd floor walk-up apartment.  She is moving into a house so it will be easier at that end. 

It will be the 2nd of 3 moves DH and I are helping with this year, last week we helped moved DD2 into her new classroom and in Oct we will help move her into her new apartment. 

My sister and her family are visiting next week, so I have to do things to get guest ready.  About a year ago we purged our towels getting rid of the old ones to make our linen closet easier to manage.  While  we have plenty for just to two of us, need a few more for guest.  Stripped the bed this morning to wash the sheets when we do our laundry.

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 10:50am

I suppose you mentioned it a number of posts ago,(and I don't remember now) but what is your nephew doing exactly?  And I was just wondering, since you mentioned Dh's sisters...how many sisters does he have and does he have any brothers?  Just curious! 

Enjoy your time visiting in L.A.!

Shirley

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 11:02am

I forgot to mention, my previous reply post was for Elspeth.  I don't like that our reply posts don't show which post we are replying to, which was how it was formerly, before 'the change' on iVillage.  Now this one is in response to Sue's.  I remember when you had your kitchen remodelled a few years ago.  Now it's the den!  How old is your home, Sue?  Obviously it goes back to the 70's I guess...duh, Shirley! (Though of course it could be older?)  My Dd's basement apartment is of that vintage - although the house itself goes back further than that...though I can only guess how old.  Her living room is totally paneled in shiny brown wood panelling - even the ceiling!  Lucky for her she likes the 'vintage look'!  She even went out to buy from second-hand shops old prints of painting or photographs from that era -and hung them up in her living room.  Funny how we can't wait to get rid of that 'old' look of things we've lived through and for the younger generation it's fun and quirky or even 'new' to them! 

Do you have more remodeling to do in your house after the den?

Shirley

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 11:09am

'nester, I don't envy all that moving you've been doing.  We helped Ds but only minimally as I can't really do as much with arthritic knees - and Ray was worried about hurting his back.  But Ds2 helped Ds3 to do the heavy lifting of things.  This was a few weeks back.  I must admit I went along to help but also to just get a peek at what the new apartment looked like!  The evening before yesterday we brought a new (still in box, unbuilt) Ikea bookcase for Ds3's apartment.  He managed to get his living room furniture placed and the room is chock-a-block full - his apartment is smaller than the last place he was in.  He appreciated our giving him a bookcase but now has to figure out where it will fit in the apartment.  There are two possible places for it...but that's all!  He still has a lot of boxes to unpack...I don't know what's in those boxes but he sure seems to have a lot of stuff!

Good luck with the many moves you are doing.

Shirley

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 3:57pm

House was built in '54, but somewhat remodeled in the 70s, we gather. When we moved in, it was gold, avocado, brown and orange - every room had wallpaper (the walls had never been primed for paint); ds's room had orange wallpaper (fancy patterned stuff that actually they put on the air vents and they blended in perfectly) and orange shag carpeting.  Carpet was shag or indoor/outdoor throughout, and the steps to the outside (kitchen, garage, front porch) all had astroturf.  Windows were all old metal ones, doors hollow core.  So we've fixed all that, and thankfully it was good hardwood under all the carpeting.  All walls had wallpaper, some up to 3 layers; now just painted.  Kitchen had pale yellow countertops and whitewashed panels that covered what used to be metal cabinets (we just re-faced them again that few years ago).

After the den, mostly we just need to refinish the floors.  The previous owner (we moved in in '99) had a Boston terrier who never went out; thankfully it was too small to go through the rug plus padding (that we insisted be removed before we moved in) but the floors could use a whole redo, but that's a good $7K or so, so not right now!

Always ends up as soon as we get a house just as we want it, we move.  (Happened in '90 and '99; hoping not to move again but with the threats of losing my job getting more likely, we may eventually downsize as we don't need the big lot or 3 bedrooms any more)

Sue

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 5:57pm

I'm sitting with my feet up relaxing & don't plan to do anything more today. Just told DH to eat leftovers for dinner. We have had a full week of company. I started with a girlfriend for lunch last Sat who has just moved back after living in Victoria for 8 yrs. Then DD, her kids & DS1 arrived in time for dinner. On Sun, DS2 & his wife joined the group then on Mon DIL's parents came for lunch & DS1's best friend who is like our adopted daughter joined the party. The house was filled with big kids & little kids until DD & the baby left on Wed night. On Thurs, I had 3 girlfriends I used to work with 20 yrs ago for lunch while those still visiting headed out to Pizza Hut for lunch. I had planned my lunch before the invasion. Then Thurs after dinner adopted daughter & DS2 & his wife left. Finally this morning, DS1 & Noah left. I love having them here & I am missing them but all the cooking, cleaning, kid entertaining & baby rocking is EXHAUSTING.

I have little planned for the weekend other than to clean the house after the invasion. Next week is busy as I must take my Mom to appts & for dental surgery plus DS1 & his partner will be back for 2 days. His partner doesn't arrive in Toronto until tonight. DS1 is super stressed as while his visa has been approved, it hasn't been released yet as the visa office in Washington is waiting for an offical email from Holland to release it. So he is a bit stressed & is rather grumpy. Don't blame him as they leave for Amsterdam a week Mon.

Dee

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 6:42pm

Shirley, our nephew (he is actually the husband of our niece, the dd of one of Enrique's brothers, so a nephew by marriage) is a doctor in his surgical residency. Med school is structured differently in Mexico from the US but basically he is in year 3 of 4 years as a resident. He is already a practicing doctor but not a full fledged surgeon. He was accepted as an Observer resident for one month at the local university's med school where he's studying with a famous surgeon. He's focusing on laparoscopy and learning to use the DaVinci robotic surgical system. He plans to go into bariatric surgery, but in Mexico doctors are not as minutely specialized as they are in the US, so he would also be a general surgeon. 

Enrique has 4 sisters and 2 brothers. He is the 4th of 7 siblings. Its a very big family....his dad is one of 4 siblings. His brother has 3 kids but the sisters had 7 and 12 kids respectively for a total of 29 cousins! (although their ages do range some 30 years I think; and yes, they're Catholic LOL) A few of those cousins have already passed away now, but back in ~1989 Enrique's grandfather turned 100 and there was a big party with most of the family present, including spouses and offspring it was quite a crowd!

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Fri, 08-16-2013 - 6:49pm

Dee, I think that does qualify as an "invasion"!!

Are you getting a little more time with ds1 than you had thought last week? How nerve-wracking for him that he doesn't have the visa in his hand yet. This visa will allow him to stay in Holland for the entire year, correct? Will he be able to legally work? I think you said his partner will be a student but what will ds1 be doing?

Enjoy your peace and quiet!

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