with my mind on my money and my money on my mind

by humanmama on August 25, 2014

I haven’t been writing much. Partly because pregnant with #4 equals #utterlyexhaustednotimetoblog. Partly because we had a little home project that did not go as expected. To say the least.

We own a remodeling company , so to be saying “we had a problem with some unexpected work” seems almost like an OBGYN saying “I was not prepared to push.” We went to get our floors redone (as per the plan! The plan that had been planned!). And we moved a part of a wall (because why not?! It’s only going to add another day to the project!). And lo and behold, that was on August 1st. There was a plumbing explosion. There was an almost electrocution. Old houses are very charming, and people that did work in the oldy-times (ye olde times) were very creative. Like, say, encasing electric lines between two layers of plaster. (SURPRISE!) Or encasing plumbing lines in concrete under the bathroom floor (SURPRISE!). Or using knotty joists that like to crack halfway and need to be reinforced (SURPRISE!!). Yes, all of these things were things that Carpenter has dealt with before, but working full (++) time and dealing with these exciting surprises has been a challenge.

So this:

Went to this:

And is now this:


And that means spotty electric, spotty plumbing, no oven or sink, fridge on the porch for three weeks… And that means not a lot of blogging. But you know what it also does? Takes your mind off being pregnant!


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it’s not pretty.

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Having children is one of the great ironies of life. Often you try and you plan and you wait and wait. (Not all the time!) And suddenly this miracle is born, or is adopted, and you feel totally fulfilled and happy and blissful and your life is never the same again. Well, okay. Sometimes you […]

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I’ve been on Pinterest a lot lately. If you follow me on there, you can tell I’ve been on there more than I’ve been on FB or Twitter combined in the last two months or so. I’ve been looking at ideas for the house, and Pinterest has tons of house ideas and decor ideas to […]

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