Tuesday, May 20, 2014

If It Makes You Feel Better, I'm Not Running Either

Wait! Come back! I'm still alive, I promise!

I say. It has been quite a week and a half since I've last posted. I have so much going on right now—all good, but still overwhelming—but I wanted to stop in and let you know that even if I am only around sporadically in May, I will be back and writing again soon.

My job is going really well. I am really enjoying it. I'm even figuring out the commute. (Future post, right there, I tell you what.)

We close on our new house this Friday. We take possession of it next Monday. There will then be a flurry of painters and plumbers and the people who will change the carpet we don't like into carpet we do like. We will move the following Friday. Every moment that I am not working or taking care of my kids between now and then will involve boxes and putting things in boxes.

...except for the moments that I am trying to ready our current home to put on the market, which will hopefully happen in mid-June. It turns out that putting a house on the market includes changing all the things you hate about your house all in the time-span of three weeks, making the house you are leaving kind of actually delightful to live in. I'm pretty sure that eventually Alex will no longer spend his entire weekend covered in paint, but I don't know when that will be.

At least we managed to already successfully celebrate Jack's birthday, including a Go To the Movies/Play Minecraft Extravaganza with his two best buddies. That said, Quinn's birthday is this week, and we have not yet successfully celebrated it. Because of his love of meat, we're taking him and his best friend to Benihana (a first for all of us; we're excited!) and then hosting a sleepover. I think sleepover activities will include putting things in boxes and the party goodie bags will be trash bags full of crap we don't want anymore.

All of this sits on top of the regular annual end-of-school-year activities complete with various concerts, parties, picnics, JACK'S 5TH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITES(!!!), and the three-day disability awareness event I'm co-planning for Quinn's school.

There are two possible blog-related results to this barrage to my schedule: (1) I will disappear for three weeks only to re-emerge shaken, a little more gray haired, and living in a new house, or (2) I will post every day as a method of procrastination. Either way, there is a wealth of material here for excellent blog posts and you can be assured that I am taking copious notes to (eventually) share my misery/joy with you.


  1. Can't wait to hear about everything! take as much time and oxygen as you need. We'll wait for your return faithfully. (Meaning, at least for me, I won't be looking for some other blog by an ASD mom-of-three-boys-with-a-rodent-obsession to read in the meantime.)

  2. I love Benihana! Have a great time! (fat and salt and meat! Yum!) and Benihana punch served in a fat Budda with the straw coming out of his belly button! Good birthday choice Quinn!

  3. Oh my! Just thinking about everything you have going on makes me want to curl up in a ball and take a giant nap. I have yet to figure out why schools do ability awareness at the end of the year. It seems like it would be better in the fall, but what do I know?

  4. Glad things are going as smoothly as possible, all things considered! Keep up the good work. :-)

  5. Wouldn't it be great if there were another blog I could point you to for a couple of weeks? Like, "Hey, check out TallulahVille. She just got pet rats and her autistic kiddo loves them!"


  7. Ours is late in the year because it is the first time we are doing it and we needed a lot of time to plan. But I agree, fall would be ideal.

  8. I miss you, but think of the greater good (where greater good = more space!!). I'll silently tip a beer in your direction as a coping mechanism for the next few weeks. Let me know if you need something stronger ;)

  9. Congrats again on your new home!
    Three additional tips for your move:
    1. Let the movers move everything -- except for kids, animals, and irreplaceable heirlooms. Please don't say, "Oh, I'll just move that __whatever__, by myself". Even if you have to make a last-minute run for more boxes, let the movers do the heavy lifting.
    2. Possibly hire a cleaning service for after you've moved out. You have enough to do with setting up your new home.
    3. Unpack as soon as possible, while also recognizing that it will take a while to settle in to your new home.
    That's all! Hope the move goes well.

  10. Because I don't use Facebook, I'll comment here:
    Isn't it cool that the pool rodents have an instruction booklet in multiple languages? Of course, the booklet looks rather ... incomplete. Your friends can probably download one, if you know the brand and model # of the pool.
    Please don't make hats; that will only encourage them.
    I'm adding wild rodents to the list of things that make me anxious. :( Though, I'm not afraid of squirrels, chipmunks, and marmots.
    This is yet another reason why I'm happy to live above ground level. :)


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