Before I begin the topic of the day, I just wanted to thank you all again for your sweet notes and comments on Memaw’s passing. Your thoughtfulness means so much to me. Thank you.
As the title of this post suggests, I’m feeling a bit (hah!) frazzled these days. In addition to the emotional upheaval of the past few months, I’m caught up in a whole host of activities competing for my time and energy. Individually, none of it is terribly taxing, but taken all together it’s wearing me down. Here’s what’s happening…
Work - For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been leading four training sessions each week. Between getting dressed, commuting to the site of the day, and then leading the training, I’m missing my morning gym time. I think this contributes to that frazzled feeling. I’ve been getting plenty of exercise in other ways, but I like the routine of my strength training. Oh well, the current flurry of assignments is set to wrap up next week, so I’ll get back to the regular stuff soon enough. Meanwhile…
Kitchen Update – I’m pleased to announce that there is NO wallpaper left in my house. Well, there are a few small bits in the kitchen, because the jerks who “updated” the house they inherited apparently thought it was a good idea to apply wallpaper on wet plaster. That stuff’s not going anywhere without a saw or a jackhammer. I finally gave in, slapped on some bonding primer and am hoping for the best. I’ve also skimcoated and patched the walls and applied primer to walls and ceilings.
When I pulled the last of the wallpaper from the laundry room, I found mold under it. Yuck! Apparently this is not uncommon when wallpaper is used in laundry rooms and bathrooms. Online research and a consultation with my favorite Home Depot person (paint department) convinced me to try just cleaning the wall, applying a mold killing agent, and then primering the heck out of it. If the mold shows up again, then I’ll worry about replacing sheet rock.
Oh, since I had the dryer out in the middle of the laundry room floor (and wasn’t that a fun project!), I took the dryer vent apparatus apart and vacuumed it all out. I’d thought I was getting all the lint by cleaning the front trap and the outside vent, but there was quite a bit of lint stuck in the vent hose. If you haven’t cleaned your dryer vent in a while, I highly recommend it. I hadn’t realized how inefficiently my dryer was working until I cleaned it top to bottom.
If I can find The Perfect Shade of Yellow, I’ll paint the laundry room this weekend and get everything muscled back into place.
Memaw’s House – With my mother still recovering from her surgery earlier this year and my sister just plain worn out from taking care of Memaw, I’m in charge of sorting through and organizing Memaw’s things. She had done a pretty big purge when she moved into her in-law apartment, but she still has quite the collection of stuff. There are several thousand (yep, THOUSAND) books, CDs, DVDs, and tapes to go through, as well as a couple dozen boxes of quilt pieces and assorted materials to deal with. For right now, I’m just getting like with like so we can see what we’re dealing with.
Facebook Reselling – Back in the spring I joined a local Facebook resale group. It works a lot like Craigslist, only you can sort of check up on who you’re buying from or selling to. I sold a few things, bought a few things, and generally am at a break-even point. It’s fun, for the most part. Somehow, I volunteered myself to serve as a group admin for an East Memphis group that had about 3,000 members. As of today, we’re over 6,500 members and growing. Yikes! It’s a lot of (uncompensated) work, but it’s also good experience to include on my resume, plus I’m meeting some awesome people.
Other – And then there’s yard work and regular housework and other every day things that need to be done. My to-do list seems to get longer rather than shorter, but I think that’s a perceptual thing based on feeling frazzled.
All of this is to explain what I’ve been up to and why I’m not blogging or reading blogs that much just now. I do appreciate your patience as I get things straightened out, and I’m convinced I will get them straightened out. Mantra of the moment: I lost 100 pounds; I can do this, too!