Monday, May 22, 2017

TWTW - the one traversing New Jersey

Friday night taking care of hausfrau biz like purging and reorganizing kitchen drawers, making hard boiled eggs, changing and washing sheets, and putting laundry away. The dogs were all enough, sit down with us.
Saturday I spent way more time on the Garden State Parkway than is advisable. Firs I headed to North Jersey for MBD's first birthday party. He is so cute and pleasant. Laura and Chris for the combined win with the combo of the rainbow balloon arch (Laura) and the Prince welcome (Chris). It was great to spend an afternoon with my family of choice, and especially nice to see the littlest members MBD and Natalia because I don't get to see them in person often and they don't text or email.
I left around 6:40 and headed south on the Parkway to reach the shore by 9. I just wanted to peek upstairs at the new carpet but ended up putting most of the two bedrooms back together, which meant 49 trips up and down the stairs. The carpet is dark enough to hide hide stains and the 98374982734 pounds of sand it will swallow every year. I also realized I needed a new quilt and ordered it from the couch at 11:45 pm. I love technology.
MFD and the dogs arrived late, and I was up until after 1:30 thinking about all the shit that needed to be done Sunday, so no sunrise. We got right to work at 8 and kept going until 6. There were no large projects or picture-worthy shit but it was an ass breaking day all around. Basically we spent 10 hours going up and down three flights of steps 52974 times carrying shit up. We finished putting the third floor back together, touched up paint up there, took a magic eraser to the walls in all bedrooms and hallways, dealt with a sudden dresser top problem with contact paper, cleaned out under the beds on the second floor, patched a ceiling hole, cleaned off the steps, wiped down the railings, applied brackets to secure a side table, got rid of all the outdoor mats, weeded the insane shit growing in the driveway sand, cleaned out the bike alley behind the house/outdoor shower/driveway area, and hung bunting for Memorial Day. We also removed everything that will not stay in the house for the summer season, which is a lot when you've been using it personally. And shit I originally thought we needed but made it through a rental season without using went too. We ran over to Somers Point to buy a new air conditioner for MFD to install on the top floor and Jen & Tara stopped by to see us on their way out of town but otherwise, no breaks. MFD does not like no breaks but I only had to threaten him with death and divorce like five times. The Sunday before Memorial Day is always stressful but we killed it and not each other. Success.
We rewarded ourselves with dinner at Luigi's and a bike ride on the boards. Biking on the boards at night is coming to an end next weekend. This is MFD's I survived the Sunday before Memorial Day with my insane drill sergeant wife face.
I made the executive decision to paint the trim on the top two floors on Thursday night. Lord help me.

Weekly food prep: I only need breakfast for three days and lunch for two since I'm off on Wednesday, which is good timing since I had neither the time or inclination to do this this weekend. Breakfast is power breakfast muffins and hard boiled eggs; lunch is peanut butter, honey, and banana roll ups on multi-grain tortillas with a side of bell peppers; and dinners are spinach and artichoke pasta and avocado toast.


We stayed at the shore Sunday night so this morning means an early rise and ride for me. But it's a short week - I'm off Wednesday and I'm working from the shore Friday and we'll probably close early. 

Happy birthday to Sarah today! 

Memorial Day week already, man. 



Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending


16 comments:

  1. I'm sure MFD appreciates how you like to get everything done and organized and now you guys can really enjoy MDW! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Way to get shit done!! I love that balloon arch! Very cool. The cupcake pictures are too cute. Especially the middle one!

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  3. You sound like my husband and I sound like MFD, I like breaks, haha. Glad you got so much done, that feeling is the best when it's all over.

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  4. Thanks for the reminder, I need to go through our kitchen drawers and get rid of things.

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  5. Nice job on getting this done. I so need to clean my kitchen cabinets out, I am sort of scared what I'm gonna find. haha.

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  6. It seriously amazes me how much y'all get done each week at the shore! I'm exhausted just reading about it, so I have no idea how you made it in to work today!

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  7. Survived the Sunday before Memorial Weekend... I bet it is a whole different world after next weekend down there.
    Glad the pukies seem long gone & you're back full force for the weekend.

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  8. I love Mae's expression! The balloon arch is very cool! You had a very productive weekend and finishing my book club book just in time to meet was my major weekend accomplishment!

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  9. I am with MFD, I like breaks too! We installed a storm door yesterday that was "supposed" to take an hour but ended up taking four because we had to modify the door frame since they didn't sell a stock door in the size we needed. To get a custom door for an extra half inch added $300 to the price so NO THANK YOU on that. We made it work but I think we should have rewarded ourselves with dinner out like you guys did! Next weekend!! Have a great, short week!

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  10. I'm so glad you have a second home I can enjoy without all of that work lol. Off season and the close proximity of OCNJ is perfect. Love the pictures of MBD and Natalia❣️ Goddess speed for an easy and happy week ❣️ Love. Your. Momma.

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  11. Good lord y'all got a lot done! I am not a fan of breaks, I am a get 'er done kind of person, guess I am a drill sergeant too!

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  12. I love that balloon arch! It's so perfectly done!
    Reading the paragraph about all the shore work made my back hurt, hahaha. I like that you got through with only a few murder/divorce threats. That seems about right ;)
    Lucky you with the short week! Enjoy it!

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  13. Sounds like you got a lot done!!! Aren't magic erasers...well...magical???? I am always amazed by how much different they make. Hope you get some rest this week!

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  14. Aw you look good holding the birthday boy! So sweet! Also, love the new carpet!

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  15. On a Friday night I would have zero energy to do all of that! You kept yourself busy all weekend but the carpet is looking nice!

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  16. That carpet is going to hold up so well compared to the previous one. Good call when you have vacationers.... especially those with sand.

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