Thursday, August 8, 2019

Roller coaster of a week

Happy Thursday, everyone!  We started things off Sunday by getting to the task of foaming a tricky area.  There have always been issues with this spot and since we were going to be sealing it up, now was the time to tackle it.  You can see the crappy job the builders did.

We wanted to use foam that was a bit of an upgrade, so we got the Great Stuff Pro

It's unfortunately not as easy as it sounded because the place that needed to be foamed was 3' back.  I seriously didn't know how we were going to get back there.  Thankfully, I found this gun that was the perfect length.

It was a little costly for one job but cheaper than hiring out for it, and I think we'll be able to use it for the garage when we decide to rip that apart.  The Mr got to it and bless his heart, it looks like, well, here ya go.

He has quite the decorative flair, doesn't he?  😆😆😆

It came in handy to get in some spots that wouldn't have been reachable otherwise.  I tried my hand at it too, and he said it wasn't fair I was so much better at it.

It gets the job done.  LOL

He also cut some stud pieces and drilled them into where they needed to go, which should've been the easiest part, but it was a pain in the butt.  We also started work on the wood wall plank sample piece we bought.  I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the effort or if the end result was going to be what I envisioned.  I held it up for the Mr to give his opinion and he thought it was going to look nice and be worth the effort to not only cut but franken-board together.  So I guess we'll bust into the boxes this weekend.

Tuesday, a friend of mine came to visit and have lunch.  She's one of my favorite people in the world, and we only get to visit a few times a year.  She's pregnant, and I'd scoured about 20 different post-partum blog posts to see what the consensus was about what mama needs after giving birth for herself.  Everyone thinks of the baby, and no one really thinks about the mom.  She had a birth/breastfeeding gown on her registry, so I got that.  She's a nurse, and another L&D nurse said, "you know how we're not allowed to throw away gowns even when they're soaked in crap and blood, into the laundry they go.  You don't want your baby touching that.  Bring two or three that you can throw away.  It might seem like a waste for $60 for three, but they'll charge you $150 for them otherwise in the hospital.  Stool softener, obviously.  A BPA free water bottle that fits in her cup holder and has times on the side to remember to drink and refill.   I also got stuff like steel-cut oatmeal cups/KIND bars, lip balm, a mommy designed ergonomic peri bottle to irrigate when she goes to the bathroom to soothe her sore vag.  I got heavy overnight pads since everyone says the ones from the hospital are a joke, some extra stretchy pregnancy undies so if she ruins a few pair they aren't her own.  Some washable bamboo nipple pads because she has two stressful jobs, and no one wants an oopsie from the boob milk department.  I also offered to make her some mama meals after she gives birth like I did for a friend, which went over very well.  I know I got a few other things I can't remember, but that was the majority of it.  Needless to say, she was thrilled with it all because she doesn't have anything for a hospital bag and now she said she does.  She said I was the most thoughtful person in the world and couldn't stop hugging me.  I've gotta tell you, I really needed that.  It's been a rough week dealing with a jerk family member and feeling like I'm worthless.  When someone makes you feel that special for doing something that you didn't think twice about, it makes you feel a little better about yourself.  It was a lovely 4-hour visit and just the boost to my mood I needed.

Unfortunately, that happiness didn't last long.  My friend who is going through all of the turmoil is in town and was supposed to visit for our birthdays and a break from all of the madness.  I got a message the morning of, that one of the people in poor health was dying and everyone was coming in to say their goodbyes so no visit.  She was here for her mom's chemo but ended up being here for her mom for moral support for her dad/grandpa.  Plus her fiance is out of the country, so she doesn't have him to lean on.  I assume by the time this publishes, he'll be gone and we'll have a funeral in our future.  I've been waiting for 2 months to hug her and hopefully get her alone to give her something.  Obviously, this can't be helped, but I think we both needed it. 

I didn't have it in me to sit around and get pulled into a depression over it.  I went into the garage before it got too swamp ass hot outside and measured and cut the drywall patches we needed for an area downstairs.   Then I got to screwing them in which was a delight.  Not. 

There were two spots neither of us was looking forward to doing, and I wanted to get the easy ones done first and then see how the other two went.  They were fine, just had to cut out a middle piece and it was much less hard than I anticipated.  There is still a spot we have no clue how we're going to deal with it, but we'll have to save that part for last.  Now we're ready to get the hardest part of the wood planks, and the Mr mentioned wanting to do those today because he'll be teleworking and can keep an eye on things as he cuts.  I wanted to make it ready for him to do so we could knock out a majority of it.  I also got what I hope is the last layer of skim coat on the wall. 

I hope to sand it and be ready for primer tomorrow if there are no dings I need to fill.  I've gotta say I was pretty proud of myself, so if nothing else, this project has been a way to build confidence for both of us.

The Mr worked out early since he thought our friend was coming over and I was going to work out during the day.  I felt bad because he got up really early to work out and he couldn't do the studying he needed to do for his test.  I was too hungry from project work to wait to eat lunch even though I didn't eat until 3pm so I figured when he got home, he could study while I worked out... Insanity 30 Max Out Cardio and LIIFT4 leg day.  Yay.  (I pretended I was Gwen Stefani for about 15 minutes as well afterward for an 1100 calorie burn!)

So it's been a productive, depressing, happy, sad then productive again week.

How has your week been?

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  1. Yeah I really suck at using that foam gun. Thank God it's all going to be covered up at least. A century from now someone will tear down the walls in that area and find my foaming job and be like "What was this guy's deal?"

  2. You're getting there! Busy week for me. Going to my first bears game tonight!

  3. I'm so sorry about your friend's dad/grandpa. How terribly sad for everyone. I'm glad she was in town for her mom...that's not a coincidence even though she was there for a different reason. I am glad you had a great visit with your other friend though. Those uplift the soul so much and to have time to just sit and talk and laugh is its own kind of therapy. Love visits like that.
    My week has been pretty good. I've been doing my workouts and feeling mighty sore, but that's okay. I'm getting stuff done at home every day, even if it's something small, and that feels good. I've come to terms with a friendship that's faded and am able to let it go peacefully, so I'm very thankful for that. The hubs found out he has to work a full 8 hour shift on Saturday so that's a big bummer. I told him I'd cut the lawn and do the grocery shopping because that man needs time to rest after 58 hours of manual labor. So I'm working on the best days to do this that will make sense with my schedule.
    Good luck with the basement project. Each step is a huge success and you'll be thrilled with the final product!!


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