Sunday, November 9, 2008
Sunday morning with Christopher:
So I've taken the last week off to get ready for baby Charlie (or Chwarrrrlay, as Eleanore has named him). I had a 2 page to-do list of things to take care of, and Tia was really counting on me to get them all done. I have to say, taking a week off from being an airplane mechanic was pretty nice. My hands are finally clean, I haven't gotten any new scars, and my back isn't bothering me. But the grand finale, is that I have a pretty nice scruff growing after a week of not shaving.
We started the week by going through all of Eleanore's old things. Some of her clothes we were able to recycle into outfits for Charlie. Some were too girly for our little man, but so adorable that we had to keep them, with the hopes that someday we'll have another girl. A lot of clothes were stained so badly though, that they had to be thrown away (I suck at doing laundry, I'm a dude). The in between items we took down and donated to the Airmen's Attic, which is a nice place here on base that enlisted folks can get free stuff. Things like clothes and uniforms, toys and furniture, crap and more crap. We've gotten a lot of things from there in the past 2 years (mostly clothes), so it's only right that we give back. The best part of sorting through Elie's old clothes, was when I was closing up a box to put back into the garage, and Tia spotted something that made her move all the way across the house in about half a second... a Black Widow the size of a golf ball, relaxing under the box flap. After completely denying it was a Black Widow (I like to argue), I corralled it into a large plastic cup and soaked it in pesticide. Yeah, it was a Black Widow. Tia was right and I was wrong.
A lot of Eleanore's old toys were covered in some kind of crusty food substance. And pounds of gluten (we weren't always gluten-free my friends). All of the goop covered things had to be taken apart and pretty much soaked in gallons of bleach. Charlie's crib finally got painted and put together (it only took me 6 months of Tia's nagging to get me to finish spray painting it white). Charlie's clothes got hung up in his closet, and his room got put together to the best of my abilities.
Aside from Charlie related chores, lots of cleaning was done. The kitchen, for starters (a few times). The awful laundry room, which was pretty much a landing pad for all my junk on the way from the living room out to the garage. Hopefully I can entice Tia in there to do laundry more often now, since as I mentioned above, I really suck at it and everything I wash comes out stained (even if it didn't go into the machine that way). The floors were swept and mopped. The upstairs carpet got vacuumed for the 2nd time ever (its a brand new house we live in, we're not that lazy). Pictures were hung up. The outside got picked up. Shit got done!
In conclusion, it was a great week. I got to spend a lot of time playing with Eleanore, Tia got to sleep in (well at least she tried to), and I cant wait to do it again!
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