No Longer a Dull Empty Vessel

by Karen

You probably thought this would be a post about some new paint color. Sorry, you’re wrong. So the past couple of blog posts (and probably this one) have been quite boring, for that I apologize. There is only so much one can write about when the majority of the day is spent laying on a couch futon. But that will all change because I’m back, baby.

For the past month I have been sick. My days were defined by fevers, crippling pain, and overwhelming fatigue. I cycled through a variety of diagnoses and medication, only to find the relief fleeting. Three doctors later, I can finally say that I am on the road to recovery. Hallelujah. Not including pregnancy, I have seen more doctors in the past month than I have seen in the past 15 years. I am not one to normally get sick and I maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle but this past month threw me for a loop. I felt lazy. I wasn’t exercising. I couldn’t accomplish even the simplest of tasks (e.g. painting the kitchen) without being completely drained. It didn’t help that Clay traveled a fair amount (thank goodness for Toy Story 3) but I got through it. And it all appears to finally be over. I feel like a million hundred thousand bucks this morning. I am drinking coffee and even plan on consuming an alcoholic beverage of my choice this evening. I know, things are about to get cray-cray.

The backyard of the new house needs some work but nothing a little bit of perspiration can’t fix. We’re looking forward to some outdoor living (sans mosquitos) this summer and I can’t wait to get a garden and compost bin started. To any composters out there, I would prefer to make my own bin – are there certain (online) plans you recommend? What do you use?

Here is your first glimpse of the pink(!) master bathroom. I have big (cheap, rent-friendly) plans for this room, folks. Big plans. Guess what? They don’t involve pink. Stay tuned.

And finally, on a completely unrelated topic, we watched the documentary, CASINO JACK and the United States of Money, which is about the shamed(?) lobbyist Jack Abramoff. We’re suckers for political documentaries and this one did not disappoint. Plus Tom DeLay, never one to decline a spotlight, agreed to be interviewed for the movie. He somehow found the time in between money laundering schemes. So if you are at all interested in lobbying, funding (not-so-nice) rebels, or the horrific corruption (on both sides) in Washington, then this is the documentary for you.