Interstellar Adventures

July 28, 2008

Feels like…what?

Filed under: Interstellar Casa,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 9:28 pm

We’ve been in the new house for 6 weeks now. Well, one month and seven days anyway. And it still doesn’t feel like home yet. I mean sure, there’s the unfolded laundry on the bed, the dishes in the sink, and who knows what the kids’ rooms look like. But the feeling of ‘home’ eludes me still.

I haven’t gotten to my routine of grocery shopping and cooking yet, meaning we’ve been eating out way too much. I have made a few meals here on my new gas stove. And the gas stove still frightens me. Especially when I use the oven. I know the inspector inspected it and gave it all thumbs up (heated to a perfect 350F when set at 350F), but the on and off noises freak me out. And things cook faster, and handles get hotter. I still haven’t rearranged the kitchen from when my sister-in-law helpfully unpacked.

Our bedroom is done, for now. I have a drapery issue to overcome. But the painting and furniture is done. The new living room furniture is all here now. The backordered ottoman/coffee table arrived last week. The kids rooms are 80% unpacked. Nick’s office is shaping up nicely. My office has picture frames and books on the floor still. I’ll move my mom’s dining room furniture in the next week or so. The guest/craft room upstairs will continue to have it’s door closed. The guest/storage room upstairs will continue to wait on Nick to find the bed frame screws. I have about a hundred billion spackle spots to sand down (and then paint) on all the walls in this house. And I still have screws to pull from the high spots on the stairwell landing.

I will continue to look at my yard and it’s complete lack of landscaping, combined with it’s pleothora of weeds and cringe at the thought of trying to do even a little yard work in our sweltering 100+F degree days. Mowing is a pre-dawn activity around here. And the neighbors don’t get mad, because they’re all up doing their own yards. I continue to look at my back yard and laugh at myself that I thought I was going to get a garden planted back there next spring. I’d better start saving my sheckles.

Maybe it will start to feel more like home when the kids come back next week. July has alternately dragged and sped by. They’re staying a couple of extra days since we needed to juggle the weekend visitation schedule so they’re with their dad the weekend he gets married. Am I the only one that thinks 13 and 9 are too old for a ring bearer and flower girl? Not my event though, so I bit my tongue at that news.

I’m not sure what to do ‘next’ on the list. It all seems to happen on a whim. I’ll walk in the door from work, get an urge to hang a picture, get tired of looking for the hammer, grab my sanding block and sand a few spackle spots until my arm is tired, and then move a box from one room to another before sitting down, exhausted and go to bed watch a few episodes of Deadliest Catch off my DVR. (Sig & Phil are my favorites. Sig’s brother Edgar is totally insane, but is the closest person I can think of to a real-life MacGyver.)

It will all get done over time, I know. But my perfectionist ‘get it done right now!’ attitude is irritating me. And if I can’t make it perfect, I’m not going to bother to do it at all. Yeah, I know. I’ve got a sickness. And it wasn’t even all my years of therapy that helped me figure that out.


  1. I like Deadliest Catch. I can never remember when it’s on. Did you see it a couple of weeks ago when that one guy went overboard? (Or maybe that happens like every week, I’m not sure.) That was cool.

    The guy that fell off the stack and broke his neck or another guy? If it’s some other guy, I haven’t seen that yet. I think I’m still 4 or 5 episodes from the end. I freaked at the episode with the Coast Guard rescue chopper and the ice build up. My insides curl when I watch those 40+ foot waves!


    Comment by Bone — July 28, 2008 @ 9:34 pm |Reply

  2. I am a huge fan of DC. I DVR all the epidsodes, including After the Catch and behind the scenes. I love Sig! Blake is wayyy hot 🙂

    As for the house, you know, I think it just takes some time to make it yours. When you begin to create some memories there, one day you’ll wake up and realize you couldn’t imagine calling another house “home”. Soon you’ll be back to shouting at the ref’s with the kids’ sporting events and running yourself ragged to make every event you’ve over-scheduled. Because that’s what you do! 🙂

    Take care hon!

    Comment by TSM — July 28, 2008 @ 11:23 pm |Reply

  3. When I moved into this house, I could have sold it to the first person with an offer on the table, because it just didn’t feel like home. We also went out to eat far more often than we could afford, as the kitchen just felt alien to me at the time.
    Maybe once the kids leave their mark on it… the nicks in the wall, the scuff marks, the bedroom paint jobs, and so on, maybe then it will start to feel like home. A house needs a few good memories to make it home. 🙂

    and my hub is addicted to the Deadliest catch! We’re watching Shark Week now that the season is over.

    Comment by Laura — July 29, 2008 @ 8:16 am |Reply

  4. Poor you! I do NOT have the perfectionist attitude for which I’m thankful. I envy people like you who have perfectly kept home. I have dust, unfolded laundry and weeds, sometimes it gets on my nerves but it has to wear away at me awhile. Know that it will be done. You’re just one person. And then things should feel more like home. Don’t forget to have some fun now and again!! Especially BEFORE the kids come home.

    I haven’t watched too much of Deadliest Catch. I’m more of a Mike Rowe girl. Hellllooo Betty!!

    Comment by carnealian — July 29, 2008 @ 3:54 pm |Reply

  5. I’ve been thinking about moving to a house, but if I do it will have a minimum maintainance yard. Very little mowing. Lots of trees.

    Comment by coyotemike — July 30, 2008 @ 1:29 pm |Reply

  6. We moved into our house over 7 years ago, and I still haven’t got around to hanging pictures…

    Comment by creative-type dad — July 31, 2008 @ 7:34 pm |Reply

  7. No, this guy was hanging on the side attaching traps or something when he fell into the water. He was OK, just a little hypothermia.

    Comment by Bone — August 1, 2008 @ 3:56 pm |Reply

  8. Yeesh, we moved into our current house about 4 years ago and I’m still “moving in”.

    Gas stoves can be scary at first, but I find they are better for cooking with once I get over their explosive potential.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — August 2, 2008 @ 9:45 am |Reply

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