Monday, April 23, 2007

Moving on...

So, sometimes things do work out. Friday we learned that the seller will be providing a 100% roof replacement by closing. This was exceptional news, as we were just beginning to consider our other options and considering looking at more houses. So, we are set to close in less than 3 weeks, if all goes to plan. Seriously, 3 weeks.

I am the worst mover. Ever. Rykert can attest to this fact. If it weren't for Rykert, I would still be sitting in my apartment in New Orleans overwhelmed and unsure where to start. That was 6 years ago. Lucky for me, Rykert is a good worker and a bit of a "Moving Nazi." He nearly single-handedly packed all of my college belongings and got me on the plane back to Iowa. He just likes to get things done. So while I spent most of Sunday afternoon on my bed trying to get up the courage to tackle my closet, Rykert packed up one room just to get things moving. We moved into our current apartment from an efficiency. It was one small room with a tiny galley kitchen and bathroom. Needless to say as we got more room in our current apartment, our stuff seems to have expanded exponentially. I came home from work today to find a large amount of packing completed. The apartment is already becoming crowded and empty at the same time, know what I mean?

With the house worries behind us on Friday, we had a nice weekend. Friday night Rykert went skiing, and I had dinner and saw Hairspray with a co-worker (BTW, I loved Hairspray. It will be interesting to see the new movie this summer. A weird progression - movie interpreted into a musical interpreted back into a movie.) We spent Saturday morning completing Walk America. It was 6 miles, but the weather was nice, and I made it, and most importantly money was raised for a really important cause. In the afternoon, Rykert went skiing and I took my nieces to the playground in downtown Iowa City. By the time I got home I had my first sunburn of the year. I really try to watch that, but the April sun snuck up on me. Saturday night Rykert and I went back downtown to have a celebratory dinner at a new restaurant called Graze. I really liked the concept and we'll definitely be going back.

In other news... I've started thinking about house projects. Though it may be premature, I already have a list of short term and long term projects that I would like to do. Short term will be some paint. Every wall in the house is the same color, so I'd like to change that (along with the bunny wallpaper in the kitchen). Second, I would like to put in a garden (we take possession on May 11, so that should be plenty of time to get a garden in for this season). I'm struggling with how much of a garden I want to attempt - or should I just stick to containers for this year. The problem is that I would like to grow vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers) so I would need to create at least one bed. I'll do herbs in pots on the deck/ patio, but we'll have to see how ambitious I am to get a vegetable garden in. I've been doing some research on "Square Foot Gardening," which appears to be an efficient way to grow. We wouldn't need much for just the two of us so it may be possible. Of course, if I'm going to go to the trouble, I might as well just really go for it and grow enough for us, my sister's family, and to can. My parents have almost always had a decent sized vegetable garden, and there really is nothing like tomatoes from the garden (my dad is a seasoned salsa maker so that is the garden's main purpose). Any experienced gardeners out there, please give me your opinion on what to plant in a small garden (and dimension suggetions would be great too).

I don't know if I mentioned it before, but in our house there is a 4th bedroom in the basement, that will be converted into a craft room. A room of my own. This will likely be a more long term project to get it to how I envision it (pink walls with lots of shelves, a big cutting table in the middle, etc), but I'm excited. Rykert will be happy to have all of my craft stuff centralized in a single location.

I may have found my knitting mojo this weekend. While at the playground on Saturday, I started a baby sweater for a co-worker who is expecting next month. It's a bit of a time crunch, and I'm not sure that I can get it done before she starts her leave, but I'm well intentioned. That being said, I'm beginning to wonder if the focus of this blog may become even less knitting related in the coming months. Crafting, domestic projects are sure to continue, but the knitting may be sparse. I hope you stay with me anyway...

6 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

Congratulations, Libby! It all sounds so exciting. I'll certainly stick with you, I love to hear about other people's projects, even if they're not knitting related.

Wool Winder said...

Great news about the roof! I'm glad it all working out.

Laura said...

The new house is so exciting! Crazy and stressful but really so exciting. :)

The garden - I've been thinking about doing a raised bed garden too after seeing it at YarnAGoGo. For some reason I've been thinking "carrots". Mostly because I know how hard it was for my mom to grow carrots when I was growing up. And parsnips - she did fine with those but carrots seem to be pickier about thier soil!

Definitely do a salsa garden if you like to make it, and leaf lettuce is good - spinach - lots of good things! Oh, bush beans! I really need a garden. heh

Sarah said...

How exciting. Congrats!!

Anya said...

Congrats! Awesome news on the roof - very important. Let us know what you decide on the garden - I have the same dilemma in our new house. To plant or not to plant.

Webbies said...

What a busy time---enjoy the move!

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