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  • The Making of a Home
    going to be ready for the 1 0 release party Housewarming Open door Our plan was to invite everyone we knew and let the place fill up This was our home s coming out its debutante ball We even sent out fancy invites For the week leading up to the party we put on our toques and played caterer preparing and then refrigerating dishes in preparation Saturday we cleaned all day Then on Sunday we opened the doors at noon and let the warmth roll in Donna Bob and Ted The hard thing about having an open house last nine hours is that you re inevitably going to get an early crowd and a late crowd And when there s just four people sitting around waiting for the party to begin a host tends gets a little nervous especially if that host already suffers from chronic is everyone having fun itis Fortunately the early crowd were close enough friends that it didn t matter and besides they had first dibs on all the grub we had to offer The early crowd Eventually the crowd reached critical mass and the party continued its own momentum The table near the door which began empty except for the guestbook started to fill up with gifts and wine I wasn t expecting the gifts I was prepared for the onslaught of wine which is why we intentionally avoided buying any drinks ourselves But the gifts wow We have very generous friends and relatives Most people gave us kitchen tools which is smart because they know they ll likely be invited over to reap the benefits of said tool Vegetable slicers the gift that keeps on giving Somersaultin Ethan Before the party I had worried that we hadn t prepared enough food That s what

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  • The Making of a Home
    The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Monday December 6 2004 By Sandy My new diet plan I ve discovered that the freneticism of planning for and hosting a party totally kills my appetite Apparently all my energy gets directed toward the planning and scurrying about parts of my brain leaving the parts dedicated to maintaining a full stomach barren And then about halfway through the day I ll realize how little I ve eaten not because my brain registers any hunger per se but because it knows that the duties of hosting require that I not be passed out on the floor and finally get myself some food This happened on both Saturday and Sunday All of Saturday was spent cooking and prepping for the housewarming party the next day More on that later It was about 2 pm when it was brought to my attention by my brain that all I d eaten that day was a clementine and some nibbles off of some sweet potato cakes that

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  • The Making of a Home
    Lower My Blood Pressure Extra Strength Tylenol While Nursing Silvana King in A few weeks older and a little bit wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Tuesday November 30 2004 By Sandy First flakes I m always a big fan of the first snow of the season but this year it seemed extra special Perhaps it was because we were home all day preparing for the next day s Thanksgiving dinner cozying up next to our oven while it sleeted and poured outside Or maybe it was that when I finally went outside at 11 pm after the grossness of the day turned into the tranquilness of the night I was greeted with a neighborhood unmuddied with footprints or cars or slush I couldn t help going out

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  • The Making of a Home
    The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Saturday November 27 2004 By Sarah Schneid When I was in high school my friend Catherine and I started using the word schneid to describe anyone who was handy at fixing things Schneider of course was the handyman on One Day at a Time which for some reason I watched all the time Don t ask I am highly proud of my schneidness especially my ability to bootleg solutions with very little beyond some paper clips and tape Runny toilet Paper clip and electrical tape Flickering dome light in the car Electrical tape no paper clip needed But almost two months in to our homeownership adventure I still hadn t really gotten to show my schneid side Until Thanksgiving day I opened the cabinet under the sink to grab a garbage bag and noticed that the cabinet floor seem sort of wet Really wet Like flooded The cat food bag was sagging and muddy the dishwasher detergent box was melting Water started to drip out onto my feet It didn t take long to find the problem The pipe leading from the drain was well no longer connected to itself So I rolled up my sleeves and started fiddling with the pipes On Thanksgiving Not a great plan but hey I m schneid It took a while to find the problem some type of seal in the screw on tube connector was loose but having found it I fixed it That s right

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  • The Making of a Home
    The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Tuesday November 16 2004 By Sandy Tap tap tap tap tap tap tap There is an evil presence in our house and it s slowly driving me insane Whenever our radiators kick on we re greeted with the chinese water torture like sound of pipes being tapped with dripping water It s loud it s annoying and it wakes me up in the middle of the night Tap Tap Tap If you ve ever lived in an apartment building with a crappy heating system you know what I m talking about I m very familiar with it myself since in my last apartment I had a radiator that exhibited this sadistic quality driving me to employ earplugs on a nightly basis Eventually I got my landlords to remove the offensive radiator and the tapping stopped Tap Tap Tap When we first saw our condo and I noticed the radiators I bemoaned the lack of forced air heat which was so prevalent in all the condos we had seen before Don t worry I was told radiator heat is better It feels more natural But what of the noises I said Oh they said that s a consequence of older less kept up buildings With a recently rehabbed condo building you re going to get quality piping Tap Tap Tap And frankly it was good in the beginning when the radiators first came on Recently the tapping s gotten worse It only lasts for a minute or two each time the radiators come on but those two minutes are enough to make my eyes roll back in their sockets and make my fists grab the sheets in frustration The few times I ve

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  • The Making of a Home
    any settings PatriceStef in Camping illegally with strangers can be fun Will Tylenol Lower My Blood Pressure Extra Strength Tylenol While Nursing Silvana King in A few weeks older and a little bit wiser I am so glad to have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday November 11 2004 By Sarah Our Newfangled Gadgets I did five loads of laundry this weekend Five And I absolutely loved it No scrounging for quarters No forgetting of the quarters just as you head down several flights of stairs to a dingy and chilly basement and now you have to go back upstairs and by the time you get down again somebody else has taken the machine None of that Just a leisurely stroll down the hall We have our very own washer dryer And that s

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  • The Making of a Home
    food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday November 4 2004 By Sandy Get out the mote I was often told by visitors to my last apartment that for a single dude I had a remarkably clean home What they meant was that it was organized When it came to cleanliness I still had a few mountains to climb Most surfaces could be kept clean but when it came to dust it was just tooo much for me to handle I never could understand how I was creating so much dust and eventually I just gave up When I moved a couple months ago every piece of furniture would be moved to reveal an even bigger dust bunny than the last By the end we had dust bunnies bigger than actual bunnies So I m used to dust is the point But now I m experiencing a whole new phenomenon tumbleweeds of cat fur Whereas before dust bunnies would form in out of reach under the couch like areas now they re appearing anywhere and everywhere and at a rate never before imagined Like bunnies in fact Sarah tells me this is due to shedded cat fur attaching itself to the baseboards where it waits like a silent killer until it has enough mass to fall to the ground At which point it persists in taunting me with its infernal dustiness We clean them up as soon as they appear but of course it doesn t end It never will Until they invent shedless cats or we shed ourselves of these beasts this will always

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  • The Making of a Home
    letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Monday November 1 2004 By Sandy Kentucky here we come It s not everyday that you learn something that shakes the very foundation of your relationship Something that would make your closest friends turn their head in horror Something that they dedicate whole weeks of Dr Phil shows to or so I ve heard as I wouldn t know what the hell that show is about since I ve never watched it I don t know to easily put this so I m going to just come out and say it Sarah and I are related Okay okay Not related so much as distantly distantly distantly related Through marriage Through two marriages actually Through two marriages and many levels of ancestry I ve mapped it out and the connections wouldn t even all fit on one tree It s more like one of those interconnecting grand Sequoia multi tree organisms But still it was a whoa moment The details of how we figured it out are too confusing to lay out here But I ll summarize the end result Sarah has a second cousin on her dad s side Lisa Lisa s mom has a second cousin Caroline Caroline s husband has a first cousin Peter That s my dad In other words Sarah s second cousin s third cousin s second cousin is me In other words our cousins are cousins Does this shock anyone else I seem to be the only one I ve told who finds this bizarre I shouldn t really Coincidences like these seem to be the norm for Sarah and me Well

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