chaiya: (quizzical)
We have new shelving up in the front hallway of our house, and can put up a bit more. We have the ability to put sections of our library on said shelves. Which sections should be there, in the most accessible part of the house?

(Note that the cookbooks are not an option in this poll; they will go in the kitchen or as close as possible, since that's just where they make sense. It's also unlikely that the fiction or Children's sections will be moved to the downstairs, just given our household's layout. And of course, my anatomy and massage-related books stay up in the guest room, where I have my practice space.)

[livejournal.com profile] regyt, I have no idea of this poll will help you or not. But thank you for inspiring me to write it! :)

[Poll #1350610]
chaiya: (right path)
I just finished eating homemade lasagna that was not in any way cooked by me -- [livejournal.com profile] omly and [livejournal.com profile] yuggoth teamed together on it.

I'm hanging out with friends old and new, and my beloved husband, to see the end of the year through.

Our household has really gelled, recently, and I'm loving it. We have a HOME together. Seriously, this is all I have ever wished for and more. I LOVE this.

I have plans up the whazoo for the next few weeks, which may or may not be crazy (omg, Arisia!), but people still like me and want to spend time with me.

I have a reciprocal (I hope!) infatuation with my iPhone. For which I have made many custom ringtones out of my favorite folk music songs. And 80s songs. Because I can.

I reconnected with [livejournal.com profile] zsquirrelboy and gave and received forgiveness this past week. That was really awesome.

And now I'm sitting in our awesome, huge-ass bathtub with multiple Lush products, while sipping tea and writing on my laptop. Soon I will go back and join people and be social.

But for now, I just wanted to recognize, out loud, that life, as they say, is damn good. Also, I may or may not have already started in on the celebratory booze. ;)
chaiya: (flowers)
When [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare and I bought the house in 2004, we made a list of all the things we wanted to get done. Most of them were house-related, but some were vague getting-our-act-together stuff, like "be able to pay our bills without fear we'll run out of money."

That list was 63 items long. I came across it this morning, took 6 things off (like refinish the entertainment room floor, which doesn't need to be done now that we have an area rug), and checked off everything we've accomplished.

There are now 18 things remaining. Go, us!

The things left are mainly "prepare to become parents someday" things that we're not ready to take on, projects that I'm not sure we'll ever accomplish (like building a deck and/or addition over 52A), and small house projects (fix the bulkhead stairs so they don't fall apart when tread upon, hang bike hooks in the basement, that sort of thing).

All in all, I'm impressed with us.

Anyone want to help take a look at the bulkhead stairs? ;)
chaiya: (wuvvy dovey sinfest)
me to [livejournal.com profile] yuggoth: So if there's an emergency, run into [livejournal.com profile] crazybone's bedroom, wake him up, and jump out the window!

(We were planning for fire contingencies. The emergency, retracting fire escape ladders have been ordered, one for each bedroom, but they won't arrive for a week.)
chaiya: (hippie)
I was visiting with an old friend from NH this week, and felt like being productive. So while we talked for a few hours, I reorganized the children's collection (residing in the guest/massage room on the second floor). All those books are now entered into Library Thing, and they're on shelves instead of in bags stacked in the corner and in the closet.

The sad part is, I emptied a six foot bookshelf for this, and it's already full again. I need more shelving!

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] findyourfloor and [livejournal.com profile] dimers. You have both helped make my life a lot more sane, with this whole organization thing. :)
chaiya: (explosion)
I will potentially lose email for at least the day today, imminently, due to plumbing/electrical work in the basement this morning. FYI.
chaiya: (honeymoon smiles)
Steve painted the new closet (which he mostly built by himself) and shelves this weekend, such that we will have a place to put linens when the upstairs bath is fully functional. Just need to put the door on the outside, basically.

He also did other things, like make [livejournal.com profile] malkaesther's amazingly addictive butter cookies, and clear off some of the table cruft, and bring me lots of tea. Steve is a good husband. I would give him a cookie, but he made them, so that's kinda cheesy, and there are only two left now anyway ... ;)

Update-y

Sep. 9th, 2007 02:17 pm
chaiya: (brown hat)
Wonderful [livejournal.com profile] goldsquare gave me his boyhood dressers after all, so I have stopped scouring Craigslist. I was going to sand and refinish them today, but it's chilly and looking rain-like. We'll see. They are exactly what I was looking for, though, which makes me happy.

The house is still very much under construction. OMG. It will be an entirely new house by the time we're done. Y'all should come see it then. Not now. I should post pictures now, but don't have brain.

My inbox is back down to 900ish. This is awesome, and represents a bit of work. I know, I know, not done yet.

We do have a new housemate for the short-to-medium term, Kirsten. She's in her last semester at college. Seems to be going well so far, and that's saying something, given the stress the construction has added to our household.

[livejournal.com profile] lightfixer might come over soon and finish setting up the music server. Then I might be able to upload all my new music from Falconridge and Campfire. I have so much good music to catch up on! Yay!

There was brunch this morning, sort of. It was nice, despite the construction dust factor. I think I hang out a lot with the Arisia geeks, lately. And I talk a lot about Arisia stuff. I swear, it's not my whole life. :P

I went to the Big Party yesterday. I swam, and hugged lots and lots and lots of people. Saw tons & tons of y'all. Then I left with [livejournal.com profile] noeltheone to go see a drag king show in the evening. Which was also awesome. :)

Going backward, went to [livejournal.com profile] naufiel and [livejournal.com profile] mtolan's for Shabbat dinner Friday night. Fabulousness. We had some good geeking and some spectacular eating, and it was midnight before I realized it. Given how tiring my week was, that's saying a lot.

In general, I think I like being social again. I wish we could do it more at home, though. Soon!
chaiya: (heart hands)
Via [livejournal.com profile] bbbsg, from the [livejournal.com profile] altfriday5:

1. Schmoop about a friend, past or present.

[livejournal.com profile] desert_born has quietly and sneaky-like become one of my best friends. We spend a lot of time encouraging and supporting each other, whether it's at the gym or avoiding the gym, talking about housing decisions or, frankly, gossipping about our lives and those whose lives touch ours. She's always been really easy-going and understanding about whatever changes I'm making in my life, which I'm particularly grateful for because I've been making a number of changes lately. Also, I love that we've been through an actual friends-fight that had me all wrought up and tension-ful, years ago, and yet we both made the conscious choice that our friendship was more important than our Principles on the issue. We've recovered from that fight so well that I don't actually remember what the resolution was, whether we went with her way or mine. And that suits me just fine. :)

2. Schmoop about a family member.

I don't talk about my Mom often enough. I joke about how she's grateful that I "rediscovered monotheism and married a man!" But the truth is much more complicated. We don't agree on a lot of things, particularly with how to live our lives and find happiness. I think she still, secretly, hopes I'll go back to Jesus someday. But we do really love each other, and again, we make the conscious decision that our relationship is more important than winning an argument on Principles. So we've developed a really great friendship, and that makes me really happy.

3. Schmoop about a room- or housemate, past, present, or fantasy (if you've never had one).

When [livejournal.com profile] crazybone moved in, I didn't know what to think. Here was some guy I'd known for years but never known well, who was moving in with us after living for years with his mother. How badly that could go! But he's always been the height of consideration, he hardly ever burns his cooking anymore (in fact, I probably burn things more often than he does, lately). And he's become a good friend, one who knows me well enough to say, hey, are you okay? and to hug me when the answer is, no, not really. Plus he bugs me to get the utility bills totalled so he can give me money -- how great is that? ;)

4. Schmoop about a lover/boyfriend/girlfriend/partner/whatever-you-call-it, past, present, or fantasy (if you've never had one).

[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare has ridden out many a storm with me, despite his fear of troubled waters. He has become my harbor, but only up until the point where I need to go out there and ride the waves again. He has ... well, this metaphor can be beaten to death, but the point is that he's always there to be what I need, to support me and love me and make my life a better experience. I don't know what I'd do without him. We adventure together, Steve and I, and there's no one else I'd rather go on expotitions with.

5. Schmoop about yourself.

I've done a lot of thinking and processing and growing, and I think that's the best thing there is to make progress on.

6. Schmoop about The altfriday5 Questioner. (No, just kidding. Mostly.)

I have no idea who writes these things. :P
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
I've been thinking a lot about what kind of home I want to have, to be a part of. This weekend went a long way to solidifying in my head what I like most about my home, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

We had [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy over for the weekend, essentially. They wanted to go to the beginning of the summer party ("Lefcon," as [livejournal.com profile] ringel so aptly put it), and needed accomodations, and I love having a guest room that gets used from time to time. I love having folks in my own setting, where I'm comfortable, and making sure that they're comfortable too. I am either becoming a Jewish Mother, or a Homebody. Or both. :P

Socialization, home-building, and my brain. Yum. )

But mostly? I love my husband, I love my house, I love my housemates (including my imminent housemate [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl), and I'm pretty fond of my life in general. I'm looking forward to improving the house, despite its impending doominess of construction dust, etc. In general, life is good. :)
chaiya: (thoughtful)
As I commented to [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse tonight, I find myself, many months later, feeling less anger and hostility toward [livejournal.com profile] arib. Definitely not none, but less.

Could be the weather improving. Could be my general life improving. Could be that I have decided to regain some brain cells and spend my energy elsewhere. Anger is time-consuming and exhausting to keep up. Grudges suck that way.

Could also be the conversations I've had with other Orthodox Jews in the past couple of weeks, who've gone out of their way to say that they're not like him, that he's not what all O Jews are like, and they're sorry I had such a horrible experience with him. One of my O friends made me cry tonight, with the support and thoughtfulness he expressed.

And, hey, if I hadn't gone through that crap, I might not be where I am today. Where I am today is demonstrably better than where I was a year ago, and maybe that's what really matters now.

He and Aliza can move out of our neighborhood any day now, though. Honest. We bought this house. We're not leaving, even if we could afford to do so.
chaiya: (wine)
George Takei is da bomb on YouTube. Gay activist, giving the "real deal" message to Tim Hardaway (homophobe). Hilarious. Link via [livejournal.com profile] cheshyre.

In other news, the household was roused last night (except Steve, who disturbingly slept through the whole thing) by malfunctioning fire alarms. All of which are wired together so the whole house goes off at once. At 1 am, after going to bed *early* for a change. *sigh* I just can't win.

Also? Decanted my first bottle of Fierce Anything Goes Vinegar. Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] regyt! I'm really enjoying this experiment. My next two batches will be more Anything Goes and maybe some non-grape (peach?) vinegar. I have enough mother for at least two batches, now. :)
chaiya: (flowers)
Dominion Energy is offering to cut Nstar Electric out of its middleman position )

And, in other news, the City of Somerville sold us a cheap (but new, and seems to work fine) composter for $25. So I've continued saving the planet on a daily basis for the past week, composting all of the organic garbage I can find. ;)

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