Happy Weekend! Who’s doing Halloween parties this weekend? We have one today at the home of a classmate of Jackson’s, plus a parade in the park we might go to and/or a Halloween party in the Botanic garden and/or a Halloween fundraiser carnival at a neighborhood school. And those are all the options just for today. Tomorrow is more of the same plus a Halloween-themed birthday party.
In between everything, I’m doing more Swedish Death Cleaning, as we prepare for our upcoming move. We close on our place on Wednesday and I’m feeling super excited, a little overwhelmed, and a lot “Oh my god, I can’t believe this 20th — 21st? — move of my life is going to be my last for hopefully a long time!”. We’re going to do some small renovations before we move in, which we hope won’t take more than a few weeks, and they include replacing the kitchen countertops, so I’ve spent the last couple of weeks educating myself on the pros and cons of various countertop materials, as well as choosing paint colors for different rooms we’re re-painting along with wallpaper for the powder room, and researching sleeper sofas to see if it’s possible to find one that is both comfortable as a sofa and a bed, as well as stylish. It’s all starting to make me feel a little crazy, so I now have a better understanding of how people who undergo extensive house renovations, rather than just small ones, must feel.
I also just started reading this new book yesterday, which is lovely so far, and there’s a line in it: “There’s no better way to get to know a new place than painting the walls,” which is something I’ve always said. I’ve painted my last seven apartments, and it’s work that is exhausting, frustrating, and sometimes grueling (especially the times I painted entire apartments on my own, with no help). This is the first time we’re outsourcing the job, and while I’m really relieved about not DIY’ing it this time, I’m a little bit sad to miss out on that intimate part of getting to know a new home. But there will be other ways this new home will reveal itself. I’m looking forward to learning who it is and to raising our family there.
Happy weekend, everyone!