November 22nd, 2010

weight, beauty, body

Cheap food, overly abundant linens, and hand-made childhood bedding

Chilly weather today, but lots of sun. Super neat.

Shannon and I biked to Target this morning to buy ultra-cheap groceries. While we were there, Shannon did some oh-so-subtle Christmas shopping: "Which of these winter coats do you like best? What size fits you? Try it on to see if you like it. Why? Oh, no reason."

We came home, watched some "Glee," cleaned the house, showered together, got sexed up, read some Harry Dresden, watched "The Amazing Race," talked a lot, and -- oh yeah -- I slept and slept and slept in the in-between times.

When doing housework, I cleaned out the linen closet. I pulled out blankets Shannon said he'd never seen before. I decided to get rid of lots of stuff we never use. Like: we have about a gazillion pillow cases. We wear out our sheets, and then we buy new sheets (which come with pillow cases), and we never throw out the perfectly good pillow cases left behind. Over the years, they accumulate! Well, maybe someone else could use 800 million pillow cases, so I will give them away.

I felt terribly conflicted about what to do with the quilt my mom made for me when I was 6-10 years old (it took her a few years). It isn't really my style -- some 30 years later -- seeing as it's covered in Girl Scout symbols, roller skates, Raggedy Ann dolls, and such, but how can one get rid of something with such sentimental value? And yet ... it seems ridiculous to just keep it in a closet. For now, I decided to keep it. Just think of all the hours my mom put into that thing, just for me!

I've been feeling funky about my weight lately, but I don't feel ready to write about it at this juncture. And, anyway, I've probably said it all before. Bleh. Lingering issues!

So this is what they mean by "home ownership."

Bad news. Our building contractor (the most excellent Mr. Ting Ma) has discovered a rather distressing construction problem. When he (and his crew) tore down the west wall of our garage today, revealing the east side of our house, he discovered that GIGANTIC tree roots -- presumably from the old acacia we had removed last year -- had burrowed *under* the house, *into* and *under* the cement foundation. Those are some strong frickin' roots!

So. This is not happy happy news. I don't even know for sure what will need to be done. It will no doubt involve a LOT more money than we had slated for this garage project. Ting is going to call Mr. Chiu (the engineer) to consult with him, and then we can talk again later.

Shannon is very upset about this. I'm just ... numb. I guess I'm just focused on facts:

1. There is a problem with the house foundation.
2. We do not yet know the extent of the problem or what will need to be done about it.
3. *Something* will need to be done about it.
4. This "something" will cost money we hadn't expected to spend right now.
5. This unexpected money will most likely have to come from somewhere that is not ideal (getting a loan? selling stocks?).
6. This is what it means to own a house, so we just have to figure out what needs to be done, and then make it happen.

So things kind of suck right now, but we'll work it out.