The past few days have been pretty full. I'm finally starting to tackle the things I've been putting off for far too long.
I got an estimate done for the plumbing that needs repaired and replaced in the house, and talked to my brother-in-law about having him come out to do the work. It's a big project that requires re-piping the entire house from galvanized steel to copper, digging up the front yard to replace the deteriorating sewer line, and replacing the faucets in the sink and tub in the bathroom. It's going to require breaking into some walls, too.
Matt's parents are going to visit the same time that Chris is out to do the plumbing, and I'm probably gonna try to get the other two brothers to come out so we can have a little Row reunion! Plus, they can help patch the walls after the plumbing is done... (Maybe I can talk them into getting a few other things done like put in the access door to the garage, replace the garage roof, insulate the attic, bolt the foundation, and put in new tile in the kitchen, but that might be a little too ambitious.)
I've got an appointment tomorrow morning with the insurance lady to talk about alternative health insurance options for the kids, and options for me. Anthem is sucking me dry with their cranked up rates for the kids, and because I'm still on COBRA and considered out of network by my insurance carrier, my medical bills are out of hand. I might as well not even be insured at this point. We haven't even been to the dentist yet (I'm pretty sure I have a cavity), and I know my eyesight has changed a bit as well which will require new glasses and contacts.
I did get the hedge trimmer working and trimmed all the hedges in the back yard. I can't tell you how satisfying it was to finally get at that, and to just go crazy trimming everything with a big power tool. Woohoo! I was wishing I had more hedges just so I could hack away at something else!
Did a little bit (too much) retail therapy at the Nordstrom Rack, but got some really cute things. Since I'm living in a warm climate now, I've got to get more warm-weather appropriate clothes, you know! At least that's how I'm justifying it... Also got some new gardening gloves (not at Nordstrom's, obviously) since the other ones I had got destroyed, and I used them when I took out the poisonous Oleander that was in my front yard.
Sydney and I went to look at a potential preschool, and loved what we saw. I've got a couple others to look into as well. I was going to keep her home for another year before putting her in, but I think we both will benefit from having her spend a few hours two or three times a week in preschool. Hopefully the money I save from changing my insurance will help offset the cost.
I have an appointment for next week to get my van fixed since it's had two recalls on it - it's a 2005 Toyota Sienna, and the seat belts and some other gas strut thing both need replaced. Fortunately, the brakes aren't recalled like on many others. Now I need to make an appointment to get the back quarter panel fixed from when I backed into the pole (on my birthday) the month before Matt died.
It seems like with every one thing I accomplish on my To Do list, two more things are added in it's place. But I'm starting to finally feel like I'm getting my shit together (sort of), and it's making me feel a little less stressed.
Totally unrelated, but Sydney just came up to me with one of her dolls and said, "She's crying."
I said, "She is? Why?"
She replied, "Because she misses her daddy."