Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Halloween has jumped the pond to England per the pumpkins, bags of candy and costumes in our local grocery stores. But, honestly, it's not such a big deal over here. Nevertheless, the 9th grader and her BFF have bedecked our front porch with a few jack o' lanterns to pass out candy. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

TMI Time

I've been in Texas for the past 19 days, taking care of middle-aged lady problems. After years of suffering through all sorts of annoying monthly issues when we absolutely knew our family of four was complete, I decided to finally take the plunge and close down the defunct baby making machinery. Adios cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes.

If ya gotta get the lady parts removed, I highly recommend the laparoscopic robot assisted hysterectomy. Four little incisions covered in what looks like rubber cement, a bottle of way too many pain pills and a bladder full of blue dye that makes the toilet look like I've been drinking glasses full of Windex. That's all it takes to make the monthly yuckies go away.

I'm back home in the UK as of yesterday. The husband, daughter and dog survived in my absence thanks to the help of a cleaning lady, dog walker and calendar I created to keep them on track. For the 9th grader I imported the usual bath products in fall scents from her favourite non-clothing store in the mall, plus some candy corn and new leggings she requested. Now it's back to life as usual after a lovely fall hiatus of shopping, dining, surgery and recovery at my mother's home in the Texas hill country. I could get used to this every October... minus the lady parts removal, of course.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Furniture Finale

The corduroy swivel chair is it, the last piece of furniture we'll be placing in this house. Boy am I glad to see this part of our move abroad done because I've been working on decor since we arrived the last week in July.

At first I thought we were about to have another furniture goat scramble on our hands. When I purchased the chair online, I had elected to have the swivel chair for the third floor delivered Thursday, along with the sunroom furniture. Then I received an email Thursday morning that it would be delivered the next day. It was a shoulder shrug and oh well moment since I didn't have anything else in the hopper for Friday.

Then mid-morning on Friday I received a text that the swivel chair company was having carrier problems and they would be contacting me to reschedule delivery. About 30 minutes later, I received a call from the delivery driver that the swivel chair would be arriving within the hour. Say what?

Sure enough, the driver and his helper arrived to deliver the chair. They hauled it up to the top floor, I tipped them and they left. I attacked the plastic wrap on the chair with scissors and uncovered it. I must say it's really comfy and exactly what I expected, except for the colour. This is what it looked like on the furniture website. You can see it's supposed to be a golden brown sort of colour they named coffee.

Below is what I got. According to the label on the chair packaging, it's the right chair in the correct coffee colour, but it just looks gray to me. After the sofa snafu of September, nothing surprises me. 

I think the golden brown colour I chose based on the website's picture was a better fit with the rug, but I imagine we can all live with it. The chair wasn't expensive and I'm not going through the trouble of returning another piece of furniture that might take weeks to accomplish and be replaced by something that isn't any more fabulous than what I've already got. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bump, set, spike

Thanks to the lack of elementary level indoctrination, summer camps and off-season competitive travel teams, the 9th grader is playing JV volleyball at her UK based American high school. That's one of the things I appreciate most about her school, that she didn't have to start playing a sport before kindergarten in order to stand a chance of making the team. She gets to give things a try without the pressure of it being do or die, win at all costs and give 150% all the time in order to be considered successful in the eyes of the coaches.

It's a grainy picture taken from the bleachers with my phone because I never remember to bring along a *real* camera to document our lives with more clarity through a better lens, but it still captures her beautiful smile. They've won some and lost some. I believe she has shown improvement. They don't always get around to the bump, set and spike drill consistently. Plus I've seen some one armed efforts, as well as a foot shot or two, to get the ball back over the net, but it's all a part of the process.

That's the bottom line for me - having fun, learning some new skills and enjoying the overall experience of a team sport. Go Royals!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Not half bad

Slowly but surely, I've been getting the house put together. We ordered furniture eight weeks ago for the sunroom area right off the kitchen and it was delivered today. I bought the rug and buffet in Texas before the move, so was hoping the sofa and chair didn't make it look as if a blind person gave interior decorating a go.

I wish the rug was a little lighter or the sofa a little darker, but whatcha gonna do? As soon as I sat down on the sofa to give it a whirl, Ollie immediately jumped up to join me and christen it by rubbing his scruffy doggie head on the cushion. That's how we roll in our family, and probably no worse than this couch will experience once the husband gets home from a trip to Belfast and flops down Saturday night to watch football.