The Adventures of Stinky Sweet:

Sometimes stinky. Sometimes sweet. But it's our life - and it is always good.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Visits and a bathroom update.

My mom was here this weekend on her monthly visit - which we plan over Christmas break when we both get out our next year's calendar and pick weekends. We honestly didn't do ANYTHING of note except go see a movie once Chad got off work on Saturday afternoon. She ran errands with me on Saturday as I try to decide what towels and shower curtain to buy for our bathroom. I am actually embarrassed to say that I haven't bought any yet and no, the bathroom isn't finished. Sigh. Life.

So, projects for this weekend: make a decision about towels and shower curtain and purchase them. Sand the doorway and window frame to prep for paint (FYI: the I hate to call them stupid, greedy, or corner cutting but that is what they are people that "flipped" our house before we bought it took some major short cuts. Things that covered the problem without really fixing it - NOT what me or the guy I am married to are OK with! For example: all the doorways in the house were stained/varnished wood. They did not sand or strip them before painting a semi-gloss latex over it. This means that once it chips, it peels off in huge strips. And now WE have to sand off ALL of the paint to be able to rough up the varnish and start over with an oil-based primer to be able to paint a latex semi-gloss over it.) So, THAT is my project for today and this week. Lots of sanding, priming and painting. It is the last step in the bathroom fix besides a deep cleaning and Chad still needs to attach the faucet to the shower (something about an issue with the length of the pipe? One thing after another, around here.)

So, heading to Target then back to work on my To Do list before Chad gets off work at 3:30!

Monday, June 2, 2014

A good change.

In case you didn't know, Chad's current job has been second shift for almost a year and half now. This means he goes to work about an hour before I get off and comes home and crawls in bed about midnight. In addition to being second shift, he also works every other weekend (Saturday and Sunday). I am so thankful that he has decent employment and that our insurance is through the State of TN. because of it - but hear me people - 2nd shift stinks. I am so sympathetic for families who have parents or spouses who work strange shifts and never get time together. And I am even more aware that there are families who have parents, spouses, and loved ones who are deployed for months at a time so getting every other weekend together isn't even an option. I know how lucky we are.

But, as of today, my guy is officially a first shift worker. Same place. Same benefits. Still has to work every other weekend (womp, womp) but we will get to be home together in the evenings. He will work 7am to 3:30pm now, instead of 3pm to 11:30pm. I can't explain to you how giddy this makes me. I feel so bad for people that don't WANT to spent more time with their spouses and families and I can't imagine feeling that way. I spent the entire day today at work sort of grinning about the fact that I was going to get to come home and spend the evening with my husband like a regular ole' day.

If you enjoy spending time with your spouse - and especially if that spouse works a "regular" or flexible schedule *admittedly, like mine*- be thankful. I came home tonight, we went for a walk, made dinner together, and checked the interwebs for a place to say when we go on vacation this fall. I am still sort of riding on a high - it was lovely to spend the evening with him and to know that I get to do it again tomorrow (instead of it being his one day off per week). I am so thankful that this small shift has worked out for him. Please pray that it will be an easy transition and that he will get used to a new set of coworkers and schedules; also please pray that he will be content in his work and be able to see the impact he has there and know when it is time to move on. Thankfully he is on the same unit with the same patients so some things stay the same.

I am crazy about that guy - we're two and a half months from our 6th anniversary! - and I am so glad we get to spend a little more time together!