Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Where's my prize?

The focus on getting the new house ready has made everything else out of balance. And, let's not forget right now we have 12 people living in our 900 sq ft 3 bedroom 1 bath ranch house. If that's not enough to send someone spinning out of control, I'm not sure what is.

I really think we could pitch this idea to a network for a reality show: The EXTENDED FAMILY. Put in sisters, brothers, spouses and their kids, toss in parents and an Ex for good measure, and cram them in an insanely small house with one bathroom, a mega heatwave and...they have to live on a shoestring budget. The last person with sanity intact and speaking relationships wins a trip to a deserted island. Trust me, after three weeks of this, even peeing alone is a prize.

We are all holding up remarkably well. No one has threatened death to anyone else before.

I don't know if it's an avoidance tactic, but the men of the house have been working LOTS of extra hours. Heck, if I had the chance to work extra hours, I'd snatch it up!

Meanwhile, we're trying to get things packed. I'm optimistic that we'll be ready to move in at the end of next week. As soon as the electrical passes inspection and the a/c is turned on upstairs, we are moving. I don't care if the a/c is ready downstairs!

I'm trying to get as many projects done as possible, but we are really at a standstill especially since we're under a heat advisory. Here's a list of what I need to get done this week:

  1. Finish spray painting girls' bunkbeds
  2. pick up refrigerator
  3. Fix the chandelier in the reception hall
  4. spruce up dressers
  5. deliver bunkbeds and futon to new house
  6. deliver washer/dryer to old house
  7. prime shelving unit for kitchen
  8. continue bagging up clothes/toys (much easier than boxing up for a cross town move)
  9. update address with schools & figure out buses
  10. maybe even film a saving money on school supplies spot for the news, because I have a TON of time for that right now

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