Monday, April 21, 2014


Yep, I did it.

And the first order of business was cleaning the refrigerator.

I also got a ton of laundry done. It never seems to end in our house.

The girls and I sorted out their drawers of winter clothes, and put summer clothes in their place.

I tried to organize the spare room which I am still trying to paint. I just can't seem to find a chunk of time in which I don't get pulled into some other project.

Sarah did some reading for school. She really likes the Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant.

In the afternoon Emmy and I went for a walk while Sal and Sarah rode their bikes. I think Emmy is a little intimidated by hers. Sometimes I make her ride, but taking a walk sounded like fun to me too so I let it slide. We were playing wiffle ball (again) when their dad showed up for the switch.

It was very hard to let the girls go and I told Sal I was going outside to do something. I decided to rip out our concrete pavers sidewalk. In all honesty, I wanted it to be harder than it actually was. When I was almost finished I called him out to look at my project. He wasn't happy with me, but mostly because he had no idea where or how to get rid of the pavers.

I don't either.

UPDATE: I posted an ad on Craigslist. People will take anything that says FREE. The pavers were lining our yard when I left for work Tuesday morning. By the time I got home, they were gone and I was still receiving email messages about them. One guy, my old neighbor, oddly enough, was one. He had no idea where I had moved to, but I guess he found me. It was pretty funny.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Would you believe I didn't take a single picture on Easter?

Well, believe it.

It probably had something to do with the 2.5 hours of sleep I received the night before. Emmy had gone to bed with a tummyache. Between worrying about her and my mind racing over life in general, it was a wasted night.

Anyway, Sarah sang in the children's choir at mass, and then we went to my sister's for the afternoon. Sal's uncle met us there and then followed us back home. He stayed for dinner, went for a walk with us, and then played wiffle ball at Sarah's request.

We had another fun day with gorgeous weather, and I would love to take a vacation day tomorrow. We shall see.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

The Good Friday service was at 1pm, and we told the girls that if they could behave we would take them to the zoo afterwards.

Mass was longer than I expected, but the girls were excited to participate in Veneration of the Cross. Different churches perform this ceremony different ways, but Holy Spirit in Millvale has two altar boys hold a large crucifix while parishioners form a double line down the center aisle. The lines alternate kissing the feet of Jesus on the cross.

We were in the right hand line and should have exited to the right, but I allowed Emmy to go ahead of me and after she kissed the feet she went left instead of right. I knew she wouldn't go far and she did see me return to my seat so she cut through the line and returned to us.

Veneration is followed by a communion service since Good Friday is not a full mass.

Following the service we did go to the zoo.

Just as we exited the elevator, Sarah spotted a $5 bill laying on the ground. There was no one around to return it to so we let her keep it. She was so excited, and asked me to put it in her bank account.

Emmy really wanted to see the zebra, but it (or they) was (were) nowhere to be found. The ostrich was pretty active, and Sal and I found her amusing.

Sarah was determined to see sharks for some reason. She seemed quite impressed when we did find them, but a little boy, probably about two, burst into tears when the shark got a little too close to him. I felt bad for him, but it was pretty funny.

The polar bears were also in their enclosure, but unfortunately they weren't swimming. We did see this fun sign though. I guess they don't want people to get that much of an education.

Following the zoo we decided to hit up Rita's for Italian Ice.

Normally I wouldn't start a project, like dyeing Easter eggs, at 6pm, but the girls were begging and they had gotten along better today than usual.

I noticed a big change this year. They shared colors nicely, they had the patience to wait for the egg to turn a nicely saturated color, and they didn't get bored five minutes into it.

When they were finished with the eggs, we only did about 10 total, Emmy went outside to "help" Sal cut the grass. That's a stroller she's pushing. Life is all about improvising :-)

We could not have had a more perfect day. I love having a 7 and 5 year old. They are so much fun.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

Easter break started today for the girls, and Sal too. I was stuck going into work. For the first time in their young lives, we decided to take the girls to the Holy Thursday mass. It didn't start until 7pm, which is late for them on a school night, but since they had slept in and just hung around the house all day I figured they could handle it.

At this mass the priest washes the feet of twelve parishioners, just as Jesus washed the feet of the twelve apostles prior to his Last Supper.

Emmy was particularly interested in this ritual, but it was Sarah who volunteered to be one of the twelve. Sal also participated.

They, and ten others, sat on metal folding chairs that lined one side of the main aisle at St. Nicholas. The priest began with Sal who was sitting on the end closest to the altar. Sarah was next and I caught her grin when the priest poured the water over her foot. I heard him ask if it was cold, and Sarah nodded in return.

I wanted to take a picture, but decided quickly that it would probably be frowned about so I fought the urge. I hope the experience stays with Sarah, and Emmy too.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


So, the plan was to sand the top of the shelf and either re-stain or paint it.

I went to Lowe's and bought a new toy. Took it home and realized that the top of the shelf was just a veneer overlay and not real wood. I decided to try to sand the red stain out anyway. What I succeeded doing instead was to cause the veneer to bubble. Then I had to pick at it with a screwdriver. Once I took it to the point of no return, I told Sal the entire shelf had to come out.

I waited to gauge his reaction, because it's not me who had to replace the shelf. It's him. I destroy, he fixes.

All he said was, "okay." And, he didn't sound mad.


This little bedroom was supposed to be a paint the walls and rip out the carpet kind of project, and I've now put more effort into this room than any other in the house.

It's going to be so worth it though.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Yesterday I buried myself in the spare room to stripe and paint the walls. I made progress, but I'm not finished yet. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

I am quite happy with the results, but the skinny, top stripe had to be brushed and, though you can't tell in Picture 4, there was quite a bit of seepage where the paint ran underneath the tape line. It's nothing that can't be fixed with a steady hand and a tiny brush, of which I have both, but it did create extra work.

I'm not sure if I love the top line anyway, so I may paint over it and just have two lines on the wall. I'm going to talk to a graphic designer at work and get her expert opinion.

Update: The line stays, at this point.