Thursday, August 17, 2006

The carpet strikes back...

The Carpet Strikes Back... a thank you... and more...

To begin with I would like to thank all of you for your outpouring of support in response to my last blog. I really feel loved and supported, which is more helpful than just about anything else! My absence from posting was due to a combination of the final chapter of the carpet saga and planning our wedding/honeymoon.

So, we were told at the end of last week that the icky, yucky, blucky carpets would be gone at the end of last week or the beginning of this week. Weeell, they came out today. Sadly, all of our stuff has been in the family room all week while we waited, and we had to sleep in the living room last night in order to insure the furniture was out of the rooms. (By the way, we will be finding an alternative bed for guests, our futon sucks!! I heartily apoligize to any friends who have already learned that. Sorry Luke!!)

But today the carpets were removed to uncover a decent, though heavily stained, wood floor. I have spent the better part of the day mopping, sweeping, and steam cleaning the wood. I have also removed little pokey things (staples and nails), and tiny remaining tufts of carpet that were stuck to the wall. The rooms look better. They do not look great but they are no longer covered by stinky, ugly, dirty, lavender carpet. (YAY!!) I am now completely spent.

Our landlord came by today to haul away the carpet. He missed some, of course. One of his biggest arguments in this carpet debate is that we have pets who will simply ruin any new carpet that comes in. Now our pets are good. The girls have occasional accidents, but given that we are fencing the backyard and I will be able to let them out whenever they need to go, there should be no issues here. My cat, Chloe, has never peed anywhere. That is until this morning, when she objected to the carpets remaining as long as they have by peeing on the one in the hallway. So the carpet removal crew informed my landlord that the carpet was wet, and he gave me a very triumphant look. I responded by stating the obvious. That pets, no matter how well trained, will spray when they encounter another pet's urine smell, and that poor Chloe had restrained herself for over two weeks. Happily for me, the carpet removal crew agreed that it is nearly impossible to stop your pet from peeing on a carpet that is covered in a different animal's scent. My landlord grudgingly agreed, but I am positive he expects my pets to ruin the carpet in the family room. Sigh.

I am settling in a little better, the challenges of the last two days have kept me from feeling quite so "desperate". I vacillate between wanting to stay at home and wanting to work. I really would love to write an article for publication, or maybe even a book. I would love to do crafty stuff, and volunteer for some good environmental causes, learn to cook Indian food. I would also love to take on a new legal challenge or several, and earn some money after years of incurring a massive debt. It is really hard to figure out what I want to do.

Luckily, I have some time! Tonight I am making chicken curry for the first time ever! Off to counquer the kitchen! Thank you all for your helpful suggestions and love! I miss you!

Denver Girl, signing off!

5 comments:

tek said...

Go get 'em!

You never took pics of the offending carpet, you know. Now it will never be immortalized on the web as the hideous pile of lavender that it was. Oh well!

BTW, I recommend against curry when breastfeeding. My mom came out when Caitlin was about 8 weeks old and made the most fabulous curry for me.

Caitlin screamed while nursing for HOURS.

Whoops!

Scylla said...

eek! I never even thought of that!

Mental note to self, will not eat curry while breastfeeding!!

woman at the well said...

Glad you're back! This is your fault - but I've been so entranced with your blog, I decided to do one as well. I'm still refining it, but it is www.christian-woman-at-the-well.blogspot.com. You can be the first to take a look.

Scylla said...

That's awesome Paula! I will come and check it out!

The Observer said...

Tek that is a HILLARIOUS story. I love it.

I've been thinking more about this and I think you could really write some interesting things. You might seriously think about writing an essay for publication in a general interest publication -- the story of your client with RAD would probably be very compelling.

Miss you girl. And the tiny one too, say hi for me. And the big one, give him a hug for me!

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