Family time!

I feel like I won the lottery because last night, Jon fell asleep at 9something and I got to catch up on Parenthood! Tonight, he fell asleep again at 9something, so I forced him into bed and have the house all to myself! I love him, but I also love my me time! I should be studying, but I need a break.

I woke up fairly early today and considered running, but decided against it. It was in the low 30s when I woke up anyway, so that’s not really enticing, although I actually don’t mind running in the cold weather as long as it isn’t cloudy and dreary (which it definitely was!). Besides, I had already kind of realized that this would be mostly an off week from the gym and running because of having family here. Oh well!

I got to spend time this afternoon with Annie and Tank!


That kid has no interest in pictures at all! My mom, Annie, and Tank all came over to my house. Annie hasn’t been in town since I bought it and it was nice to get their input on my floors! I’ve decided to go with a darker wood and paint the house a lighter gray color. I’m still a little nervous because of how dark it is in here and I don’t want it to seem super small! But I do love dark wood. Jon said he’s fine with whatever (glad the organization of the fridge is so important but he lacks input on the floors for the entire house!). We headed over to The Sugar Shack  which is pretty much my new favorite little coffee place (along with The White Windmill). The Sugar Shack has such good pumpkin muffins! And since I’m eating whatever I want this week, I’m eating pumpkin muffins too. And sandwiches. And lots of coffee.

My family headed home and I started studying. Jon heated up some of my mom’s chili for me for dinner! I think I’m going to finally learn how to make it. My mom has been making the exact same recipe since we were little, so it’s our winter staple. It’s nice to throw something in the microwave to eat too.

My oldest sister and her fiance came in town tonight! I would love to go see them tomorrow, but I may be studying for my test. I haven’t really decided yet. I really can’t wait until the day when I no longer have to consider school. Even when I’m done with my bachelor’s in May, I’ll still have grad school looming overhead! Anyway, I work all day Wednesday and really am wishing I hadn’t picked up the shift since I want to spend time with the family. Ah well! Such is life!

Time to go enjoy some of my TV while I have it all to myself!

Nephew and sister time!

What an exhausting weekend! After Jon made me breakfast yesterday morning, we enjoyed our meal and I studied some biology! I took a quick nap and then worked from 3p-3a. It was a really tiring shift because of my crazy assignment, but I made it out alive! I came home and cleaned my house at 4am but I couldn’t stand the mess! I like things all neat and organized and the house was definitely neither of those! But it’s looking better now! Had I not been so tired, I think I would have finally scrubbed my floors too!

This morning Jon and I went to look at floors for the house! We have a few samples laying around the house and I think we may end up looking again on Sunday morning before making our final decision! I can’t believe we’re 3 weeks away from laying our own floors (with the help of his brother)! I have a feeling that’ll give me the push to get the rest of the house done but there’s no way I can take that much money out of savings!

I got my hair cut and then went over to my parent’s house (just a side note: he did not cut my bangs enough so I need to get that fixed) with Jon. My sister Annie and my nephew Tank got in town last night! We ate dinner and Jon played with Tank for so long! It was so fun watching them interact! Best future uncle ever. And Tank seriously just gets cuter and cuter. I love that kid! I was hoping to stay and hang out for awhile tonight but there was no way it was going to happen! I didn’t fall asleep till after 5 last night and was up by 9:30, so I’m about to head to bed! Jon wanted to make it home to watch football anyway, but I need to get up early enough to study tomorrow and have some family time!

No exercising this weekend cause there just wasn’t any time or energy! Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not. It may have to wait till after my test on Tuesday night.


The man.


The sister.


The nephew! SO CUTE!

The woes of a leaky shower

I bought my first condo a few months ago after deciding not to “throw my money away” anymore on an apartment. It totally made sense at the time. Pay $1100 for a safe one bedroom somewhere near downtown Atlanta and not listen to drunk college aged kids in the parking lot, or pay way less for a safe two bedroom somewhere near downtown Atlanta and not listen to drunk college aged kids in the parking lot. Owning a condo= paying less monthly and still winning.

So now I own a condo, which does have two bedrooms and the condo complex is also full of middle aged people, which is right up my alley. They never get drunk and hang out in the parking lot. Just how I like it.

Fast forward 20 days into my homeownership. (Quick background- my condo was remodeled completely before I moved in.) The grout around my shower seems darker than the grout elsewhere in my bathroom. Hmmmmm, I think, that’s odd. Fast forward 42 days into my homeownership. The wall just above the grout has split about two inches and feels, well, not damp, but “humid.” And it cracked in the middle of the wall, just under the faucet… Uuuuhh…

“Joooonnnn! Jon! My wall! Come look at it! It looks like it split! I think my shower really is leaking! What do I dooooo?!

“I don’t know. Call your parents.”

Well, of course. I totally bought this house as a dry run. One day, I won’t live 35 minutes from my parents. One day, they’ll be even older and may not be able to help me with my shower. Better learn now while I have somebody to learn from, or else I’d have to figure all this homeowner crap out on my own.

Anyway, so that’s what I did. I called my parents and they both talked to me on the phone at the same time about exactly what I saw. They came over a few days later and told me that I was right, something was wet. Thanks guys. That’s exactly what  I told you. But since they just “wanted to see it” and didn’t bring any supplies, my mom decided to come over to help me seal my grout and caulk all the corners in the shower (who doesn’t do that when they build a place?!) at a later date.

Fast foward 48 days into homeownership (also, who actually keeps track of the days? not me- don’t even know what day I closed anymore, but the numbers make this extra suspensful). My mom came over to help me with the shower, after crowding my bathroom with the dehumidifier and fan for the last three days and wiping the corners down with alcohol yesterday.

I’d love to say that my mom and I worked side by side to achieve optimum results, but that’s not what happened. Instead, my mom worked hard caulking my shower while my kitten tried to eat everything, and I laid on my bed studying ACLS (advanced cardiac life support- I’m a nurse) since I have to recert on Thursday and haven’t  taken care of patients in two months. Back to the story… Mom decides to use white grout (in a tan shower) so she can see it. Cool. I just want my walls dry. And she tapes it, which she’s done before in her showers. We eat gluten free crackers and Laughing Cow, which I’m sure my mom loved, and then go to remove the tape so we can see this beautifully caulked shower.

“Ooooh… Ooooh no… Well that didn’t work like it normally does… Oooooh…”

Yep, it didn’t work. We were left with somewhat damp caulk stuck to the grout and that was it. White caulk, nonetheless. We spent quite some time scraping excess caulk off, filing down my nails on the grout, and reapplying (well, Mom reapplied) caulk. We decided sealing the tile and grout would have to wait since it was almost Mom’s bedtime (8pm!!!!). I’ll seal the tile later, probably only to find out I need to call a plumber because my pipe is actually what’s leaking, and then I’ll be out some couple of hundred dollars and still have white caulk in my tan shower… And then away Mom went, to her house with no leaky pipes or leaky showers…

And here I am, left drinking wine, sitting next to a man playing on his phone that tells me to call my parents when issues arise in my condo, wondering why the f’ did I buy a condo again?!?!