Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday Ten: First World Problems

1.  Our weather has been cooler than normal.  In fact, we have had to put the heat on first thing in the morning to take the chill off the house.  But, after seeing the severe weather in Texas and Oklahoma lately, I guess I shouldn't complain.  At least it's calm cool weather.

2.  I'm still rehabbing my thigh but have been able to at least walk 2-3 miles in the morning.  When I try to add in a jog, I feel it tug. Interesting to me is that when I walk, I feel a definite pull through my hip as well.  Something is all connected up in there and I just have to be careful.  Lord knows I want to be better sooner than later.

3.  We spent 14 hours painting our lower level over the past weekend. Funny thing is that when we went to pick out paint colors and got samples, we had basically picked out lighter shades of the colors we had down there already.  Now that it's done, we like the lighter colors better and are glad we finally sucked it up and gave up a weekend to get it done, but we had to give up a weekend to get it done.

4. I'm moving right along with the plans for Mr. Helen's surprise 60th birthday party.  There's a local restaurant that has a downstairs room with it's own bar and bathrooms that I rented plus I've hired a DJ.  I'm having a soul food buffet of southern fried chicken, jerk chicken, BBQ ribs, collard greens, mac and cheese, rice, and cornbread.  Plus a cake of course. I'm not super creative so I've ordered a custom banner to hang, plus a bunch of 60th style decorations.  Decided instead of doing centerpieces (as this is a more casual place) I'd decorate from the ceiling so the decorations are things that will hang down and can be scattered on the cake table, etc.  I have had to keep it all at my office because Mr. Helen has been home a lot more lately. Hopefully this will stay a surprise - 2 weeks to go.

5. Helen Cranky Moment:  Why don't people RSVP?  I can plainly see I am going to have to contact people on Thursday.  I'm paying for the food per person so I have to know!  Why can't people just RSVP?!!!

6. I'm also surprising him with tickets to see Pitbull in concert, which I'll give him in his card..  We like Pitbull and both of us have a lot of his songs in our workout playlists.  I just wanted us to do something fun, instead of buying another "thing."  He's playing at Foxwoods, the big casino about 1/2 hour away from us.  So we can go throw some quarters in the slots if we want to.

7. Of course, since I'm this far along with everything, Mr. Helen finally went and got an MRI on his knee that has been bothering him.  (Side note: you should have seen us trying to paint between my messed up thigh/hip and his knee. Pretty funny). Went to the doctor last Friday and was told he has torn his meniscus AGAIN.  This is the knee that was operated on 7 years ago, not the one that was done recently.  As soon as the doctor told him surgery, he looked right at the doctor and said, "I can't do anything until after May 10th.  I have my anniversary and my birthday in there and I'm pretty sure my wife will KILL ME DEAD if I am laid up." And he said that without even knowing about the party.  I have him well trained.  The surgery is scheduled for May 18th which may mean I'll be on Facebook selling the Pitbull tickets at face value.  We won't know until the doctor gets into the knee if it's going to be an easy/fast or hard/months-long recovery.

8. He keeps asking me where I want to go eat out for our anniversary (which is this Saturday and 1 week before the party). I haven't answered because truth be told I don't want to spend the money with what I'm putting out for the party. Of course, I can't tell him that so I need to come up with a plan and quickly. Plus I don't want to cook either lol. Originally I was going to suggest we hike then go to the winery or something completely different than going out but with his knee that would be a no go.

9.  I ordered two sizes of the Calvin Klein MOB dress and when it came in, it was all wrong.  The material was too heavy for July - a very thick taffeta I think.  The smaller size fit me in the top and was too tight in the bottom, the larger size fit me on the bottom and the top was practically falling off. Plus the back was cut so low I have no idea what sort of undergarment could be worn with it.  Frustrating.  Back they went.

10. I was in our local Macy's store and saw they had a ton of dresses out due to prom season.  May I just say, I'm too young to wear the typical lacy, sequinny, MOB dress with jacket?  I tried some and they made me look 75 years old - which is fine if you ARE 75.  I did find one dress that I really loved - light, airy, a beautiful shade of aqua with gold accents, so I went ahead and bought it because it fits me fine now and will just look a bit better if I lose any weight.Plus I can always return it if I find something I like better. Not to mention that I got it for less than half price. Now I'm trying to accessorize it and cannot find the right shoes. Shoes are usually my easiest thing.  I've built entire outfits around shoes!


First world problems indeed. But isn't it pretty?

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    1. Thank you. I hope I can do it justice!

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  2. that is a BEAUTIFUL dress! Sorry about Mr. Helen's knee, and especially the timing of it.

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    1. He has apologized to me 10 times since Friday for putting me through another surgery - I think it's his 8th in the last 15 years or so. At least his injuries are sporty and manly lol!

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  3. 1. I've had to start a fire the past two mornings too!

    3. I'm planning to give up some quilting time to paint the storage shed and the doggie room.

    4. YUMM

    5. I fixed that Haitian style lunch guestimating we would have 60 people. We had over 60, and we had 5 RSVP's!

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  4. Oops. I hit enter too soon. The dress is just lovely. I can see it on you--perfect!

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  6. Tell Mr. Helen that for your anniversary, you want to go to dinner with me and Steve (and Malcolm, of course). Then we can pick a casual place that's cool with kids and will cost less and he won't be suspicious. :) And I love the dress!

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    1. Haha! I need to email you. I think I've come up with a solution to our getting together issues based on Mr. Helen's surgery...

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  7. I tried to turn the heat off yesterday and this morning woke up the house was at 52 degrees - yikes! Had to turn that back on - the kids are both off today and no sense freezing them to death.

    I love the dress and can totally see you in it - but ahem, don't you possibly already have shoes that could match that dress? :D

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    1. Believe it or not, I don't have any gold dressy shoes - which is what I'm looking for. And I'm looking for a very specific gold with not too high of a heel so it's going to be a job to find what I want.

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  8. Beautiful dress, and it's perfect for you, Helen! Your birthday plans sound great--you're very good at that.

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    1. I am good at coordinating and organizing and planning things. I just am not very creative/artsy. So I can say, I want centerpieces with flowers but then to carry that out and visualize it? Not so much. Thankfully, he will appreciate whatever I do and won't even notice if I color coordinate things or not lol!

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  9. Glad you can walk, at least, with your injury. Hopefully it heals in decent time, but I'm glad you aren't pushing it.

    I had a fleeting urge to repaint our second and third bathrooms (they are connected) last week, but held off...mostly because until we get new flooring, it's all going to look dumb. Sounds like your fresh paint was worth a weekend!

    Pitbull - my friend Julia LOVES him. Great birthday gift - I hope y'all get to go! That knee surgery, oh man. Love Mr. Helen's reaction, and good on him for putting his foot down on the date. :)

    The dress is such a pretty color - I'm glad you found something you love!

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    1. I am behaving. This morning I tried to do mountain climbers and that move was a no-no. So I switched to pushups, which I realize are a different part of the body but if you notice, that dress bares the arms and shoulders so pushups for that! I knew you would like that color since you are on your blue kick!

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  10. I hope your secret stays a secret for 2 more weeks. That dress is gorgeous and I am sure it looks great on you!

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  11. I would think an arthroscopy for a torn meniscus won't lay up Mr. Helen too long. Hopefully that is the case.

    Our heat still comes on every day because nights have been in the 30s. It's ridiculous.

    I can't wait to see a photo of you in that dress! It is very pretty. I think you will certainly do it justice.

    ...sigh... I feel so disconnected with the world because I have never heard of pitbull?

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  12. That sure is pretty! I absolutely love the dress. Good choiche Helen.

    Mr. Helen will be so surprised and happy with everything you have organized for him!

    I understand being cranky for not RSVP. Once we had a BBQ and in my case people cancelled in the last couple of days before the party. By that time I could not change my reservations for the food and had lots of leftovers. I hate it when people don't RSVP and when they cancel at the last minute.

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  13. Mr HELEN will be so so so happily surprised.
    and I am horrible at surprises like that as I get too excited and MAKE the person "let" me tell them.
    and youre right.
    the days of RSVPing are bizarrely over...

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  14. Zappos has about every shoe known to man or woman! You can enter your specifics including heel height, too.

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  15. That dress is GORGEOUS! PITBULL!!!!! OMG!!!!!

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  16. Absolutely beautiful dress! I love Pitbull. Foxwoods is a little over an hour from me. I wish I had known.

    I don't understand the RSVP issue either, but I still have not heard from half of the guest list for my son's First Communion this Satury. I'm so frustrated.

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