Things have been relatively uneventful at Chez Schnell since we returned from our week in Oregon – we fell back into our regular routine pretty smoothly and picked up right where we left off at work and daycare. I wouldn’t necessarily say we came home rested, as Juliette missed the vacation memo about sleeping in and whiling away the afternoons with a good book, but I did come back with a burst of productive energy. I’ve been hitting my task list hard this past couple of weeks, declaring August “get ‘er done month!”
Most significantly, after nine years of procrastination, we have a wedding album! I spent a weekend combing through all 1700 of our wedding photos, pulling out and editing my favorites. The album came in the mail a couple of days ago, and I’m thrilled with it. We don’t have top-notch pictures of our special day, but this book definitely captures the most important moments and people. CHECK.
After three years of lamenting the state of our water-marked dining room table, we borrowed a disc sander from a friend and I went to town on my first furniture refinishing project. I put the final coat of polyurethane on it tonight and, with the exception of one gut-wrenching spot where I sanded through the veneer, it looks pretty good. Much improved, at least. The dining room makeover that I started back in April is nearly complete!
I also cleaned out our closets and took four bags of clothes to Goodwill, got Juliette’s baby book up-to-date, purged my iPhone photo library, and picked enough blackberries to make a damn good pie (super-important stuff). Phew! I haven’t been this productive since that final burst of nesting momentum I felt when I was eight months pregnant (no, I’m not pregnant! had you wondering, though, huh?).
Admittedly, I think I’m addicted to that rush of check-marking adrenaline – I’ve recently been falling asleep and waking up with nothing but to-do’s on the brain. Thankfully, Juliette is quick to remind me that all work and no play just ain’t gonna fly, so we’ve had a couple of good romps at the playground and took a very satisfying dip in Lake Washington this evening. Thanks, Jules, for keeping my neuroses in check. Now go clean your room.