Not all weeks can be lovely, even if they are productive.
DIY Girl Hat: This week was tough. On Tuesday evening, I went to bed with a headache that was creeping its way to a migraine. I'd run out of prescrips, and decided to wait it out until the doctor could refill the prescription. On Wednesday morning, the migraine bloomed in all its striking, breathless glory, and I made a mad dash to the emergency room before I was completely blind. After 3 hours in the emergency room and completely needless CT scan, I lied to the doctor, who'd given me a horrible cocktail of Benedryl and something that started with a "T," that yes, I feel much better--now can I go home? My dear friend drove me home and I "slept" for another 28 hours to shake it off. It finally went away, but only yesterday, after I got my prescription refilled and took twice the dosage that should have killed the migraine.
Professor Hat: Apologies to my brand new students, some of whom missed me on the second day of class because of the dastardly migraine. I always love the new semester, with all its possibilities and fresh faces. I hope to be on my game next week.
Mom Hat: And today, my seven-year-old's hamster-- named first "Joey" and then "Ra," because my son thought it needed a more regal-sounding name ("Ra, after the Egyptian sun god, Maman," he'd said)--that dear little hamster curled up and died in his half-chewed paper towel roll. I really liked that guy. I had to break the news to Julien tonight. It's never a good day when you have to tell your son that his pet died. So, I'm not feeling too chipper.
I won't even go into the minor-by-comparison-but-infuriating incident today with a screw, a drill bit, and the elegant Shaker crown molding, which will now be referred to as Shakey crap molding. So, because I should update the blog, at the bottom of this post are more pics. I'll take clearer ones with a pretty camera when the kitchen is all cleaned up and decorated. No more pics until the big reveal, with the "before" and "after" pics.
Author Hat: One thing that's keeping my spirits up is the book signing at Barnes & Noble tomorrow at 1 PM. I'm looking forward to seeing new and old friends.
This coming Thursday is the reading at UTD. If you're up for hearing me read some selections and a little Q&A, please come! There are LOTS of seats to fill.
|new stainless steel double oven: 30 glorious inches|
|The narrow island on wheels (foreground), and the permanent island that I'm building behind it. I'm loving the new open shelves on the wall.|
|Found this lovely, chunky bookshelf at Ikea. Turned it on its side, and now it will hold all our pretty white dishes.|
|Someone at a wonderful appliance resale shop here in Plano found us a 36" vent. We're waiting to see how it will look here above the range.|