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Birthday and stuff! 
6th-Mar-2014 11:11 am
I had a birthday on Sunday! It was a big one! 40!

But at the tail end of two years of tsuris, I was exhausted about it. (The tsuris is tapering off, but has yet to end. Look for a Very Special Post on March 18 if not before.)

Stress did not kill my birthday, mind. :) The Batman-villain-themed burlesque was fantastic. Saturday's events were likewise wonderful. I chose to spend Sunday like I spend most Sundays, because I like how I spend most Sundays - snuggled on the couch with my tiny pupple and my Adam, goofing off. Clicking "like" on Facebook birthday wishes. :)

Aside from the tsuris, this has been a period of intense focus on the novel and on working with my body, so I haven't had much energy for anything else, either brainwise or bodywise. Hence the lack of posting. This week has been full of writing and body stuff.

Finally found out when our morning stuff Saturday will end, and decided to start my birthday party at 4pm, so there can be afternoon hangouts and dinner and evening hangouts, come and go as you please. I need to dig up cake recipes so I can send Adam out shopping!

One of the things that was blocking me from making this post was that I wanted to make a What I Really Want list, and I kept thinking I should try to find an older one to model it off of, but whatever, not gonna do it, this has taken too much time already! Obviously I want you to join my BARCC Walk team and/or sponsor me, but other than that... I just have some stuff I need help with. For all that Judah is a rapist and emotionally abusive, he did get stuff done around the house. (Survivor humor is gallows humor.) So the What I Want list for my birthday, in the grand tradition of "some of these things are big and wacky but you never know if you don't ask"...

1. Help painting my office. Judah talked me into institutional grey with an accent nook in teal; I want cobalt blue with an accent nook in bright green. No, trust me, it'll work. I can do some rollering, but my hands give out before I can do all the rollering in a room, and my hand tremors do not allow for neat edging.

2. I have a free futon! I just need someone to help me pick it up (from Somerville) and set it up in the spare bedroom. It's already disassembled for travel. And I just got an e-mail that I have a free TV stand to pick up,also from Somerville, so if we could do this in one trip, yay.

3. Help planning container gardening. We have a patch in the backyard that would be perfect for gardening, but repeated bending is one of those things my body invariably hates! I have never gardened, but would like to this year.

4. More of a year-round thing... company to things. I don't want to date right now, but I would love theatre buddies. Also there are many times when events/places are like 15 minutes to drive to but an hour and a half on the T - rides would mean I'd get out more, and I should be getting out more, especially with how I'm getting with the novel!

5. A new bedframe. This is the "I know no one has a spare bedframe but WHAT THE HEY" thing. Frankly, I want a Tempurpedic bed with new frame, but that is $$$$, so I'll settle for a new bedframe; the one I'm using now is one Judah brought in, and I want it out. Not just because bad stuff happened on the bed (although that is a big part of it), but also, it is metal, which gets cold, and I'm constantly waking myself up by clanging my rings against it in the night. It just needs to go. But I don't wanna sleep just on a mattress on the floor. :P Bed is queen-size.

And that's all I can think of for now? More later, I'm sure.
6th-Mar-2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
With regard to your rings hitting the metal on your bed at night, and waking you up -would it be worthwhile to wrap the metal in cloth? I'm thinking it may at least muffle the sound some.
6th-Mar-2014 06:45 pm (UTC) - When do you need the pickup stuff done?
I have a decent sized vehicle for transport.
7th-Mar-2014 06:48 pm (UTC) - Re: When do you need the pickup stuff done?
Got it covered for tomorrow morning, but thank you! :)
6th-Mar-2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Disclaimer: I have no experience with painting, and so make no promises about being any good at it.

But! I do have daytime availability, and hands that work, and a willing-ness to help out.

Let me know if you want, and we'll chat off-LJ about when?
6th-Mar-2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
Bedframs: Freecycle has worked really well for me in the past for such things. Craigslist, as a court of last resort?
6th-Mar-2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Be wary of Tempurpedic and other memory foam mattresses if you have a latex allergy. Mine is just strong enough that a contour pillow was causing nightly asthma attacks. Tossed out the pillow and symptoms went away with it.
7th-Mar-2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Ack!! That is good to know, since I have a mild latex allergy. I have been considering getting a memory foam pillow for awhile now. Memory foam is amazing for my fibromyalgia, but I didn't know it was made with latex.
7th-Mar-2014 05:48 am (UTC)
wish I lived a lot closer, like whole continents, cos I have a spare QS bed sitting in my granny flat doing bugger all.

I also LOVE painting and am down with any colour scheme you may want to try, the wackier the better IMHO.
14th-Mar-2014 12:34 am (UTC)
We may have a QS bedframe that might suit. We replaced it because it broke, but it's really fixable (which I wish we'd figured out before replacing it... but anyway..!).

It's a platform, so has slats under a mattress (not springs). It has drawers underneath. Mattress not included; we don't have a spare- and if we replace ours, that sucker needs to be trashed; it's really old and weird.

Note that foam mattresses were really bad for me; not only are they horribly hot in the summer, but when they start to give, they did serious damage to my joints. What works for me is really firm... but YMMV.

I'm pretty sure we have all the bits, still.
14th-Mar-2014 11:56 am (UTC)
I am keenly interested, but - how fixable?
14th-Mar-2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
We'd fix it before handing it on.

Details- one of the side boards of the frame finally broke- it's only gotten hard use for 30-odd years, and was teak-veneered particleboard at that. When we took it apart to replace it with our new one, we saw that we could have patched the break, which unfortunately wasn't obvious until we'd taken it apart.

A couple of the supporting slats are duct-taped together as well; they would be fairly trivial to replace.

I can promise no bedbugs! :) Cat dander, though... yeah, it comes free.

It's got 4 BIG drawers underneath, useful for storing sheets etc.

Downsides: it IS broken, and while we think the fix will last OK, we can't promise that. And the slats are functional when duct-taped. so we won't replace them. It's particle board underneath, but after 30+ years I doubt it's outgassing. Teak veneer- it was part of one of the "Scandinavian"- style, but is really plain. Low headboard at the top- maybe 6-8 inches above the mattress. The drawers are a bit wonky but do hold stuff; we tended to overfill them.

It was a great bedframe for us, and I rather wish we'd fixed it instead of replacing it, though the new one has some benefits, too. Smaller drawers and no headboard, alas.
24th-Mar-2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
If we're likely to be able to get it up our stairs, we're interested!
27th-Mar-2014 12:15 am (UTC)
What are your stairs like?

The sides are non-bendy and the length of a full/queen sized mattress- maybe 6 feet? These are the biggest/most awkward pieces; the rest are smaller and shorter.

The slats go horizontally, so they're shorter than the length.

It does all break down well, but the length of the side pieces could be a problem if you had stairs with really super-tight turns. of course, it'd then be pretty impossible to get any queen-sized frame up them...

J is taking a vacation in the second week of April, so while we might be able to deliver it before that- after would be easier, especially since it'd give us a bit more time to fix the break.

I did like this frame better than the one we currently have. So I'd be very happy for it to find a new home!
27th-Mar-2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
This house doesn't have particularly twisty staircases, thank goodness, and late April is fine. :)
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