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This is an overly-ambitious list of things I’d like to accomplish this weekend. I realize the wallpapering is probably not going to happen, but hey, I can hope.

• Stain the crates black. I had planned to leave the wood bare as in this photo, but upon closer (indoor) inspection, the wood is not that cute.
• Buy bolts, washers, and nuts to attach the crates to each other, and casters to screw to the bottom.
• Bring the air conditioners upstairs for winter storage. Seriously. Do not leave them sitting in the hallway for another week. Enough already.
• Watch Grizzly Man.
• Clip Fritz’s nails. Or at least one or two of them.

• Figure out some things to make for lunches that are not chili or lentil soup.
• Wallpaper the upstairs hallway. I’ve had two rolls of Julia Rothman’s incredible “Pieces” wallpaper in matte silver set aside for well over a year now. Time to get crackin’.

p.s. Doesn’t Evan look nice? I love watching him play music. I like the beard-ish thing he has going on, too. I’m not usually a fan of facial hair on men (or on women, I guess), but I’m definitely warming up to this late-fall scruff.

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Somehow, Evan and I managed to take three entire days off from work at the same time, and we’re a little overwhelmed thinking about what we need to do between now and Sunday.

Bruno to vet for annual checkup
Put ad on CraigsList for NHA yard sale (Here it is)
Oil change
Decide whether or not an electric blue sofa is a good idea (It’s not)
Watch Inside Man

Evan to help set up tables on the bluff
NHA yard sale / 9:00 AM–noon
Grocery shopping
Rake leaves, clean up garden
Work on bedroom projects
Dinner at Mommy’s house

Clean house, do laundry
• Make veggie chili and lentil soup

OK, not so bad, I guess! I’ll probably be adding things to these lists here and there as I think of more stuff we need to do. It’s so helpful to break it down day by day.

The past couple of weeks (months, actually) have been so ridiculously busy at work. I’ve been having to continue working at home in the evenings after work as well, often until well past midnight, so I’m seriously lacking in the sleep department at this point. I have insomnia issues on top of it all, so the nights when I should be able to sleep for more than five hours usually wind up being spent lying in bed, tossing and turning and trying not to look at the time.

I’m just exhausted. That’s all there is to it. I haven’t been cooking, I have zero motivation to do any of the stuff I’m supposed to do that isn’t work, and I feel guilty and bad and disappointed in myself. I know it might seem like I perform amazing feats of balancing my time and energy, but that’s really only because I tend to write about the good more than the bad—not because I feel like I have to portray that kind of image, but because I just am not inspired to write when I’m feeling like…this.

Anyway, I need to make a to-do list. Tomorrow will be a rare Sunday spent in the city, and I have to get a few things done. Have to, have to, have to. I know I’ll feel so much better afterward, especially when I’m back at work on Monday morning and wondering why I wasted another weekend.

Clean everything in the apartment really well Done!
• Plan out additional shelving for both closets (write down actual measurements!)
Make veggie chili and another soup to freeze Done!
Hang little shelf in the kitchen Done!
Organize spices and oils Done!
Figure out where to hang the giant ampersand Done! (Technically—I know where I want to hang it, but I didn’t actually put it on the wall yet.)
• Wash makeup brushes, organize cosmetics
Manicure & pedicure Done!
Trim bangs Done!

Evan is going to Big Apple Comic Con tomorrow afternoon, so Fritz and Bruno and I are going to walk up to Fort Tryon Park with my friends John and Tommy (and their exceptionally long-tongued pug, Mamma Biscuit) to attend the Medieval Festival.

Who knows, maybe I’ll learn how to joust.

I love how beaky Bruno looks with his snout all nestled into the pillow.

On the agenda for this weekend:
→ nice long Fall walk with Bruno
→ visit the DWR Annex in Secaucus just in case they have
something good/discounted
→ swing by IKEA Paramus to (re-)examine the Stockholm sofas
for the hundredth time (& buy fabric)
→ sew new linen curtains for living room windows
→ Middletown flea market & Iron Fish in Beacon (?)
→ finish bathroom/pantry demo in preparation for the plumber’s return
→ rearrange bedroom
→ acknowledge my birthday in some way

I couldn’t stand looking at that horrible bathroom photo anymore. Here’s some Bruno cuteness instead.

Weekend house checklist:
→ Pull up remaining floorboards in bathroom
→ Hang Elfa shelving in dining room
→ Refurbish nesting tables in living room
→ Hang coat pegs in hallway
→ Figure out what to do about living room curtains
→ Stain/poly threshold for kitchen