A Busy Halloween Weekend

I had a pretty busy weekend. The end result is that the bedroom is ready for the trim to be nailed up and painted with a second coat, and the floor cleaned — then it will finally be DONE until the very end of our second floor renovations, when we’ll have carpeting put down. There’s no sense in doing it now, as there will still be renovating going on up there.

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, the upstairs room was successfully repainted from yellow to lavender, as were the closets, and the trim got a coat of semi-gloss white — and I may or may not have done it entirely by myself. I plead the fifth. Let’s just say my impatience is legendary, and even more pronounced thanks to the massive amounts of hormones currently circulating throughout my body.

Saturday night was our costume party. Instead not dressing up at all and being a “Debbie Downer,” as my husband lovingly refers to me in instances such as this, I went with the second-easiest course of action: jeans, sweater, leftover devil ears and tail, and cat makeup. I felt ridiculous, but eventually forgot about the extra goop on my face. We didn’t get home until 2:30 a.m., which is a record for me in the past few months. We brought a nice bottle of wine for the hosts and I enjoyed the impressive spread put out.

Where I wasted money was on the five bags of Halloween candy I’d purchased for the holiday — we only got TWO trick-or-treaters, even though it was a Sunday. While it’s officially our second Halloween in our current home, we weren’t home last year, so I had no idea how many kids to expect. Next year, someone remind me that one bag will be more than sufficient.

On Monday I’ll be doing my invoice billing for October while waiting for the utility company to send a guy over to repair a gas line I had capped last summer. Our all-season porch room has its own gas heater, but last year we discovered the gas line was leaking. Since I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with the heater back there, I just had the guy cap the line, but now I want it repaired. I should have had them fix it the first time — now this guy will have to crawl all the way back in the storage space under the room to do the repair. But I’m going to want to keep that room warm once the baby comes. In the case of a C-section where I can’t really do the stairs, I can use the room as a bedroom, thanks to the futon we have back there. And in general, it gets really cold back there, since the ductwork for our main forced-air heat was never extended into that room.

I’ll also have to squeeze in some grocery shopping. Then it will be nap time and yet another late shift at work, starting at 5 p.m.

Little Bites: My Day Off

Interesting tidbits from my day off:

— I didn’t get my flu shot yet. I meant to go today, but I overslept and missed the walk-in times at my local CVS. So I’ll be making an appointment to go later in the week. The last thing I want right now is to get the flu.

— Also, I’m sucking it up and getting that darned Snoogle-style pregnancy pillow — my back is killing me! Mr. NSF said he saw the pain on my face this morning while I was still sleeping. I even resorted to taking an extra-strength Tylenol to take the edge off. I have pain at the base of my spine (sort of at the top of my rear end) and I’m also experiencing a weird numb feeling down my leg still. I head back to the ob-gyn in two weeks.

— I took on a bunch of freelance work this month, but the back pain is causing some issues with sitting in front of my computer for any stretch of time. Wondering if I should get a laptop table and type in bed sometimes. The extra money sort of makes up for the pain. I want us to be prepared both emotionally AND financially.

— I did manage to make it to ShopRite to “pick up a few things” — that turned into a $100 trip, but I’m trying to eat healthier, and there aren’t many coupons out there for fruit and vegetables.

— Had an appointment with the endocrinologist today — he’s further adjusted my dosage of Synthroid to treat my Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, but the dose schedule is crazy because he’s a perfectionist. I might have to get one of those pill boxes just for this one prescription!

— Endocrinologist and I also discussed my low Vitamin D results (on the same test results page as the thyroid panel tests from the ob-gyn). My ob-gyn hasn’t called me about them, but I’m on the low end of the scale — not technically deficient, but almost there. Wondering how much it really matters. But from what I’m reading, sufficient Vitamin D seems to help prevent premature labor and delivery and make baby’s bones stronger.