I feel as if I am on some sort of deathwatch, with the final days of 2015 upon us. While I have some grief and sadness in my life right now, it was actually a good year. M and I are living our lives and things are progressing in good ways, and majority of those nearest and dearest to me are happy, healthy, and planning amazing futures.

Lots of little things going on around here to report on today.

Today we met with the first deck guy and got our plan for the deck rebuilding 98% finalized. We’re going with a composite top and simple iron railing, although we did end up changing our mind (again) about the product we plan to use. The one we originally liked most was significantly more expensive when quoted for us to purchase, but the contractor’s quote will only be about 25% more, versus the 98% more it would have cost us just buying materials ourselves. As of right now we’re going with a simple iron railing, no top affixed to it, although he is quoting both bannisters on all 3 sets of stairs with a grippy topper. I was just worried that if (when?) I slip on those stairs that bony iron is going to be tricky. We also decided on enclosing beneath the deck with siding to match the house, and M will paint it in whatever color we decide the rest of the house is going to be when the time comes. It’s going to be expensive – I already know this  and am braced for it – but we plan to be here a very long time and will be enjoying this deck.

I am also mildly fretting about my year-end spending. For someone who worries about money for a living, I am absolutely blowing up my own budget in the last few days of the year. It was not overspending on Christmas or anything like that so much as hair goo (shampoo, conditioner, product) and getting my hair cut and colored. For some odd reason I did not budget well for this expense and am spending far more money than I had planned. It does not happen all that often, but when it does I go big.

The big fancy Reverie bed we purchased a couple of months ago is going back. M and I both love the bed itself – it is extremely comfortable and luxurious – but M hates the split mattress configuration we chose. I am less bothered by it, but he whines complains expresses dissatisfaction to a volume that I just called and asked if we could exchange or return it for a regular California King sleep system instead. We are within our no-questions-asked satisfaction period, and when I explained our issue to the customer service rep, he confirmed there would be no issue in exchanging the split top Cal King for a regular Cal King, but our 101 no-questions-asked returned policy would not be available for the new set-up. That’s fine; we love the sleep system, M just hates the divider crack between the beds and feels as if he is sleeping on a twin bed again. That exchange should happen sometime in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

K found The Dress yesterday and has ordered it in her size and color preference. It should arrive in about 6 months. The organized chaos of wedding planning continues over there. We had a very brief discussion about the rehearsal dinner, and the guest list for that is between 30 and 40 people. *faint!* M and I had planned to have it in a restaurant, but now we are reconsidering and thinking instead about a catered BBQ here at the house. We have the room and the backyard for it, especially with the new deck. I will start gathering sources for catering and equipment rentals.

Since they have had to keep their guest list small for the wedding and reception, I am toying with the idea of a second party on Saturday here at the house for all their other friends. With the pool and backyard, we have the facilities to accommodate a larger group, and September in northern California is prime swim party weather. As of right now they plan to meet their friends after the reception at a bar in town, but the after party would be starting around 10:30 and I’m just not sure how well attended it will be since many of their friends have to work on Saturday, etc. M and I are still mulling it over.

It’s been a busy and productive day. Between the deck guy appointment and my hair appointment, I was at the gym this afternoon. It is a rare occurrence and time for me and only happened because I could not get myself woken up enough to get out of bed this morning. The afternoon was kind of a horrible experience, and not because of anyone or conditions at the club. Getting up and to the gym first thing is the way to go for me, because I have no opportunity to graze and snack on crap beforehand and am less likely to overindulge once I have been there and worked so hard at it. Today there was See’s candy everywhere I turned this morning, though, and I simply had zero willpower to resist its seductive call. Consequently, the gym was a long, hard slog.

Tomorrow will be better. I’ll drag my sorry butt out of bed and get it done first thing.

Two more official days of work and I am done for the year. Cannot wait!


2 thoughts on “Year-end countdown

  1. You are busy for end of year and progress everywhere! Get the grippy top on the bannisters – someone will appreciate them when they slip – hopefully not you! Gym at the “non-usual” time is so disconcerting – and I end up eating more that day. I’m looking forward to the holidays being over just because in January everyone seems more careful with what they eat. So significantly fewer temptations!

    1. Agreed. The gym itself was quiet – mid-afternoon is not the boomtown 5 and 6 and 7 p.m. usually are – but the sugar felt like kryptonite to Superman and left me drained of strength. Tomorrow is going to be better. I’ll be one of those neutral-smiling people at 5:30 a.m. and most definitely no bounce or flounce in my step.

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