First you need to start here.
And then go here.
and then know that the new lock that eric and I installed on that dark night was ready to fall out within 3 months of installation. bummer.
We were gone for the week of the 4th and when we returned I found a note in the mailbox that one entire side of the locking mailbox wasn't working and that all of our mail was at the snohomish post office. Which in the first world, is a pain in the ass to drive to from my house. Our mailing address is snohomish but we're in unincorporated Snohomish which means we sometimes get a junky old car delivering our mail (and incorrectly at that) and a sherrif who might patrol our neighborhood once in a blue moon. It's like in that movie which I cannot at this moment remember the name of, when Meg Ryan says "currently without country." No one will claim us.
And after this post I will look up that movie and rent it because it happens to be one of my faves.
I went to the post office and got the mail on wednesday but didn't return the rest of the week. We were out of town for the weekend. On monday, a kindly gentleman delivered keys to me.
THREE SHINY NEW KEYS.
FOR A BRAND NEW MAIL BOX.
WITH A LOCK THAT IS NOT, AT ANY MOMENT, GOING TO FALL OFF.
I'm pretty sure that I've never been more excited. It's like a fresh start.
In other news, our kitchen remodel started today. They guys jack hammered all of the aggregate out of the back. Meanwhile the cat is missing. she is terrified. I noticed after being gone for the weekend that her litter was full of, well, runny poo. I think it happened to conicide with the removal of the neighbors aggregate patio that began on friday. She literally lost her sh#$. She has not returned since being let outside this morning.
And finally, the swing set that we've had for almost 10 years is being carted off today. It could be the glass of viognier or the fact that it's almost that time of the month, but I'm super emotional about that damn swing set. So many summers of babies and toddlers and little kiddos having fun in the back yard. I'm going to miss that.
On a positive note, I cragislisted it for free which was a little scary. Being one to be fair, I took the first person who email me...(I got 15 emails in an hour before I finally figured out how to delete it on my phone). I texted Jen-my bff and neighbor- to tell her to check out her window to make sure we weren't being killed by an axe murderer. Turns out he wanted it for his wedding. He's getting married in a field and he's going to set it up for the kids to play on. Tear.
and just for kicks, here's a funny photo of Annie getting her hair done before her dance recital rehearsal.