I regret I haven't had much to post about lately. And unfortunately, I may need to take another hiatus from blogging. Things haven't been going well for me.
I was expecting some good things this summer:
Finish redoing my bathroom
Have my patio replaced
Have my yard landscaped
What I am receiving instead is a series of disappointments. :(
I bought a cabinet for my bathroom. Two attempts to paint it failed. I bought a new cabinet and tried a third paint method... which worked. Based on that success, I bought a sink cabinet. (Not an easy feat getting it home. Two Home Depot employees barely shoehorned it into my car, and I had to take it apart to get it out of the car.) I added decorative wood onlays and feet, and then I painted it using the same successful method... except it wasn't successful on the sink cabinet. The primer did not grip and the paint chipped off easily.
Supremely frustrated, I abandoned the idea of having what I really wanted in my bathroom: decorative black cabinets. I needed a cabinet of some sort, but I could not face the ordeal of trying to get another large, heavy cabinet home. The solution was IKEA. I bought a cabinet which is white and very plain, but was easy to carry, load in and out of my car, and assemble. It should also be easy to install... but my bathroom's existing plumbing is too wonky. I will have to hire a plumber.
As mentioned in a previous post, I had a new stamped concrete patio put in last month. Now the damn thing is cracking. A six-week-old patio is cracking! There are cracks that are three and four feet long. They continue to grow and new cracks continue to form. I cannot even express how disappointed I am.
My employer pays a bonus at the beginning of August. I planned to use mine to have my yard landscaped. The poor state of my yard has been gnawing at me for five years. I look at my yard (and now my patio, too), and I seriously want to cry. I was so excited to FINALLY be able to do something about it.
But it's not going to happen.
Because I need to have surgery.
Just when I was starting to improve after not feeling well for nearly three months... a health issue from my past resurfaced. It means surgery and about three weeks recovery time, which means I won't be in any shape to hire a landscaper and monitor the work. And at least some of my bonus will be going toward medical bills.
I have a new boss at work, which is not a disappointment but does cause me some stress simply because getting to know a new person is always stressful for me. Now I will have the additional stress of preparing to be out of work for three weeks. I'm hardly mission-critical, but my sense of responsibility drives me to try to ensure that my absence causes as little disruption as possible.
Lastly... adding injury to insult... two days ago, I tried to move the cursed heavy sink cabinet out of the way, and I strained my back. It hurts when I sit still and hurts even more when I move.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get in bed and pull the covers over my head.