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The Mold Saga: Part One

Posted by: Maggie

If you follow my twitter feed or Josh’s, you’ve already heard that we are have been staying at a hotel since Saturday because of a mold problem in our apartment.

This is my excuse for not posting all week, and here’s the story, or some of it for now:

Friday evening I was picking up around the house in anticipation of Josh’s arrival home from work. I walked over to Eleanor’s little desk/art table in the living room to pick up the bucket of crayons she had knocked over. As I picked them up I noticed that the carpet felt wet. So I moved the table and the art supplies to see where the water was coming from.

I found this:

Ahhhh! Mold! Holy crap! Disgusting!

This wall is shared by the hot water heater closet out on the patio, so I immediately checked in there and found this:

More mold, and about 1/4 of water! Fun!

I called the maintenance staff, they came, checked it out, and told me that a plumber would come out that night to replace the hot water heater, and then someone would be out in the morning to pull out the carpet and and get rid of the moldy drywall. Great, right?! Sounded good to us!

So we spent the night, like four hours or so, emptying the bookcases on the adjoining wall, unbolting them from the wall, and then taking them apart to trash them (and some of our books) BECAUSE, THIS is what we found behind them:

Oh God, I think I’m going to be sick! It was so disgusting! I wanted to move out immediately! But cooler heads prevailed (Josh’s obviously) and we stayed for the night to see if the maintenance staff would fix our grotesque problem.

And that’s where the fun really began! More tomorrow!

And for fun here’s a lovely artistic close-up of the MUSHROOM that was growing in my CARPET in my LIVING ROOM, where I LIVE and work, EVERY SINGLE DAY! Excuse me while I vomit now!

Josh’s 30th Birthday

Posted by: Maggie

Josh is not a fan of parties or crowds or small talk or being the center of attention. So for his birthday he wanted to keep it simple: a day with his family, and two dinners out, one with my family and one with his. His sister wanted to throw him a surprise party. Thank goodness he has a wife who knows that he would hate that! Thanks for the thought though Beth!

On the actual day of his birthday, we both skipped work and Eleanor was home from school. We started the day with a little hike. You’ve seen some of the photos already in Josh’s birthday post, but I’ve added a few you didn’t see.

We found a caterpillar on our way home and helped it to get across the street and into some bushes.

Then we headed to lunch and a movie (Rio was great, we recommend it, Eleanor loved it). After the movie we stopped at the Apple store to pick up Josh’s birthday present. I didn’t want to buy him the wrong thing so I let him pick it out. He got that fancy Magic Mouse. Which was greatly needed since his mouse just died on him.

After shopping we came home for a nap for Eleanor and some light cleaning for us. I know, cleaning on the poor man’s birthday! Terrible! But his dad and step-mom were coming over to babysit and I just think it’s rude to have a messy house when you have guests.

We went out to a nice little dinner at a local Italian place where we had wine and lasagna and decided it was finally time to start trying for baby number two. We sobered up (we are such lightweights these days) across the street over coffee and desserts at Starbucks. Then brought a mini cupcake home to share with Eleanor.

I think it was a lovely way to spend a 30th birthday.

Betsy’s Birthday Brunch

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I took my best friend Betsy out for a birthday brunch a few weeks ago. We usually do a dinner, but we are busy ladies these days and we’re not so much up for late nights. And we were attempting to accommodate Andrew’s unpredictable work schedule. As usual, we moved things around for him and he still couldn’t make it.

Brunch was a pretty great idea though. I think I’d like to make it a regular event. I don’t get to see Betsy often enough.

We went to brunch at Dusty’s in Silver Lake. And we invited Betsy’s friend Elsie & her husband Sergio to join us.

Elsie and Sergio had orange and blueberry mimosas! Yum!

Pear tart for dessert! Yup, dessert at brunch. The best!

Happy Birthday Bets! Love you!

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