It seems the days keep flying by, and suddenly three weeks have passed since the last time I was on here telling the world my thoughts. These past weeks have been totally fun filled, hectic and amazing. We moved the office to a new bigger better place. 3419 W. Irving Park Road is The Insurance People’s new home. Carmen, my business partner, moved the whole office and all I did was show up the following Monday to an amazing new space. There is a 900 square foot roof deck that is counting the moments til its debut party. Details to follow on that, but at the looks of things Chicago has another few cold weeks left to share.
My hubby, Rog, has signed me up for all sorts of at home projects. He spent about $300 in tools from Amazon, and we now have a line up of things to do including laying bricks in the backyard. We do not even own a lawn mower, but we are going to pave the backyard in the meantime. Screw the grass, because if there is pretty brick near it that is all that matters, right? Kaye Kharasch is an eWomenNetwork member that owns Green Building Connections, and she gave me some amazing suggestions on where to get used brick. Not only am I excited to be able to find used brick, but it has also delayed our project slightly which is amazing.
You know the neighbors on your block that have grass like a prairie and you keep wondering when they are going to mow it to the point where you consider mowing it for them? Yep, that is our lawn. Rog and I, the young couple on the block that is too busy working, playing video games and planning brick paving projects that they never manage to make time to buy a lawn mower. I did manage to get up a bunch of the leaves from last fall though. Baby steps, baby steps. The whole home ownership thing has positive and negative points. Mowing the lawn definitely not on the top of the exciting list.
The other day the next door neighbor Cindy, who always talks about the nosy lady across the way, was noting all sorts of interesting things about Rog and I. Last August Cindy also let us know, while we were moving in and schlepping our crap back and forth, that if we ever consider putting up a large fence to tell her, and she would just pretend like she was not there so we would not need to put up a fence. When I look back at that conversation it is very interesting, because really Cindy is the nosiest person I have ever met and I am 95% sure she does not work and spends most of her time snooping into mine and other neighbors windows. Well, while she was noting all these interesting things the other day she also mentioned that she thinks it would he nice if we mowed the lawn and picked up the dog poo in it. She continued with explaining that the part of the grass that is not growing needed some kind of blue lawn mulch that would make it grow. I looked at her and said, thank you so much for that information, I have bigger fish to fry and I do not give a flying F about what my lawn looks like. I then excused myself to take a client call. Oy, who the hell did she think she was giving me tips on my lawn. Nosy!! Although she is totally right, and I know that Rog and I are border line scum bags for how craptastic our lawn looks, but really, really, back off nosy!
I know what you are thinking, hire a lawn service company, right? Well, those companies only will work with you if you also do the snow plowing with them. Rog and I like to shovel the snow, not to mention the neighbors on both sides of us have these huge snow blowing machines and they do our front sidewalk for us leaving us only with the back of the house to deal with. No reason to pay someone money to do a job that is already getting done. Rog and I promise that next weekend we are going to get some of that blue mulch and a lawn mower. Some people actually like playing in the lawn too. It is called gardening. Ooo la la.
My business partner, Carmen, the one I mentioned earlier that amazingly orchestrated the office move making my life way easier, called me earlier asking what I thought of her having a pin the tail on the donkey and pinata at her birthday party. Clearly, when you have 4 kids your brain gets a bit foggy on what adult birthday parties are like, and the kind of entertainment that goes along with them. Wine, spa, dining, vacations but no pin the tail on the donkey. Oy! For a split moment I had images of her with her eyes covered trying to get to the tail. Nope, I am not going to let them stay in my brain capacity for too long. Ever notice the older you get the less you remember, and the more you want to conserve that space in your head for good stuff and not the weird, ugly and crazy things.
I am off for now, and onto something other then the lawn.