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Oh my goodness, where have I been, what has been going on? This post is chock-full of updates from projects we’ve bailed on, 1 thing I promise I’ll actually do, fall goods I’m eyeing, One Room Challenge FOMO, and even a very personal health update!
House Project Updates
- Things we got estimates on this year and didn’t end up doing:
- Exterior Painting – We really, really wanted to have our home’s exterior trim painted this year (and I did a whole post about our plans). We hired a painter and then we waited. And waited. We accepted an estimate in May for work to begin in June. And when August rolled around and the painters never showed after not returning my calls and voice messages, stringing me along with random “you’re next on the list” and “we’ll be there Monday” texts, we’d had enough. So we fired them. And I vowed we’d find another painter and move forward. We got one more estimate but we just didn’t have the fire in us anymore. I really do believe this is a project we’ll follow up on, but probably just not this year.
- Rewiring – Twice this year we’ve had electricians come out to give us estimates on having our whole house rewired. We’re looking at pricing north of $20k and 4-5 weeks of daily noise, dust, and disruption. We’re putting this one off too.
- And a thing we’re actually gonna do before Thanksgiving
- Stair runner! If you follow along on with my stories, you know I think I’ve found the perfect runner for our bare wood stairs. Our corgi, Penelope, is 11 years old now and the poor little lady has arthritis and trouble with the steps. I first saw this Annie Selke Dash & Albert runner on I Spy DIY‘s stories and knew it would look great on our steps. A couple of people DMed me to say that the horizontal lines would never look perfect (especially on old stairs like ours) and would sag over time and bug the heck out of me. I’ve got some ideas to really lock the runner in place and shim it out so everything is even on our uneven stairs. SO many people recommended Young House Love‘s stair runner install tutorial and I have to also recommend Yellow Brick Home‘s tutorial for homes.com.
One Room Challenge FOMO
The fall 2019 One Room Challenge started this week and I have to admit I miss participating! I’ve taken a break from participating as a guest this year but hope to jump in again next year. This time of year is the busiest time for me at work and last year’s challenge on top of work stress nearly broke me. BUT I am still a little sad I’m missing out. BUT I’m sincerely looking forward to following along, and am so happy with how the challenge has grown and glad to see more diversity AND so many former guest participants as featured designers.
Fall, is that you? I. am. ready! Though I’m not the type for fall decor (you won’t find me with more than a few tiny pumpkins) I do love “fall” colors. They are moody, after all, just like me. Here are some fall accents I’ve been eyeing – and I definitely already snapped up those pillows, and that little table is next.
A Health Update!
Warning – if you don’t want to hear about my uterus and surgery, skip this section. This could probably be its own darn post, and I really tried to keep this short and sweet, but I could talk about my uterus for days. This story starts in July, during a routine exam, when I found out my IUD was missing. To track it down, I had an ultrasound which revealed I had a uterine fibroid that had displaced my IUD. When the ultrasound tech said “you know you have a fibroid, right?” to me, alone in a dark room, all I could say was, “what’s that?”
And that’s when I learned that a uterine fibroid is a noncancerous tumor in or attached to the uterus. They are super common, a large percentage of women will have a fibroid or fibroids in her lifetime, most likely in their 30s and 40s. What I found out later, after getting my ultrasound report, is that my fibroid is large. At its largest dimension (at the time of ultrasound) my fibroid measured 9.7cm. I had to google how big that is in inches and it still didn’t make sense.
Was it like, the size of lemon? No, bigger.
How about a baseball? No, bigger.
How about a softball? Yep.
I did hours of research online, reading the same articles over and over again and then deciphering more complex medical studies. Symptoms I’d been having started to make sense – why do I always feel like my bladder is full? What are these weird cramps? I found a fibroid specialist in Pittsburgh (in a special fibroid-focused department in a hospital for women) and waited another month to see him. I was so well informed by the time I saw the doctor that nothing he said was a surprise. I’d need surgery. He’d try to remove the fibroid laparoscopically but it might be too big (they don’t like to do that type of surgery for fibroids 10cm or larger) and an open surgery might be necessary. And I’d have to wait until December.
So that’s my health update. I am ok, I am lucky, I am very uncomfortable with my uterus enlarged to the size of a 16-week pregnancy. Some days are fine, some are painful. My life has been changed by worry and maintaining proximity to a bathroom. Mostly, I’m worried about how much it is growing during the months I wait for my surgery. I’m worried about someone asking me if I’m pregnant. I’m worried about losing my independence and the month of December. I’m worried about not knowing what kind of surgery to plan for.
If you’ve had to live with fibroids or have had surgery to remove a large fibroid, I wanna hear your story.