Friday, October 2, 2015

Bump, set, spike

Thanks to the lack of elementary level indoctrination, summer camps and off-season competitive travel teams, the 9th grader is playing JV volleyball at her UK based American high school. That's one of the things I appreciate most about her school, that she didn't have to start playing a sport before kindergarten in order to stand a chance of making the team. She gets to give things a try without the pressure of it being do or die, win at all costs and give 150% all the time in order to be considered successful in the eyes of the coaches.

It's a grainy picture taken from the bleachers with my phone because I never remember to bring along a *real* camera to document our lives with more clarity through a better lens, but it still captures her beautiful smile. They've won some and lost some. I believe she has shown improvement. They don't always get around to the bump, set and spike drill consistently. Plus I've seen some one armed efforts, as well as a foot shot or two, to get the ball back over the net, but it's all a part of the process.

That's the bottom line for me - having fun, learning some new skills and enjoying the overall experience of a team sport. Go Royals!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Not half bad

Slowly but surely, I've been getting the house put together. We ordered furniture eight weeks ago for the sunroom area right off the kitchen and it was delivered today. I bought the rug and buffet in Texas before the move, so was hoping the sofa and chair didn't make it look as if a blind person gave interior decorating a go.

I wish the rug was a little lighter or the sofa a little darker, but whatcha gonna do? As soon as I sat down on the sofa to give it a whirl, Ollie immediately jumped up to join me and christen it by rubbing his scruffy doggie head on the cushion. That's how we roll in our family, and probably no worse than this couch will experience once the husband gets home from a trip to Belfast and flops down Saturday night to watch football.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Just a jaunt to Germany

Since we're not in the USA, our daughter's school only gives them a one day holiday on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Back in 2011, we had this same three day weekend and opted to visit the south coast of England.

With this same tiny little holiday on the horizon in a couple months, I thought it would be fun for the husband and teen to see one of the best Christmas markets in Germany. And it just so happens that I've been dying to tour the cathedral in Cologne. As luck would have it, Cologne is reputed to have one of the top Christmas markets in Germany, so it's a win-win for all of us.

The flights are booked. The hotel reservations are pending and now we just need to secure a full day private tour of the historic city centre. I'm really excited about this - a short trip, but should be a fun way to kick off the holiday season. It's like the Weihnachts back home in the Texas hill country, only it's the real deal in Germany. This will be an early Frohe Weihnachten, y'all!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Just a Trim

Several weeks ago, I booked a local mobile groomer our vet recommended. She arrived on Thursday afternoon as scheduled, was very personable with Ollie, plugged into an electrical outlet in the garage and commenced to shearing him like there's no tomorrow. Good thing Ollie has some doggy sweaters to keep him warm once the weather turns frosty. Here are the before and after pics. I honestly don't think I'd recognise him in a line up with his new short 'do, especially his little Cairn face.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Decor Debacle

We waited five weeks for the delivery of two sofas from an internationally known Scandinavian flat pack furniture company, and neither one of them was correct. Geez Louise! As I mentioned in an earlier blogpost, one of the sofas was a mishmash of pieces upholstered in brown and gray. Ignorantly assuming the second sofa was correct, we hauled it up to the third floor, tore down the humongous boxes and took them to the recycling centre, and then attempted to put the sofa together Saturday morning when we had sufficient time to wrangle it.

This is as far as it got. As we started putting the eight separate pieces together like a puzzle, we soon realised they sent us two left arms instead of a left and right. Sooooooo, now we've wrestled everything back downstairs awaiting pick up today. 

On a happier note, I've set up an area in the theatre room with some shelving to hold games and a bit of Texas decor. I think the Alamo movie poster is a nice touch.

Our bespoke sofa and swivel chair for the sunroom, located directly off the kitchen, will be delivered a week from today. For the sake of the delivery guys and my sanity, I hope it's correct since we've been (im)patiently waiting for its arrival the past eight weeks.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

One of these things is not like the other

Actually, it was three of these things not like the other five. How can you send three of four sofa sections covered in the wrong coloured fabric? It's kinda mind-boggling when this Scandinavian based furniture company has a good track record with us for miscellaneous home items on the cheap, yet totally botched one of their pricier sofas.

I opened up the first box of eight and thought hmmm, this isn't how I recall the sample looking, but it was night time and so I thought maybe it was just the lighting. I opened up a second box to the same colour and I'm still not convinced it's right. Then I get to the third box and finally see the brown shade I ordered for these two sofas to put in the third floor cinema room. 

I'm still trying to figure out how this happened, three boxes of gray and one box of brown all bundled together in the same flat. The customer service rep was lovely and is sending out a truck on Sunday, practically unheard of over here, to retrieve the mismatched sofa boxes. Now I'll just have to wait ANOTHER five weeks for the correctly upholstered sofa. And this time we're opening up all four boxes before the delivery truck departs to make sure they got it right on the second go round before we hike it up to the top floor.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Let there be light

Finally, five trips later, the electric company installed the chandelier from the ceiling in the ground to first floor staircase. I was told by the older electrician guy we had on the first four visits that it would take about 1.5 hours. Amazingly, it was accomplished in about 20 minutes by two young guys that could have been my sons. Honestly, I wish they had sent these youngsters several visits ago because I'm thinking the job would have been finished in a more timely manner. They had no qualms about shimmying across a board held in place by two ladders to get the fixture attached. Oh to be young and fearless and fast!