Thursday, July 31, 2008


Things have been a little nutso here for a few days.

Firstly, I've either got some sort of internal bruise left by the rugrat who decided that tap dancing on my stomach was a great idea on Sunday or I've got a gallbladder issue. Not really sure which it is, but I actually went to the doctor, which means that I am at least taking my internal organs seriously. I have an ultrasound Monday morning. I'll keep you posted on the state of my insides. Pins and needles, I know.

Secondly, we're getting ready for M to go out of town on business for an entire week. It's been awhile since he's been gone that long, and he's super busy trying to get ready to go, and he was away for a night already this things are, as always, a little different without hubby/padre around.

Thirdly, we finally got someone to deal with our insulation conundrum. Sort of. Our attic is now home to 18 new bags of eco-friendly (or so I'm told) insulation. Underneath the house is still a lost cause, though. R, our fantastic handyman/painter, and his son got all suited up and dragged a bunch of rolls of insulation to the access point at the side of the house, crawled in and promptly got stuck (well, stuck-ish.) Apparently, about 15 feet in, the crawlspace becomes about ten inches high. They can't get through. So, they packed it up. They're returning the insulation, then giving us a refund for materials. M is not happy. He did, however, inform us that the bottom of the house was very solid and that he doesn't really think insulation is our major issue. He thinks there's a leak in a duct under the house. So, now we'll have to have someone come and check that out. And we just need to deal with the front door. I really don't want to freeze or have to move to the poor house when winter comes 'round.

Next on the list: our new shampoo. We've finally started emptying our house of unfriendly health and beauty products (unfriendly both to us and the environment). Is anyone else hooked on this website?? Anyway, I picked up some Burt's Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo. This is my first foray into sulfate-free hair cleansing. I think it's going to take me awhile to get used to the lack of suds. Granted, there are some suds, but not the streams of bubbles that you're used to seeing flow down the drain. The problem is, those suds help spread the shampoo around. Now, I am literally tearing my hair out to try to get the ol' scalp clean as a whistle. My hair is breaking so badly that I'm worried I'll have to get another pixie-cut just to cover up the damage. I don't think M is having the same experience as his hair is so short anyway. I'm really at a loss for what to do here. If anyone else has already gone down this road, advice would be appreciated.

That's likely enough for today. I have a million things to do, and there is supposed to be someone here in an hour to look at the AC.

I'm out, peeps. Have a great Thursday.


feather nester said...

OMG, I had no idea you needed to go to the doctor for that! Yikes! I'm sure it will turn out okay, but I hope it feels better soon.

Re: shampoo, I can't help you with your particular problem. Our plan has been to go to a baking soda/water mix when we run out of what we have. Angry Chicken blogged about this and linked to this for info:

Good luck!

die Frau said...

Oh, please allow yourself some nice-smelling, eco-friendly shampoo. You, too, FN.

I use Avalon Organics Lemon clarifying shampoo once a week and Nature's Gate the rest of the time. Mind you, I can get this at my awesome supermarket, so if you want me to send you some, I promise I will. I like them both a lot and they seem to work on my color-treated hair.

I've also started using Giovanni hair product--eco-friendly and Target now sells it. I think they have shampoo, too. Target now sells Alba, Giovanni, and Kiss My Face products, and a few others that may be organic as well. Not too shabby.

Good luck with all the house stuff--hopefully I will not have to make any scary "Our Furnace Broke Again in 0 Degree Weather" posts this year. DH thinks we can stick it out for one more year...sigh.