Thursday, August 31, 2006

Tabula Rasa

I'm doing OK, just still depressed.

Not the weepy kind of depressed, more the everything's heavier than it should be and takes a lot more effort, especially going to bed at night and getting out the door to work in the morning kind of depressed.

But it's turning into fall, which is both my favorite season of the year and a season that almost requires a bit of melancholy. Also, there's a three day weekend this weekend, I have a birthday coming up, we're going to Disney World soon, and my sister's wedding is only a few weeks away.

Plus, Ellie's birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are right around the corner. Visits from family, lots of holiday festivities, and then - before you know it! - New Baby arrives!

On another positive note, those of you who've been to our house would not recognize the Chinese guest room. For one thing, it has no furniture except for a tiny desk and computer in the center of the room. For another thing, there are no window treatments and nothing hanging on the walls. Without all the gold fabric and reed/bamboo accents, that small room is a little echo-y. Last but not least, the walls are no longer red! They're a lovely shade of 3-coats-of-primer-white. The Big Girl Room is coming along! (All thanks to Paul, of course.)

Pictures soon. Downloading from the camera seems like a lot of work right now. Happy Labor Day weekend, Americans!

8 comments:

PPB said...

big girl room? is ellie choosing the colors?

Rob Monroe said...

I LOVED the red in that room. It will be sorely missed on our Christmas visit. I'm sure that Ellie's room will be bold and inspiring too, though.

(I used your red room to convince Anny that we could use a bold red in our entryway.)

Sarahlynn said...

PPB, we chose for her again. Maybe next time she'll get a say! I'll post some pictures soon.

The nursery is very bold. It's got bright blue walls and fat red-and-white stripes where crown molding would be, and pictures from various Dr. Seuss books on the walls. All painted by Paul. We're hoping that it will be a cool stoner's room when the kids are teenagers.

Ellie's big girl room is more subdued. It's going to have a pale blue sky on the ceiling and upper walls (with clouds) and pale green grass on the lower walls. There'll be ladybugs, bees, flowers, etc. here and there. She'll have a white wooden bed, and there will be white shutters around the windows. We're considering a little picket fence under one window, perhaps as part of a reading nook. I think it will look fantastic when it's done, but these involved rooms do tend to take rather a lot of time to complete . . .

Rob, I'm sure that your red entryway looks just fantastic, although of course I haven't actually gotten to see it for myself yet . . .

We'll miss the red too, but at least we went with bright tomato red for the curtains in the front room. So we're not totally boring yet!

Amanda said...

I may still have stencils from my girl's room, we have bugs, crickets, butterflies, etc. Of course, now 3 she doesn't like the butterflies. (shrug) I don't have time to cater to her whims of a new room right now. By the way, Ellie's not that far behind on the clothing thing. My girl won't dress herself (she can get on pants but we haven't worked much on shirts) and my boy wasn't potty trained til a few months past his third birthday. I think she's lucky to have a mom like you.

Sarahlynn said...

Amanda, I've love to see your stencils! Paul's planning to paint freehand, but a little inspiration might be *very* helpful!

Also, thanks. :)

Camera Obscura said...

Ah Disney World! Make sure you go to Guest Services and get a disabled pass. It allows you to use the "Fast Pass" line (or whatever they call it there, I forget) when there is one, and to walk in the handicap access gate when there isn't. It's especially great because you don't have to explain the situation to every "cast member" in charge of a line that there is a problem even though one of you isn't in a wheelchair, and it's good for the whole family, even if only one person is "disabled". It saved us incredible amounts of time there and at Universal Studios, which has the same service.

Sarahlynn said...

Camera, this is a very quiet time of year to go to WDW, since most families with kids are in school. Last year at this time we didn't have to wait in many long lines, thank heavens.

I'd heard about the passes you mention, but don't think we'll use them. I don't know. Sure, Ellie has a developmental disability. But it doesn't really impact her ability to wait in lines or ride age-appropriate rides, so I . . .

Eh. I try to only go for the extra help when she really needs it (with therapy and with everything else in life). I'm clearly still working through my thoughts on this one.

spotted elephant said...

I found your blog due to a link to the "He just makes me uncomfortable post", and while it was a great post, what really impressed me was your responses to the "reverse racism" crowd-most excellent.

Last week I just started a depression support group for feminists (also hope to analyze depression from a feminist perspective). You are more than welcome to join:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feminist_depression_support/

At any rate, I hope you feel better.