Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Whenever it gets hard to be away from Chicago and friends, I just convince someone to come out here and see me!

My friend Kim is coming to visit for a long weekend. She gets in tonight and I'm so excited to spend time with her. For a year we were Sunday lunch buddies and cooked together at her apartment after church.

of all my friends, she the most beach-loving, so we'll be heading there at least a couple times.

Oak Street Beach, Chicago

Tonight, we're going to C-level to eat and watch the sunset. Then heading over to the Old Globe to see Emma, the musical.

Also planned for the weekend: brunch at The Brockton Villa, La Jolla shopping, Orfila wine tasting, Elfin Forest hiking, and lots of laying in the sun.
(the weather looks like it will cooperate)

house disaster (proceed with caution)

On Saturday morning, out of the blue, we discovered an unwelcome substance in the closet: Mold.

Eric had an old belt on the floor of his closet that was just coated in it. It had turned green and white, and was so disgusting we were gagging. You guys can all thank me that we threw it out so fast I wasn't able to take a photo of it.

Commence freak out.
And begin to empty entire closet. and find more mold.
(if you don't want to see any of these pictures, you may want to skip the rest of this post)

We ripped out the carpet pieces laid in the closet (our closets are about an inch raised off the bedroom carpeted floor and extra pieces of carpeting were cut for the closet floors and just laid in them), only to find this:


From then on it was just like a bad movie. We started pulling out things from our other closets, in our bedroom and office. And wouldn't you know. Every single closet was infested.

Things we don't often pull out--like luggage, old school books, board games, and old clothes. Everything smelled gross and musty, and a lot of things had mold spores on them.


Somewhere in the midst of this, we called our landlord. He said he'd have an inspector come out early this week (hopefully today?) to see if he could figure out where moisture was getting in.

Most of this mold has to be somewhat recent because it wasn't all on old/unused stuff.
Bu it just seemed like once we started looking, we found in places we couldn't believe we hadn't noticed it before (inside a kitchen closet, on the baseboards).



E's blazer


Lots of stuff ruined, some stuff salvageable with a lot of effort
Eric started unloading the contents of every closet, inspecting items.  We started throwing things in piles: garbage, try-to-salvage, just needs a wash, and seems ok.

Anything that smelled I set out in the sun.


I started the laundry, adding baking soda and vinegar to each load, and hung things to dry:
(SO thankful for a sunny day!)

Then I made a bleach and hot water solution and we started sponging down every surface in the closets.  Looking back, we probably should have gotten gloves and a mask, but I just wanted to get it done. Every fan on in the house, every window open.

I can't believe I'm going to share these pictures, but this is what the house looked like in process.




5 hours of emptying, scrubbing, bleaching, laundrying, sunning.
I had done about 6 loads of laundry at this point and sometime after dinner (Eric's mom brought us In 'n Out--life saving!) we just quit.

Sunday was spent trying to put our lives/house back together.

Apparently you can't find dehumidifiers in SoCal (who would expect humidity?) so we stocked every closet with cedar blocks and moisture absorbing crystals something like this.

I did more laundry and we started to carefully restock (it was a good opportunity to purge!), leaving the floors clear, doors open, and still running fans. Not everything is put back together, but we're getting there.

I imagine we'll be paranoid for a while(even if it turns out to be a fixable problem). We rotate the fans every night and leave the ceiling fans on all day.

I feel like this is only a tiny taste of what home ownership will be like. yikes!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I have an infinitely higher respect for all seminary students since starting a Greek I class this term.Yep, biblical (Hellenic) Greek is on the docket for this spring.  I'm taking it for credit, primarily in order to keep up with the work. (I knew it would be too hard to learn it without having committed to doing the exercises..and it's really hard to do homework/take quizzes if I'm not taking it for credit.)

2 weeks in and I have memorized 30 vocab words, 4 noun paradigms and 2 verbs conjugations. (well, memorize is used loosely)

Did I mention that I'm not even using the English alphabet letters (The word alphabet, ironically enough is made of the first two greek letters: Alpha and Beta!)

Eric will continue to say "I told you so" and "It's not that hard, just wait until you get to xxx" while I slave at the kitchen table in the evenings, but I'm really enjoying it.

Eric preached from Galatians 1:1-5 on Sunday and I was able to follow along in his Greek NT and knew about 8 of the words he read.(exciting!)
ps. you can listen to his sermon here

Some Present Deponent Indicative verb conjugations :-)

In the meantime, you'll find me with flashcards in my pocket wherever I go! (including in the ride lines at Disneyland yesterday)

ps. the subject of this post is pronounced Chara (with a guttural k) and it means joy in Greek :-)
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