mamafern, sorry things are rough with your sister. People have different ways of handling things, and we need to do what we feel is right under the circumstances. Hope things blow over between you two, and that also you find a great home for your little family!
Gunter, glad you are able to sorta-enjoy the no-fridge time or at least keep a positive attitude about it! Our fridge died this past December around xmas time. It was at least 30 years old and came with the house when I bought it and it started making a weird noise and having this burning "electrical fire" smell. It appeared that that was the end of its usable life span, so we just unplugged it and started looking for a fridge. We had to get rid of a bunch of stuff and were able to store a few things in our neighbor's freezer. Finally we bought a nice new fridge, but Sears didn't have it in town and it had to be ordered from CA and took a week. Which was okay. They delivered it a day or two before our exchange student moved in. So we were all excited about our new fridge and went and did a major grocery shopping during the first 24 hours. Then, it never got as cold as it was supposed to and in fact started getting WARM after the second day!! Turned out it was defective and so they ordered us a new one, but it took another week for that one to be delivered, and in the meantime we lost a bunch of a second load of groceries!
: Luckily DH called and complained and they reimbursed us some for the groceries.
Apparently my butt is bigger too! I didn't really realize this until a coworker was talking to me about whether it was a boy or girl, and she was telling me that when she was pregnant everyone was telling her it was a girl "because I carried a lot like you--I never got too big in front, but my butt and hips got bigger." Uh, I didn't realize my butt and hips were bigger--thanks for cluing me in! :LOL The good thing at least about our butts being bigger is: 1) hey, we can avoid looking at them and so we don't even have to be confronted by that on a daily basis, and 2) they usually aren't a body part that shows up in pictures! So we can just hang on to our denial!! :LOL
Things are better here today. We have survived what was actually a pretty rotten week, and finally we are able to relax a little bit. DH is back to his normally good-natured self, and today started a bunch of housework while I slept in. Then he made a great breakfast for me. Buckwheat pancakes (I have a great recipe for those) and fresh cantaloupe, honeydew, peaches and strawberries, and chai. It was very nice. Then he did the dishes and more laundry and vacuumed the den and now he's changed the bed and is going to give the dogs a bath!! He is very insistent that I just rest and relax today and not do any work and he will clean the house and do everything.
One good thing about this week being so bad is that with both of us under so much stress and so busy and him gone most evenings the last week or two, the house has gotten messier than it usually is. I feel like I've been doing a lot of dishes and laundry and general picking up though, and he thinks that I've been doing more than usual too. So I realize that the difference is that he has not picking up after himself and doing dishes or laundry as much as he usually does, and it makes me really realize how much he does on a regular basis that I don't even see, now that he hasn't been doing it for a little while! I'm really super lucky to have a husband like him. In all ways, not just because he does a lot of housework. But most of the women I know are astonished at how much of the housework and cooking and laundry and stuff he actually does, and agree that he does a heck of a lot more of that than most men. Actually, I think he probably does more housework than many women do!! If you total up all the housework and cooking that we both have done since we've been together, he does AT LEAST 50% and I would say probably closer to 60-70%. I've started doing a lot more housework in the last 8 months or so and I've always done more of the "detail" cleaning, like taking the stove apart and thoroughly cleaning it. But for the first year or so we were married I barely even did a load of laundry!!
Well, that's my update. Feeling big and stiff and sore and a little tired, but I think part of that is that I am fighting off a cold or something. But I do seem to be waddling a bit more the last couple of days!