DAY 107


"I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of other useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven't yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food?" -Bill Bryson

We have a new restaurant in town and I give it two thumbs up! It's called Jiamen; location is on Edgewood Rd near the large Hy-Vee. I had lunch today with my friend Joy. I tried the fried noodles with beef. The menu is a little pricey, but less expensive at lunch time.

In other news:
Our house is starting to smell less smokey, but 4 of my cabinets in the kitchen have a horrific odor still that I can't seem to get out. I'm starting to worry. You name it and I've tried it... baking soda, vinegar, soap, dawn, lysol, comet, odor absorbing spray, charcoal plug ins, etc. I've wiped all surfaces more times than I can count and yet there are still cracks I'm finding soot in. I've been running fans non stop for 4 days now and have had the windows and doors open as much as possible. My kids have been complaining about how cold it is in the house. I even got out the blow dryer this morning thinking that if I heated the wood back up maybe I could extract the smell back out of it. My husband thinks it needs more time, but I'd like to put my kitchen back together. I've taken everything out of cabinets, thrown all paper products away. We even took the doors off the hinges and had them outside to air the last two days. Next on the list is the ozone treatment or sanding the cabinets, but I've heard mixed reviews about the ozone treatment and wood and sanding seems drastic. I need to be patient, but it's never been my best virtue. If you have any other ideas please pass them along. I really don't want to have to buy new cabinets.

After almost 3 months of waiting we finally signed papers today to refinance our home here at an amazing 4.875%. We were able to do a VA loan. The rates have come a long way since our first VA loan, but the paper work and requirements are much more involved now. When we started the loan back in January we locked in at 5%, but after two months it was no longer locked in. Luckily the rates went down more and we were able to get this rate. As I was signing papers today I was thinking how blessed we are to still have a home to refinance after the toast caught fire this week and nearly burned the house down... even if it is a smelly house.


  1. We were curious about that restaurant, it's name is just weird. We will have to try it out for lunch since you say it's pretty good.

  2. That is cool that you got such a great rate for your house. We will also have to try that restarant.