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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Taking a Break

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Hi All -

First of all, I'd like to thank each and every one of you readers!  I hit 300 followers the other day, and I still can hardly believe it!  Thank you thank you thank you!  I can't believe so many of you are actually interested in my day to day life, but I'm excited!

Unfortunately I'm a wicked ball of stress these days, just ready to burst open.  I have my final paper due for my graduate class on Tuesday...I'm getting observed at work on Tuesday...the bathroom still only has 2 walls painted...there are only 2 weeks left until moving day, and I haven't packed a thing!  There just aren't enough hours in the day!

To top it all off, I took my car in to get the brakes checked out on Friday, they said both the front and rear brakes needed to be replaced, which came with a $700 bill.  I swallowed that one, but couldn't argue since I want to be safe.  So we dropped the car off this morning for the 3 hour job.  Couple hours later we get a phone call from the mechanic, once they un-assembled everything, they found a part that had been recalled a few years back, and needs to be replaced.

Not only did I not know about the recall, but it was some disfunctional part that can make the rear tire pop off at any time!  ummmm scary!  So now they have to wait for that part to be delivered before they can fix anything.  Luckily I won't be charged for the part, since it was a recall, but that adds at least an extra $300 worth of labor to the bill, and my car won't be ready until Monday at the EARLIEST.

Needless to say, I had a minor break down.  With everything going on, and the move only 2 weeks away, sparing over $1000 is difficult, and life without a car is next to impossible.

I'm trying to take things one minute at a time and remind myself to breathe.  Everything is going to work out, I just have to stop getting so worked up about it all.  My plate is just too full right now.  I'm so lucky to have a man like B next to me calming me down and not getting annoyed or scared off when I almost lose it :)

Needless to say, I have to stick the old blog on the back burner for a bit.  Definitely until after Tuesday.  I'll try to pop in every now and then, but I probably won't have time to do much posting until after the move.  But once things calm down, I promise to be back in full force!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and a much more stress free few weeks than me!  I'll be back soon, thank you for bearing with me once again!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wee Bit of Me Wednesday #12

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{one} have you ever been stuck in an elevator?
Once, the doors opened and we were half way between the floors.  It wasn't so bad since we were able to see out and everything...the ended up making us crawl out, and the elevator was fixed maybe 10 minutes later.


{two} have you ever ridden on an elephant?
Never...my dad is a photographer and they had an elephant in the studio one day.  There's a picture of me, as a kid, terrified in the corner :)


{three} have you ever met a well known celebrity?
Not that I can recall


{four} do you have any food allergies?
Not food...cats are my biggest allergy


{five} do you know how to sew?
I know the basics, nothing challenging!


{six} did you get an allowance when you were young?
A small one


{seven} how often do you fill up your gas tank?
About once a week


{eight} have you ever been stung by a jelly fish?
never


{nine} have you ever been robbed?
Someone stole my bicycle as a teenager, that was depressing.  Otherwise, no.  My next door neighbors house was broken into Monday, now that's scary.


{ten} what is the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
I used to have super long hair as a kid, I then decided to cut it super short when I was 13.  yuck.  terrible terrible side bangs.  Never again.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The count down begins!

What a crazy week! We official have 20 days until moving day...where is the magical fairy that comes and packs all my stuff?  There just aren't enough hours in the day!

The big thing B and I accomplished this week was finally settling on, and purchasing a couch!  We looks at all kinds of couches, furniture shopping is quite the process.  Unfortunately you all will have to wait the 3 weeks until it is set up for pictures.  Currently it's sitting in the garage...covered in plastic.  Managing to get it home, in one piece, in the rain, was quite the...adventure.

Easter was really nice this year.  B's parents are in Aruba (jealous!!) celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary, which meant for the first time in a long time we didn't have to celebrate a holiday in 2 places.  Fortunately our families live relatively close, but driving back and forth for 2 thanksgiving dinners...2 christmas celebrations, etc. gets difficult.   Easter was nice and relaxing, just my immediate family (minus my sister who is tackling finals at college).  My mom cooked a lovely meal as always...and I swear my dad (always the photographer) was actually there...despite what the picture indicates :)
The bathroom is coming right along...despite the lack of time I have to work on it.  Here's a quick sneak peek at the one wall I've actually had time to paint.  The first one is without the flash, and the second one is with a flash, I'm loving the subtle robins egg look:
 More to come, hopefully by this week!

And clearly, since I'm the master at procrastinating (aka...doing anything other than packing) here's a quick tutorial on the small project I've been working on.

I started with a trip to the dollar store.  I bought 2 sets of votive holders and 4 candle sticks:
Because the dollar store loves their stickers oh so much, this quickly became my best friend:
After everything was cleaned up and dried, I busted out the Krazy Glue.  This stuff works wonders, but always makes me nervous.  I'm afraid I'll drip some on my finger and get seriously glued together!  But I do like how the little bottles have a handy dandy pin to stick in the end when you're finished, best way to prevent clogs!
 I followed the directions on the bottle, added small glue dots to the top of the candle stick, and centered the votive holder on top.
 Then I added a heavy book/magazines on top to add a little extra weight and prevent things from sliding around:
 I followed the glue directions on how long to let it dry...and then sat back and enjoyed the finished product!
I'm excited to add small candles or other decorations...but that will certainly be waiting until after the move!

Now it's off to shower, finish some grad work, and then perhaps pack a box or two.  Let's be real...I'm off to shower, finish some grad work, and then go to sleep.  Packing will be put off for yet another day!

If anyone finds that magical packing fairy, sent her my way!

Simply Living


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wee Bit of Me Wednesday #11


{one} how often do you do laundry?
Usually about once every 2 weeks

{two} what is your favorite type of cookie?
a warm chocolate chip cookie

{three} what would you do with an extra $2000 per month?
save save save, and buy a house

{four} what was/is your favorite subject in school?
music, always.  second to english

{five} have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?
never, but that would probably be fun!

{six} what was your high school mascot?
The WildCat

{seven} if you had the chance to go into space, would you?
Very doubtful, I don't even love regular plane rides

{eight} how often do you go dancing?
not often at all.

{nine} would you rather drive or fly?
flying is more convenient, particularly with gas prices.  But we'll be going on a long road trip this August!

{ten} have you ever been caught re-gifting?
I rarely re-gift.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Picking Paint for the Bathroom

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s many of you know, I've been doing quite a bit of work renovating my bathroom.  If you've missed the process check it out here.  Things have been on hold for a while, pending a decision regarding paint color...but I think we have finally come to a consensus!

Since this is my parents house, and I will be moving out in a month, my mom wanted to decide on paint color, fair enough considering I won't be here long enough to even enjoy it.  She wanted a beach cottage type of feel, so we were going to the sea foam/sea glass type of look.  After spending some time perusing all kinds of paint chips at the local Home Depot we settled on two, very similar but different tints.  The middle of each card were what we liked best:
We purchased a sample size of each color and brought 'em home:
 Thanks to the size of samples these days, we were able to put a nice size patch of each on two different walls.  Sorry for the terrible lighting...but you get the idea!
After some deliberation, it was a unanimous vote to go with the lighter of the two colors, found on the left of each picture.  I think it will look very pretty, and with the crisp white on all the wood work and floors, it will help keep the small room nice and open.

Next step will be one more coat of primer to cover up the samples...I don't want some areas looking darker than the rest.  And then it will be back to Home Depot to purchase the actual paint.  Lots to work on this week!  I love how things are finally really coming together!!


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A couple little things

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One of the biggest perks of being a teacher, are the school vacation weeks.  I get a built in week of no work...without needing to use up sick days, personal days, vacation time, or anything like that.  This is one of the first April Vacations I haven't had a trip planned, but B and I were planning to use the week to go apartment hunting.  Since we got that finished ahead of time, we have plenty of time to relax!

After a hair raising day at work Friday, I kicked off vacation at the nail salon with sister #1.  A manicure was the best cure for a long work week, and a much deserved vacation!  Things only got better when I came home to find a package in the mail, with the ring I had ordered from LittleMissMomma!  So pretty, I just love it!
Saturday B and I got to spend the day together just hanging out.  It was lovely, after not seeing each other all week long!  We cooked a delicious dinner, which was ended by the most amazing white chocolate mousse ever...if I do say so myself :)  That recipe is definitely a keeper!

Sunday was the usual Nursery at Church, followed by taking pictures of all the kiddos getting pony rides.  How exciting!  Then we were finally able to escape for our mini-getaway in Rhode Island.  We stayed at this adorable little Inn, in this adorable little town.  We enjoyed the sunny, but windy, weather and took a walk around town and through one of the gardens.   It was really peaceful and nice to just enjoy some time away for just the two of us.

The Inn had this amazing jacuzzi up on the roof, so we took a little dip before dinner.  I had the most incredible Finnan Haddie for dinner, and B had an equally delicious steak.  After dinner we took a quick power nap, and then it was back up to the jacuzzi.  It was a full moon, and all the stars were out.  The roof deck was circled with cute little twinkle lights, and there was nothing nicer than hanging out in the hot water while the air surrounding us was cold and crisp.  It was quiet, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful, and so romantic.  I couldn't have asked for a better night away.

The next morning we packed up, enjoyed breakfast at the Inn, and then headed off.  We stopped a couple times for some window shopping and ice cream.  Even though it wasn't the typical school vacation trip, we both had a blast, and would do it again in a heart beat.

Now, it is back to reality!  With only 26 more days until moving day (insert slight panic!) I have to spend this week cleaning, organizing, and getting ready to pack things up.  We will also be looking at couches, and new washer/dryers.  So our vacation will be relatively jam packed...and it's already Tuesday!

I'm embarrassed to say that there are still boxes that never got opened after my last move, just over a year ago.  So the first order of business was to open up all those boxes, and make spread sheets of what I have, and what I will need to get.  First up...the kitchen!  I made it through 5 boxes last night, but I'm pretty sure there are at least 1 or 2 more left in the attic:
Doesn't look like I will be purchasing ANYTHING new for our kitchen...I'm afraid our pantry will be so jam packed there won't even be room for any food!

In other news, we finally picked a color for the bathroom!  I'll post more about that later!

Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wee Bit of Me Wednesday #10

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{one} have you ever fainted?
Once, as a kid.  Legit, I was staring in the mirror seeing how long I could hold my breath, the next thing I know I have my parents and sisters standing over me shaking me and I'm lying on the floor.  I was THAT kid, ridiculous.

{two} what is your favorite casino game?
Black Jack...I'm more of a slot machine kinda gal :)

{three} do you have a good sense of direction?
Worst. Sense. Of. Direction.  EVER....EVER.

{four} laptop or desktop?
Have laptop...will travel.

{five} what is your go-to hair style when having a bad hair day?
High pony tail...and I try to wet the fly always with water...not always successful.

{six} do you read the newspaper on a daily basis?
no, sometimes I catch the headlines online, but everything else is word of mouth.  I should get better at that...

{seven} do you have a favorite celebrity chef?
I don't even know where to start...I love the food network!

{eight} what tv show would you like to make a guest appearance on?
Scrubs, love those happy doctors :)

{nine} do you have satellite radio in your car?
just regular radio

{ten} what was the last movie that made you cry?
What movie doesn't make me cry?  Yeah, I'm a sucker for the sap

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Primed and Ready!

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I'm so excited to finally be able to show you guys what the bathroom is looking like!  It's ridiculous what a difference a couple coats of primer make!

This has been a wonderful weekend, B and I put a deposit down on the apartment we fell in love with.  Both our credit was great, so we have the unofficial word we've been approved, just waiting for the official word.  If all goes according to plan, we move May 15th!  It's a 2 family house, and we will be living on the top floor.

May 15th is actually my baby sister's (so not a baby anymore!) college graduation day, so we'll be away, but we're excited none the less!  I finish up my final graduate class on May 10th, so the next 5 weeks are going to be ridiculously busy!  I apologize ahead of time if I'm not around and updating regularly, I'm sure you all will understand!

Back to what I've been working away at!  After all the work we put into patching, sanding, and prepping the walls, it was finallllly time for some primer.  Hallelujah!

Here is another peek at the walls all patched and ready to go:
 First I gave the Frog Tape I've heard such good reviews about a go.
I taped off the baseboards, ceiling, window frames, around the sink, and around the toilet paper holder.  Basically anything I didn't want paint getting on.  The baseboards and ceiling will be getting their own coat of primer, but I didn't want it end up being splotchy or drippy, so they were taped off.
I grabbed my primer, and an angled brush.  I used the brush to cut in the edges, near the ceiling, window, baseboards, around the sink, and anywhere a roller wouldn't be able to fit.
 Here is how things started to come together after cutting in all the edges:
 I grabbed a small roller for the rest of the wall.  This is easier than hand painting the walls, since they were pretty open and flat:
 Here is how things started to look after the first coat of primer:
While I was waiting for the first coat to dry, I wanted to keep my left over paint and brush ready to go, so I covered everything with a layer of cling wrap.  This helps prevent your brush and paint from drying out:
I decided that 3 coats of primer was about what I needed to even everything out and make sure all the pink was properly covered up.  You can barely even see the patch I used to fix the crack above the sink!  Love it!
 In this picture if you look at the back wall by the toilet (with only 2 coats of paint) you can see the difference between 2 and 3 coats of paint, and why that extra coat was necessary.
Here is what the walls are looking like today:
 Remember to peel the painters tape off before the final coat is dry, this will help prevent paint from peeling off along with the tape.  We love the crisp clean lines!  And just because I'm proud of all the hard work...here is a trip down memory lane:
Isn't it crazy what a difference a little spackle and primer can make??  What a process, but I'm loving it!  I can't wait to tackle the woodwork, ceiling, and floor.  It's starting to really come together!!

Hope you all have nice weather where you are.  It's finally flip flop weather...time to break out the nail polish!

Happy Sunday!

Simply Living


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