Friday, May 27, 2011

Video Tour of the New Place

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Hi Everyone!  Thanks for all your patience :) Here is a quick video tour of the new place to tide you all over.  I'm hoping that with the long weekend I can finish unpacking and then hopefully get back into the blogging swing of things!  Hope you all are well!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wee Bit of Me Wednesday #13

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{one} when was the last time you used a pay phone (if ever)?
We used to have one at the middle school I went to, that was pre-cell phone days.  I think that's the last pay phone I used, I'm pretty sure it cost 10 cents to make a call

{two} did you ever fail a subject in school?
I failed an Anatomy Lab in college...but I passed the class.

{three} where do you go to get your favorite hamburger/cheeseburger?
This little hole in the wall joint in the next town over.  Super cheezy, greasy, and overall delicious.

{four} have you ever served jury duty?
No, but I think it would be fun!
{five} how old were you when you moved out of your parents’ house?
Moved out when I was 21, just moved back last spring and I'll be moving out again (I'm 25 now) in 8 days.  AHHH the packing that has to happen is scary.

{six} what is your favorite color to wear?
Green, it makes my green eyes even greener.  It's pretty cool

{seven} do you have a pair of shoes that you wear all the time?
I'm usually in sneakers, or flat boots.  So excited for flip flop season!

{eight} do you enjoy talk radio?
Not particularly, I'd rather sing along to a song

{nine} if you could turn one unhealthy food into a healthy one, what food would it be?
French Fries...I would eat them everyday!

{ten} who is the best speaker you’ve ever heard in person?
Stephen King was pretty spectacular

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring = difficulty with Spray Paint

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I ended up playing hooky from work today, lets call it a mental health day.  And boy was it needed!

My car will finally be done this afternoon and I can pick it up after a home visit with a student.  I haven't heard the final bill yet...and I'm cringing just thinking about it.  But hopefully all will be good.

Instead of sharing my "to do" lists, I'd like to share my "done" list!  Today was a productive day!

It started with submitting my final graduate paper.  Man, does it feel good!  Maybe one day I'll finish the whole masters, but for now I'm happy with the certificate I set out to complete!  5 classes finished, with excellent grades, and paid in full.  Halleluia!

You'll never guess what else I finished!  The bathroom walls are completely finished!  Let's not talk about the wood work...floor...or ceiling.  Celebrate the walls!
 Not the best lighting, it makes them look washed out a bit.  But at this point, not an inch of me cares, they're finished!  I'll try to take some better pictures tonight after the sun has gone down.  HUGE project to cross off of my list.  I know that the bathroom isn't nearly finished yet...but that was a big step!

While cleaning and packing things I got stuck with a bookcase dilemma.  This was the color of my bookcase:
Cute when I was younger, but not quite the look we're going for now.  But it's a sturdy bookcase that is still perfectly functional.  I washed that puppy up and let it dry overnight.

Then I chose a white spray paint that didn't require any primer.  I was excited to give the spray paint a chance, particularly since each coat only needs 15 minutes to dry (WAY better than waiting 4 hours for paint from a can to dry before you can do another coat).
The worst thing about spray painting in spring, at least here in MA, is that it's windy...and goes from a beautiful sunny day to rain storms in a matter of minutes.  I'm glad I got as far as I did today, because the next sunny day isn't supposed to be until next Tuesday!  That barely gives me any time until we move to finish her up!

But I is the progress!

After the first coat of spray paint:
Then after a second coat:
 And then I got smart and decided to stick the beast up on some old saw horses for better access, particularly to the bottom half:
Now I was in business!  I'm certainly not the world's best spray painter, hence the drips:
But I was able to complete this so quickly, as opposed to waiting for hours during dry time.  I also liked that I didn't need to do 2 coats of primer...followed by 2 coats of paint in order to cover up that ugly blue.

It did however take me 3 cans of spray paint...and it still has a blue-ish tint!
But I'm totally ok with that.  Already it looks better than it did at first, and my ultimate goal is to have a white exterior, and have the inside and shelves be the color of the bathroom.  Luckily I have 3/4 of a gallon of left over paint!  That will almost definitely be waiting until after the move though.  There's only so much I can cram into the next week and a half!  I'm exited to show you all the final final reveal...but don't expect it any time soon :)

Here's a peak at what my garage is looking like these days:
Another small cabinet that needs to be repainted...but that also won't happen until after the move.  And there's our brand new couch hiding in the background covered in plastic.  Good thing since all the green pollen is starting to attack!

While I was out spray painting in the back yard I came across some awesome tiny pinecones:
I grabbed a bag and started collecting:
That's a large ziploc...not a tiny sandwich bag by the way.  I'm excited, but really happy I have many many months before deciding what kind of fall themed craft they will turn into.  Stay tuned!

Hope everyone is enjoying May so far, 9 days until my birthday.  Just sayin'  :)

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