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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

getting settled

The inside of our home is starting to take shape. Niel's mother came down to help last Tuesday and will fly home to New York tomorrow. I have chuckled on several occasions when I have told friends that my mother-in-law has come to help. Some would look at me squarely and ask, "is THAT helpful?" I get the question. So many spouses do not have a good relationship with their in-laws; I have been extremely blessed to not fall into that category.
So here is my shout out:
 I LOVE YOU MOM!! I am so glad you've come to help and we really could not have done it with out you!
Now, when the computer was set up here, the SD card reader wasn't hooked up so I've got no photos until Niel comes back from Huston.
You'll just have to wait.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

day# two

Here is a picture of a hideous couch made to not look hideous:

I woke up to this song this morning:

Day two in the countdown to ONE, and guess what? We got the certificate of occupancy TODAY!!!! We are moving! The builders were nearly dead on:  a day early. What do you think of that?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

day, hmmmm? what day is it? And where is my husband???

I absolutely CANNOT wait to show the after picture of what this couch looks like in our living room.
(I just love using cannot as one word. Mmmm.)
Come back from L.A. soon, dear.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

day # five

MARDI GRAS

Took a funny picture tonight of the kids all zonked out in the back of my van with Mardi Gras beads hanging all about them. Can't figure out how to get a picture off my very UN-smart phone. I realized then that there are a lot of videos and pictures that will probably never escape that thing.

I get to look at the final invoices on the house tomorrow. Then I'm off to the banker to order the appraisal.

WISH US LUCK!

Friday, February 8, 2013

day # nine


A while ago a friend of mine took the baker's rack from her kitchen, and gifted it to me. She didn't like how it was installed kiddy-corner over her kitchen island, and wasn't crazy about the style. I was sure I would find a way to use it it the house, so I was happy to take it from her.
Come to find out, I did not care for the style either, so this is what I did with it:

BEFORE                               


AFTER


I lost the bakers rack, cause lets face it, I'm not hanging any pots on a bakers rack, and I never saw ANYBODY hanging a rolling pin or a cookie sheet from one. Painted it green and got a new silver chain for it. Mikey, pretty much the coolest electrician I know, showed me how to separate the chain links without mangling them. I used vice grips. His tip: Don't use vice grips. He was right, there are better tools out there.
The rim is a bunch of different map pieces of places we've lived. (I may or may not keep it on there. I am having adhesive issues, and don't want to tape the outside.)

Carpet is in but they have to come back and fix a hideous seam.

We'll be getting the Certificate of Occupancy NEXT WEEK!!!!
(Niel will be in LA and I'm gonna see what kind of magic 
I can work while he is away.)

Lamar Hancock: the best contractor EVER!

Now, who wants to come out and help me clean this beast out, and save me $400?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

day# 11

The sun is hiding again.
Got a rejection letter today, but the Masur Museum will hear from me again next year.

Nan got tall all of a sudden. She gonna cook me some dinners! That makes me feel better.


Monday, February 4, 2013

day # thirteen

I don't know how many times I have heard my father say, A project takes the time allotted." And so, in true form, I attest it took me three weeks and two hours to take my Christmas tree down.
With that being said, I am giving myself a deadline: the kitchen chairs I have been wanting to re-do are going to be done by 2 pm today. Once they are finished, I think I can say they took me five months and four hours to finish.

IN THE STUDIO NEWS:
Thank you, Joshua Chambers. I discovered the link to the online catalog of the show we were included in on your blog:

 Louisiana Purchase
National Biennial Juried Exhibition
January 15 – February 19, 2013

Excerpt from text:

"Louisiana Purchase is the School of Art’s second national juried exhibition. This 
is a multi-media show for two and three dimensional works exploring any theme. 
The School of Art received over 165 submissions for a total of over 800 artworks, 
many of which were from our region. The overwhelming response reflects a 
continued commitment and passion for the arts in our communities. We hope that 
the exhibition not only highlights regional artists, but also exposes all of us to 
contemporary works created around the country.
After a difficult deliberation, juror Dr. Paul Manoguerra chose 49 artists to share 
their work in the exhibition. The School of Art would like to thank all of the 
artists that submitted to the show and encourage all to apply again in 2015."

The following two paintings were included:



Sunday, February 3, 2013

day # fourteen

Day #14, counting down to the proposed finish date of our new crash pad.

An updated list for you list-checkers out there:

Get gas turned on at Corley Street: UPDATE: MONDAY
re-cover dining chairs
go through the "game" closet that has become an unsatisfactory filling cabinet over the last four years (yikes!)
make my "MAP" hanging pendant light to go over the bar (pics on that later)
take Simon to speech therapy
empty out the storage unit
take outdoor bench to Corley
figure out what in the world I am going to make for dinner ordered pizza for the kids, got a babysitter 

                                                                                         and went out on a date with my sweetie
go grocery shopping
fold AND PUT AWAY the laundry
have a dance party in the living room with Simon and Wesley
make posters for my Relief Society event

go to post office
get oil changed
pay the beaver trapper (that's right, some people have bug guys, we have a beaver guy)
get dressed (maybe this should be closer to the top of the list)
find babysitters for our trip to LA (Valentine's week)

             Update: NOT going to LA with Niel
                    going to stick it out here and see what I get done in the way of packing and etc.
                                          (AND holding out for a shorter trip to D.C. in March!)
get the file cabinet off the carport
put up the new mailbox GOT IT SET IN THE CEMENT, THEN IT GOT TOO DARK....
hang pegboards in shop
paint tool outlines on the pegboard


So what did YOU do?
Hmmmmm?

Friday, February 1, 2013

sweet sixteen and paying the beaver guy

I have learned two things:

You can't stretch carpet in cold weather.
And running an industrial size electric heater for over month straight will cause one's electric bill to rise significantly. (We are talking from $23 to over 500.)


I am wheeling away at the computer just now this morning, listening to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros trying to decide what of all the one million things I need to do 
will actually get done. Here's to you Christie Wild, I am going to make a list. (Be not confused however, this is a
partial list of the one million things, not what is going to get accomplished today.)

Get gas turned on at Corley Street
re-cover dining chairs
go through the "game" closet that has become an unsatisfactory filling cabinet over the last four years (yikes!)
make my "MAP" hanging pendant light to go over the bar (pics on that later)
take Simon to speech therapy
empty out the storage unit
take outdoor bench to Corley
figure out what in the world I am going to make for dinner
go grocery shopping
fold AND PUT AWAY the laundry
have a dance party in the living room with Simon and Wesley
make a poster for my Relief Society event
balance the checkbook
blog a post

I haven't had any caffeine or sugar for almost a week now...looking at my list... Hmmm?

go to post office
get oil changed
pay the beaver trapper (that's right, some people have bug guys, we have a beaver guy)
get dressed (maybe this should be closer to the top of the list)
find babysitters for our trip to LA (Valentine's week)
get the file cabinet off the carport
put up the new mailbox
hang pegboards in shop
paint tool outlines on the pegboard

Like I said, this is a partial list.
Oh yeah, and pack.



 That's right, they look sweet, but we prefer trees. I guess you gotta choose which one you're gonna hug.