Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Close To Going Color Blind

If I say that I spent most of last weekend working on the bathroom, is anyone going to be surprised? I am guessing not and that is truly what I did. At first I thought that I wanted the bathroom to be a lovely shade of Classic Taupe – which is a perfect two shades lighter than the living room and hallway color. However, after painting part of the walls it was not looking right and had more of a peachy feel than I wanted. That meant that after all the hard work to get the walls primed and ready to go; I was going to have to paint them all white, again! And although that was tedious work, it was very worth it to start again and after several trips to Home Depot and helpful suggestions from Erin and Matt I decided to paint one wall Puddle and the other walls Wheat Bread. I have made a little progress with getting the color up on the wall, but I am counting on having time on Friday to really make a dent.

Outside of living in the paint section at Home Depot I was able to take some time to help Matt install some drywall in the house of a woman who Matt has volunteered his time to fix her plumbing. That was a fun experience - working to make dry wall look natural in a 100 year old home. I do have to say that I think we did a pretty good job for the amateurs that we are.

I also got a chance to see the movie Slumdog Millionaire ( the movie was very good and I would give it my recommendation, however I do have to say the scenes depicting the life of orphans in India will pull at your heart strings.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Visitors, Birthdays, Snow and Plumbing

This week has been quite the eclectic week. Matt’s friend and former college roommate, Josh, was in town to visit in between his trips to Central America and Africa. I didn’t get too much time to spend with them, but it seems like it was a really good week of catching up and reliving old times. Amongst playing some Wii with them I also got to have a really good dinner with them and some other former roommates and friends at El Burrito. I have been waiting to eat there for some time, but kept forgetting to go – the food was good and the company was even better.

This week was also the birthdays of 3 of my favorite people – Rachel Carter, my Dad and Marcie Ray. I didn’t get to see my Dad or Rachel on their birthdays because of the bad weather and roads. But, I did get to celebrate with Marcie when a group of us went to On The Border. The ironic thing about having three birthdays this week – is that I didn’t get one piece of cake – such a bummer!

And if we didn't already have enough snow this past week and weekend brought plenty more. I do have to say the snow over the weekend was very pretty - it was light and fluffy and made the entire town look like a postcard. Of course the downside is that it is time to shovel again, as you can see my house is starting to look like a giant snow fort.
Like usual all the snow made me want to stay inside and work on projects. I had originally wanted to get the vanity cabinet out of the bathroom so that I could paint behind it and then install a new one in a few weeks. So, I called in Matt for reinforcement and the whole process started off really smooth - the vanity top came off with no problem, the cabinet wasn't fastened to the wall so that came out easily -BUT the pipes were another story. The cold water shut off fine, the hot water also shut off fine, until the pipe snapped off in Matt's hands. Whoops, that should not be able to happen! However, the pipe was so rusted that it was incredibly weak and easily broken. So then the process to fix that little problem began and 24 hours later it was fixed by installing and sweating a completely new copper pipe and shut off valve, installing dry wall over the hole in the wall and patching up the wall. Needless to say, no painting got done, but boy will I enjoy the brand new hot water supply.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Weather Outside is Frightful

There has been so much snow this winter and it is only the second week of January! I do hope it means that we will be finished with winter at the beginning of March, however I have a feeling that this is going to be a LONG and SNOWY winter. So what is a gal to do, when it is too cold to have fun outside and too snowy to want to go anywhere – how about renovate a bathroom, laundry room and install new countertops in the kitchen. Yup, that is the plan. We have started to work on the bathroom, which has involved putting a skim coat on almost the entire ceiling and many areas of the walls and then putting a few good coats of Kilz primer on to freshen things up. Over the weekend I made it to Home Depot to pick out the ceiling paint and wall color and I hope to get that started some day this week or weekend, then on to installing a new vanity, shower head, shower curtain rod, lighting and flooring. The goal is to have it done before the first week in March – then it is on to the Laundry room and Kitchen. Here are some pictures I took after we started skim coating, although it is not “really” before the start of the project it is close and you can see the bathroom needs lots of help.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A New Year

I cannot believe that today is the first day of Winter Semester. At the beginning of break I had aspirations of updating my blog with all the happenings of the season, but that obviously did not happen. So, here is a snapshot of the last month and a promise that 2009 will bring more frequent posts.

The last day of the semester is always a very exciting day for both faculty and the students, this year was especially exciting because to celebrate, Matt and I went with Amanda and her friend to the Warren Miller “Children of Winter” movie. I was a little timid at first – it is a movie all about skiing and I thought it might be a bit overwhelming, but I was genuinely impressed. Not only did it show some beautiful shots of people skiing down crazy mountains, but it explored some famous ski towns and gave really interesting backgrounds about the skiers involved. It was a good combination of aspects for the skiers and non-skiers alike. The highlight of the night was that Matt caught a free ski hat that was being hurled at us from a sling shot.

The first week of break – I took time to clean the house, catch up on prep work for winter classes and finish decorating the house for Christmas. On top of all that fun, Matt spent almost two days at my house installing a dishwasher and garbage disposal in my kitchen. I can’t believe people used to live without those amenities. It was a pretty major undertaking to get everything in order – we had to cut out a kitchen cabinet, add a new breaker to the breaker box, run new wiring to the disposal and dishwasher and re-configure the plumbing which involved having to work with some funky pre-existing pipes. I cannot even express how much it was worth all that hard work!

With the dishwasher installed, the house decorated and cleaned and an impending blizzard - Erin and I got the heck out of town and headed for home. I spent an entire week at my parents’ house and had a nice time shopping for Christmas presents and spending time with friends. This was a quite year for Christmas at my parents’ house, so I enjoyed spending the entire day in my PJs.

A few days after Christmas I headed back to GR to assess the snow situation and make sure my roof had not caved in. I am happy to report that even with over 2 feet of snow on my roof – my little old house stood strong. I did have a bit of work to do in the driveway and the decided to start working on remodeling my bathroom. The basic structure of the bathroom is good, so the project should be manageable. I will post more about that as I progress. So, the majority of this past week was spent working on the bathroom and just relaxing and having fun. Although, I am paying for it today in email responses and voicemail return calls – I am glad that I took last week to just spend time with Matt .. playing the Wii, shopping at Costco, watching good movies, eating too much fast food and sleeping in. Sometimes the best part of having time off is the ability to do nothing at all!