Friday Finds


The kitchen is going to be one of my top priorities this weekend. But then again, there's also FOOTBALL. Two new developments in the kitchen though:  I think I've found the replacement hinges.  They fit in exactly the same spots as the old.  Considering that these will mean I won't have to patch & drill new holes all over the cabinets and doors, I'm pretty happy. And then, there's this.  As part of my health goals this year, I've been trying to drink more water.  A LOT more … [Read more...]

Make It Work

Tim Gunn, eat your heart out.  I've finally figured out how to work with all of the pine trees in my backyard instead of working around them. Well, technically I guess that's not true.  I'm still working around them.  But in a way that actually makes them an appealing feature of the back yard instead of an eyesore that's too expensive to remove (there is no room for the trees to fall without damage to someone's house or taking out a fence, so in order to cut them down, I would have to hire … [Read more...]

Kitchens: Two-Tone Cabinets

My kitchen is technically interior project #3 on the list this year (first the stairs/living room re-do, then the dining room, then the kitchen).  So even though I've got a while to decide on what I really want to do in the room, I wanted to let you know what I've been thinking of lately. The kitchen is just beyond the black and white staircase when you walk into the house, so basically, the cabinets are one of the first things you're able to see from the entryway.  So, I've been thinking … [Read more...]

#DIYcember on Instagram

Want to know something?  Getting stuff done feels goooooood.  The dining room walls look like crapola at the moment.  You know what they don't look like, though?  Wallpaper. All of that is gonzo.  There are a few bits still clinging to a few corners, but I'm hoping by Sunday's end, I have my first skim coat up.This month has already been one of my most productive months of the year in terms of tackling things.  Or rather, half-tackling them.  I've still got to work on this whole multi-project … [Read more...]

Counting Down

It's one of those weeks again.  Where I'm making progress on the house, getting laundry done... and then bam.Oh, right, I have something due in this class.And this quiz is due Wednesday.And I need to meet with my classmates to spend four hours negotiating a contract as an exercise for another class.Basically, the time has come once again where the hours are disappearing and finals are approaching.  But after that, I have a blissful month off of school to regroup and power through the holidays. … [Read more...]

Finally: a Solution to My Bowling Ball Infestation

I have a dirty little secret.  It's shameful.  It's embarrassing.  But you are my friends, and I know you won't judge me too harshly.  Maybe, perhaps, my confession will help someone else someday feel like they aren't alone in this world.  That someone else shares their pain.  So, taking a deep breath, here it goes:I have a bowling ball problem in my home.My old vacuum just wasn't helping me with the overwhelming number of bowling balls.  It was scaring the hell out of Charlie, too.  At best, it … [Read more...]

Dusty Plans

It's the last weekend before school starts up again.  And since I'm having a little bit of a motivation problem right now, I thought it might be best to write down what I'm intending to finish off before I get the opportunity to nap a little too long:1.  First and foremost, I need a damn bathroom upstairs already.  What's been holding me back is knowing how awful and boring it is to sand drywall.  And then slap another layer on, and do it again.But I'll be cranking the radio with a new playlist … [Read more...]

My House, My Home

I always have grand plans for what I want to do over the weekend.  And then, the grand plans sort of twist themselves into tiny paper balls and fall just a few inches short of a waste basket.Behind the scenes of the blog this week, I've been fed up with the state of the house.  I've been ransacking each room, chucking things (I saw Bridget Jones Diary years and years ago, and to this day, I still refer to throwing things away like a Brit - funny how we pick up random words to suit our own style, … [Read more...]

Weekend Not Wasted

Most weekends, I feel like there is a lot I want to accomplish, and then I fail miserably at getting it all done.  This weekend, however, my weekend was packed with events both in and out of the house.I've been making a greater effort over the last few months to get more exercise.  It started as part of a New Years resolution to just take care of myself a little better, and then I found bikram yoga.  The first class was brutal (for those not familiar, it's 90-minute yoga in a room over 100 … [Read more...]

Ah Yes, The Mess

Enough books.  Now this is more like it!It may not be ready for a big reveal, but after a little me time (including a trip to the salon and spa for a facial), I've renewed my energy and attacked the study-o once more.The coats on the chair legs seem to be taking forever.  Just as I think I've applied the last coat, I come back to find streaks that need another.  I'll just keep at it though - can't hold out forever.I spoke earlier this week about accidentally choosing the wrong paint for the … [Read more...]

Project Gnomes

Ever have one of those projects that makes you wonder why it took you so long to do it?  Last summer, the A/C went out.Strike that - it was nearly two years ago.  The freezing and subsequent thawing of the unit in the hot sun led to a giant stain on the ceiling in the office study-o.I left the stain for ages as if little painting gnomes would come and magically fix it in the middle of the night.  After waiting a reasonable period for the little slackers to show up, the time came to finally say … [Read more...]