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So… last week was the last full week of school. I got sick just before all you-know-what broke loose, and my very last final was yesterday evening (you can see how this made me feel right here). I’m still waiting on hearing back about my last two grades, but I’ve locked in one A so far, which means I could pretty much fail these other two classes and still graduate. No more semesters to dread ever again.

Point is, I survived, and during the course of these last few days of cramming for the end of school, I was overwhelmed with the urge to do something with my hands (twss). And I learned something new about myself:  it’s incredibly hard for me to stay focused on school work when:

  • there are projects to be done and
  • I have all of the supplies just a few rooms away.

Normally, this isn’t much of an issue. Mostly because I never actually have all of the tools I need to complete a single project in one sitting (and the fact that I’d have to put on pants and leave the house to go get the missing supplies? Enough to make me stay put and study… and order a pizza). But in this last week, I started to relate to Kit’s suspicions that the universe just likes to eff with you sometimes. The stars aligned and I had, in the span of three years, for the first time ever, managed to actually have all of the pieces I need to just get it done. And that, my friends, felt a lot like someone eating chocolate cake in front of me when I’d just come back from the dentist.

So, as a reward to myself (if you can call it that), I immediately dove into finishing my necessary task list before my washer and dryer arrive (tomorrow!).

I finished up patching all of the spots in the drywall that were bugging the crap out of me,  painted the walls (one of the messiest times I’ve ever experienced with paint, simply because I just dunked the roller into the paint can and rolled out the gloppy mess onto the walls because I was too lazy to grab a paint tray), and used a simple baggie trick for putting in the grout. It wasn’t the prettiest application, but eagerness sometimes wins out over meticulous execution. And the very best part: it’s done!

I still have to apply grout sealer (I have plenty left over from the bathroom grout treatment), and then I have to install new baseboards (the old ones were mangled from the pup, and I wanted to replace them with plastic instead of wood). Shouldn’t be too hard to do in the next 24 hours, and then then new appliances arrive.

Yay for clean underwear!

(P.S. I just want to clarify, I totally have clean underwear. I’m just happy about having more of it soon.)

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  1. Dunking the roller into the paint can??? I can’t imagine the mess! Also, I hated to hear you say that it shouldn’t be to hard to put up the baseboard moulding in 24 hours. Is it you (or another blogger, or everyone) that gets screwed when they say that? I do hope you do knock it out though! We put board and batten up the ENTIRE week of Thanksgiving (one small hallway and one jacked up 60’s stair “stringer”). It still needs to be caulked, painted, 1/4 round. Thank goodness my husband has three weeks off for the holidays. DID I JUST SAY THAT???? Another Yahoo to you! DONE for real!!!! PS. I still don’t see a “Graduation Gifts can be sent here” tab.

    1. Haha ok, ok, I’ll set up the link :) When it comes to the baseboards, I guess I’m just using the time crunch as a motivator; it HAS to get done before the new laundry set goes in, so that’s either going to be now or never!

  2. Its funny how when you have the most to do, other things that are not equally important seem to pop up and convince you that they should be done first. Especially during this time of year.

  3. I LOVE that grouting trick, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of that. That just seems brilliant. I have two floors to tile soon and I will definitely be trying that one.

  4. So you have finished school and are getting afoul close to finishing up the house, what are you to do now? Congrats on it all btw.

    1. Ha, house finished? Not close enough for comfort. I guess I’ll be spending most of my new free time on the house still, just able to do projects at a faster pace than I have these last two years. And thanks for the congrats :)

  5. Thanks for the grouting trick, never heard of that before. The room looks good for what it is, a laundry room. Have a great Holiday!