Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I've got the blahs

I stayed home sick form work today. I have been feeling really dizzy and achy for days. Then the last day or so I have had these horrible hot flashes. I thought last week I was coming down with a cold or something but that never turned into something. I was so overstressed the last couple weeks at work that I was wearing myself down big time. This job will kill me. It really will. Anyway, I woke up and the room was spinning and I felt feverish so I took a sick day. The funny part is that I couldn't even find my thermometer to take an official temp! After all those months of temping for TTC purposes, I must have hid the stupid thing! It's here somewhere... :o)

As for what else is going on, not much. I'll have to post some pictures of the basement now that we can actually hang out down there. It is far from decorated but it's usable. That feels amazing. No longer do I feel grossed out when I am forced to go down there. I actually want to be down there. I love having the extra living space. Now we have to work on the utility area of the basement and make a spectacular laundry area.

Well, that's really the whole boring update that I have for today. I'm feeling quite rundown lately. I know that can lead into another woe is me, bitter infertile post but I'm not going to go there tonight. I want to, but I won't. I went to a baby shower on Sunday, the same day as my step-nephew's 1st bday and maybe that has something to do with it. I have no idea. I am just so over it all. I'm over not having a family, I'm over the insane stress I am put through at work, I am over a lot of things. But, I'm not going to go there :o) Not today at least.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I must share some product raves

And no, I am not getting any reimbursements for this post. I just felt that there are a couple things I have come across in the last week or so that I am loving right now and wanted to share.

The first is something so "duh" I can't believe I've never come across something similar before. Forgive me if this is old news to you but...

This is the Michael Graves for Target Nesting Corner Hamper

It is nice and tall - very important when you have a dog that likes to steal your underwear!! See that liner? It is mesh on the inside and lifts off so you can easily transport the dirty garb to the laundry room. This fits perfect in an unusable corner that is formed from my dresser and the bedroom door. The other great thing is that is is only $16.99! Yeah. You really can't beat that in my book!

The other item that I have a serious rave for stems from the much mentioned basement renovations. Originally we were going to go out and by a laminate countertop from either Menards or this weird overstock store we have up here to replace the existing bar countertop. From what we remembered when we were pricing out new countertops from last year, it should have only been about $40 for the length we would want. Well...not so much anymore. It was going to be around $100. Which really isn't bad, I know this, but when you are trying to renovate on a shoe string budget and that bar you are reusing is a temporary bar, it's hard to justify spending that money. So on to the internet blogosphere I went. I had heard that it was possible to paint laminate countertops and have it look decent but I was thinking it was going to be a huge process - one that I didn't have the patience for right now. I came across some sites and decided to follow a hybrid of the following DIY tutorials:

Blissfully Domestic - Transform your laminate countertops with paint
HGTV - Painting your countertops for a new look

So off to Menards I went with the hubby. I was putting the flecked spray paint into my cart when my observant husband pointed out that there was a kit to do just what I wanted to do! Now I had always known that there were the more expensive, fancier kits for doing this. But those are over $200 and it's a more detailed process to make them resemble granite or whatever. I just wanted something simple. And cheap. And quick. Well, here it is.

Rust-Oleum's Countertop Coating
It's was only $20 and it is tint-able to 16 solid colors. We chose "Wheat" for our can. The directions are easy. I could have done this by myself but hubby was nice and helped me out. You only have to sand the existing countertop lightly and apply the paint. There's no priming needed. It is washable and moisture/chemical resistant. The tips I feel are needed are:

  1. Use rubber gloves when applying this paint. You can't wash this stuff off easily. I found out the hard way. I needed to use nasty mineral spirits to get it off my hands. 
  2. It smells wicked. Make sure to vent the room you are painting in as much as you can. 
  3. Use a 4" or 6" roller with a fine/very fine foam roller brush. It will make the paint very smooth. Also - whatever brushes you use, be prepared to throw them out when finished. For that reason we bought a refill for the roller right away. I wasn't even going to bother trying to soak the foam brushes.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I am not a 21yr old college kid anymore

Someone remind me that I am too old to be out at a bar until 3am. That's pretty much the gist of this post. :o)

I felt so energized to start the weekend off early and get a ton of things done around the house...and I think that's fallen off the table. When you drink a bottle of wine by yourself before you even leave the house, you know it's going to be a long night. At least the bar is a short walk through the backyard to get to! If I would have stumbled and fallen down I would have been ok to just sleep outside. I mean, it is my yard after all. I was smart enough to take a couple Ibprofin before I went to sleep so that helped a lot - except I slept through the alarm and then when I woke up, it was 10:30 already. Fuck.

So we had a few errands to run before we could get going on anything and when we got back home, K noticed that one of our rear tires was almost flat. Fuck. He filled it up so we are going to have to watch it to see what happens. Not cool. Not cool at all.

So now I'm sitting here wondering what I am actually going to accomplish today. Well, to be fair, I did kind of accomplish one thing. We went to look at this store that is sort of like a random junk overflow store for a new counter top for the bar downstairs. It's sort of like a Re-Store but with weird huge statues and things like that. Anyway, there's no way I'm paying $100 for a new nice countertop when this particular bar is temporary. So instead I came home and researched painting laminate countertops. I think that is what I am going to end up doing. I can make it fun colored and it doesn't seem to be too hard of a project or very expensive. Music to my ears.

So yeah, that's my Saturday. Will me some "kick in the ass" vibes, will ya? Please? I need them, lol.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Summer Rental

Summer RentalSummer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So far this is my favorite book from this author. It was a light beachy chick lit book - exactly what I was looking to read this time around.

Ellie was recently downsized from her job at a Philly bank and she finds herself questioning the road her life took. She is busy planning a month long beach trip for her and her two close friends who have their own share of baggage.

Dorie's marriage was shattered by her husband's betrayal and she is stuck having to pick up the pieces of her life - along with a new role she didn't plan on.

Julia has everything she has really ever wanted but still can't commit to her long term boyfriend.

"Madison" leaves her husband and is on the run when she bumps into Dorie at a diner and with the girls having extra room in the house and with Madison needing a hideout, she accepts Dorie's offer to move in. She is hiding some dangerous secrets that could put her and her new friends in harms way.

And then there is the landlord...Ty. He's desperately trying to hold on to the property, Ebbtide, but foreclosure is looming in the not so distant future. On top of that, he and Ellie find themselves entering into a relationship that neither of them was looking for. 

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