- MacGyver :: RDA
- Garter :: Belt
- Wedge :: Shoe
- Inches :: Feet
- Code :: Blue
- Water :: Fall
- Running :: Girl
- Curly :: Hair
- Turkey :: Dinner
- Stupor :: Drunken
I fortuitously took tomorrow off (did I use that word correctly?), in less than 2 hours my 5-day weekend starts. Yay! I doubt I’ll post much, but you never know. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer until I can show you pictures from our projects that we’re still wrapping up. How about some hints? We’ve used all of these things (pictures from other Flickr members, so I’m not giving away anything):
Some more work to do tonight. I still haven’t decided what project and I will be working on on Saturday – paint the bedroom? the mural in my office? my bathroom? Demo the bookshelves in the basement? Oh, the possibilities!
… and no pictures to show! We worked on some house projects, but they’re not quite finished yet, so I’ll wait until I have some true “after” photos.
I didn’t do any sewing this weekend, but I did take pictures of some. Here are two of my favorites:
Check out all 96 (!) on Flickr.
While we don’t yet have somewhere to put it, we’re temporarily stocked up on firewood, and have been enjoying this several times a week:
I finished these guys up quite a while ago, but hadn’t taken a picture yet. They’re in the wash now, so maybe we can use them while it’s still appropriately fall-like outside.
I took Wednesday off, so I have a very short work week. I thought I had figured out how I was going to spend my 5-day weekend, but then realized there were other things that needed to get done. We’ll see what wins out.
I might be the only person who cares, but if you’re on the site (and not in the RSS reader of your choosing) and you look over there to the left, you might notice that there is no longer an “uncategorized” category. Or, rather, there are no longer any uncategorized posts. That took a lot of work! Things may not be perfect, but there are no longer any posts without categories, posts with more than one categories, or otherwise mis-labeled posts. (For drama, let me state clearly that there are currently 2,829 posts on this blog. That is a friggin’ lot of posts! 171 posts left until 3,000 – checked with a calculator before saying that. I’ll do something big then.)
Tags, on the other hand, need some work. That is a much bigger job, though.
(Did you notice in the site redesign that the categories changed? 5 points to the first person who correctly identifies the theme. If you can’t figure out what’s what, mouse over them and a description should pop up.)
… for vacation days.
… for the invention of the wheel.
… for cameras.
… for house projects.
… for loved ones who have strong arms.
… that it’s Thursday – it kind of snuck up on me!
… for databases.
… for irons and starch.
… for sweatshirts.
… for Garnier Fructise Length and Strength shampoo and conditioner.
… for dishwashers.
… for headphones.
… for maturity (and for silliness – the two are not mutually exclusive).
… that I have cornbread for lunch!
The internet reminds me that I am not entirely unique.
That doesn’t sound right.
There are weird little things about each of us. Things that are weird to me might not be weird to you. I may think I’m normal and you might think I’m the kookiest person to ever walk the planet. Whatever. The internet reminds me that, for each of those weird little things, there are thousands upon thousands of other people who have that same weird little thing.
So my particular collection of weird little things is unique. But I am not a freak. Maybe that’s what I’m trying to say.
Does that seem like a random thought? I was catching up on my RSS feeds and read on someone’s blog about her love for pens. Pretty pens. In fun colors. And it matters what type of ink and the paper and how it feels when one connects with the other. I totally knew what she was talking about. And there’s a whole Flickr group dedicated to pictures of pretty pens. So see? Not random at all.
For bonus points, add in one of your “weird little things” in the comments.
Is it too cliche to say this weekend went by too quickly?
Saturday and Sunday afternoons we played with acid for a while. Oxalic acid, to be specific, otherwise known as wood bleach. Still working on getting our test kitchen cabinet to look the way we want it to. I’d show pictures, but they’re pretty boring.
While went to see a movie with his dad, I cleaned up my office (the drawers open and close now! how original!).
(For reference, I’ve been living with the windows like this since the middle of August. Window, actually, since I only finished one panel out of four needed for the two windows.)
After the bleaching on Sunday, we took a trip to Ikea and bought some lamps. And part of a Christmas present.
This other picture I have for you requires some explaining. When I was seven years old, we moved to a new house. I don’t remember if it was just before the move, or sometime shortly after that, but made me a purple patchwork quilt for my bed. (There were also patchwork pillows, which I still have, and a large purple bolster, which is no more.) My new bedroom was purple, and ‘s was pink. What can I say, we were girly girls.
This quilt has been everywhere with me, or so it seems. has patched it several times, but the last time she did it, she said I would have to do it from then on. This was many years ago, long before I knew anything about quilting. My idea of patching the worn/torn spots was to hand-sew on (very visibly, might I add) some patches. It wasn’t good.
There are so many ripped spots on the quilt right now that I’m almost afraid to use it. Almost. Instead, I cuddle up with it on the couch many nights, and it just gets more worn. Last night I pulled out my large stack of charm squares, hoping that had used 5″ squares to make the quilt. As luck would have it, she did. I laid the quilt out on the floor and got to work picking out squares to patch on. I ran out several times, and had to keep going back to my pile and expanding the color scheme. What was once a mostly purple (with a few blues and pinks) quilt is now, well, this:
Can’t deny it has been well loved. I’m trying not to think about how much work it will be to do the actual patching. There are quite a few spots where I’ll be able to patch several squares together and then just sew them onto the quilt, so that should help. I’m also trying not to think about the back of the quilt, which is no longer purple. It’s kind of grey. And also very threadbare. No rips or holes it it yet, though.
I plan on spending a bit of time this week working on my final exam. If I turn it in early, I don’t have to go to the last day of class, and I’m all about that. It’s just a 750 word essay. I am also going to figure out a new floorplan for my office, since we’re going to install a cutting table so I don’t have to crawl around on the floor or bend over the dining room table (both of which make my back etc hurt and make me feel very old). However, since my cutting mat is 36″ x 72″, that’s a lot of table, and a lot of floorspace. We’ve got some good ideas, though, and I think you’ll really like it. (OK, had some good ideas, and did all the research, and I just agreed with his plans.) Speaking of , he took the week off work to build a new arcade machine. Wishing him lots of success, and for all his extremities to remain attached to his body.