Well, not really. Regardless of the inappropriate title that means you now have a lovely 80s song stuck in your head, let me share the progress we made the last few nights.
(Sorry the photos aren’t so good – there was a lot of drywall dust in the air that made it a bit… fuzzy down there. Hard to edit that out.)
Here's where the pocket door lives. We moved the light switch inside the room (it previously sat on the opposite wall, outside the room), and removed some of the paneling in the "hallway" which we'll be remodeling a few years from now.
After having some trouble with one of the built-ins (which involved having to remove newly installed drywall, move the walls, and re-install), the entertainment built-in is now looking more like something permanent. There's no drywall inside because it will be filled with cabinets, in case you were wondering.
Though it took two tries, the rest of the doorway/hallway and corner of the other built-in are now drywalled.
When we opened up the door opening, we found a can of mountain dew and a set of keys perched in the gap in front of that top block. You can just imagine, with five boys, how that might have happened.
And the other end of that built-in (the library), and the attached wall, have drywall.
It's a tight little space, but it's insulated and big enough to stack firewood (or Duraflame logs until we fix the air intake issue with the fireplace).
So all that’s left is the left-front edge and top frame of the library. Shouldn’t take more than an hour tonight.
Once we’re done drywalling, we can add insulation to the library (because it’s an exterior wall, though the previous owners did not have it insulated. The top half will be covered with beadboard (for the back of the bookshelves) and the bottom will be cabinets. I was going to include some stock pictures of the beadboard and trim, but I can’t find any good ones, so you’ll just have to be patient.
There probably won’t be much visible progress over the weekend. I have tomorrow off, but does not. The next immediate steps are the corner beads, taping, and mudding, which are really his realm, and there’s that whole 24-hour dry time between coats thing. But hopefully sometime next week I’ll be priming and painting. That should be exciting. (Or horrifying, if I end up hating the color. Not the time to worry about that though.)
This week, I’m thankful for…
- … short work weeks, vacation days, and sick days that can be used for bereavement.
- … this upcoming week, which is the last one before classes start again.
- … all the progress we’ve made on the family room. It’s starting to look like a real room again! (Pictures posted soon.)
- … Christmas celebrations with family.
- … 4-wheel drive.
I have a lot to be thankful for when I look back over the last 12 months.
- … my new car (July).
- … 4.0 GPA all 3 semesters (5 graduate-level courses total).
- … along with the above, working with my advisor to make a plan for finishing up the program. Always nice to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. (Two semesters of classes and one semester of student teaching left.)
- … lots of time for crafting (look for 2010 review posts next week). I also had time to play the piano and watch TV, an impressive feat amid working full-time and being an almost-full-time graduate student.
- … having a job. It might not be much, but it’s more than many others have.
- … all the help family has given us in improving our home. Namely, for interior projects and for exterior ones.
- … new family members ( and several babies born to cousins).
- …. that trip to California back in April. It was nice to have a break from normal life. Also the trip to Chicago in September was good.
- … the reminder (while looking over my thankful posts for the year) that, though it seems we will be forever buried in snow (snowiest December in Minnesota ever), Spring does come, the snow does melt, and life gets green and warm again.
- … my allergies stayed under control all year. It was blissful.
- … the health of those I love (and myself). had emergency surgery last January, but recovered quickly. For the most part, everyone else has remained healthy, both physically and mentally.
- … though I’m sad to say goodbye to my grandfather, I am very thankful for the 32 years I had him in my life, and that he lived to be 97 years old. Also, in the end, he didn’t suffer at all.
- … this blog, which allows me to keep in touch with family and friends (even if they don’t comment, I still know they’re reading, and it makes me happy and I feel connected). It started out a long time ago as a way to keep in touch with one friend, and kind of snowballed from there. That’s not to say that I’m at all popular in the blogging world, just that I can rarely say something with brevity (and I’m glad I can’t count how many words I’ve written, only the number of posts…).
- … this year I discovered Tumblr, which has consequently helped me find my voice in relation to the education field.
- … made some new friends this year. Not super-close, best-friends people, but people I’ll call “more than acquaintances.”
- … our last trip to Sponsel’s Orchard, and for the eight years of annual visits with friends.
- … I got new glasses, so I no longer have to wear the red ones I’ve hated for as long as I’ve owned them (4 years).
- … wonderful friends, both near and far.
(view 2009 edition here)
Remember that basement remodel? Here’s where we left off last (walls prepped, one wall framed, pocket door hung).
We framed out the rest of the walls.
And we framed out the built-ins.
We installed new lighting (so awesome - you have to see it in person to understand how wonderful it is); Kevin helped. A lot.
We ran a new circuit to the room (since it was shared with several other rooms and the situation was not good) and put in a reasonable number of power outlets (7 instead of 2) and Ethernet ports (4). I installed all those metal plates you see there that are protecting the wires from being hit by a drywall screw. I have amazing hammer skills. We also ran the line for the speakers, though it's very hard to tell in the pictures.
And then we added insulation (by the way, the air compressor is way too powerful to use to staple the insulation in - we had to do it the old fashioned way with a staple gun and a hammer).
This room will be so much warmer now! Previously there was only insulation in the ceiling around the outside, and the wood paneling was sitting basically on the cinder block walls. We now have a proper 3 1/2" of fiberglass keeping the cold (or heat) out.
There was a little more playing around with the weird electrical situation.
To the left of that partial wall will be a built-in that will house all of the entertainment system (except for the TV, which will be mounted on that wall beneath the window to nowhere).
And last night by 7pm, we had 80% of our drywall done!
I learned how to attach drywall, and got pretty good by the end!
Next up is finishing the drywall, which is 5 small sections (none wider than 5 feet) that frame out the built-ins and the doorway.
is still at home today (I’m back at work), his last day of vacation (that was consumed mostly by jury duty, unfortunately). I’m not sure what he’ll end up working on, drywall, taping, shoveling the driveway – such a fun list! Tonight we’re taking a short break from our Home Depot shopping trips to go to the MOA and do some after-Christmas shopping. And I have to make a pie. And then it’s more… of the same.
If you were curious, I finally decided on a paint color. It’s a pale, warm yellow from Glidden (whose name I can’t remember, and none of the paint swatches on their website look right). Yellow was my initial instinct, it being a dark basement with a short ceiling, and after playing around with blues and grays, I finally found a yellow that approved of. I’m told that the mudding process will take several days at least (blame the 24 hour drying period between applications), so maybe we’ll get around to painting by next weekend. Then we’ll be ready to start building the built-ins, and we’ll learn all sorts of new skills.
A week ago Sunday, in the middle of his breakfast (Corn Flakes, if you must know), my grandpa had a heart attack. The paramedics were able to resuscitate him, but he never woke up. He was removed from life support on Monday, and we started to plan a trip home for a Thursday funeral. In the great mystery that is life, he hung on until Christmas morning. In the words of my cousin Vern, “May you rest in peace and enjoy a Christmas feast with Lois and Shirley” (his first wife and his daughter).
Grandpa and Grandma Lois
In the five days I spent waiting for that phone call, I spent a lot of time processing and thinking and feeling. What I eventually settled on was how lucky I was. My other grandpa died when I was very young, and I was blessed to have an extra 25 years with this grandpa. It’s hard to be sad about that.
32 years ago...
(Yes, that's my piano in the background there.)
I’m blessed to have not just pictures but memories that weren’t captured on film. He and Grandma Helen came to our wedding three years ago (when they were the young ages of 94 and 88).
One of my favorite memories is from recent years. Looking back through my Christmas photos, it’s clear that Grandpa had a Christmas sweater.
He's wearing this one in all of my Christmas pictures of him from the last decade.
You can’t tell in this picture, because it’s hard to capture, but Grandpa was always so excited for Christmas. He’d start to pick at the corners of his next present while someone else was still unwrapping theirs (we are orderly and take turns opening gifts), and would often have it halfway or nearly unwrapped by the time it was his turn again. It’s a wonder he could be so excited about opening gifts after all those years.
Grandpa had been in a nursing home for the past few months after coming down with pneumonia this fall. He really did love Christmas, and my dad said that his wish was to be home for Christmas… and he was.
We’ll be driving down to Illinois for the funeral early next week, where we will celebrate his long life. Christmas next year just won’t be the same without that sweater.
Since I’m late, I’m just doing the carols part today (since you’ve all seemed to enjoy it).
- GKWLLOOTFOS: Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Fest of Stephen
- UOTRRPOJGOSC: Up on the rooftop reindeer paused, out jumps good old Santa Clause
- JBJBJBR: Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock
- IHABCWY: I’ll have a blue Christmas without you
- JHTSBRTTTT: Just hear those sleigh bells ringing, ting-ting-tingling too
via Friday Fill-Ins
- What in the world would you do with a truckload of cheese? Just curious.
- It would be awesome if everyone were well fed.
- Go ahead, make my day.
- We still haven’t sent out Christmas cards, or shipped gifts that won’t be delivered in person (because they haven’t been bought yet… a little slow on the game this year).
- I keep reveling in the genius that was the frozen shells we had earlier this week and am trying to figure out what other recipes I can do this with. Two weeks ago I made up stuffed shells, and made up two 8×8 pans. We cooked one that night, and the other one went in the freezer, which was then eaten this week. It was… fabulous, simply for the fact that it was a good meal but no extra work went into making the second batch up. So many recipes make up too much for just the two of us, and I’m wondering what I can divide up like this. I’m thinking tonight’s turkey pot roast (a crock pot dish) should have been divided in half, but it’s too late for that now. But I’m loving the ease of crock pot cooking, and having a freezer stocked with dishes would be nice too (as long as we eat them up before they get all freezer burnt).
- I might be eating the afore-mentioned Turkey Roast alone… or not. It depends on whether or not and go to see Tron tonight (or rather, when they go to see it).
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to working on projects I can’t yet tell you about, tomorrow my plans include finishing up the majority of the framing in the basement, and then go to ‘s birthday party, and Sunday, I want to revel in the joy that is a week off of work (and then go eat some delicious seafood)!
FYI, posting will probably be sparse next week, with my being on vacation and it being a holiday and all.
- CROAOFJFNAYN: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose
- IBTLALLC: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
- OLTOBHSWSTL: Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
- IBHFC: I’ll be home for Christmas
- WWYAMCWWYAMC: We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas
- IHTBOCD: I heard the bells on Christmas day (great song!)
via Friday Fill-Ins
This week, I’m thankful for…
… a neighbor who used his Bobcat to clear most of our driveway after the blizzard.
… 4-wheel drive.
… new mittens and a new hat, and an old coat found – they all made shoveling better (not good, mind you, but I didn’t freeze to death).
… being homework-free (and keeping my 4.0 GPA).
… a pending week off work.
… a working furnace.
… time to be, time to do.
… Netflix & Hulu.
… boots and tights (making wearing skirts in the winter possible).
… finally making some decisions about ‘s quilt and getting started on that project.
What are you thankful for today?
Tuesday night, I cut out about 30 9 1/2″ squares for ‘s quilt (I need at least 95). Last night, I made it to just over 100 (gives me wiggle room and room for error). Yay! Also, the binding has been cut out. I just need to do the sashing now and I’ll be ready to start piecing.
Here’s an update on the fabrics that were used:
Despite the picture, there is a decent color scheme going on here. (Taking some liberties, of course, because it's patchwork afterall. It doesn't have to match.)
Perhaps you will be surprised to know this, but most of the above fabrics were used in their entirety for this quilt (so… stash reduction! yay!). I still have some of the baseball print (second row, second print), and everything on the bottom row except for the fish. If I had more time to make quilts, I bet I could reduce the size of my stash a lot. Oh well.
Also surprising? I almost didn’t have enough prints! I have been collecting boy prints basically since was little (so 3-ish years). I used up a whole bunch making his quilt, but saved a few, and promptly began collecting more, even before was a glimmer in his parents’ eyes. And still, I almost didn’t have enough. Part of that was due to color scheme (some prints just didn’t work), and some I felt were too baby-ish for a “big boy bed” quilt. You can see the ones that were ultimately rejected here, if you’re interested.
Anyway, I need to decide on the sashing fabric (the blue between the orange squares).
I’m thinking red, because none of the fabrics have a red background but many of them have red accents. I can’t do blue because I have too many blue backgrounds of varying shades and hues, and I can’t do yellow for the same reason. I could do a very dark green, but there are some fabrics with medium-green backgrounds, so I’d have to be careful. White would be very traditional, but I think it would detract from the “dark” hues too much, if that makes sense. (This side is supposed to be darker, while the other side is much lighter.) The only tiny complication is that I figured out I need about 41″ of fabric, and most of my solids are probably around a yard (36″). So, I’ll either need to use two hues/shades of a color or buy fabric. I’d much rather do the former than the latter. I’d link you to a picture of your options, but I kind of stopped photographing my solids, because it’s boring and not very helpful (since color can’t be guaranteed between the photo and the monitor and real life, pictures aren’t useful for matching fabrics, and apparel fabrics are the only ones I really reference when I’m at the store anyway).
Also, none of you have weighed in on the font issue. I’m sure at least someone has an opinion on that.
To sum up… for the comments, give me your thoughts on sashing color and font for the big letter J. Please!
Well, I have finally made some decisions regarding ‘s quilt. I decided to go with the first option, and have already done a bunch of the math so I can start cutting soon.
However, when I went to sketch out the other side, the one with the initial, I ran into a problem. I was going to use the same font I had for ‘s quilt, but… the J was no good. See for yourself:
(Clicking will take you to a picture of Grant's quilt so you can see how it ended up.)
Other than the letter change, that side will be basically the same for ‘s quilt, except it will be a blue plaid (hopefully – haven’t found the right one yet) instead of green. I do have that same cars/trucks print for the center panel though.
In my limited experience, I have learned that letters need to be capitals, and they need to be easily recognizable. To that end, I decided that the J needed to have the top line on it, and couldn’t be cursive. You have no idea how many fonts there are that make the letter J completely unreadable or unrecognizable (or at least when you imagine what it looks like, solo, in the eyes of a toddler). I would like it to look similar to ‘s G, so here’s what I narrowed it down to:
Which one do you like? I can’t decided! Compare them with the G above, and then let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks so much!
Remember last week when I told you to use your imagination? Well, if that activity taxed you, have no fear… pictures are here!
Surprisingly nothing to patch here. See that big hole? It took a lot of work, but the entire door and frame were removed. It's a beautiful (surprisingly large) 36" opening!
Primed. Looks so much better already, right?
Wall built, pocket door hung, and framework for built-ins started.
Isn't that a beautiful door? It will look even cuter when it's painted white (it's a good thing we're painting it - the bins we used to prop it up for cutting it down - about 3" in height - left some ugly marks on one side).
Sorry that the pictures aren’t the greatest quality, but even during the daylight hours we’re lacking in light in the basement. Why?
We had a small snowfall this weekend. Ahem. Blizzard.
Surprisingly, 16+ inches of snow quickly fills up window wells, especially when the plastic covers you bought to protect them are sitting out in the garage, uninstalled. We're smart like that.
It's hard to tell exactly how much snow fell at our house because of all the weird ways wind whips around our property. But, we're 5 minutes from the airport, and they reported 16.5 inches, so I think that's a safe bet.
The deck is even stranger. There's a small strip on the side there with no snow whatsoever.
...but most of the deck looked like this (until we raked the snow off of the roof - now there's a pile that almost touches the roof, because there was a ledge of 2+ feet up there that needed to be dealt with - ice was already starting to form).
From the front door. Where'd the stairs go? (The other front door was even worse, but the pictures did not turn out.)
So, as you can see, we were busy this weekend. Friday night we went to the Timberwolves game, which was actually really good. For first quarter it didn’t seem like it would be that way, but then people started to show up (the stands were probably 1/2 full at tip-off), and then we started winning, and it got exciting for the next three quarters.
Saturday we started to hang the pocket door frame (the wall was already up), and then we tackled some of the snow in our driveway so we could go out to Home Depot for more supplies. We stopped at REI for more winter gear and the grocery store for firewood, so we made the most out of our short trip. The Rav performed beautifully.
After cutting down the door, we installed it, and discovered a rookie mistake we’d made in our initial framing (of course one of the walls wasn’t straight). So Sunday morning we took it all down, fixed the part of the frame that wasn’t plumb (importantly, it was the part that the door closed up against, so there wasn’t a nice seal between the two pieces before fixing it), and re-installed everything. Then we built the two side walls for one of the built-ins (this one will hold the electronics and DVDs, and who knows what else – it’s a big space).
After lunch, we spent an hour and a half shoveling. Our bobcat-driving neighbor (not the next door neighbor with the chainsaw, but a different one) had stopped by on Saturday once it stopped snowing and plowed for us, but there was still the front walkway, the steps, and some pile-up in front of the garage. Oh, and many, many feet of snow on the roof that needed to come down. I was very thankful for my new winter hat and mittens, because it was 5* outside, and that was as warm as it was going to get. (It was -8* this morning while I waited for the bus.)
is on jury duty this week, and I’m feeling quite tired from the shoveling, so we may or may not make progress tonight. Maybe we’ll give ourselves the night off. Maybe not. In my off time this weekend, I did a lot of reading and a tiny bit of ironing, and four loads of laundry. Not exactly the crafting I had in mind. I decided that I need to set the ironing aside and do some actual sewing (perhaps that sounds strange, as most people would procrastinate on ironing, but I like to have it done and out of the way, and it makes me a bit twitchy thinking about that pile sitting there, wrinkly, waiting for me).
- I wish I could have slept in another four hours this morning.
- It’s time to send out a nagging email… that’s what I’m thinking.
- Please bring ice cream, stat.
- Insulation is so amazing.
- One of my fondest hopes involves never being cold again.
- I again got straight As this semester and I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t say it often enough, but the love and support of my friends and family is what makes that possible.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to the Timberwolves game, tomorrow my plans include hiding out from the blizzard and working on the family room and Sunday, I want to change out the ball point needle for a regular one in my sewing machine!
Bonus (Christmas song first-lines again – help me out with #8!):
- YKDADAPAVCACADAB: You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen…
- ISMKSCUTMLN: I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause, underneath the mistletoe last night
- CSBSDIHS: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style
- HTHASGTTNK: Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King
- GGROBAR: Grandma got run over by a reindeer
- OHNTSASB: Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining
- AIWFCIMTFT: All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
- WTKOOA: We three kings of Orient are
via Friday Fill-Ins
Today, I’m thankful for…
… electric blankets.
… a fireplace in the bedroom.
… snuggly kitties.
… hot chocolate.
… long underwear.
… flannel-lined pjs and mama-knitted socks.
… a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.
And by the end of the day, I hope to also be thankful for [insert name of furnace repair company here] too.
Somehow, perhaps through one of the two large holes above the windows in the family room, another mouse got into our house yesterday. One has been hanging out on the deck (quite wee – 2″ max), but there’s nothing we can do about that. Last night, as we got ready to fix the holes, was quite interested in the storage/cave/tools area. We could hear a squeaking, but weren’t sure where it was coming from until hit the outside of a glue trap with his paw (something that has, on previous occasions, ended up hilariously*), and the squeaking verified the mouse’s location. Strangely, didn’t feel the need to do anything more with that information, but collected the glue trap (without looking inside) and took it out to the trash in the garage. The squeaking stopped, and seemed disappointed, so presumably we fixed that problem.
As I’ve mentioned before, there was a large hole above each of the ground-level windows in the family room. When I say large, I mean passed his hand through to the outside and waved at me through the window. Last night we set about fixing that problem. And by fixing, I mean “doing more than shoving a rug into the gap and calling it good,” which is what one of the previous owners did. No joke. So, rug and random debris removed, we measured and cut some hardboard to fit in the spot, which was then nailed in (thank you, nail gun, for making that so easy!). Back inside the house, the spot above the board was filled with spray foam. The room was much warmer this morning, probably because we no longer have two large holes letting all the cold air in.
Tonight, we’re going to start framing. Exciting, isn’t it? has a fitness class and I need to make food for a work party, so we might not get that much done (especially since grocery shopping needs to happen too), but starting is good.
It is so fun not having homework, have I mentioned that yet? Well, I haven’t said it yet today. Last night I sewed the waistband onto the sweat pants and pinned up the hem, so now all that’s left is hemming, which shouldn’t take long (fingers crossed). I should really take a picture of all this amazing progress, but we’re seriously lacking in sunlight these days.
At my dentist appointment this morning, I was informed that there is a chip missing out of one of my front teeth. I didn’t even know. Of course, now that I’ve looked in the mirror, I can see it (it’s on the back side of the tooth, but right in the dead center of my mouth – how could I miss that). I don’t remember injuring myself in the face (and I think that would be memorable), so apparently now my teeth are just falling apart on their own without the aid of cavities (only one very small one this time, on a tooth that has been filled more times than I care to count). Also, I was told to get an electric toothbrush, because I’m injuring my guns and not brushing well (though I had very little plaque build up). And more lessons on how to floss, because apparently I’m still not doing it right, or well, or enough.
I have a little cold right now, and it’s only annoying in the regard that it’s so minor that it’s not worth complaining about. I mean, I haven’t even had to take any medication for it. I ran out of Kleenex at work back in October (and keep forgetting to bring another box in), and my cold isn’t even bad enough for that to be a problem. Clearly, it’s quite wimpy, and my immune system is kicking some butt.
Last night I got about four minutes of sleep, or so it seemed. (Not due to the nearly non-existent cold, mind you.) If I wanted sleepless nights in my life, I’d have kids. I’ll stick with sleeping through the night, thankyouverymuch.
*A while back, was exploring the storage/cave/tool area and accidentally stepped onto a glue trap that had opened itself up (they’re just cardstock with a thin layer of sticky on one side, folded into a triangle). It scared him so much and he tried to run away, but it came with him, which freaked him out even more. Apparently it took a lot of work for to calm him down enough to be able to remove the trap from his paw. No cats were injured in this story, but it was a bit funny. Funnier still? He continues to snoop around in there and be generally clueless about where he puts himself in relation to sticky things. Learning isn’t one of his skills.
Wow, you guys were really good with the Christmas carols! There will be more this Friday.
Friday’s visit to the No Coast Craft-o-Rama with and was wonderful, though not as successful as in previous years. Cayenne Peppy was not there, so I did not buy a new purse. I did get a scarf, an expensive pair of earrings, ornaments for the boys, and a little trinket for for his upcoming birthday. And then I slipped and slid all the way home (in the rear-wheel drive car, not the Rav) – that’s an adventure I won’t be repeating anytime soon.
Now, here’s where you get to use your imagination. If you’ll remember, this is the progress we had made on the family room. So Saturday morning, we loaded up the Rav (and when I say loaded, I really mean it – we pushed the limits of physics) with that whole stack of wood, all of the ceiling tiles, and some miscellaneous construction junk. After we took care of that (thankfully, there should be no more trips to Brooklyn Park until the end of the project, or at least until drywall is hung), sheared off all the nails that were sticking out while I patched the concrete. So, imagine the room with slightly more grey spots on the walls. Sunday morning, we washed the walls (not a pleasant task), and then donned our gas masks so we could apply 2 gallons of oil-based Kilz primer to the walls. So, now you can imagine the same walls … white.
See, wasn’t that fun?
Of course, I did take pictures, but they’re boring, and I left the memory card at home. You’re not missing much.
Because there was no homework this weekend (yay!), I also managed to start knitting a hat, finish a long-sleeved knit shirt, and cut out and stitch up a pair of brown sweatpants (made it about 60% of the way through the pants). When those are done, I’m hoping to work on the faux wrap dress that had me stumped ( helped me figure it out), and then I can switch out the ball point needle on my machine for a regular one and do up some quick Christmas sewing. We’ll see.
We are in possession of a pocket door frame, a door, and 40 2x4s, and now that the walls are all prepped, we can begin framing up the room. Oh, except first we need to fix the large holes that are above the windows (just like in ‘s office, there are holes large enough to fit his whole hand through, probably for air flow for the fireplace, but in reality, a prime access point for bugs and rodents). Framing should be exciting though, right?
has been scouring Craigslist for the tools we need (I can’t bore you with specifics because I don’t know them – joiner, router… do these words mean anything to you?) and has gotten some good deals on tools we’ll only use for this project (and can re-sell on Craigslist). We may have settled on a cabinet door design, or are close to it. I’d like to incorporate the arch of the door, but perhaps we are not skilled enough to be that fancy (Rockler seems to think it’s not that hard, but I think they are talking to people with more experience than we have). Time will tell.
FYI, the salesperson at the Caribou by my house… not right about many things. Aside from getting my drink wrong on Friday (though an honest mistake – mocha instead of hot chocolate), she seemed to think that I should try the dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate next time, because I’d love it. So, feeling adventurous (and craving some hot chocolate), I tried some today. Um, it tastes like I’m drinking a melted chocolate chip, and not in a good way. I mean, it’s drinkable, but… I think I’ll stick to milk chocolate from now on.
- The best thing about a birthday celebration is cake (or your desert of choice).
- Nothing stops the passage of time.
- I went shopping recently and the most interesting thing I bought was a brown argyle sweater with gold accents.
- I think that a child’s game is a great Christmas present.
- The reason is simple.
- I strongly dislike the cold; I will tolerate snow and cold.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to No Coast Craft-o-Rama!, tomorrow my plans include working on the basement and Sunday, I want to celebrate not having to do homework!
Bonus (I didn’t get all of them – help me out in the comments!): First lines of Christmas songs
- TFNTADS: The first Noel the angels did sing
- GRYMGLNYD: … new year’s day (?)
- ICUAMC: It came upon a midnight clear
- SNHNAICAIB: Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
- DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL: Deck the halls with bows of holly, fa la la la la la la la la
- JTTWTLHC: Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
via Friday Fill-ins