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2009: A Year in Review

I had planned on breaking this into two separate posts, but time got away from me.  Here’s what I’ve been up to the last 12 months:

January

  • 30 days of 30
  • First ski/snowboard trip
  • Neil Clennon Reffett was born

February

FAIL

March

  • Work trip to San Francisco (two posts… here and here)

yep, that's a CRUISE ship on the right

April

Clennon and I post-race

May

The girls of Hewett 6 (minus Jo)

June

  • Ohio for Reds/Cubs game
  • Ryan Joseph Lingas was born
  • Started the Great Paint Project

Self-portrait attempt #2. This pic is horrible, but I LOVE it 'cuz it's so real!

July

  • Infamous Rural King incident
  • Cubs/Cardinals game
  • Stephanie’s bachelorette party
  • Hayden Michael Bates was born


August

After

Highlight of the trip: Getting up on waterskiis for the first time!

the entire bridal party!

September

  • 4th 5K
  • Surprise birthday tailgate

October

The bigger the hair, the closer to God

November

December

  • Kim’s surprise birthday party
  • Christmas with my dad’s side
  • Oak Ridge Boys concert
  • First Christmas with my new niece
  • CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!

Birthday girl doing shots

My 92 year old Grannie and my newborn GREAT niece

In addition, there were countless nights out, NUMEROUS trips to Chicago and plenty of downtime.  All in all it was a pretty good year.  I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store for me.

BUGS!

I think I’ve been pretty  cordial with bugs over the years.  I don’t freak out when I see them (unless they’re jumping out of my shoe),  I don’t kill them unless they’re INSIDE my house, and I generally respect that they’re part of the natural ecosystem, so I let them be.  But now, I’m soooooooooooooo over them. 

In the past couple of weeks, bugs have, uh, bugged me in the following ways:

  • My dog has fleas, requiring a great deal of cleaning, laundering and spraying*
  • There are termites in my bf’s apartment (at least I think that’s what they are)
  • I think there’s a cricket colony in my backyard
  • I saw a SLUG, a locust, a wasp, and about 7 bumblebees while I was mowing.

 I can’t wait for the first frost!

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*note:  I realize this is small potatoes compared to what Hannah has dealt with, but STILL!

Foto Friday: Done

Okay, so it’s not completely done.  There are touch-ups to do.  And fascia boards to fix.  And some paint spills to clean up.  But, for the most part, my monster painting project is D.O.N.E.–done!

I could write a hundred posts about the project– the ridiculous number of steps that go into painting a house, how much longer it took than expected, the 8.5 million little setbacks we had, how we completely lost motivation at the end– but I wont.   Pictures are more fun anyway!

the before shot

The before shot

after LOTS of scraping and sanding

There was LOTS of scraping and sanding

trying to choose the perfect shade of buttery yellow

Trying to choose the perfect shade of buttery yellow

Prepping to spray

Prepping to spray

The best $50 I ever spent-- renting a sprayer was soooo worth it!

The best $50 I ever spent-- renting an airless sprayer was soooo worth it!

But we still needed TONS of supplies

But we still needed TONS of supplies

And ladders

And ladders

FINALLY color! (Note: it's not yellow.)

FINALLY color! (Note: it's not yellow.)

Progress...

Progress...

We had LOTS of helpers throughout the project.  Kyle's step dad left his "mark"

We had LOTS of helpers throughout the project. Kyle's step dad was the only one to leave a mark.

Probably *not* the safest way to get to the top... but it worked!

Probably *not* the safest way to get to the top... but it worked!

the detail work on the porch was my project-- it required HOURS w/a tiny brush

the detail work on the porch was my project-- it required HOURS w/a tiny brush

My DIY contribution: spray paint numbers and mailbox black instead of buying new

My DIY contribution: spray paint existing numbers and mailbox black instead of buying new

but it turned out pretty well...

I think it turned out pretty well...

After

The after shot

from another angle

From another angle

Now that the paint is (mostly) done, I want to work on the landscaping.  And the fence.  And the sidewalk.   And paint the inside of theporch. And maybe even a couple interior rooms.

Or maybe not.  The paint fumes must be going to my head!

Foto Friday: During

Painting is still not done.

The Devil is in the details, as they say, and I think there’s a little bit of burn-out going on, too. But I can’t resist sharing a few “during” pictures.  This whole project was pretty much started because of the poor state of the garage. Paint was flaking off of it and it was in DESPERATE need of a paint job.

garage, before

garage, before

Garage, during:  After scraping and sanding

Garage, during: After scraping and sanding

back of garage-- paint peeling off (again, after scraping and sanding)garage, during (back)–paint peeling off (again, after scraping and sanding)
garage, during:  paint is cut in!

garage, during: paint is cut in!

garage, during-- almost done!!

garage, during-- almost done! You can see the detail at the top

garage, after. Please ignore the debris in the pic

garage, after. Please ignore the debris in the pic

Yeah, the garage is done!  And so is most of the house, but we need to finish up some small things before I can post the “big reveal” pics.  I’m soooo happy with how it turned out.

Foto Friday: Before

I know I’ve been talking about my Never-ending Painting Project for a LONG time now… but the end is finally in sight.   As a taste of what is yet to come, here’s the “before” of my house (from when I first purchased it 2.5 years ago)

before

Cari, Cari, Quite Contrary…

How does your garden grow??

Well, we’ll see.   Operation: Get a Green Thumb is underway.

A couple weeks ago my mom, brother and sister-in-law came to help me plant flowers.   And by “help” I mean they did it all for me.  My mom researched and bought a pre-planned assortment of plants.

Mom and Ryan getting started

Mom and Ryan getting started

Jo puts the plants in order

Jo puts the plants in order

working the dirt (as I take pictures)

working the dirt (as I take pictures)

Roxie gets in on the action

Roxie gets in on the action

Ryan fixed a broken fence post

Ryan fixed a broken fence post

all planted!

all planted!

gardening is DIRTY work!

gardening is DIRTY work!

I spent a bunch of time working outside this weekend.  Stay tuned for more pictures of the progress!

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The title of this post obviously comes from a nursery rhyme.  But it also reminds me of my friend’s brother who, when we were about 8 or so made up this little ditty:

Cari, Cari, Quite Contrary
Shave those armpits
Oh so hairy

nice, huh?