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:
- 30 days of 30
- First ski/snowboard trip
- Neil Clennon Reffett was born
- Work trip to San Francisco (two posts… here and here)
yep, that's a CRUISE ship on the right
Clennon and I post-race
The girls of Hewett 6 (minus Jo)
- 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!
- Infamous Rural King incident
- Cubs/Cardinals game
- Stephanie’s bachelorette party
- Hayden Michael Bates was born
Highlight of the trip: Getting up on waterskiis for the first time!
the entire bridal party!
- 4th 5K
- Surprise birthday tailgate
The bigger the hair, the closer to God
- 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.
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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!
*note: I realize this is small potatoes compared to what Hannah has dealt with, but STILL!
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
There was LOTS of scraping and sanding
Trying to choose the perfect shade of buttery yellow
Prepping to spray
The best $50 I ever spent-- renting an airless sprayer was soooo worth it!
But we still needed TONS of supplies
FINALLY color! (Note: it's not yellow.)
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!
the detail work on the porch was my project-- it required HOURS w/a tiny brush
My DIY contribution: spray paint existing numbers and mailbox black instead of buying new
I think it turned out pretty well...
The after shot
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!
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, during: After scraping and sanding
garage, during (back)–paint peeling off (again, after scraping and sanding)
garage, during: paint is cut in!
garage, during-- almost done! You can see the detail at the top
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.
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)
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
Jo puts the plants in order
working the dirt (as I take pictures)
Roxie gets in on the action
Ryan fixed a broken fence post
gardening is DIRTY work!
I spent a bunch of time working outside this weekend. Stay tuned for more pictures of the progress!
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