Sunday, April 1, 2012

Crossing things off the list...

Whew, what a week! It was awesome, and I got to cross a couple things off various lists. I also did some fun things that aren't on the list.

First, last week during my 51 hour trip to New Jersey, I took care of #78 on my 101 in 1001 and met Shana! She came up to my hotel room and then we went over to a cute Italian restaurant across the street that her friend recommended. It was delicious. I had this amazing melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon. After dinner, during which we had a great conversation the whole time, we went back to my hotel and chatted some more. She even got to meet Mrs. ESPN (who scared the crap out of me with a sneak-up) catch a glimpse of The Clipper. When she had to leave, it felt like far too soon - it's amazing how just interacting through blogs, Twitter, and email can make you feel like you really know someone and be completely comfortable with them. The only pic of the meeting is one she took of me, and you know what I look like, but you can check out Shana's blog for my cheesy smile. It was truly awesome meeting you, Shana, and I hope to see you again soon!

Next, Dan woke up yesterday with some awful back pain. Not good... at all. But the good thing that came out of it is that his mom and I were able to open him up to the idea of buying a new bed. A little ahead of schedule, but the timing works. Our roommate moves out next weekend and my family (parents, sister, and brother-in-law) are visiting the 13th through the 15th, so having an extra bed will really work. We got a fabulous deal on a king-sized nice firm memory foam bed with cool gel. Also exciting about getting a new bed: bedding. We have great bedding that we LOVE for winter (and purchased in king size in anticipation of this purchase), but a down comforter just doesn't work in Arizona in the summer. We don't have anything but said winter bedding in a king size, so we needed something. So I spent some lia sophia money on summer bedding - t-shirt sheets at Dan's request, and a lightweight quilt in colors that match the overall color scheme of the master bedroom.
Also, I did a Pinterest product yesterday. My lovely friend, Kathy and I are both planning on putting together a display of monograms, and I had found a really cute yarn-wrapped monogram from Etsy that I decided to try out. So I got a cardboard K from Joann Fabrics which I wrapped with a thick cream yarn. I also used a tutorial I found on Pinterest to make rolled fabric flowers that I used to embelish it. I'll probably add a couple more fabric flowers or some other cute findings, but you get the idea. This one will probably end of in the craft room, seeing as how the purple will fit my theme. Oh, and speaking of the craft room, we pencil-lined the stripes, so the next step is taping and finally painting. I keep saying I hope for next week, but I'm really hoping we can get going on it so we can finish by the time my family visits. Anyway, here's my K:
Cute, right?
We also did a couple other house projects today. We purchased window screen kits and sun-blocking screen for our windows and Dan put them together. They block 80% of sunlight, and in an Arizona summer, that can make a huge difference on both comfort and power bills. I also gardened - we bought some seeds and I planted zinnias, marigolds, and some other kind of flower in little planters Dan made with bricks from the yard that the previous owners left. I'm sure they probably won't survive very long with the heat, but I'm curious to see if I can get them to grow.

So it was a super busy few days, but so incredibly productive and fun. Tomorrow, it's back to the grind, but for now, I'm enjoying the finale of Worst Cooks in America and hanging out with Dan and the pups.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you got to meet Shana. Sounds like a great time. What a amazing weekend you had. Way to go on the bed and painting. I truly can't wait to see all of it in two weeks.