Saturday, October 27, 2007

Paul Triumphant

We have a cabinet in our kitchen! And even better, under the cabinet there is a microwave!! And it's all installed beautifully above our range/oven!!! Paul is awesome. He even got a "hole saw" that made these nice, neat holes in the cabinet and hutch so that the microwave is even plugged in and functional! I'm ridiculously excited to have a brand-new over-the-range microwave in my soon-to-be-functional kitchen.

The bedroom is all masked off and ready for the trim to be painted, which I will be doing tomorrow afternoon after I get home from singing with the choir at both church services. And for lunch, I will re-heat the rest of my dinner from Dukes tonight in my new microwave!!!

Time for bed...gotta be at church at 7:45 tomorrow morning, yeesh.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I’m sitting here at work eating a big plate of yummy food, including a hot dog, potato salad, mac & cheese (home made!!), and a slice of pecan pie (also home made). The big meeting I was stressing about that was supposed to be Monday has been postponed until 10/31, so there goes my stress for the day…I’ve worked so much already this week that I can leave work by 3:30 today to go shopping for a few things to wear on Saturday, when I will be in NJ for a college friend’s bridal shower followed by a bachelorette party in Atlantic City. Then on my way home from Atlantic City on Sunday, I’m stopping for lunch with another Juniata friend because the way home goes right thru Philly where she lives. How perfect is that! The only thing that could make this weekend better is if Rachel calls me back and is able to get together for dinner tonight.

***update***
Rachel called, and I will get to see her at Duke's later tonight! I've also had a successful shopping trip - I got the little dark red ballet-flat-style crocs and footless brown tights to match my dress (the one I wore at my rehearsal dinner), so I'll be cute and comfy all day for the shower and the bachelorette party. I'm excited!!

Perfect weekend is underway!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Still living out of boxes

Friday we got a new BIG toaster oven at Kohls (on sale!), Sunday we went to Ikea and got three cabinets for the kitchen and two for the dining room and a tall floor cabinet for beside the fridge in the dining room, and today we went to Home Depot and bought paint (three gallons of white with a hint of yellow for living room and bedroom, two gallons of a rich dark gold for dining room, and white for trim), painting supplies, and a microwave with a fan that will go over the stove.

It will be another week or two until we're done paining, and then we will FINALLY be able to unpack and start living in our apartment. We still need to get some low cabinets with countertop for the kitchen, and set up some clothing storage options for the bedroom. I can't wait until the painting is done so that we can actually make our apartment feel like home, and cook in our kitchen, and use our laundry baskets for sorting laundry instead of storing clothing, and invite people to eat dinner with us in our diningroom, and watch netflix in our living room. We're already doing that last one, but still.

I also want to be able to set up the basement as a craft room - the big computer desk is going to go down there because we got a smaller computer desk for free from Paul's work in VA, and that's what will go in the living room. The old computer desk is now going to be my Craft Central in the basement. The finished half of the basement will also be some storage, and a great room for a party. We were hoping to have a halloween party, but I don't think we're going to be ready in time...it's alright tho, we don't need a nearby holiday to have a party, we can just throw one anyway whenever we are ready.

I'm headed to bed a while...lots to do at work this week, and hopefully the dining room will be partly painted when I get home tomorrow, so I'll have to help with that!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The American Dream

Paul and I are the proud owners of a brand-new washer and dryer. They will be delivered by Mumma's Appliance on Monday afternoon. When I get home from a long and stressful day of work on Monday (it's Week 1 of our billing cycle, hell week for finance-related people), I plan to enjoy doing laundry for the first time in my life. It's like food - I never liked asparagus, green beans, broccoli, brussle sprouts, etc. and various meals until I helped prepare them, and then I realized that they were absolutely delish. I don't anticipate quite the same thing happening with laundry - I think I'll be excited to do a few loads on Monday night, but after that I think I'll just not mind doing laundry, which is still a step up from absolutely hating it. I think anyone would hate it when it involves hauling everything down 3 flights of stairs, walking outside to another building, and paying $3 per load.

We also did lots of sanding today. Our dining room floor is really starting to look good, and I think after a bit more work with the 36 grit tomorrow, followed by a few passes each with 60 and then 100 grits, it will look really great and you'll barely be able to tell it was painted around the border and covered with a crappy carpet and no pad in the middle. Then we will do LOTS of vacuuming and dusting (also Sunday afternoon/evening hopefully). Then Paul will stain it and polyurethane it (Monday possibly into Tuesday), and then we will spend a few more days not walking on it, and then we will have a beautiful wood dining room floor that we can be really proud of!! Paul will be the most proud, but I get some proudness because I helped run the sander a little bit today, and I ran the vacuum while Paul sanded so that he wouldn't have to stop as often.

Then the painting will start...that will take a while, but hopefully next weekend the floor in the dining room will be done so that we can at least go to Ikea and buy cabinets and hang them in the kitchen. MAYBE we could even start USING our kitchen after that...is that too much to hope for? An at least partially-functional kitchen? With counter and storage space? I'll try not to get my hopes up too much. It will happen eventually, if not next weekend. I think I'll aim to at least purchase a carpet for the bedroom and install clothing storage so that once I've washed my clothing in the new washer and dryer, I don't have to keep it crumpled up in baskets and go to work every day looking like I just rolled out of bed in what I wore yesterday.

OK time for a much-deserved night at the bar with Vince. We're watching his cat until Wednesday while he's in Detroit, so maybe he'll even buy us a few drinks!

Here's to a kick-ass apartment, and being home in one place for a few years. Cheers.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Apartment update

Quality of life update: We have a new DVD player, so we can now actually watch the 3 Netflix DVDs that showed up Tuesday, two days after we first signed up. Thanks for getting Paul that Sears gift cert for his birthday, Megan! It will be nice to have a DVD player that doesn't crap out halfway thru the movie every time.

Home improvement update: Paul has installed a few 3-prong outlets so that we can plug in most of our appliances that have the third prong, and he's also installed new light switches in most locations that had the scary old push-button ones. Better yet, he is planning to sand the dining room floor tomorrow so that we will be one step closer to having a lovely natual wood dining room floor. The plan for the weekend is for me (and Paul if he's done sanding) to go price-comparison shopping for a washer, dryer, and microwave at Home Depot, Lowes, Whirlpool, and Mumma Appliance. We might also run by Walmart and Target. Since the West Shore Best Buy isn't opened yet, I'm doing pricing from them online right now.

My bed time update: It is. I'm going. Work by 8:00 tomorrow, so awake by 7:00. Good night.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Connected

Paul and I have internet as of this afternoon! Yaaayy!!

Verizon FiOS internet-only and Netflix equals $25/month less than we were paying for cable and internet in VA. The first three Netflix also arrived today, but the DVD player is still packed so we're not quite up and running on that front yet.

I don't have a table to sit my computer on, and I don't know where the cord to connect my camera to the computer is, so no pictures yet. Be patient. Or come visit and see for yourself - Ninny did!

In other news, Paul got permission today from the landlord to do all the painting, sanding, re-finishing, and cabinet-hanging we want to, so we're good to go on that front...now we just have to DO it all, and spend all the money for pretty IKEA stuff. We are going to have a big weekend with IKEA purchases; maybe some Big Lots, Value City, Ollie's, and Target thrown into the mix; washer/dryer price-comparison; and hopefully purchasing paint. I think we are going to do a VERY LIGHT yellow...not like my bedroom in my parent's house that I THOUGHT was a very light yellow but turned out to be sunshiney bright yellow instead...this would actually be barely yellow, but just enough to give the place a clean, bright feeling. I'm excited. Tomorrow Paul is going to install three-pronged outlets in most of the rooms, which now contain almost exclusively 2-pronged outlets.

I finally finished my big EAC at work, and I'm 6 hours ahead right now, so I should be able to get off nice and early on Friday. Being ahead is mostly due to the very long hours I worked last week, but also because I've been getting up nice and early like a good girl and making it into work by 8:00, which I plan to continue indefinitely. I almost need to, because the culture in this office is to get to work early and leave early - the place was all but deserted by 5:00 this afternoon, and it's only Tuesday. At 5:30 two Thursdays ago, I was literally the last person there.

Alright, it's time for a late dinner. Pictures hopefully by this weekend.
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