Happy Saturday! What a lovely day it is. I have never actually blogged from home, but due to today's circumstances, I felt it was a necessity. See, about 3 months ago, I was on John's desktop and all of a sudden the computer froze and after waiting a longgg time (approximately 2.39 minutes) for it to un-freeze, I simply took it upon myself to hit the ol' power button to restart. I know you aren't supposed to do that, but what was I supposed to do!? Ctrl-Alt-Del wouldn't work or anything!!!
Unfortunately, the computer never came back on. It kept getting stuck at some error screen and would never start up.
Fortunately, John is pretty computer savvy and thought he could fix it.
Unfortunately, he couldn't. I was about to have a mid 20's breakdown because all 7000 of our pictures were on this computer!!!!!!!! Sure, most were online too, but that's not good enough!!!
Fortunately, John has an IT department at his job that got our pictures off, stored them on a new separate hard drive in case I ever screw up his computer again, and fixed our computer, FREE of charge!
Unfortunately, John gave me crap about this incident every time I touched finger on his keyboard!
Fortunately (or unfortunately), the same thing happened to him last night. I'm not the only dummy anymore!! And this time I ain't skeerrrreeed, cause all or our music and pictures are stored safely on that other hard drive! :)
So anyways, (geez I really know how to drag out a 2 minute story, don't I) since the desktop is no worky, I am FORCED to steal internet for my laptop from some unknowing neighbor. So I feel like I have to do something productive with this thievery or it wasn't worth it in the first place. Alas, today's bloggery.
I don't have any one thing I need to share, so this will just be a mish mosh of thoughts.
A couple of weeks ago we went out to The Junction, and then to Roger and Nikki's after that. It was way fun. Here's a picture:
(John, Zack, Nikki, Brooke, me) Matt and Roger are not pictured. Sorry guys! Nevermind, I was just reading over this blog after I posted it and realized they are both in the background chattin' it up.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to downsize my closet. I'm getting rid of all of this:
I offered it to a couple of (smaller than me) friends first, and the lucky winner is Andrea! She is going to go through it and keep anything she might want first and then take the rest to her place of employment where they have a store for people that doesn't even charge for the clothes. This is even better than giving to goodwill because the people that shop there cannot even afford goodwill. Yay!
So Thursday night, John and I are sitting on the couch watching some football, when, he looks over at the carpeted stairs (the only carpet left that hasn't been replaced since we moved in) and says, "I want to pull that carpet up and make the stairs hardwoods." I say, sure whatever okay, thinking this is a distant project and I in turn tell him projects that are ahead of that one on MY list, and then before I have time to really convince him that my projects are better, he has ripped the carpet up on the first 5 stairs or so. This boy doesn't like to wait around!
So, he then proceeds to start removing tack strips and carpet padding and discovers stainable wood underneath! Wahoo! So, this weekend our project is to sand the overspray off the stainable steps, stain the step part, and paint the kickboard part white to match the other moldings.
We go to Lowe's to buy some supplies, and come home with a storm door too. That always happens to us...we always come out of Home Depot or Lowe's with something we totally did not intend to buy walking in. But oh well, the kitties love it!
When we got back from Lowe's, I was DIEING to talk to my Mom, I had some good gossip to tell her this day, so I went upstairs to chat while John unloaded the door and things. When I came downstairs about 30-40 minutes later, the door was done! I'm glad I was such a good helper on this one!
So last night we started working on the stairs again. We had to pull out about 50 gazillion staples and nails and then sand the paint off, use wood putty on the blemishes and then stain the stairs. This is what it's looking like so far:
I love it! Today we might do one more coat of stain, and then tonight put the first coat of poly on overnight because it takes a while for that to dry. Tomorrow, another coat or two of poly and then we get to paint the white moldings and kickboards....which I am most excited about because I am a finished-project type of person...I have a hard time really liking something and trusting that it will look good until I see the finished project.
Oh yeah, I forgot about this part. For the landing in between the stairs, where particle board was used, we will make that hardwoods like the downstairs. And the top step looks stupid with carpet like this so we should do the top landing in hardwoods too:
My main project after all of this is finished, is to clean. FUN! This is what everything downstairs is covered in....dust from the sanding:
Those would be kitty tracks through the dust. Meaning I will have to clean EVERYTHING because they love to get on the couch too. Fun fun! (If you click to enlarge the stairs pictures, you can see the footprints we have left because of the dust!)
The funniest part about doing the stairs is about our kitty Tuna. Tuna is pretty dumb to put it bluntly. Not the smartest kitty on the planet. The first night we were working on the stairs, John stained a "test stair" to see if the color was right, and when Tuna was making his way upstairs we yelled at him to not step on the step that was wet. Not that he understood what we said, but he did manage to jump over that one step and continue upstairs. Well now that they are all stained, he pretty much flies up the stairs, jumping up at least 3 at a time and only letting his paws touch for a brief second. He must think that they are all still wet! Ha! It's so funny to watch him!
Finally, I have two adorable nieces that started pre-school on Thursday and I would love to see how incredibly cute they were. However, my sister is neglecting to blog about it. I don't know what could be so much more important than blogging while she is AT THE BEACH. Some people. Geez.
I feel like I have adequately used my internet thievery now. Have a lovely Labor Day weekend!