Monday, July 15, 2013

Taking It Back to Sim City

Did you ever play Sim City? Surely you did. If you are computer savvy enough to find and read a blog, I'm thinking at one point you played Sim City. But if not, a quick overview courtesy of Wikipedia:
In SimCity, the player is given the task of founding and developing a city, while maintaining the happiness of the citizens and keeping a stable budget. 
BUDGET. That was the key in that game. You were given a limited budget to begin with and needed to allocate your funds to housing, industrial or commercial zones where construction would begin, therefore businesses or homes began which in turn made money for your city. But spend too much too soon on fire departments, hospitals or fancy roads and bridges and you'd find yourself broke with a halfway developed city that was now crumbling.

Okay. I don't need to take my metaphor that far because even though this metaphor is about my house - my house is not crumbling. But I want to do it all now now now. But the BUDGET. And the PATIENCE. And if I let it go too far the only thing crumbling will be credit card bills because the budgeted funds are done for at least a couple months! AT LEAST.

[Thanks in part to sporadic IKEA trips (yesterday) and what-else-can-we-do-while-babysitting-my-9-year-old-nieces-oh-I-know-how-would-you-guys-like-to-go-to-Lowe's?!(Saturday)]

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Charley enjoyed it. They, well, they couldn't even bring themselves to walk they were so excited.

Except for maybe this light fixture which I want to purchase today. BUT THAT'S IT! THAT'S IT FIRSTNAME LACEY MAIDENNAME LASTNAME! NO MORE. YOU HEAR ME?!

I can't even bring myself to have a housewarming party and invite a lot of our friends over because it's just not done and I just want to get it to a certain point before showing it off and it's just not there yet. Ignoring the fact that the target for how done I want it to be keeps moving further and further out. I just need to invite people over before our friends start reconsidering our friendships.

But, on the positive house decorating side, I did get to two very fun things this weekend and they are making me so happy I'm not even going to wait until I'm home to take better pictures with a real non-phone camera to share them with you. 

This was something that didn't cost us a penny. Well, at least not any additional pennies this weekend because I'd purchased the mantel on Craigslist a few months back. Everything we needed to do this we already owned. 

Since we are in the era of no-more-original-ideas, I perused Pinterest to find somebody else's ideas to borrow on decorating faux fireplace mantels. I found a few that I was fond of and pinned them about 6 weeks ago while I let my mind roll them over (and over) until I decided what I wanted.

Ultimately I decided on this one


which so far is looking like this.


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I thought the example had TOO many smaller pieces and the lack of variation in the wood is not something I'm typically a fan of. See our hardwood floors or mismatching furniture all over my house for proof of that. 

So, since we had a huge wood pile remaining from when the land was cleared for our house last year the supplies were there. John sealed each piece to prevent them from rotting before I get sick of them and used a nail gun to secure them to the wall. Obviously we ran out before we were able to finish, but once we get some new pieces cut, sealed, and secured to the wall, as well as a chance to decorate that mantel, I'll be back to share it all with you again. 

And then my other weekend project involved the office. The office was a disaster and still had at least 4 packed boxes from the move in it. But not that they were still neatly closed and tucked in a corner. No, that would have been too neat. They had each been opened, rummaged through to find the missing whatever, and remained opened and stuff spilled out of them so much that none of the boxes could even be re-closed. Trust me, it was a mess.

My dad had gotten three bookcases for me for....FREE. Real wooden bookcases for free and he didn't even have to rob a furniture store. You can't beat that. They were a little dated but nothing that paint couldn't fix and they remained in our garage because what was the point of moving them in if they were just going to need to move back out to be painted, right?

Yeah, no. I couldn't take it anymore. John came home from work Friday and I was in a mood. I was mad at that office. I'm so sick of you office mess! And I took out my grumpiness on John. He did what any smart husband would do. He moved in the bookcases to give me somewhere to direct my anger. "We'll just move them out one at a time when we're ready for paint". Good man, he is.

Saturday during nap time I had had enough of the remaining boxes too. I dumped all of them out. Everything was finding a home THAT DAY. I listed the moving boxes on a local forum for someone to come and get, and they were gone within the hour. I then dealt with the piles of things in the office. But! I had three bookcases now to help with the mess.

Argh. Here I go again dragging out a stupid story about decorating bookcases. Anyways, between Saturday night and Sunday Charley nap time and Sunday night, I got to style bookcases. So much fun I can't stand it.

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I took this picture Saturday night I think. I realized I needed a few more baskets and things so that was what spurred my IKEA trip yesterday. And the bookcases look quite a bit different already. I'll continue to play with them and I'll share with you again later. I'm trying my hardest to actually use them for storage for all of our crap (and we have a lot of it!) while not making them look too cluttered.

So anyways, to bring this all back to Sim City, I'm trying my hardest not to type IAMACHEATER (aka break out the credit cards too much) to fund my fun. (Did you guys know that cheat for the game? It gave you instantly a million dollars or something and you could pave all the roads you'd like! Hospitals on every block! Police stations for all!) I can make the best Sim City ever with just a little corruption and a lot of borrowed money! 

HEY! That sounds an awful lot like the current state of our country now! I will from now on refer to our country as the U.S.S.A. United Sim States of America. 

How in the world did I go from talking about decorating, to a computer game, to making a political statement? My lack of focus amazes even me.

1 comment:

diana bowers said...

I never had the cheat for Sim city, dangit!

Also, the book cases look great in the picture....why paint them?