Two weeks ago I went to lunch with Layle and Jessi and they were going to start this Race to Waist with a bunch of our other friends (like Allison and Vicki). I wasn't going to do it but Jessi's enthusiasm was contagious. Thanks Jess!
I'm so glad I did!
My pants are baggy now.
I have more energy when I walk.
And instead of grabbing a cookie or chips or candy when I'm feeling creatively blocked (I turn to food for comfort) I'm grabbing popcorn or a piece of fruit.
Today they started digging out the window well for the window we're putting in my basement studio.
Yay! I love progress!
They ran into a little snafu, though. The posts that used to hold the gate up, which we thought were in about 6 inches of concrete...well...of course, in keeping with our "money pit" luck they're in 3 feet of concrete.So they are going to have to jackhammer them out. nice.
Next week they are going to cut out the opening for the window.
I can't remember if I posted this before but most foundations these days are 6-8 inches thick - not ours - it's 20 inches. Yep...she's a BIG MAMA!
So this window cutting out is serious business and usually serious business means it costs SERIOUS money and makes a SERIOUS mess. :oP
But YAY! It's still progress!
Oh...and in keeping with the cha-ching...cha-ching theme, Spencer's car (my old 4-Runner) died yesterday a long, expensive and painful death.
Less that 2 years ago we had a new engine put in it (it only had 80,000 and threw a rod) and now the same thing is happening with this engine. delightful. another non-fun thing sucking money out of our wallets.
So why can't it ever be that someone calls you and says..."I'm sorry Mrs. Krieger, but you're going to have to spend $1800 on a shopping spree in New York. That's the bad news. The good new is we can save you a little money if we book you at the Marriott instead of the Ritz Carlton."
yah...I want one of those kinds of phone calls instead. :oP
Check it out for a an explanation of panning and how to do it.
Here is an example of panning.
This past week I helped Jessi shoot the "white coat" ceremony for incoming Pharmacy students at the University of Southern Nevada.
In some ways I envy the new students, all excited for this phase of their lives... for new classes and new subjects to learn. But I am glad that I won't have that overwhelming amount of homework at the end of the day. :o)
Mike and Mick have been away on a backpacking trip in the high Uintahs. They got back on Saturday.
While they were gone I was able to get Mick's room painted.
He had chosen a color called "Jack O'Lantern."
I was afraid his room would turn out looking like the inside of a pumpkin.
But it looks AMAZING!
It looks like a Pottery Barn ad...the color does.
He picked out some bedding and a graphic art print from IKEA.
We're headed back tomorrow (after Freshman orientation) to get him a chair (the one he has is out of our library).
I got him because I am just starting to record digital scrapbooking tutorials that will be available for FREE on 2 Peas.
I will be starting with a really basic set of tutorials to get you started digital scrapbooking using Photoshop Elements. I will be using PHotoshop Elements 6.0 but they will help you no matter which version you're using.
So check back soon and I'll have a link to them on 2 Peas.
There is always so much to do and I never feel ready for Monday.
This weekend (well, Saturday anyway) we got quite a bit accomplished.
Mick and I are in the process of painting his bedroom.
As you can see we are painting over the wallpaper.
It was in good condition and glued on very sturdily so a couple of wallpaper experts recommended that we seal it with something called Zinsser BIN Sealer/Primer.
Our next step is to put a skin coat of sheetrock mud on the seams, sand it and then paint the walls.
We are also working on my new studio in the basement - this is a pretty scary picture...it will look so much nicer when the sheetrock is up!
This weekend's projects were finish the lighting and moving the gas line that is going across the ceiling and also a water line that was under the coal shute window.
Mike is incredibly handy (and strong). I'm amazed that he knows how to do all this stuff.
And Mick is very strong too. Thank goodness. At one point we were all holding up this heavy cast iron pipe above our heads for about an hour trying to get it into the space and fitted in securely.
We got the water line moved but the gas line is only partway moved because we ran out of time and the plumbing supply store that carries the cast iron pipe closed.
So we haven't had hot water, a stove or a dryer for a couple of days.
But thanks to our wonderful neighbors, we don't stink.
They've let us invade their house and take showers.
Our next project is getting ready for the concrete cutters to cut a hole out for the bigger window we're putting in. We have to move a gate and fence outside the window to make room for the window well but that's a project for next week.
I also got a couple of fun boxes in the mail.
One from American Crafts and one from Little Yellow Bicycle. Oh...and my Revolution dies from 2 Peas! Yay! I'm so excited to sit down and play.
Right now I've taken over the dining room (which hasn't been decorated yet).
Allison, Rhonna and Loni couldn't make it...we missed you guys!
Jessi gave me this COOL custom camera strap made by her niece, Natalie, who has an Etsy shop, Cotton Candy, where you can choose the fabric for your strap. I think she's doing a drawing where you can enter to win a strap on her etsy site right now!
For those of you who visit Two Peas in a Bucket and are digi scrappers, you probably already know that we host a weekly chat on Tuesdays to answer computer/design questions, share recipes, and just chat about whatever is on your mind.
Well last night no one showed up to host the chat. I have done this a few times when it's been my turn over the past couple of years too...just got busy in the evening and totally forgot about it. Luckily I was always doing it with a partner, so the chat went on just fine.
So as a little "so sorry we ditched you" gift, I designed a few whimsical journaling spots to give away.
So today is my birthday! Yesterday, my sweet hubby and McKean spent almost the entire day putting in the wiring and lighting in my studio in the basement. That is what I asked for as my birthday present.
Did I mention that my studio is going in the room that was the "coal room?" It even has an old coal shute window where they would shovel in the coal. I think that is so cool!
The downside is, that there is fine black coal dust EVERYWHERE! Mike looked like a coal miner when he came out of there yesterday.
The other thing I wanted for my birthday was a new pair of tennis shoes, since mine are covered in coal dust. So Mick, Mike and I all went to the New Balance store last night and we all got new shoes. YaHoo!
We also went to the books store where I scored a couple of new Somerset magazines and Mick got a couple books (he did pretty well yesterday considering it was my birthday and not his). Then we went out for ice cream at Maggie Moo's which was way too rich and calorie laden...but so yummy!
So...here are a few pictures of Spencer and Liz in Germany. Spencer's host mom, Elke, has been so sweet to snap a few shots of him. That last shot looks pretty windy! It's in Frankfurt atop one of the tallest buildings.
She speaks very good English and in one e-mail said that Spencer is very good not to make fun of her when she speaks nonsense.
She not only took Spencer and Liz to church, she went with them.
Olympics... So have you been watching??? We'ren't the opening ceremonies AMAZING!!!
I was watching last night and loved how emotional Michael Phelps was after winning his 1st gold medal at these games...his 7th career gold medal.
I thought it was pretty cool how he said that his mom was his greatest inspiration. What a good kid! And the USA sweeping gold, silver and bronze in women's fencing! Did you see those highlights??? Those women are fierce!!!
Well, it's time for church. Happy Sunday everyone!