Monday, July 28, 2008

What's wrong with this picture?



Hmmm...the box said "Fettuccine with Broccoli" Now I know that food prices are going up and some companies are compensating by giving you less food in the package for the same amount of money. But come on! Couldn't they have given me at least TWO pieces of broccoli?

Monday, July 21, 2008

I need a vacation from my vacation!

How is it that you go on vacation and you come back needing another one? Maybe it was the strange hotel bed, another hotel guest slamming their door over and over at 6am or a toilet that wouldn't stop running...all night long.

I can't complain about the driving though since Brian did all of it as I snoozed along the way to Baltimore and back. I should really do some of the driving, but hey we both know my driving record...it might be better for him if I just sleep :)

It was a good trip- walked the Inner Harbor, took a cruise to see the sights

and of course went to the Orioles game to see the Tigers play...and loose. After scoring SIX runs in the first inning! At least when it started going downhill for them, gave me an excuse to go get pizza and ice cream :)

One of the best parts of the trip was the ride home. We took the scenic route back through the Eastern Shore to see the wild ponies and saw a big white bird ride horseback on one of the wild ponies! He was just chillin' on that horse for a while, taking a ride wherever he went. Being a big animal lover, it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen...just getting to observe how wild animals really act from afar.

Friday, July 11, 2008

It's done!

Alright it's finally over...the sanding, scraping, painting, staining nightmare that has been my week.




Didn't turn out quite as bad as I thought it was a few days ago but every time I look at it I'm just going to think of how much time and money I wasted. Seriously, I walked through Walmart yesterday and saw a really cute table for as much as I spent on supplies fixing this one. Oh well, lesson learned I guess :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The bane of my existence

This table project is about to drive me to the loony bin! Yesterday I had repainted the chair top with the glossy paint. And I was meticulous about putting blue painter's tape around the seat area that I had already stained. The last thing I wanted to do was to get paint on the seat and have to redo it too!

Well I pulled that tape off and underneath...paint! on the seat! Seriously how?!!!


Isn't the painters tape supposed to prevent this?! So I spent the afternoon once again sanding it to get the paint off and then restaining it.

And once again I put painter's tape over the white part near by the seat before I stained so if I check it tomorrow and there's stain underneath the paint...I may very well loose my mind!

Monday, July 7, 2008

I hate this project!!!

Ok-I am SO frustrated right now. I spent the entire weekend on this stupid kitchen table and I'm telling ya, the more I do to it, the worse it looks! Uggghhhhhh!

I took so many trips to Lowe's after not one, but two electric sanders broke on me. Not that they were doing that great of a job anyway but I just don't have the arm muscles for that kinda work.

On top of that, the first paint stripper I bought didn't do jack, so I had to go get another one. I bought the wrong kind of paint...found out that satin finish does not mean a glossy finish. And I bought way too much of it. Learned the hard way that you don't need a gallon just for some chairs and table legs.

So I gave up yesterday, threw in the towel and couldn't look at it anymore. But I had another spurt of will today so I went back to Lowe's yet again and got a can of high gloss but hey, at least I bought the right size this time. And I repainted everything I had painted this weekend. And I still hate it!

I'm wondering if I total all my receipts from the weekend if I coulda just bought a new table that doesn't look like a 2 year old painted it.

And I could've spent my long weekend laying on the beach.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Handywoman Time!

4th of July weekend is here- whoo hooo! And I'll be spending it when my first home improvement project. Just call me the "Toolwoman Taylor" hehe



Ok...so as you can tell I've been watching too much HGTV and Home Improvement reruns lately :)

Here's my project: My ugly kitchen table.



It was a hand-me-down and it drives me nuts...it's all scratched up, the chairs and the table top don't match and the GREEN legs?! So my plan was to strip it, sand it, and stain it. Can't be that hard, right?

Well I walked into Lowe's last night and suddenly I felt like I was in a different country where they were speaking a different language. There's varnish, water-based polyurethane, oil-based polyurethane, polystain, sealant, paint stripper, paint thinner. What the heck is the difference?! After an hour and a half of consulting the Lowe's workers, Brian's parents and some handout I found which showed "3 easy steps" to refinishing, I think I figured it out. So wish me luck, hopefully by Monday I have a shiny, new looking kitchen table with matching legs and chairs!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Yes honey, you do look fat"

Guys...you know if you're ever asked by your lady "Do I look fat?" The answer is, of course not!

Well, I found out yesterday that there is one situation where you can and should say yes!

I was filling in for Karen West and the Eli Young Band stopped in for an interview. When it was all said and done, we took up a couple of pics together and I uploaded them to my computer at home. Now, I just moved last week and this was the first time I had used the computer to upload pics. On top of that, Brian had installed a new wide screen monitor for me. Turns out wide screen monitors do bad...very bad things to your body in a picture.

When it stretches the picture to fit the screen...your butt...hips...thighs all stretch right along with it! Too bad, I didn't realize this and I called Brian over and asked "Do I look fat in this picture?" His knee-jerk reaction was the guy standard "No, you look great baby."

For the first time, this was NOT the right thing to say. What he should have said was, actually yes you do look bigger and there must be something wrong with the picture. So after a while, he finally realized that for the first time saying, "yes honey you do look fat" was what I wanted to hear. Then he went to work fixing the monitor so that it never does the fun-house mirror stretch on me again :)