4/15/13

2013 goals: march results

(Hey, I know it’s the middle of April and I’m just now reporting on my goal results for March. I have no defense other than I would rather be cross stitching than admitting how terrible I am at keeping my goals.)

Read about my 2013 monthly goals here.
Read January's recap
here.
Read February’s recap here

And I thought I was going to do so good in March. 
Yeah. Notsomuch. Let me share my shame with you.

Our Goals Together:
1. One date a month. We went to the movies for my birthday and saw The Host. I’d read the book and enjoyed it and I also enjoyed the movie. Anderson LOVED the movie and told me about 10 times. Then again, he also loves terrible Sci-Fi movies so pretty much don’t rely on us for good movies to see. If I can stay awake, I call it good.
2. Host a dinner once a month. FAIL! Again.

My Goals:
1. Read 2 books a month. Done, but a couple days late. I read Life of Pi (not a fan) and Stolen. I don’t know why exactly I didn’t like Life of Pi. I guess the whole “This is a story that will make you believe in God” was pretty ridiculous. If I didn’t already believe in God, this book sure wouldn’t have gotten me anywhere. Just, I didn’t like it. I did like Stolen, and reviewed it on my Goodreads. You can also read a synopsis of the book there. I’d recommend it –it’s interesting and a book I didn’t want to put down.
2. Finish one embroidery/stitching project a month. FAIL! I started a project, decided I didn’t like it, and don’t know if I’ll finish it ever.
3. Run 30 miles a month. FAIL! I ran about 17. I took a whole month off after my half marathon (I still haven’t shared that on the blog yet, have I?) and picked up towards the end of the month. I’m really hoping that the nicer weather will help me stay committed in April.
4. Complete one craft book project a month. NOPE! I picked up a few of my craft books and thumbed through but stopped there.

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Two out of six. So sad. The overachiever in me is disappointed. The tired, slightly lazy person in me is like whatever, let's watch tv and cross stitch. 
I have been watching Splash – the celebrity diving show... and I love it so much I have watched one of the episodes twice. Also my Grandma was at our house and I made her watch it. Like she cares. What is wrong with me? Also, Dancing with the Stars always gets me. SO MANY SEQUINS, SO MUCH FAKE TAN. CAN’T LOOK AWAY. So obviously I try not to put my brain cells to any good use in the evenings. Here’s to hoping I can be a better, more productive human being in April. But if that means giving up Splash, I’m out.
In other news, we are hard at work on our living room makeover. We are in the process of constructing a huge, 10-foot wide wall shelving unit. Here’s an idea of what it will look like. This project is so big and so messy and my living room literally has boards stacked up on one side and plumbing pipe stacked up on the other. (Least kid-proofed room ever.) It’s so hideous right now that I can hardly bear it. We will forge on because we have no choice now, but also because it is going to be so awesome. Even the guys in the plumbing section at Home Depot were impressed. Since I live for validation and approval from strangers, I feel good about this. Our finish goal is mid-May so let’s just see if I get one goal accomplished. Maybe my only goal for April should be FINISH BIG HUGE 10 FOOT WALL SHELF.

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4/4/13

contact paper cabinet makeover

In my last post, I got really dramatic about how needing the walls in the living room repaired was making me have anxiety attacks. GOOD NEWS! Our walls are now fixed thanks to the help of a friend. I only had to paint the patched up walls and clean up drywall dust. The walls look amazing and so very chair rail free (!!). 

In the midst of all the chaos, I managed to complete a little project I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while. I have this white cabinet that I got at Target on clearance probably 5 or more years ago. I think I paid $30 for it. It has a broken drawer that I had every intention of fixing (yeah, right), but other than that it was in perfect condition and as long as you don’t pull out the broken drawer, you’re good. I love it, but I wanted to go a different, less glamorous route with it. Those big ornate silver pulls are pretty, but not really fitting with the direction I am attempting to go with our house. Even though I wanted a change, I didn’t want to make any permanent changes because who knows if I’ll go on another “chail-rails-must-come-down” like rampage and wish I hadn’t spray painted this lovely cabinet.
First thought – change out the pulls. Easy enough. Could be a cheap project. Problem - I like expensive things (just ask my poor husband) and I was picking out pulls that were $8+. Times 12 pulls and there goes feeding my kid. Next thought – paint the drawers a different color and put on simpler pulls. Problem. Remember, I didn’t want to do any permanent damage and also I’m scared of color in general and can’t commit. The next thing I thought of makes me pretty much a genius so don’t go searching on Pinterest and telling me 50 other people were geniuses first.

Wood grain contact paper!
Would you look at that? It’s so pretty and retro modern now. All I did was cut out squares of the contact paper, adhere them to the front of the drawers, smooth with a credit card, and then cut off the excess with an exact-o knife. I bought some drawer pulls from Home Depot for about $1 each and spray painted them gold. Bam. Under $30 cabinet makeover. Plus I have most of the contact paper roll left over to use for other things. I mean, I don’t know what else, but I have it.


Sometimes I just come and look at this space and dream about what my living room is moving towards. Having a job and a kid really slows things down though. Oh, well. Next on the list is a HUGE wall unit that Anderson and I are going to build. We drew a plan and made a supply list and took out a second mortgage to pay for it (kidding, obviously) and now we just have to get going. It’s just that the shows on the DVR won’t watch themselves.
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