Thursday, April 18, 2013

Command Central Before and During!!!

 oof. before. v bad. That stupid closet just collected everything and anything and it was a mess. All the papers and mail and stuff ended up on my desktop and on top of that cabinet. I took the bifold doors off the closet because they were just ALWAYS in the way. and I hate them generally. Mark and I found grey curtains at Ikea that look great!

also...for some incomprehensible reason they put two can lights in the ceiling for a six foot square room. I painted two coats of white primer on the walls before the blue, and that area was blindingly bright. I have replacement lights from Home Depot, a spot for the closet and a hanging lamp for above the desk.

 after emptying everything into the dining room. bleh. you can see in this photo that the builder absolutely loves loves loves recessed lights. there are an even dozen in the living room, kitchen and dining room. I find the ones in the living room especially incomprehensible, because I am used to there not being ceiling lights in a living room, and there is a ceiling fan so we could have a ceiling light if we wanted.

I am not a fan of recessed lights. I would get rid of all of them if I could.

 I taped. I never tape the ceiling, but because I was using a Woolie paint pad -- it's a woolie sheepskin paint pad that makes great texture -- I taped the ceiling and promptly hit the ceiling anyway. sheesh.

after painting. this photo doesn't do a good job of conveying what the texture actually looks like. It's much more swirly than it looks here. if we EVER get sunshine again I will try taking better photos of the texture.

notice that the desk is completely useless. it has no imagination, no cool details, just a granite slab and cheapass cupboards. granite desktops might look cool, but damn are they cold in the winter.

I am realizing now that the builder or the previous owner of this house or somebody apparently thought we would be doing minor surgeries here. The lights above the dining room table added up to 180 watts. Now we have a fisherman's lamp from Ikea with a 40 watt bulb and it's so much warmer and funkier feeling. which is what I live for, you know.

I will post photos of that Ikea lamp and the amazing wonderful pretty organized Command Central closet soon!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Things I have done lately.

Listened to my son bitch and moan about the weather in Minnesota. This is a kid who considers winter in the Puget Sound to be just fine, but snow in April makes him despondent. It may of course have something to do with being in the final spasms (I was gonna use a different word there, but couldn't figure out how to spell it...) of senior year at the UofM.

 Been seriously proud of my kids. Zach is staying put at the UofM (yay! not moving to Boston or DC!) to pursue a Masters in Maternal and Infant Public Health with an emphasis on epidemiology (ha. spelled that one right). Thor is heading off to Winona in the fall to start on a degree in Computer Science with an emphasis on human computer interfacing. And Tess is still a 4.0 drumming engineer.

 And if I am wrong about any of the details there, I am sure my kids will correct me toot-suite.

 Done a little moaning of my own about the weather. Northern Illinois is seriously grey and boring this spring. We are having a thunderstorm (actually more like a thunder minor event, since no lightning and thunder that actually rattles the house but is not loud at all) right now, but mostly it's been just grey. boo.

 Cleaned out my office area. I need a better name than that for it. Cleaned out Command Central. That's more like it. Off of the dining room is a little nook with a built in desk with a granite top. It's not a computer desk. The only indication that the person who built this desk even knows computers exist is that he drilled a hole in the granite top for the cords. There is no room in either cupboard for a printer or a CPU. Also, resting one's arms on a granite desktop in the winter is just freaking asking for hypothermia and frostbite. yikes.

 Repainted Command Central. It was a sage green that just did not work with the other colors in the living/dining/kitchen. Now it's peacock feather blue. Much more better.

 Dealt with the tremendous pile of stuff that came out of the closet in Command Central. We got a filing cabinet. Black, so of course it's gonna get spray painted or covered with fabric or something because it's boring. I still have the box of paperwork that was my "filing cabinet" to sort out, and the Mexican Cabinet is still right in the way of everything in the dining room because I don't know what to do with it, but my Closet Central is now beee-u-t-ful.

 Become really annoyed with car manufacturers and the car buying public. Really, damn. All cars are exactly the same. Neutral colors - and when it comes to cars, red has become a neutral. It's a safe choice. Identical designs. All sedans are now wedge shaped. All SUVs and mini vans are rounded off and streamlined and boring.  No whimsy. No playfulness. No imagination.

Fallen in love with my Alien. Kia's name for the green paint color is Alien, so my Kia Soul has become the Alien to us. I guess I really like naming things. I love my Alien because it is whimsical and different and fun. I don't take cars seriously and I heart having a car that doesn't take itself seriously. While still being an awesome car.

Final THROES. That's the word I was looking for. Zach is in the final THROES of undergrad.

Gotten a virus. It's a hideous virus, that gives you a sore throat and completely messes with all the plumbing in your head. My inner ears are itchy and annoyed and semi-plugged and my sinuses are just mean.

I have to go put the sheets in the dryer so Mark and I aren't reduced to digging out sleeping bags for bed tonight. I hate making beds, especially since we got the world's tallest queen mattress. Forcing the last corner onto the mattress requires a backhoe and an act of Congress.

And we all know how hard it is to get Congress to do anything these days.