Back to the grind tomorrow

Well the long weekend is finally over. I’m sitting here winding down and getting ready to head to bed after a delightful long weekend off.

Yesterday Ali and Kyle came over for dinner, Erin made friend chicken for us along with all the fixins’ of cole slaw, baked beans, and chips and dip. After dinner we headed out to Cicero to watch the fireworks over the lake. I think we all got a bit bored while the fireworks were actually going off though, we had more fun people watching before it got dark.

This morning I got up and painted the shed a second time with my grandpa, it’s got two full coats on it now so it should be good to go, although I might put one more coat on before winter just to be tripley sure.

I did manage to get into town today and picked up a new bird feeder and shepherd’s hook to hang it on for our yard. I also got a rain gauge for the garden, I’m always intrigued by the weather.

Tonight, we went to Ali’s for dinner at Five Guys and then hung out for a while playing Scattergories, always good times.

I’d better get to bed though, Erin’s not feeling well and I want to get in bed before she falls asleep so I don’t wake her.

Sunday

Yesterday was the longest day ever. It started at 730 when I got up and headed out to start working on remaking Erin and I’s porch swing. New poplar ribs and arms and new slats. I’m repainting the frame too.
Simple enough I started cutting out the pieces until the band saw blade broke and I couldn’t get the new one back on. I headed to Menards to buy the slats and some primer and paint. After an hour and a half of sorting boards, I was on my way to work to use the tools there to finish up. People found me.
Around 5 I was done cutting sanding and priming and got some dinner with Erin’s parents. I came back, cleaned up and headed home.
The red paint I bought is thin and so far two coats isn’t enough to cover it. I stayed out until 11 painting. Another few hours to go hopefully.
I hope to be done with everything by Wednesday. I hope.
It’ll look nice but it’s just taking longer than I thought.
Pics soon.
Today is all about relaxing. Chilling and grandparents house then to Target and out with Kyle. Back to see Erin for a bit and finally bed to begin another long work week.
This is our hydrangea planted two weeks ago.

A short but HUGE update.

I feel I should update you all on what’s been going in life in the past month or so. Here’s the short list:

  1. Bought a car, new to me but used in reality.
  2. Erin bought a house in Tipton about a mile away from me.

There a huge details to go into both of these but I thought that I should at least note the events here.

On the car front, I basically had no choice but to buy a new one, I was having doubts about the car making it anywhere day to day. With over 140,000 miles on it and a huge dent in the front fender it wasn’t a pretty car but even so, now and then it would die for no good reason when backing up and there were so many caution and warning lights on the dash that it looked like a Christmas tree.
I knew that the new car was coming but one day I was fed up enough and found something that I did kind of like that seemed to be a reasonable price. I did some wheeling and dealing and got what I think was a good deal. Not great, I would have rather had a bit lower payment but I’m OK with what I got. A 2003 Dodge Durango, dark gray with running boards, bigger tires and alloy wheels. Its perfect for me, I’ve always had small cars, Cavaliers, Sunfires, etc. and now for me to have a truck is absolutely great. I love the size of it, the feel of driving down the road and not feeling like I’m sitting exactly on the road. I love to drive it.

The other big news and probably bigger news is that Erin bought a house in Tipton. A two bedroom, one and a half bath room house in the older neighborhood of Tipton. Older neighborhood is a good thing, I mean the neighborhoods that have been around a while, large houses and well groomed yards. She’s currently working on fixing it up the way she likes it. There are hardwood floors to be finished, walls to be re-plastered and painted, everything to be checked and rechecked. It’s a big job but she’s handling it remarkably well, all the stress of buying a house and remodeling it can’t be easy to deal with and she’s surviving just fine.

So my life has had some big things happen in the last month or so. I’ve neglected to tell you all for no other reason than I just haven’t felt like blogging much. Not because I don’t want to share, but more because I just have been lazy about sitting down and typing it all out.

There’s more excitement to come in the next few months of summer, plenty of baseball games to attend and who knows what else. Stay tuned loyal readers, there are still some of you out there right?

A long weekend comes to an end

As I’m sure most of you have heard the Midwest was hit by a pretty good winter storm this weekend. I went into Friday fully expecting the worst, no power, high winds and tons of snow. Thankfully not all of that came true. The power stayed on, the winds didn’t last that long really, and we had about 8 inches of snow, most of which fell overnight on Saturday night but had a good coating of ice underneath.

I spent part of Friday eagerly awaiting the storm. I was like a kid on Christmas Eve. The anticipation of it all, the mystery of what was yet to come. Even the meteorologists weren’t sure what was coming. I wondered how bad it would be, as I said, not that bad. But the wonderment that I felt while waiting for all to start was unbearable. I stayed up too late on Friday waiting on it, a drivel of snow and not much else. On Saturday morning the dusting fianlly gave way to a few inches and not much else. I stayed up late Saturday watching the ice fall, waiting for the change to the heavy snow that was expected. It didn’t come, I went to bed. I woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of snow, underneath the ice lurked. I figured yet another day of staying inside and doing nothing awaited me.

It’s been a long weekend though. Friday consisted of shopping, dinner, and way too many people out and around for my own sanity. Saturday I was lazy most of the day, I had no plans with Erin because we expected the snow to start much earlier than it did. I cleaned the house a bit and watched Waitress and Sicko. Neither were great, but at least now I’ve seen them. I didn’t really leave the house at all on Saturday.

It was nice, was being the operative word. I didn’t even bother getting dressed, just lounged around and did nothing in particular. Today was different. I’m getting a bit lonely and cabin feverish. I went out today, I spent a good hour or so cleaning the 8 inches of snow off my car and then chipping through the half inch of ice that was under it. I drove around town a bit, checked out the roads for work tomorrow and then went to Marsh to pick up some much needed supplies, Swiss Rolls in particular. I love those things.

I’ve been doing some thinking lately. I feel like I live 6 inches inside the walls of my apartment. It’s just not quite home yet. I feel like I live in it, not “in” it really. There’s something about it that’s not quite right. I’m going to take my vacation time that is coming up over Christmas to paint. I’m planning a color scheme of a bright green, a cadet blue (lighter though) and a soft gray with whiteish-gray as my main color on the walls. Basically each room gets a color on one wall, with the whiteish-gray on the other 3. The hallway is going to be the tough one, probably something neutral. I’ve also decided that I’m going to fix my bar. I have a small half-wall dividing my kitchen from my living room. The bar is small, 7 inches wide. Just wide enough for your keys and wallet but not much else really. I’m going to expand it a bit, make it a bit wider, add a small area for eating at the end. Still working on color but I’m pretty sure it’ll be something a bit more colorful than the plain bright white that it is now.

It’s been a long weekend and honestly I’m ready for the week to start. I’m ready for it now. I’m heading to bed soon and when tomorrow is here, the week will start anew, back to the hustle and bustle of regular life. I have 11 days off coming soon. I wonder if I’ll survive?