How the Bathroom Goes

Okay, I mentioned in today’s “If We Were Having Coffee” post that I’m not all that pleased with how my bathroom redecorating project turned out. I’m getting used to it, but it certainly didn’t end up the way I had envisioned. I’ll share some pictures of the progress (and what I have left to go), and you can see what you think. :)

First, I’ll give a reminder of what it looked like before:

And now on to the new and improved version (just click a picture to read my descriptive babble):

And a look at what I have left to do (again…click the picture to read full description):

So, what do you think? It is at least an improvement, right? Any experience painting the metal bits around a shower door? (I’d love any expert advice you may have.)

If We Were Having Coffee…

*I originally stumbled across this concept at Part Time Monster, and I love, love, love the idea of having a chatty post once a week. I do hope you enjoy my ramblings.* ;)

 

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I would tell you that yesterday was kind of a gross day…I was feeling blue and lethargic and not like my usual self. I ended up not accomplishing much of anything. I think the whole thing was mostly due to the zero sleep I got the night before. I’m not sure why…I just could not sleep. Everything seems to be straightened out today, so that’s pretty awesome. I got plenty of sleep and have been back to my normal frenetic self today. ;)

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I would tell you that Grace absolutely adores Halloween, so I’ve planned a school surprise for her next week. (Not a surprise anymore if she happens to read this.) I have found Halloween themed lesson plans for every subject and every day of next week. :D Some of the lessons line right up with what we’ve been studying, and some of them are review or preview activities for other 8th grade topics. I’m so excited!!! Add in the Frankenfood program she’s signed up for at the library, and it should be a pretty spook-tastic week for education around here. :D

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I would tell you that the ghost hunter program at the library was pretty bloomin’ interesting. I’ll be blogging about that soon, I promise. (I have a mental list of about 100 blog topics that I’m working my way through…I’ll get to the ghost hunter thing soon, I promise!)

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I would tell you that my bathroom redecorating project has not gone as well as planned. :( I’ve somehow gone from 70s nightmare to cheap-beach-hotel-room nightmare. Let’s just say the colors in my mind and the colors in reality didn’t line up as planned. I suppose it is an improvement over what was there, but I believe I’m going to start the project anew in the next few weeks. This is something else I’ll be posting more about later…I wouldn’t dream of depriving you of pictures of the mess I’ve made. ;)

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I would tell you that Grace’s Halloween costume is totally ready now. We need to put the temporary hair dye in her hair before she heads out for her official Halloween plans, but everything else is 100% ready to go. I can’t wait to see the whole thing put together. :) (And, of course, that will make it to the blog, too!)

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I would tell you that I’ve been watching Queer as Folk on Netflix. I’m so sad that there are only 5 seasons…it’s one of those shows that I wish would go on forever.

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I would tell you that I’m halfway considering going to a maize maze this weekend, but I haven’t decided yet. The weather should be beautiful for it, and I adore getting lost in those things. Yeah, I think I just talked myself into it. :D

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I would tell you that I have done a thing straight out of Crazy World for me…I bought myself two new outfits. Two! I have finally, finally decided to start replacing my clothes that have holes, bleach stains, and paint splotches. Unfortunately, that means I’ll be replacing almost all of my clothes. ;) I’m looking at it as a nice chance to update things, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am that leggings and huge, comfy sweaters are apparently the thing to do for Fall and Winter. Looking like my clothes were purchased in this century and being comfortable? Win!

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And I would tell you that I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week until we meet for coffee again next Friday. :D

A State of the Bathroom Address

As promised, I’m sharing the “progress” happening in the upstairs bathroom. I put progress in quotation marks because, at this point, everything just looks a hot mess. ;) If you want to check out what I started with, you can take a peek at yesterday’s post. But, really, work is getting done! I’ll show you…

It took longer to tape up all the stuff around the mirror than it did to paint it, but it is now painted. (The new color is not in the picture...you'll see that tomorrow.)

It took longer to tape up all the stuff around the mirror than it did to paint it, but it is now painted. (The new color is not in the picture…you’ll see that tomorrow.)

The light fixture is getting a new look, too. Through the wackiness of photography and lighting, this is actually not at all the color the light fixture will be. Neat! ;)

The light fixture is getting a new look, too. Through the wackiness of photography and lighting, this is actually not at all the color the light fixture will be. Neat! ;)

Things are looking a lot less crazy around here. I must admit, I'm not really happy with the boring putty-like color. (Anyone who has seen our TARDIS blue dining room, electric yellow kitchen, and dark purple office knows I am *not* afraid of color.) ;) So why did I choose such a boring color? Because the room is super-tiny and lacking in natural light...it really calls for something light and neutral.

Things are looking a lot less crazy around here. I must admit, I’m not really happy with the boring putty-like color. (Anyone who has seen our TARDIS blue dining room, electric yellow kitchen, and dark purple office knows I am not afraid of color.) ;) So why did I choose such a boring color? Because the room is super-tiny and lacking in natural light…it really calls for something light and neutral. This is after the first coat…things will get better.

Everything looks a mess, but the second coat is complete. There's an end in sight...

Everything looks a mess, but the second coat is complete. There’s an end in sight…

I’m hoping to get the third (final) coat finished up this evening. Then tomorrow morning can be all about cleaning up and adding nifty new (non-brass) details. :D Tomorrow should bring some more ohhhh and ahhhh worthy pictures. ;)

So, what are you working on today?

Writing Prompt Wednesday: October 22

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  • Try to keep your responses to 100 words or less.
  • Feel free to submit responses in the comments or send to nerdinthebrain@gmail.com.

I love hearing from all sorts…authors, students, well-trained reptiles.  You’re all welcome to join in the fun. :)

Enjoy! :D

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Last Month’s Prompt and Awesome Responses:wpid-img_8149.2014-09-17_121926_kindlephoto-1076287632.jpg

 

From Nonsense & Shenanigans:

“We stew the tomatoes first!”
“No, we chop the potatoes.”
“No no, we dice the onions!”
“Mom’s gonna be so mad if we bug her again..”
“Fine, tomatoes it is.”

Mom was not pleased when the people soup was finally ready.

From O Pie-oneers!

“HA! We made it!”
“‘Little arms’ they said. Screw you, naysayers!”
“….wait…Aren’t we carnivores?”
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“DAMMIT, LARRY.”

From The Snail of Happiness:

Exploring the vegetarian option.

From Little Reader Book Reviews & More:

“I only work with tomatoes.”
“You say potato, I say onion. And I’m always right.”
Banther’s voice echoed from the table.
“How about onion?”
“….”

From Seedling:

I’m the king of the (vegetable) mountain!!!

Operation Save the Hideous Bathroom Begins!

So, I believe I mentioned earlier that I’m planning on doing some bathroom beautifying this week. Things are already under way, but I thought I’d show you what I’m up against before I get too far into the process.

So, check this out:

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Yeah, seriously, this is the color(s) of the walls…complete with wallpaper border. Gross.

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Brass and plastic? No, thank you.

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It’s just a hot mess up in there…the paint, the border, the brass, the light fixture. *sigh*

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I’m pretty sure this puppy is circa 1912…and attached to the wall with cement and the will of the ancient bathroom gods. :/

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Just ugh.

I think it’s pretty fair to say that the people who lived here before us had really, really different taste in home decorating. ;)

So, just how far have I gotten on this project?

 

The border has been removed!

The border has been removed!

 

Every bit of the brass (other than in the shower) has been removed, and the light fixture has now been taken down for cleaning and painting.

Every bit of the brass (other than in the shower) has been removed, and the light fixture has now been taken down for cleaning and painting.

My next step? Lunch. :) After that, I’ll begin one of my favorite parts of any home project…spackle! :D And then there will be the sanding, and that’s always fun. I also hope to get the light fixture painted today. I think that will be enough for today. I’ll give you another progress update tomorrow (probably)…I know you’re all on the edge of your seats! ;)

What about you? Any horrifying rooms in your house that you’ve been meaning to do something about? Have your redecorated a room recently? Do you think this kind of thing is fun or a nightmare? Can you believe I left that bathroom that way for two years?

Sharing My World – Week 42

*answering the fun questions provided each week by the fabulous Cee – check out her blog so you can play along, too!*

What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?

As my usual waking time falls squarely between dawn and noon, I’m gonna go with “before noon” on this one. I do like that I wake up before everyone else in the house…usually by an hour or two. It gives me some nice quiet time to start my day, and I do love my quiet time. :)

If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick?

I would definitely say Wisdom. It seems to me that Wisdom prevents you from needing Luck all that often. ;)

If you were given the opportunity for free skydiving lessons would you take them? Why or why not?

My first instinct was to say, “Oh, heck nope!” I am terrified of heights and flying and things of that nature, so it’s certainly not something that sounds appealing. But then…

I thought about how much I adore new experiences, and it made me wonder…

If the tickets were free and just handed to me, which part of me would win? The I’m-scared-of-heights part or the I’ll-try-anything-once part?

I mean, I did walk across the mile-high bridge at Grandfather Mountain and ride the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock and climb to the top of a lighthouse, so maybe I would do the skydiving thing.

I actually took this picture...even though I felt like I would certainly die. ;)

I actually took this picture at Chimney Rock…even though I felt like I would certainly die. ;)

And this one from the top of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

And this one from the top of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. :D

Is the glass half empty or half full? What is in the glass?

I’d like to think I’m a “glass is half full” kind of person…I do tend to have a pretty positive outlook even if it takes me a moment to get there sometimes. ;) As for what’s in the glass? Well, coffee, of course…and maybe it’s a mug instead of a glass. :D

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am so, so grateful for such an awesome weekend with friends and family. Fun and learning were had by all, and there isn’t much in the world that pleases me more than friends, family, learning, and fun. :D

I’m looking forward to finally tackling a redecoration of the upstairs bathroom. I’ve been threatening to do it for the entire two years we’ve lived in this house, and I decided just today that the time is now. I’ll definitely be blogging about that so you can see the transformation. :)

Now, I do so hope that you’ll share part of your world with the rest of us. :D

Cupcakes and Pythons and Brains, Oh My!

Yesterday I showed you the reason for our most recent trip to Discovery Place (giant metal dinosaur puppets), but we actually did a ton of other really fun and interesting stuff while we there. I’ll give you a quick walk through of our adventure…mostly in pictures.

WARNING: Some pictures may be upsetting to some readers. While we find watching dissections to be interesting and educational, you may not. I’m putting the dissection pictures all in their own gallery, so you can just scroll on by if you’re not interested in getting a closer look.

And now for the pictures!

After meeting my BFF and her little, we headed straight for the cafe in the museum. We were all hungry for lunch…and who wants to wait for cupcakes???

After lunch, we headed to the main hall of the first floor to see what there was to see:

Some careful observers may have noticed a sign announcing a dissection in one of the above pictures. Well, we were tremendously excited about that, so, of course, we hung around. :D

ANOTHER WARNING: These are the dissection pictures. Scroll quickly if you don’t want to see. ;)

 

While I thought the rat dissection was fascinating, what I really, really loved about that activity was the fact that a female scientist was surrounded by a bunch of girls (little ones through teenagers) who were curious and bold and intelligent. It wasn’t set up to be an activity for girls…it just worked out that way. I don’t make a big deal of it often (because I want Grace to know that women in science are just scientists … not “female scientists” or “lady scientists” or any such thing even though I just used the term “female scientist” up there to make this point…geez, explaining things can be hard), but it did make my heart happy to see all of those girls soaking up the science.

After the dissection, we moved on to the IMAX theater to soak up Journey to the South Pacific. It was fantastic, but I didn’t get any pictures. Even I know not to take pictures in movie theaters. ;) If you want to know more about the movie, you can click HERE.

After leaving the movie, we headed to the second floor of the museum. This is where the dinosaurs were, but you already saw them. :) Here’s a glimpse at some of the other awesome things we saw…

At this point, we were all pooped and ready to make our journeys back home. We didn’t even explore the entire museum, believe it or not. Our energy level just didn’t match our curiosity level. Never fear! We’ll be returning in the future. :D

So, what about you? What did you do this past weekend? Anything fun or educational or interesting (or all three)? What do you think you’d like to play with at Discovery Place?