This is THE List

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I am a huge list-er. I depend on them to survive. Without them, I am a little manic and scatter-brained. There is something so gratifying about crossing off an item. I’ve been known to write down an already-completed task for the satisfaction of crossing it off.  I know some of you do this too! OK, so THE list. I wanted to share with you THE list – the list of all lists – my house list. Here are all the things I have rambling around in my head (and on lists) as to-do’s for my house. Even though I know this list well and there really are no surprises, it still is exhausting and overwhelming to type it all out.

Emily SnufferIt is quite a lot to accomplish and I certainly don’t plan to have this all done next month or even in a year. There are certain things I focus on and certain events (like parties) that push me into home-improvement-madness mode. I think it is safe to say I am in madness mode. Madness mode involves lots of long nights, an exorbitant amount of Home Depot visits, a lot of googling and LOTS of bargain hunting. It is exhausting, but satisfying. Both Aaron and I’s birthdays are coming up and I would love to have people over to celebrate. Things at the house don’t have to be perfect (I don’t think I’ll ever have a finished house) but I can’t have shipping boxes hanging out or a bathroom that’s been de-Blik’d. There are certain things I need to take care of. On the flip side, all these uncompleted items above means I have a LOT to write about and to document here on this little blog. Thanks for following along! It is sure to be an adventure!

– emily

Some Sunday House Tweaking

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Aaron and I spent most of our time in Indiana this weekend, but I did have time today to do some tweaking. Before I get into that, let me just quickly re-cap what I managed to crammed into this lovely Sunday:

1.) Fixed the dryer (and to think I almost resorted to calling the Sears Blue Crew)

2.) Did many, many loads of laundry with fixed dryer

3.) Cleaned the house

4.) Went bike shopping with Aaron (and he got one! – more on that later)

5.) Picked up fabric for my lampshade re-do (which is a later topic in this post)

6.) Found some awesome shades (finally) for $7.27 at Old Navy

7.) Purchased some more accessories for the bathroom re-do

8.) Picked up all doggie doo in the backyard

9.) Lots of outside doggie play time (and naturally, a doggie photo shoot)

10.) Went grocery shopping

Phew! I blame it on the weather.

Now, on to house stuff. There were two things in my house that have been bothering me.

1.) The white air vents in the black room. As big a fan I am of black and white, it’s hard to make the case for these distracting little things:

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Fortunately, getting them to black was a quick easy fix. While I was switching out laundry and cleaning up, I would take a break to put another coat of satin black spray paint on them. Super easy! And cheap! Much better than buying new black ones.

And after…

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You can barely see them!

Now for the next house tweak – this one has been bothering me ever since I painted my living room pure white. Here’s the photo – I wonder if you can guess what it is:

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It’s that dang lampshade! (Well… and also the haphazard stack of books, but those are waiting for their homes inside future Billy’s) I purchased the piece during last year’s mid-century modern show in Sharonville. Certainly not a designer piece of furniture but it’s good and sturdy and it’s the perfect height for the Karlstad sofa. It’s the color of the lampshade that really bothers me – especially against the now-white walls. It looks dingy and dirty. I have been wanting to replace the shade with a new pure white shade, but it is nearly impossible to find a 17″ white drum shade with the correct hardware. Especially one that is within my budget. So… I did what any desperate home-improvement freak would do – I got creative. After seeing this tutorial on Young House Love, I went and got 1 yard of white upholstery fabric and my very own glue gun (a pink one, of course). Here’s a progress shot:

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And the final shot (which was taken at night and is poorly lit, but you get the idea):

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Update: I took a better photo – with natural light! What a concept!

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Can you tell the difference? Maybe not! Lol! But I can. Not too bad for $5.26 fix. I can’t wait to do more shades!

And my parting shot, Aaron tinkering with his awesome new bike. He also did a little DIY – it was covered with brand stickers and with a little goo-gone he was left with a blacked out matte bike:

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Have a great Sunday night everyone. I’m leaning back and finally watching Secretariat with Aaron and the dogs.

– emily

Spending My Tax Check

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Each April I wait in desperation patiently wait for my tax check to arrive. And as I wait, I daydream over how to spend this glorious gift from the government. I’ve considered so many things:

  1. Spending it on a Caribbean vacation
  2. Saving it (boring)
  3. Purchasing an overpriced hand bag (like last year)
  4. Sending it to my parents in an effort to reduce the tab I’ve built up over the years
  5. New work wardrobe
  6. More flooring for the house
  7. Billy bookcases

I’ve finally decided… drum roll please… to buy a…HOT TUB!!! Now of course since I can’t afford the classier, in-ground model, I’m opting for the budget-friendly, take-it-with-you-when-you-leave-model:

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Isn’t it beautiful!??? I’m going to buy some plants to cover up the blue but I kind of like it. It reminds me of Sea World, except no one gets killed by a whale. And the sound will be just lovely. I’m sure all my neighbors (who live literally inches away on either side of me) will appreciate the soothing sounds of squeaky rubber and Aaron and I cussing because it’s leaking and/or the chlorine levels are all off.

Thoughts?

OK…. HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!!!! I mean… can you imagine? This thing is hysterical. Did I get ya???

– emily