Master of Disaster-Dad Comes Over for Home Improvement Projects

Moving to a new place means certain changes need to happen, locks needs to switched out, pictures hung, furniture arranged, and more of the like.

On Saturday my dad stopped by with my stepmom and started investigating dead bolts, what made him do this, I have no clue but he decided one did not fit just right and that would never do.  Thus started a project that spanned two days.  I only have a small supply of tools right now, I have never needed them before more than to hang a picture or assemble some furniture, so once my dad realized that I did not have a chisel, pliers, or allen wrenches this project would be a two day-er.  He put the door back together and declared he would return the next day to make right this major security snafu.  I of course did not realize this was such a problem, and I don’t really think it was considering the people that lived here before me seemed to be up on the lock and safety game.  And their game was strong.

Sunday rolls around, promptly after papa bear got out of church he called and declared that he would be over shortly and would be bringing his arsenal.  Which ended up being two screwdrivers and a chisel because he got distracted talking to my sister on the phone and did not put his power drill on the charger.  Door one was fixed with no problem.  Door two however, the screws were much too short for his liking and a trip to Lowes was in order.  Go to Lowes, find screws, purchase, and return to the house.  The story should end there, but it doesn’t in the course of trying to put the lock back together papa bear decides that these screws are not the correct size either, but he will make it work.  Then the trouble starts all over because the screw snaps, and by God, I don’t own a vice grip! In his eyes what kind of homeowner am I?!?

Due to lack of proper tools and now a door that will not close, let alone lock I am now marooned at home while he goes to get the full fleet.  Forty five minutes later, he arrives pulls his dodge caravan sport around back and pops the trunk, he had brought the mother-load.  Power drills, a variety of drill bits, new screws, you name it, he had it.  The next thing I hear is: “I think I am going to have to take the whole door frame down.” well that’s where I drew the line and and asked him to put it back together.

So after a two trips to my house, a trip to Lowes, a trip back home and the idea the whole door frame might need to come off and being shut down on that.  The master of disaster of sunday afternoon, took his leave and vowed to be back another day to make everything right.  What would I do without my dad. :)

We Got a First TImer Over Here…

Today I developed a new definition of homeownership.  Homeownership is not simply paying the mortgage on a house, doing upkeep and improvements.  The real definition of homeownership should be the following.

Homeownership (verb)-The act of forcing yourself to get up early on Saturday morning to take care of things that you would have never thought about doing when you lived in your apartment.

Examples: having to rack an entire season of leaves out of your front yard, having to call your dad over to show you how to turn off the water lines to your outdoor hoses, hanging drapes, and trying to figure out why a lock isn’t catching all the way.

I signed on for this adventure so I best make it my own.

Cheers!

You Can’t Succeed at the Potluck by Only Brining a Fork

I’m all about the TED talks, we make our own success and opportunities.  The question is what should I bring to the table next?

The Times They Are a Changin’

SO….It has been about 18 months since I posted, but I am going to try to get back into the blog game.  Here a few updates in my life, in 2014 I have made some major changes and here is a high level overview of what has made this one of the most exciting year in a while:

  • I stepped out of my comfort zone and made new friends, some have really changed my life others have not so much but they have all been players in this year.
  • I bought a HOUSE! It is crazy, if you would have asked me this time last year if I would be sitting in my new kitchen writing this post, I would have told you are nuts.
  • I have had success at work with increase responsibility and pay (the second is always nice)
  • I watched one of my oldest and dearest friends tie the knot, it was crazy to think someone I spent so much time with s a child is now a married man.  It was perhaps stranger than seeing my sister get married in 2013.
  • I have gone on all sorts of adventures: festivals, hometown tourist destinations, seeing my world with fresh eyes.
  • I have eaten a lot of great food- see the above bullet point.
  • I have learned to say goodbye, goodbye to neighborhoods, people, expectations- I credit lots of this to hard work in therapy, which is something I am so proud of myself for doing.

2014 was a hell of a year and I can’t wait to see what the last few weeks and the new year have in store.  I know this isn’t a big read for people, it shouldn’t be these are my own personal thoughts and musings, but I am going to work on updating more frequently.

Cheers!

Reflections on the Boston Marathon Tragedy

Today, I watched horrified as the situation in Boston unfolded.  The tragedy was honestly too much for me to handle.  It hit close to home, it made me scared of pursuing a goal of eventually one day running the Boston Marathon.

I ran (and finished) the Chicago Marathon in October, it was one of the best experiences of my life and never once did I think about the possibility of someone destroying such a magical day for me.  I was never scared, I never felt unsafe, all I felt was a great sense of accomplishment and joy. I am sure all the runners today had the same feelings I did until some coward used the site as a place to break everything down.  

It has been a day of sadness and anger for me.  My heart breaks for all the victims and their families, those still waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe or nervously awaiting medical news.  It is sadness that I don’t think I will ever forget.  I am angry too.  An anger that I have not felt in a long time, I am angry that someone decided to break down the beauty of a marathon and make it something it is not.

I feel that my running family has been personally attacked, which it has.  I know that next time I step to the start line of a race there will be a nagging fear in the back of my mind and  fear for my friends and family that have come to support me.

I think the sadness and anger will linger for a while.  I also know the running community is full of strong individuals that have true endurance.  We will put one foot in front of the other and take another step, of course the first few will be the hardest, but eventually we will find our stride and be back more trained and ready to make it across that finish line again.

If I do know one thing, us runners are the real deal.  My prayers are with everyone in Boston tonight and I pray that the beauty of the sport will continue to remain intact.

Run=Love

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That…

For the last year or so I have let Pinterest make me feel bad about my life.  I am unorganized, have fifty or so abandoned craft projects in my house, and I just picked up on the color jeans fad (which will probably end now because I bought two pairs).

Here are a couple of gems from the Pinterest world that make me want to question the amount of time people have on their hands and why?!?!

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I hope that you are getting some sort of compensation for this? 

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Pinterest has caused the world to go mason jar crazy! In my house this would be more realistic if this pin suggested you use old cool whip and lunch meat containers…

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To all you Angry Bird fanatics that are waiting to bake this bad boy…cheese melts and it may or may not result in your desired effect.

However Pinterest did introduce me to an endless supply of this guy:

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Currently Obesessed with…

So moment of truth here.  I dated this guy last year that loved 30 Rock and Tracy Jordan quotes.  I would laugh and then throw out one of the three of four quotes I had stashed away in my memory but usually would try to transition to quoting something along the lines of “Stepbrothers” or “Anchorman”, of which I had a much greater quote arsenal.   I truthfully did not watch the show because it came on when I was watching the quality TV that is Grey’s Anatomy.

While that guy exited my life later on in the year, one this came into my life and that was Netflix.  So after watching every episode of Law and Order: SVU, I have moved onto 30 Rock.  I feel like I am Liz Lemon.

Happy Weekend!

The Tuesday Ten

I just saw this on another blog and thought I might give it a try, if I can do ne post a week this year then it is a win :)

Ten Things that I am loving this Tuesday:

10. Tuesday night game night is back! 

Nothing beats getting together with a bunch of your friends and playing yard games for a couple of hours.  I hope that it isn’t too cold.

9. The heat wave (sort of..)

It is warm here in the Ohio valley today and I am loving the 48-ish degree weather and the sunshine

8. Having someplace to be.

Today I hade to be up and rolling and out of the house for work and it was great, previously had been going stir crazy.

7. The kindness of my little brother.

He did me a huge solid today by letting me borrow his laptop since mine doesn’t have the microsoft word software.

6. New jobs to apply for.

Had several referrals to a job with an agency  I would love to work for, I have written my cover letter, but now taking a few to come back and look at it with fresh eyes.

5. Perspective

I seem to be getting the hang of that…finally!

4. Being reunited with an old friend

Met up with an old college roommate yesterday and it was like we had never been apart, hopefully we stay in touch!

3. Supportive Family

I love the my parents, especially are always there to help me and to step in when I need to a hand.  Today’s example, picking me up from the mechanics and then letting me borrow a car for the day.

2. Fun conversations with my twin sister

We didn’t talk much this weekend, so it was great to catch up with her while she was on her lunch and make fun of certain people’s handwriting and their enjoyment of selling things online.

1. Keeping my New Year’s Resolution to stay positive.  

It just makes the day that much better!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This weekend’s adventure included a trip to see the Reds play. Had great seats and it was a blast.

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Don’t worry. I also met the man of my dreams. He drives the ferry between the stadium and northern Kentucky.

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I didn’t get his digits this time, but it for sure gives me a reason to go back.

Meet my fur baby

His name is Fritz. He is awesome. We have a borderline unhealthy relationship together.

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Fritz as a mere kitten this summer

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Fritz also is my boss when I work from home. He is a micromanager to say the least.

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But at the end of the day, he is the
Best kitten a girl could ask for.

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