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. 🙂

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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!

This is a fun and frugal project. I have way more t-shirts than I need or know what to do with. Hello Summer running tops!

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Hola from Mexico!

A couple days before I flew down here, I was doing a little blog browsing when I ran across a really cool tutorial for making a cute gym tank top out of an old t-shirt, which is totally perfect for me because I exercise a lot and designer workout gear is anything but cheep.  Anyway, I found the tutorial on a really cool site called Blogilates that’s full of free pilates videos, tips for healthy eating, cute exercise attire, and general inspiration for living a healthy, active lifestyle…

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Catch my breath

So one job is done and now on to two new part time gigs.  I have to s say this is a very exciting time! Even my sister, when I was talking to her on the phone said I sounded so much happier and upbeat than I have in ages.  I just hope that this new schedule also allows a little bit of breathing room too.

On to the next great adventure

Tomorrow is my last day at my old job. I have a new opportunity on the horizon that I am really excited about. Today my awesome coworkers threw me a going away party. Nothing says good luck like a giant Justin Bieber card. Just sayin’

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Good morning from the road!

Good morning world!
I have already been up and at ’em this morning with a breakfast meeting ( started at 7:30, yikes) and now working at the coffee shop till my lunch meeting. It’s hard work to get your hustle on!
Still working hard on finding my next great adventure!

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Mid-Week Vacation days

Remember when you were in college and you participated in a ritual called “mid-week drinking”?  My sorority sisters and I would make our way to the local bar on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon and get hammered.  Well four years later I now participate in “mid-week vacation days”.  This ritual is where post-college 20-somethings take days off during the week and get caught up on doctor’s appointments and yard work.  My how time changes things.

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I will be taking a few of these days this week.  Getting WILD!

I’m Moving Out

After a great deal of soul searching, advice seeking, and prayer I decided to put in my notice at work.  I am on to my next adventure, here’s to greater things and knowing that something awesome is just around the corner.

Please enjoy this Billy Joel cover from who I think may have been the American Idol winner.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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