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Friday, August 16, 2019

What I'm Reading This Week #33

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you're ready for the weekend and have something fun planned!  It's been a week around here and our frustrations got the better of us.   It's interesting that it happened given what we're doing this weekend but I'll get into that next week.

Thankfully, the boards we were crossing our fingers on seem to be working out and it signified the end of the most difficult parts of the refresh.  (I don't even know what to call this.  It's not really a full-blown reno, it's not really a RE-fresh because it's never been fresh to begin with.)  The rest of everything that needs to be done are tedious things and decorating that the Mr doesn't need to be involved in and I think that's just in time.

But enough of this DIY clusterf**k I've created and get to...




If a Doctor Only Tells You to Lose Weight, Consider a Second Opinion   (So infuriating.  She'd potentially be gone if she hadn't gotten it!)

How to Let Go of Fear of Failure  (Jump in!)

You Don't Have to Stop Running If You Get a Side Cramp! Try These Techniques Instead  (I always called it "pulling a fat roll" and I call BS on the way they suggest getting rid of it.)

100 Home Repairs You Don’t Need to Call a Pro For   (Some good tips and tricks in there!)

You Won't Be Able to Board a Plane Next Year if Your ID Doesn't Meet New Rules  (Even if you don't think you'll need to fly, death or an emergency could change that and you'll be grounded for real if you don't renew!  We're both renewing ours this week.  Mine needs it but he is 2 years early.  You also need a crap ton of identification now so check your local DMV before you go.)

4 Key Changes That Helped Reverse My Crippling Negative Body Image  (Put 'em into practice!)

Doing These 5 Things Can Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk by 60 Percent   (Excellent info for those of us who are genetically predisposed.)

What It's Like To Grieve A Parent You Didn't Like  (Not everyone has a great relationship with those who gave them life.)

Family Sues After Video Shows Nursing Home Workers Taunting Elderly Dementia Patient  (I would be in jail if these b*tches did that to my grandma.)

The Week of Peak Disco  (God I miss disco...SO. MUCH.)

Bill Murray Explains Why He Created a Secret 1-800 Number to Be Reached About Roles  (I would do the exact same thing in his shoes.  OG move right there.)

I can't believe this place is still for sale  (This is my dream property,  and a business to sustain the mortgage!  I could see charging location fees for photographers to take perfect pics in the Fall.  Sigh...I'd give anything move there.)

We have an outing that has been planned for months.  It hit at a crappy time as far as getting things done downstairs but much needed for mental health and reconnecting in a way that doesn't involve rubber mallet raised over our heads at each other.

What do you have going on this weekend?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hump Day Poll: Slippery Slope


We did a little more work yesterday but it didn't go nearly as fast.  It was tedious stuff like caulking and trying to get these last two friggin boards to cooperate and gluing, etc.  Yesterday morning, Joel Freeman was doing an Instagram story about how he meant to get his workout done in the morning but his garage door broke.  He thought it would take 20 minutes but you know how that goes and it took all day, then he had commitments but did it at 6pm.  He said, "that's the LIIFT4 life baby, you can move things around and I've still got 4 days to lift this week so it's gonna be okay."  That really struck me because I was feeling bad about no formal workouts this week despite feeling pretty beat up but I know some of that was due to not rolling and stuff too.

The Mr motioned like he wanted to get into the garage when I thought we were going down since it was 6pm and I said "no, we're working out.  Two days is permissible, three days off is a slip."  I know we deal with a slippery slope when we're in this situation.  Sunday and Monday, yes, we did stuff that may have counted as calorie burners but yesterday we did not and it would've been very easy to group it together like it counted the same.  It didn't and I'm so glad we worked out.  I mean I was pretty immediately sore but I know how that goes if I go longer than 3 days (Saturday being our rest day) my body starts to get very rigid and goes back out of alignment.  I was glad I insisted on a formal workout especially this week because we get one less day before a weigh-in this week.

For my regular exercisers, what constitutes a slip in your world?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Adventure Continues...

Oh, my Lord.  Is it Friday?  What year is it?  Is there snow?  



Oh yeah, it's only Tuesday and despite no "formal" workout yesterday again, the Mr's watch said he burned almost 900 calories.  He went to orange hell and bought a 6' shelf that we could cut down to 5' then it was time to get down to business with the door frame.  We used a combination square that people in YT videos used to make our 1/4" reveal on the door jamb.  


After a buttload of shims due to a wonky wall situation that had nothing to do with us, we were finally able to get that friggin thing up. 


I won't even tell you how much caulk it will take to backfill the gaps, but I got started on that too.  The solution I'd envisioned for the bottom of the wood planks wasn't going to work, and I mentally waved the white flag.  The Mr suggested something, and we brainstormed, and it worked.   Unfortunately, we still needed to go to orange hell with fluorescent lighting again.


This time it was to get baseboards which as you know is a finishing touch on a wall.


I wanted something straightforward, no scribing or stacking because it's a basement, it didn't need to be fancy.  I painted all of the pieces we needed, and thankfully, it installed pretty quickly.


We're at the last two parts we've been dreading the most, but we called it a night because it was getting later and we were friggin' toast.  I really hope today we can get a good portion of those who shall not be named done and I can work on the shelf, and we can hopefully get the shelf back up soon.  It would be so nice to not do workouts from a tablet on a ladder. 

Have our DIY adventures inspired you to take on your own or reinforced why you hire out?

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Monday, August 12, 2019

DIY Weekend Recap

Good Monday morning y'all.  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to tackle a new week.  I am ready to be done with house crap and run far away from here!  Last week ended on a sad note since my friend's grandpa died.  He was fine Monday and by Wednesday night he was in hospice and passed the next day.  He was a second grandpa to me as he was to any of his grandkids friends.  I wish we could go to the visitation but it's out of town and we're going out of town the following day.

Thursday and Friday, the Mr got quite a bit of the plank boards cut so I could frankenboard them together.



It was a pain in the butt because we had to wait for the glue to dry and only so many clamps available.  We got 2/3 of them glued and nailed in and I could see the vision a little more clearly though I won't lie, something was still off to me.

Saturday, I needed a hot shower for my aching muscles and I wasn't going to get it because apparently, the Mr beat me to the shower that morning before his study sesh. We headed out to the home improvement store in another area of town because frankly, we were sick of Home Depot.  We got some trim for the wood planks and casing for the door.  I decided I was over crazy cuts and was fine doing a Craftsman-style frame which meant no miter cuts.  I just want to be done.   We loaded those in the car and went back in because I couldn't concentrate while having big, unruly 8' trim pieces in the cart and trying not to impale people with them.  We found the foam board we needed, snapped it in half on the score and the Mr checked out while I looked at replacement shelves.  He was taking quite a bit of time and when he came back in he had that look that after 27+ years together I recognize as "Houston, we have a problem.". He said he had to score further and driving will be interesting.  I know this means stop looking at shelves because they won't fit.  This was my view of him in the front seat.



So we got home and unloaded.  Then we had to do a Home Depot run anyway because I needed caulk I forgot at the other place.  We'll never escape that orange smocked hell.  We got that and some screws we needed and headed home.  I got some dark Old English to see if they could darken the beams we stained but decided to put some on the stud below where we installed the wood planks and it looked amazing.  That was the touch that brought it all together for me.  Then I slathered it on the beams and it gave the look I'd been going for.  While I was doing that, the Mr was installing a 2x2 at the header.  Fun fact: did you know when you buy a 2x4, you're actually buying a 1 1/2 x 3 1/2?!  Are we the last people on Earth to know this?!  So that meant our 2x2 was really a 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 and we'd need to shim it.  *Twitch*   While he took care of the header, I started priming the wall.

'Bout friggin' time

Then we did a little crafty maneuver to make the most of the boards we had while saving money.  


Old English actually stains luan too and it looked quite beautiful without needing to get actual stain involved on pieces that would be in the background.  The whole day was spent doing that and as I went to wash my hands, there was no hot water again.  I asked the Mr what the deal was and the pilot wasn't lit.  He checked a few times then I had him check with our neighbor to see if he had gas and he did (that sounded bad) so that meant it was just our place.  The Mr spent a good hour looking up hot water heater videos and trying to find our receipt and warranty info. 

The next morning, he scrubbed under the heater based on some suggestions to clear the air filter on the water heater.  He called the manufacturer and the lady said there was a reset button (who knew!?!) and sure enough, it had tripped just like a GFCI plug.  He pressed it in and we had hot water again!  So an FYI if you have issues, make sure you check your reset button if it's 10-15 years old or newer.  We got back to work and really did NOT want to buy another box of wood planks but it was a moral imperative.  On the way back, we had no choice but to do all of our grocery shopping at once which sucked rocks.


(It's Sunday...no booze for you!)

That took almost 3 hours by the time we made it everywhere.  Then right back to it.  The wall is done.


There are some seriously cringy parts but it's a basement and I didn't care enough to rip it down and start over!  A big shelf will be covering most of it anyway so it doesn't matter.  We really wanted to get the door frame in but it was not going to happen.  We ran out of hours in the day and I'm finishing this up at 10:30pm.  I am finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and hope to work on some more stuff today.  A workout didn't happen and I'm not sweating it.  We both still feel stiff and sore


so I don't feel like we didn't workout because we slacked or something.  Far from it.  There is SO much to do this week and I'd really like to get a good bit of it done by Thursday.  Time will tell!

What did you do this weekend?

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Friday, August 9, 2019

What I'm Reading This Week #32

Good Friday to you all!  I hope the week has treated you well.  Yesterday on a middle of the night pee break, I could barely walk.  I knew leg day kicked my butt, but I think I pulled my back doing deadlifts.  I was so careful and didn't lift as heavy as I wanted.  It took about two hours to get the motivation to get out of bed after the heating pad turned off, and I had plans for the day downstairs.  A slow mosey down the stairs told me it was going to be a painful time of it, so I ate breakfast and iced my back to try to get things to calm down.  The Mr was rarin' to go and I was in a hissy with pain, so it didn't make for a great combo.  He got to measuring and cutting some wood wall planks.  Oh yeah, we didn't get enough either, so we need to go back to the store and get another box or two...only $100 a pop, ya know.  

I franken-boarded a few and glued them with clamps until they dried.  We were able to install two and a half, which was nice to feel like the next step was underway.  I did sand down most of the wall so it'd be ready for primer but need to go over it with the auto light first.  Then the Mr got called onto a conference call, and that was that.  We did get our delivery of our Pegasus Worx Table, and I am so glad we bought that thing!  Much bigger surface area than the one we have and those big ol' clamps are going to come in handy!

That's about it on our project progress, now let's get to...



Doctors Really Wish You'd Stop Listening To These Ridiculous Pieces Of Health Advice 
(Well, I wish doctors would listen period so nyaaaaaah!)

17 Ways Sitting Too Much Is Ruining Your Body   (Looks down...yep.)

30 foods that fight inflammation  (Calm things down)

Household Chemicals Causing Obesity  (Wish I could blame it on this.  My household chemicals have all been replaced and a good reason for everyone to consider natural brands.)

New Alzheimer's Test Could Detect Signs of Disease Decades Before Symptoms Show  (Given there is no cure and no effective treatment to significantly extend cognitive awareness, I don't think I'd want to know.  I know my quality of life would go down constantly worrying if walking into the kitchen and forgetting why I was there was normal or a sign of the big one.)

You Can’t Solve Other People’s Problems: How to Stop Trying to Change Others  (I've always been guilty of this especially when I give advice when asked, they don't follow it and come back and say "I should've listened to you."  In the past year or two, I've resorted to saying to myself, "not my circus, not my monkeys" and deal with my own problems unless specifically asked.)

How to give a eulogy that truly celebrates the person you’re honoring  (I've given two for my grandparents,  People always say "I don't know how you did that" but it's easy when you're talking  about people who were special to you and sharing memories.)

The Return of the Handwritten Letter   (Write a letter or card this weekend and start someone's week off on a happy note next week.  In these times of tragedy, something as simple as a handwritten note can restore faith in humanity.)

You Probably Forgot All About These '90s Cars  (Take a drive down memory lane.)

Hiker stalked by a cougar says Metallica song helped her escape  (I'd run too.  HA!  Here's the follow-up.)

You know where we'll likely be this weekend.  It really sucks though because this is the first weekend that is supposed to have light wind and low temps for summer standards and we haven't gone to a lake we always paddle in once a year.  Matter of fact, we haven't paddled at all.  Looks like it might not happen this year.  😞

Tell me you have some tomfoolery in your weekend plans so I can live vicariously through you!

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Roller coaster of a week

Happy Thursday, everyone!  We started things off Sunday by getting to the task of foaming a tricky area.  There have always been issues with this spot and since we were going to be sealing it up, now was the time to tackle it.  You can see the crappy job the builders did.


We wanted to use foam that was a bit of an upgrade, so we got the Great Stuff Pro


It's unfortunately not as easy as it sounded because the place that needed to be foamed was 3' back.  I seriously didn't know how we were going to get back there.  Thankfully, I found this gun that was the perfect length.


It was a little costly for one job but cheaper than hiring out for it, and I think we'll be able to use it for the garage when we decide to rip that apart.  The Mr got to it and bless his heart, it looks like, well, here ya go.


He has quite the decorative flair, doesn't he?  😆😆😆

It came in handy to get in some spots that wouldn't have been reachable otherwise.  I tried my hand at it too, and he said it wasn't fair I was so much better at it.



It gets the job done.  LOL

He also cut some stud pieces and drilled them into where they needed to go, which should've been the easiest part, but it was a pain in the butt.  We also started work on the wood wall plank sample piece we bought.  I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth the effort or if the end result was going to be what I envisioned.  I held it up for the Mr to give his opinion and he thought it was going to look nice and be worth the effort to not only cut but franken-board together.  So I guess we'll bust into the boxes this weekend.

Tuesday, a friend of mine came to visit and have lunch.  She's one of my favorite people in the world, and we only get to visit a few times a year.  She's pregnant, and I'd scoured about 20 different post-partum blog posts to see what the consensus was about what mama needs after giving birth for herself.  Everyone thinks of the baby, and no one really thinks about the mom.  She had a birth/breastfeeding gown on her registry, so I got that.  She's a nurse, and another L&D nurse said, "you know how we're not allowed to throw away gowns even when they're soaked in crap and blood, into the laundry they go.  You don't want your baby touching that.  Bring two or three that you can throw away.  It might seem like a waste for $60 for three, but they'll charge you $150 for them otherwise in the hospital.  Stool softener, obviously.  A BPA free water bottle that fits in her cup holder and has times on the side to remember to drink and refill.   I also got stuff like steel-cut oatmeal cups/KIND bars, lip balm, a mommy designed ergonomic peri bottle to irrigate when she goes to the bathroom to soothe her sore vag.  I got heavy overnight pads since everyone says the ones from the hospital are a joke, some extra stretchy pregnancy undies so if she ruins a few pair they aren't her own.  Some washable bamboo nipple pads because she has two stressful jobs, and no one wants an oopsie from the boob milk department.  I also offered to make her some mama meals after she gives birth like I did for a friend, which went over very well.  I know I got a few other things I can't remember, but that was the majority of it.  Needless to say, she was thrilled with it all because she doesn't have anything for a hospital bag and now she said she does.  She said I was the most thoughtful person in the world and couldn't stop hugging me.  I've gotta tell you, I really needed that.  It's been a rough week dealing with a jerk family member and feeling like I'm worthless.  When someone makes you feel that special for doing something that you didn't think twice about, it makes you feel a little better about yourself.  It was a lovely 4-hour visit and just the boost to my mood I needed.

Unfortunately, that happiness didn't last long.  My friend who is going through all of the turmoil is in town and was supposed to visit for our birthdays and a break from all of the madness.  I got a message the morning of, that one of the people in poor health was dying and everyone was coming in to say their goodbyes so no visit.  She was here for her mom's chemo but ended up being here for her mom for moral support for her dad/grandpa.  Plus her fiance is out of the country, so she doesn't have him to lean on.  I assume by the time this publishes, he'll be gone and we'll have a funeral in our future.  I've been waiting for 2 months to hug her and hopefully get her alone to give her something.  Obviously, this can't be helped, but I think we both needed it. 

I didn't have it in me to sit around and get pulled into a depression over it.  I went into the garage before it got too swamp ass hot outside and measured and cut the drywall patches we needed for an area downstairs.   Then I got to screwing them in which was a delight.  Not. 



There were two spots neither of us was looking forward to doing, and I wanted to get the easy ones done first and then see how the other two went.  They were fine, just had to cut out a middle piece and it was much less hard than I anticipated.  There is still a spot we have no clue how we're going to deal with it, but we'll have to save that part for last.  Now we're ready to get the hardest part of the wood planks, and the Mr mentioned wanting to do those today because he'll be teleworking and can keep an eye on things as he cuts.  I wanted to make it ready for him to do so we could knock out a majority of it.  I also got what I hope is the last layer of skim coat on the wall. 



I hope to sand it and be ready for primer tomorrow if there are no dings I need to fill.  I've gotta say I was pretty proud of myself, so if nothing else, this project has been a way to build confidence for both of us.

The Mr worked out early since he thought our friend was coming over and I was going to work out during the day.  I felt bad because he got up really early to work out and he couldn't do the studying he needed to do for his test.  I was too hungry from project work to wait to eat lunch even though I didn't eat until 3pm so I figured when he got home, he could study while I worked out... Insanity 30 Max Out Cardio and LIIFT4 leg day.  Yay.  (I pretended I was Gwen Stefani for about 15 minutes as well afterward for an 1100 calorie burn!)

So it's been a productive, depressing, happy, sad then productive again week.

How has your week been?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hump Day Poll


The following is an actual exchange last Friday night.

INTERIOR:  NIGHT.  The Mrs. is on the couch on her laptop and the Mr is on the loveseat to her right on his laptop with his back to her.

Me:  I bought Epsom salt gel because I was too lazy to go down under the stairs and dig it out of the luggage.

The Mr.:  *side eye and perceived slightly disgusted laugh*  You know I would've gotten that for you if you asked me.

Me:  I shouldn't have told you that, I felt you lose some respect for me.


What's the funniest thing someone has said to you lately?

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