Monday, April 30, 2012

Yeah, I Know

It's been a while...

I've been mulling an update, but didn't feel like I had much to say since I didn't do much this winter.  A few things stacked up recently, so it's feeling like time to break radio silence.

I finished updating the brown bathroom - yesterday.  This bathroom started brown. The ceiling, the walls, the tile, the vanity.  All of it.  Except the sink, which was pink-y peach, the toilet which was peach and the bathtub which was pink.  I replaced the toilet and the sink, and painted the room.  Yes, it took something like six months.  I'm the kind of remodeler where if there's *anything* else to do, I'll do the other thing. 

It seems like people in the 1960s were shorter.  Four months of the six months was spent deciding what to do with the tile soap dish and toothbrush holder that I so intelligently didn't realize would interfere with the new vanity. Then, deciding which type of not-matching tile would go in the open spaces on the wall.  Then, trying my best to adjust the piping angles.  And finally, calling in someone to finish the job.

Take a look at this pic.  Then look down to past posts to see what it looked like in November. (Sorry, not a true before pic because I'd already covered up the brown paint when these pics were taken.)  The hanging pants are a design inspiration that I found at the Salvation Army.  I love the color combo.

I finished pulling the bushes out around the front door (started in September-also some old pics somewhere below).  I sortof finished spreading manure (started in October).  And I FINALLY started to plant stuff.  Two elderberry bushes, a red currant bush, and a gooseberry bush.  Of course, we've been in the upper 20s for the last few nights, so I'm not positive the new bushies are going to survive.

I started taking classes in January to become an EMT.  Class schedule was grueling, 3 evenings a week from 7-10pm for 4 months.  It's all over now, except for the practicals and the testing, which will take much of May.  It's hard to describe how much I'm looking forward to having those 10 hours a week of MY time back. 

And finally, an update on me.  I lost 80+ pounds.  On purpose.  That's me in the middle. I'm the girl with her pants pulled up so they don't fall down and I step on them.  This is a fire call that we had yesterday, starting early, early morning (or maybe late, late night), 3am. I got home at 9 yesterday morning, and went straight to bed.

Things have mostly been on hold for the last several months as I struggled to get through EMT class.  It was convenient that it was also cold, yukky and dark at the same time.  Now that all of that is mostly out of the way, me and the new bushes are looking forward to the impending warmth and light of spring.


  1. You lost 80+ pounds??! You can't just drop that on us and say no more! Where were you hiding those 80+ pounds?

    Good to see a post from you. Don't be gone so long next time, okay?

  2. Hey, J! Nice to see you posting again. Yea on all the accomplishments. Great that you're done with coursework and only have the practical/testing stuff to go.

    You look great - even in the gear!!