Sleeping In

Saturday we slept in.  The schedule around here is just a little wacky so we were rebels and slept until 7:00 a.m.  I know that sounds ridiculous but Saturdays since April we try to be on the road by 7:00 heading out to the desert house.  We had a pretty relaxed pace for a Saturday.  We got up, showered, dressed, gassed up and tea we were on the road about 8:00.

We needed to pick up paint on the way.  The colors and paint type already decided but there is no reason to drive 80 miles with two five gallon buckets of paint when there is a home depot closer.  We ended up driving right past the house to the outlet mall to exchange shoes for Lori we picked up over a month ago.

By the time we waited for the mall to open at 10:00, headed back to buy paint and get lunch we got to the house at noon.  We put in seven hours of painting.  We got all of the walls covered and the alcove above the windows.  Next week we will continue with the dining room, hall and bedrooms.  Once the walls are all done we will buy the trim color and come back and do the trim in all the rooms. Here are the before and after pictures from yesterday.

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Today we really slept in, 8:00 a.m.  Granted Lori’s usual alarm went off at 4:00 but she turned that off and got some much-needed sleep.

I made breakfast; while Lori started her work for the day.

Then I went grocery shopping; while Lori worked.

I came back and did laundry and watched the Seahawks/Denver game; yep while Lori worked (although she did come watch the overtime with me.)

Now I’m heading out for a run, when I get back I’ll decide if I’m doing some yard work or read my book while watching the Sunday night game (Go Panthers.)  I would put money on the book and game if I were a betting person….oh wait, I am a betting person.


We all get earworms, some of us worse than others.  For example my sister recently told us she had “A Winter Wonderland” stuck in her head for 5 years.  FIVE.

I have had this stuck in my head.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched this entire video.  The first 1:18 is just her setting up the background vocals and sounds.

If you are prone to earworms, I would suggest NOT playing this video.  I had her version in my head for over a week and today realized I hadn’t been singing or humming it and so I went and played it again.  Yep, I’m insane.


There is so very much to blog about, just no time or more realistically energy to do so.

Besides my trip to Seattle to see Seascape at Theater Schmeater there is heat and being kicked out by TSA and dinner with Tonya and Briana….perhaps I will get to some of those things tomorrow.

Today I just want to tell you to go see Seascape at Theater Schmeater in Belltown that opened last weekend.  Edward Albee won his second Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this piece, his first being for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.

The wonderful new space for Theater Schmeater and the fabulous cast make this a must see.  The performances were fantastic and  brought me and my sister to tears (along with others in the theater).

The play opened last weekend and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s through October 11 at 8:00 pm.  Don’t miss it!!!

Painting take one

photo(338)The painting has begun.  We manged to get 90% of the popcorn ceiling painted with a first coat (hopefully only coat.)

We left our house Saturday at 6:00am and had to stop to get some supplies and we bought five gallons of the trim color we have chosen, we got this in flat for the ceiling.  By they time we got to the house it was after 9:00 and almost 100 degrees.  We turned on the air conditioner and started prepping.  We go all the built-ins, counters and furniture (there is not much) covered in plastic.

Everyone is telling us to spray the ceiling that it would be best.  But we rolled it as a first attempt.  We bought these special segmented rollers and followed the instructions we found which was to use a heavy coat, go one direction with one pass and do not back track.  We got the hallway, two bedrooms, livingroom, dining room and most of the last bedroom done.

We had to go buy another 5 gallons at about 3pm and we got probably half way through it before running out of light and energy.  We may have to do another coat, we may end up spraying anyway but we got started and put in a full day.  We also put all of our gear on a cart we had in the garage.   We can move the paint gear and the tools from room to room as we need them and get them our of our way when we are painting.  This alone will make this process so much easier which was already proven as we moved everything out-of-the-way to paint but within an hour we were moving it again as it was exactly where we were then painting (this was all pre-cart.)

Today was the first full day of football for the season.  Lori was up at 6:00 in the morning already working on this weeks lectures.  I got up shortly after and spent a good part of the day watching football and re-arranging bedroom furniture.  We switched the bedroom and the office and everything was moved and vacuumed and dusted.  We don’t have an air conditioner in this house and the 95 degrees, the exertion from moving furniture and may damn hot flashes made for a very sweaty day.  Once all the furniture and books were moved and the rooms put back together I took an ice-cold shower and watched the last game of the day.


Happy Birthday Lola

DSC01049I can’t believe you’ve been gone since May. I miss you and I don’t even have a good photo of you on my computer. I will have to look for an actual photo in my books when I am back home.

Today would have been your birthday and I thought about you on my way to work when I realized the date and every time I wrote or typed it.


Long Weekend

Yesterday Viv and I went to the LA Arboretum.  We only went through the Australian and African sections because it was darn hot.  We got a late start because we all went to breakfast first and by the time we got there it was nearing noon and that is a great time to be wrapping up there.

We went back home and Lori was still working away.  We didn’t want to break her progress so we headed to the Cerritos mall to walk around….it did help that it was air-conditioned and the house is not.


This morning we were up at 3:30 and left the house before 4:00 to drive to the airport.  I was back home about 5:45 and then went back to sleep for a few hours.

Sunday has been a low-key, grocery shopping, school prepping, dinner grilling kind of day.  I did get to talk to Katherine on the phone for over an hour and catch up on everything from hot flashes, sore joints and lack of sleep, laughing at oneself is truly a gift.

Tomorrow the day is still up in the air.  The choices being work in the yard/house and prep for classes this week.  Or drive up to the Mesa to sand and prep for painting.  Guess we will decide tomorrow.


Vivian flew in on Wednesday afternoon.  I worked half a day and then drove to the Ontario airport to pick her up.  The Ontario airport is an airport that is about 45 minutes from the house if there is zero traffic.  Um, there is never zero traffic.  Her flight was due in at 3:00 so I left work about noon, and then left home at 1:30 to give myself enough time.

By the time we got home from Ontario it was well into dinner time.  Lori was at school so Viv and I had dinner and went grocery shopping.  Then Thursday we went to the beach and tooled around but I’m not a very good tour guide here yet.  Today Lori didn’t have class so she played tour guide.  We all went out to breakfast, then to the Aquarium and then we all ended up in a movie and then out to dinner.

I’m not sure whats on tap yet for tomorrow and Viv’s flight out is at 6:00am on Sunday so we will be leaving the house about 4:00a.m.

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