Monday, August 29, 2011

Sharks & IKEA

I hate how quickly the weekends seem to fly by. This past weekend was no different.
Friday after work I did some shopping for about 4 hours!

Long time!
I was looking for some new work shirts which is no easy task since I am so LARGE! I have got to lose weight! Got to! No way around it!
But of course it doesn't help to complain if I don't do anything about it.
I have certain reasons a to why I want to lose weight which I won't get into on here and yet that still doesn't seem to be enough motivation for me to actually step away from the fridge and put down the bowl of ice cream!

On a happier note -
Saturday Matt and I went to Cincinnati to go to the Newport aquarium (technically in KY) and to IKEA.
I was very excited for our adventure. I am very fortunate to only be about 2 hours away which makes this trip into a nice one day experience.

On our way there we stopped in Florence, KY for lunch since my stupid Garmin took us off the interstate just to drive for a while before getting back onto the same interstate. (I had changed my Garmin to be set to pick shortest distances. It is now back to fastest route.)
We ended up at some outdoor mall where we went into Border's where everything is currently 50% to 70% off - still no good deals though - and to a few other  stores. Didn't buy anything! Amazing!
We decided to eat at a place called Hoogy's. Ever hear of it? We thought it would be a sandwich restaurant but it ended up being a bar-b-cue restaurant similar to Famous Dave's but not as good.

We order a meal for 2 and it allowed us to order 3 meats and 3 sides from a small list.
Here it is minus one onion ring Matt was eating (and you can see the one I had started to eat.)

Wasn't as much food as we thought it would be since we were able to eat it all and neither one of us were stuffed.
Food was decent.
Won't eat there again. Not worth the money we spent. We were both wishing we had ate someone else. The only saving grace this restaurant had was how yummy the onion rings tasted! These were probably the best I ever had!
We also had a good waitress.

This is a mural on the wall. They had horses painted on the wall to make it look like they were in a barnyard. They had real tails though. Very neat looking.
After eating we headed to the aquarium.
I didn't take a ton of pictures, but here are the ones I did take:

We got to 'pet' a sting ray, a couple different sharks, and a star fish which was cool:
I liked watching the penguins get fed. We sat watching them for a while.
They paint - or at least walk on paper. Very expensive though.
 (click the picture to enlarge it)

Overall we both liked this aquarium but thought the Chattanooga aquarium was WAY better. This one seemed small since we finished in less than 2 hours. Tickets were $22 a person! Luckily we got a discount that made them $19 a person. Paid $4 to park.
Walking around the aquarium we did get to see this beautiful view of downtown:
I got a Carmel apple and Matt had a snow cone for a special treat from the little shops right there. Very cute area - had a guy on stilts making balloon animals, a guy doing magic tricks, and 3 people playing all sorts of instruments for tips. We both thought this reminded us of the beach.

Next stop was to IKEA. We went here last year and had an enjoyable experience and this weekend was no different. We shopped and found some good deals:
Glass bowl $2.99
2 small flower pots on clearance $0.99 each
2 smaller flower pots on clearance $0.49 each
Plant water bucket $0.99
2 Plants $1.99 each
Scrub brush $5.99
3 packs of 4 picture 'frames' $0.99 each

4 packs of candles on clearance $0.69 each
After shopping we ate at their restaurant where Matt and I both got the meatball meal with side salads. (They are known for their Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes.) I meant to take a picture but I forgot. If you look at my last year's post you can see what it looks like.

Sunday we went to a flea market nearby my house.
I got 2 aloe plants for $1 each and some cucumbers and banana peppers from a local farmer there.
Matt even found himself a few items to purchase.
We had fun walking around and looking at everything. Seemed to be one giant garage sale. We plan on going there again.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The One With All The Pictures

I finally got off my lazy butt and got a few things done that I had been putting off for a couple of weeks.
It's about time, right?
(Too bad I was too lazy to actually blog about it.)
I figured I might as well get some things checked off my 'to do' before Matt got here since we had more things to do this weekend while he was here. Plus, I wanted to make sure we were able to spend some good quality time together being as this was our first weekend alone together in my house. Really it was our first weekend alone period.
And just so you know, we did have a nice time.

Ohhhh.... do you remember this movie?
Both Matt and I LOVED Harry and the Hendersons!
A few months ago we watched it on Netflix and it was just as good as we remembered!
While at Target we spotted it - I even got in the way of a father and son looking at the movies just to holler out 'Harry and the Hendersons!'
Needless to say we bought it.

Wanna know what I/we did the last few days???
Do you?
Do you?

Okay, I'll tell you...
Since you BEGGED!

Wednesday I -
Painted a second coat on my kitchen walls.
Cleaned the kitchen and brought in my kitchen chairs from the garage after adding felt to the bottom of the legs.
Cleaned the wood laminate floors.

Painted the spot that got dented on my bedroom wall.
Even started to weed eat the backyard

Thursday I -
Mowed most of the yard - until I ran out of gas.
Re-arranged my guest bedroom.
Still need to work on the soon to be TV room (third bedroom).
Clutter is currently everywhere!

Friday I -
Mowed the rest of my yard.
Painted my laundry room.
Painted my master bathroom.
Not sure why the wall looks weird... doesn't look like that in person. Either way I still need to paint a second coat which I'.ll probably do tomorrow after work.
While I painted Wyatt 'rested'.
Must be very tiring being him....
This weekend while Matt was here we (and when I say we I mostly mean Matt) -
Removed the laundry dryer vent line under the house.
(This mess was underneath the house and was FILLED with lint! The hard lines are the new lines.)
Re-installed the piece that comes out from under the house -saved me $9 since I was able to return a piece previously purchased!
Installed new dryer vent line under house. My laundry room is located in the middle of the house so Matt had to run about 12 feet of hard line.
Switched out the old washer and dryer with mine. What should have took 20 minutes ended up taking like an hour and a half. :(
We had to make sure we installed it correctly to the parts Matt had installed the day before underneath the house. Then when we went to plug in my plug it had 4 prongs whereas the old dryer had 3 prongs which meant the outlet in the wall only supported 3 prongs!
Matt decided to switch out the 2 plugs but then got confused about something and we had to call G.
Problem solved though!
Matt should have went with his gut!
 As for the washer, we did remember to replace my rubber hoses with metal hoses ($10 each at Lowe's). You should too if you haven't already.
Now my laundry room is a thing of beauty!
At least it is on its way and will be after I do a little decorating.
(Dryer can't go as far back as the washer since the air vent goes down - as shown in above picture. I'll probably pull out the washer to make the appliances look even.)
 I did do some organizing in here which included bringing in my mesh wire rack (used in both my old apartments) to hold all my small laundry items.
(Oops - forgot to put the light switch cover back on!)
Here's what's inside my cabinets - I organized when I first moved in:
Small kitchen appliances.
Extras such as tissues, toilet paper, light bulbs, paper plates and Christmas dishes(???).
Unlikely combo - I know.
Extra laundry detergent, dryer sheets and hand sanitizer (Matt got me a pack of 6 or 7 or 8 of these for Christmas last year or the year before - will probably last me YEARS!)
Assembled my charcoal grill.
Switched out my curtains in the living room with the ones I ordered from JCP last weekend that got here Friday - quick turn around.
Went from this:
 To this:
I think I will need to order the brown valances to complete the look I am after.
What do you think?
Added my new area run to the living room floor.

While we worked you can imagine what What did the whole time...besides sleeping and eating of course...
Yep, he curiously watched us the whole time he wasn't hiding from us! :)

Although we did a lot - not everything got done.
Next weekend we will insall the trim for the base boards and assemble my new bookshelves.
I got BIG plans for these!
Saw a WONDERFUL idea in one of the homess I viewed while searching for a house to buy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Good Girl

About a week ago I started noticing a medium sized white dog in my neighborhood - usually hanging out around my neighbor's and my house. (Probably because we gave her attention and feed her.)
One day I went down to pet her and she hunkered down as if she had been beat. Now she hangs out with me and Wyatt every day after work when we are outside. She just lays in the grass near us or she tries to play with Wyatt.
(If you saw my last post you would have spotted her in one of the pictures.)

Last week when I took Wyatt on a walk she followed us. Then the day after that I placed her on a leash since I didn't want her to get hit by a car.
Friday morning when I woke she was laying in front of my backdoor.
Guess she likes us.

I learned yesterday she likes to play fetch with sticks. I was picking up some larger branches to trash them when she got all excited and tried to take them from me. I broke a piece of one off and she fetched it a few times - you could tell she was having a fun time.
She is a very sweet dog.
Very loveable.
She knows how to sit, give paw, give other paw and to give kisses. Smart dog. Obviously she belonged to someone at one point. I hate that someone abandoned her. I don't know why anyone wouldn't want her.

I wanted to take her in, but Matt feels two dogs are enough for us.
I placed an ad on Craigslist last Thursday night for found dog but no one claimed her. Sunday I placed a new ad on Craigslist for free to good home.
I so badly wanted/want her to find a good home.
The first guy who emailed me asked if I would meet him to 'get rid of the dog'. I didn't like the way he worded that so I KNEW I would not be emailing him back. I got three other emails about her. Only one would I have considered actually emailing back to come see her.

Luckily last night when I was outside petting her my elderly neighbor came outside and I started talking to him. I got the best news - Him and his wife decided to take her in! (Best case scenario!) They named her Hope and were planning on giving her a bath today. He even talked about allowing her into the house. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he does allow her in the house. Normally I see her outside when I let Wyatt out before work but I did not see her this morning. I am assuming he allowed her to sleep in his garage.
I am so happy she found a home. :)

Like I said before - She's a WONDERFUL DOG!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'm Gliding

Had my doctor appointment first thing this morning which went well. My doctor and I talked about my feet and my weight and then I gave urine and blood. Maybe next week we will know something about the swelling in my feet. I did learn you should only eat 10 calaries per pound you want to weigh. For example, I wanna weigh 150 pounds so I should only be eating 1500 calories. Hmmmm..... Explains so much doesn't it?

After the doctor I stopped at Kroger where I bought myself a little something.
I saw it when I was checking out... looked it over... walked away... turned around....felt it...looked some more... decided I deserved it... was 50% off.... asked the cashier to hold the cart while I loaded it.... rang up... placed it in my trunk/back seat... drove home... unloaded it into the house....went to work....

After Kroger I dropped off some movies I borrowed from the library and thought while I was there I should change my address on my driver's licence. Cost me $12! And I had to take a new picture which by the way did not turn out so good!
Next stop was to the DMV to change my address followed by voter registration for change of address as well.
Feels good to have this all done. Had I not needed to go to the doctor and then the library I would have continued to put this off.

I then went to work for a little over 3 hours.

When I got home I assembled my little something into a big something.
I paid $60 for a two person gliding rocking chair that looks good on my front porch.
I put it together ALL BY MYSELF thank you very much!

I went from all these parts (should have took a picture of the actual parts).
To this!
Wyatt and I have already enjoyed the glider this evening.
I made sure all the screws were nice and tight with the handy tools that came included with this bad boy.

Big box, huh?
And I fit it into my car by myself as well.
After my assembling we went on a nice walk and now while I am blogging, Wyatt is licking his paws as normal.
What a life he lives!