Friday, December 21, 2012

Our First and Last Christmas at Mom & Dad's in Tucson

Last night we opened our Christmas presents at Mom and Dad's house. With us moving to Alabama in January, it will likely be the one and only time we do Christmas at that house. In fact, I think it was the first and probably only time Mik went to that house when it was where they were living.

Opening presents before Christmas has been pretty traditional for us and continued this year with Mom and Dad going to Chicago for Christmas and Mik and I deciding to stay home to celebrate Christmas in Tucson for what may be the last time for awhile.

Mom and Dad ended up copying what Mik and I did a few years ago and got each other the same exact present. A few years ago Mik and I got each other the same Harry Potter movie on Blu-Ray and this year Mom and Dad got each other a 2013 runners calendar (they are both going to do the Chicago marathon next year).

Here is Mik getting nothing! He opened the card and thought he got nothing. He was expecting an iTunes card, which is all he asked for this year, and didn't read the tag inside that said good for an iTunes card from Mom. More importantly, though, the other tag in the card said good for tickets to the Lakers @ Suns game, so he will get to go to the game he has been wanting to see right before we move.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Strawberry in December

We left the strawberry plants alone when we replanted for the fall. I didn't really expect to get another strawberry, especially since we only got two or three this summer. This morning, though I found one ready to pick and it wasn't even from the plant that I had noticed was growing a few last week, so we might actually get as many or more strawberries in December as we got all summer.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

What it took for Mik to decide to move

For over a month now Mik has refused to decide about moving to Huntsville until he at least saw the city.  After our house hunting trip this weekend was almost over and we even decided on a house, he still refused to commit to moving and actually was thinking of how he could get an apartment and stay by himself in Tucson.  Last night he said he would not talk about his decision again until Monday.

This morning, though, he finally decided he will move.  He still is not that interested in the city and the idea of moving, although he does like the house we are trying to get.  What made him commit was that Mom and Dad came back from checking out the Kroger with Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.  This is a flavor he looks for every year and we had not found any in Tucson this year despite looking at many different grocery stores.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I've been to the top of that!

For years when driving between Tucson and Phoenix I always thought about climbing to the top of Picacho Peak and would say I want to go to the top of that sometimes when we went by. Back in 2010, I finally did it with Dad. Then began a tradition of me saying I've been to the top of that everytime I first spotted Picacho Peak when on the I-10. Now it has evolved into almost a competition of who says it first with Mom saying when we were on the way to the Case Grande Ruins the other weekend, have you been to the top of that when we first saw it?

Now on the way back from being in San Diego Dad was sure to say I've been to the top of that first. Mom had been listening to something with headphones and ten minutes later said you've been to the top of that because she didn't realize we had already done that whole thing.

Guess we're going to find some new thing to point out on road trips from Huntsville, since we won't be going by Picacho Peak often after we move in early 2013.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pool Noodle Sorcerer Hat Craft

When I saw the Use-Your-Noodle Headboard project in the February 2012 Family Fun magazine, I instantly thought it would be awesome to make a pool noodle Sorcerer Hat wall hanging for my room.  First, I had to wait for pool noodles to be in stores in April and it then took a couple weeks to find the right color ones and enough of them.  By May, I had everything to make the project, but the stuff just ended up being stacked in my room for months because I was not sure I could cut through them straight enough.  Thus, from May until a couple weeks ago all I had done was traced the Sorcerer Hat design on poster board.

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A couple weeks ago, I finally decided to just try to cut the pool noodles in half and the shape out of the poster board on my own.  I did not exactly get the noodles in half using a steak knife, but it ended up being close enough they look fine.  I was all ready to finish the project then or so I thought, but it turned out the glue sticks I got did not fit in the glue gun I had purchased.  Thus, I had to wait another week to get the right size ones.

Pool Noodle Sorcerer Hat Craft

I finally got the pool noodles glued to the poster board or at least partially on Monday.  Monday I also cut out the stars and moon and spray painted them with glow-in-the-dark paint.

Pool Noodle Sorcerer Hat Craft

Yesterday, I then had to go back to some of the longer noodles and reglue them on half at a time because they did not stick with the glue drying too fast to get them on.  I then added the stars and moon, so it is finally complete other than hanging it up, which I cannot decide if I want to do or not with a move possible in our near future.

Pool Noodle Sorcerer Hat Craft

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mik Keeps Talking About His New Fridge

Mik's New FridgeLast month I finally got around to defrosting Mik's mini fridge in his room.  I noticed the seal was starting to wear out, but it seemed to still close if you made sure to push it all the way close.  However, just a few days later it was all frosted up again despite Mik being more aware and closing it every time.  Thus, we decided it was time for a new mini fridge.  We bought it a couple weeks ago, but Mik's room has been its usual disaster and it is supposed to be someone else's job to clean it up.  Dad finally found time to be able to put it in this Saturday and now Mik cannot stop talking about how awesome his new fridge is.

Mik's New Fridge
It is similar to his old one, but it is a bigger version.  He likes that it is silver, as it goes better with his room.  He also likes that he has more space in his room, since as part of putting in a new fridge we decided to clean out the closet to be only long term storage (i.e. stuff he only needs to take out once a year or less, mainly his Christmas village and empty video game cases) and put the fridge in the closet doorway.  He is still getting used to the door opening from the right instead of the left, but he totally loves everything about it and seems to have something to say about it every time I go in his room.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Garden Planted for Fall Season

Garden Fall 2012 Season
We pulled up most of what was left in the garden back in mid-August and then began planting for the fall season.  The only plants we purposely kept were the Basil and Greek Oregano.  We also ended up with Chocolate Mint coming back up, which is good because we could not find any sort of mint to buy and replant like I wanted.  However, it is growing around the base of the oregano, so we kind of have an odd almost hybrid mint oregano plant (see below).

Garden Fall 2012 Season

Garden Fall 2012 Season

Today I planted the tomatoes and the stevia plants we bought as the final things to plant in our garden for the fall season.  The other things we planted from seed back in August.  We planted Snap Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, and Sage.  Everything, except the Sage (planted from old seeds we had around and did not really expect them to grow), has already started coming up.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Entering an Indoor Speed Zone Sign

Today I added a Entering Indoor Speed Only Zone sign to the front door.  I was prompted to do so due to a Mik Tornado incident on Wednesday.  When I came home from bowling, I found the Great Room pretty much entirely rearranged and Mik left his power chair in full speed outdoor mode.

Apparently, Mik just wanted the remotes for the television.  They were not where they normally are, but they were still easy for him to grab from the desk in the office.  He did eventually locate them, but not after running into a lot of stuff and moving it around the room.

He moved the couch from the center of the room to almost against the wall, which included moving his walker that was behind the couch.  He moved the glass table to be crooked.  He moved a chair away from that table.  He moved the desk in the office to be crooked.  He moved the rug.  Lastly, he somehow moved the beanbag footstool all the way across the room.

Amazingly after 8 months of having the chair he has never done anything other than slightly move the couch and desk and make a little hole in his bathroom door.  Then in one hour of coming home from school last Wednesday he did like three times all that put together.  Interestingly, though, he did pick up one of his pairs of shoes and put them on a chair while he was "arranging" the great room.

The occasional moving things around with his power chair does not bother me, but he was totally out of control driving in what we call speedy speedy mode when I have told him several times to use indoor speed in the house.  The furniture is all way more than adequately out of the way for him to have navigated around and got what he needed/wanted without having to move any of it, although I can understand him bumping into the desk and moving it a few inches.  The problem was he moved things feet, which meant he did not just stop when he bumped it and/or he was zooming around like crazy.  Now I have a firm Indoor Speed Only Zone sign and he better not go crazy in outdoor mode again.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

When and How Not to Visit Fort Bowie NHS

Yesterday, Dad and I went to Fort Bowie National Historic Site.  I had been wanting to specifically go on July 28, 2012 for months because it was the 150th Anniversary of the Fort and getting the National Park stamp on that day counted to get a special 150th Civil War Anniversary certificate with the National Park Travelers Club.  Unlike usual, I totally winged it and all I looked up was the address of where the park stamp is located (the visitor's center).

We arrive and it is just a parking lot and you have to hike a mile and a half to get to the fort and visitor center.  Not that big of a deal normally, but it is July and it was already hot at 10 a.m. and it was only likely to get hotter.  Plus, we brought no water, no food, and I was wearing new shoes.  Despite seriously considering giving up on it, we trekked on.

The hike was not really that bad, but it was hot.  Of course, we get there and there are at least ten other visitors that certainly did not hike in, as we were the only ones in the parking lot.  Yes, we did see there was a number to call to find out how to access it if you cannot walk the trail, but we took it seriously as something not to abuse.  Apparently, they do not really care, although you do not get the real experience if you do not do the trail and see the sites that relate to and really lead up to the creation of the fort.  It was worth it overall, but I would have rather just drove up and got the stamp for the day and come back in the fall or spring when the weather is nicer to really experience the site.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I Knew I Should've Avoided the Disney Store

Yesterday, I was walking along Michigan Ave in Chicago to go to Best Buy and get some headphones because I did not bring any on the road trip and wanted some for listening to my iPod on the flight home today.  My plan was just to hit the stores with Shopkicks on the way.  I skipped the Disney Store on the way there, but I could not resist going in on the way back.

Of course, once there I could not pass up the fun Windy City Chicago Vinylmation guy.  Also, I found a fun one with little Mickey's representing flags of the world.  Lastly, I finally got a Cubs Vinylmation.  I really want a Nationals one, but alas they do not make one (maybe, they will if the Nats keep being awesome!).  I do not want the Cubs one in my ledge collection at home, but I could not resist getting it for Mom's apartment because it was perfect for the TV room that has Wrigley Field and other Cubs decor.  I certainly did not need 3 Vinylmation, but once I was in there and they had Chicago ones and the newer flag one I just could not resist.  At least I did resist the fun scented ones.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our Garden's First Watermelon

Yesterday, I harvested the first watermelon from our garden.  It seemed ready to pick, as it looked right, sounded right, and seemed to have stopped growing for the past week.  Well, it ended up being pink inside and not quite ripe.  It did at least still taste a little like a watermelon and was not bitter, but it also was not sweet at all.  Oh well, we still have almost ten at various stages of growing, so maybe I will figure out when they are ready for at least one of them.

Friday, June 15, 2012

My Disney Ledge: Starting my Vinylmation Collection

I finally have a few Vinylmation figures.  When I first saw them in Disney stores last year, I did not really like them much less want any other than I did actually buy one at the D23 Expo last year, but that was mostly because it came with a pin I liked.  However, ever since I moved into the Master Bedroom and made it themed Disney I have wanted to get some Vinylmation to put on the ledge.

The collection started with the ice Vinylmation that I only got because I wanted the ice cube mold it came with.  It was not really a collection, though, until I got some more in Disney World earlier this month.  Now I also have a big red light one, a 2012 one, and a Norway flag one.  Eventually, it would be cool to have them all across the ledge, but I am being pretty picky on the ones I get and the only ones out now I do not have that I want are ones that I am probably going to have to get on eBay because they are old like the bowling one and/or come in mystery box sets.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cars Land: 2nd June 2012 Disney trip, 1 to go

After getting back from Walt Disney World late Wednesday night (a whole day early actually!), Dad and I went to Disneyland on Saturday and Sunday.  We were supposed to end up home a whole week between going places, but I could not pass up buying the Cars Land preview tickets.  It ended up being totally worth it, although we did not get the private World of Color show as expected.

Saturday we finally got to Disneyland around 7 p.m., as we left Tucson later than planned, stopped quickly at Joshua Tree National Park for a stamp for my national park passport, and made a few stops at stores for Shopkick walk-ins along the way, too.  I got my new annual pass, since mine and Mik's expired in Disney World.  This year we are just getting Disneyland premium ones, as we are not planning to do Disney World again at least until Christmas 2013 or later.  Dad's premier pass is good until April, since I only just got his when we did Disneyland in April and knew we had a Disney World and at least one Disneyland trip coming up.

Saturday night Dad and I went into Disneyland for a few hours.  We enjoyed dinner at my new favorite, the Jolly Holiday Cafe, and went on Buzz Lightyear and Haunted Mansion before escaping before the Fantasmic and fireworks exit crowd.

Sunday we got a late start not getting to the parks until noon, but that was okay since the event was 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and we knew we would likely stay for the whole event.  Plus, we thought World of Color was supposed to show after the event and thus it would be a until midnight at the park night.

Cars Land

The first thing we did was picked up our cool Cars Land wristbands.  We then headed into Disneyland to do some rides.  We ended up just doing a few Fantasyland rides (Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and Mr. Toad).  Also, discovered the salmon salad at the Harbour Galley by the Rivers of America.

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain

After lunch we headed over to California Adventure to check out the new Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and ride Toy Story Mania.  It was fun to get a free chocolate square and while frozen white chocolate mocha is not cheap it was tasty and refreshing on the sunny day.  When we go back for Mik's birthday in a few weeks, I am going to try the Gold Rush sundae (peanut butter sundae), as that looks awesome and I did not notice it until after I ordered my mocha and I was still full from lunch anyways.
Toy Story Mania

After a ride on Toy Story Mania, it was around 5 p.m. and while our preview time was not supposed to start until 6 p.m. we decided to go line up anyways.  The line was already all the way across the Pacific Wharf and starting to wrap up towards the other bridge.  Good thing we lined up early, though, as by 5:20 p.m. they started letting us in and we were actually on Radiator Springs Racers for our first time by 6 p.m.
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Radiator Springs Racers is an awesome ride and made it totally worth going for the preview.  The first thing I liked about it was the Amazing Oil Bottle House part of the queue, which has colorful oil bottles in the walls.  The coolest thing, though, is there are some glass insulators up on the top shelf inside.  It totally gave us some ideas of things to do with the ~600 glass insulators I have sitting in storage.

Of course, the Radiator Springs Racers ride itself was a lot of fun, too.  You go through Radiator Springs and before getting ready for the big race.   For the race, we ended up going through a spray paint area, which is made to light up and look like it is spray painting the color of the car you are in, so it changes depending on the color car you are in.  At first I thought this was the only pre race preparation, but we later learned there was a tire changing thing for the left side car.   Once both cars are ready, you race each other and it random which side will win.
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After our first ride on Radiator Springs Racers, we headed over to Luigi's Flying Tires.  This is a rather odd ride where you get in a giant tire vehicle and air makes them float.  You shift your weight to control it to basically do bumper tires.  There are also giant beach balls to pick up and throw around if you want.  An interesting ride, but not all that exciting.
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Before going on the third ride in Cars Land, we strolled through the shops and I only picked up one thing (a Cars Land antenna topper).  I also got some pretzel bites at the Frozen Cone-Coctions cone at the Cozy Cone Motel.  They were good, but I was annoyed that the cone places do not give the annual pass dining discounts.
Cars Land

The final ride in Cars Land is Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.  It is a wacky tractor ride.  The tractors go in circles and switch tracks as you go around making the cart swing side to side.  It is really hard to describe, but it is crazy and fun and the video I did while riding is below.

After trying out all the rides, we went back to Radiator Springs Racers and rode it again and again with one short break to take photos of Cars Land lit up at night until our final ride ended about 10:45 p.m.  By the end the wait was pretty much nothing, so we got in at least 7 rides on Radiator Springs Racers (yes, more rides on one ride in one evening than I did the whole six days at Disney World!), which is awesome considering they are expecting 5 hour wait times when it opens.  I totally plan to fastpass and ride when we go for Mik's birthday, but we are not waiting that long for it.

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We could have kept going until 11 p.m., but we thought there was a World of Color showing.  We headed over there and found out they canceled that a week ago and instead we were supposed to get fastpasses to the 10:15 p.m. show.  I am kind of annoyed I paid $25 extra for a private show that did not happen, especially since no one told us about the early time because we did not get the fastpasses at check in.  However, we did go to guest services and I can pick up two fastpasses for the blue section first show any of the dates we are going to be at Disneyland in a few weeks for Mik's birthday.  Not sure I will use them, though, as we already are doing the dining package at Carthay Circle for his birthday.  The preview was still totally worth it and not going to the 10:15 p.m. show ended up making the lines shorter at Radiator Springs Racers, but I could have gotten in a few more rides if I knew there was no show (I would not have gone at 10:15 p.m. if I had known because it was the public show, which is nothing special like a private viewing might have been).

Monday, June 4, 2012

Can you really do 6 full days at Disney World going on only 4 rides?

Believe it or not, this year I spent way more time in the parks than our trip last and not just because we decided to skip trying to do Harry Potter at Universal and spend an extra day at Disney World.  Last year, Mik and I would spend the morning in the parks and do a few things and then I would go back for evening hours including doing a lot of Magic Kingdom rides until 1 a.m. on day.  This year, though, I seriously only went on 4 rides.

The first night Dad and I quickly went to Hollywood Studios and did Toy Story Mania (ride #1).  The next day we only got to Epcot and did not do any rides there.  The next day we went to the Magic Kingdom and I got hooked on Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and did that all day besides when we had lunch in the castle (Dad took Mik back to hotel after lunch and quested the rest of the day with me).

The next day I also mostly just did Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, but I also went on Snow White's Scary Adventures (ride #2).  I could not pass up riding that on its last day even though it still will be at Disneyland.

The following day we again went to Hollywood Studios and this time it was Star Wars weekend, so not only did we go on Toy Story Mania, but also Star Tours (ride #3).  Then, I spent the rest of the day doing Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom some more.

The next day was another day of mostly Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, but I did go to Disney Quest and I guess those may count as some rides over the 4.  Also, I quit around 7 p.m. and finally went mini golfing at Fantasia Gardens, which is something I have wanted to do in 2007 and 2011 and did not get around to.  Plus, at this point Dad had traded all our extras and we had a complete set of spell cards or at least we thought so.  This was supposed to be our final day at Disney World, as Mik and my Premier Passes expired that day.  However, we still had a full day and night in Orlando before leaving since we originally were going to do Harry Potter world, but decided it was not worth it.

Thus I spent one more final day doing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, as I got a one day one park ticket while Mik decided to use his Universal money to go to a fork and dine movie with Dad.  I almost quested for the whole day because that morning we realized somehow we never got the Wall-e card and I kind of wanted to get it.  Plus, it is just so much fun, although a lot of walking and standing.  I finally ended up quitting around 8 p.m., but not before I traded for a Wall-E and an extra Simba (the one card Mik wanted besides the Grumpy he got from his first pack).  Oh, and I actually did fit in a ride on Winnie the Pooh (ride #4) on the last day.  I kind of considered hanging at the park until it closed at 2 a.m. for rides (Sorcerers closes for turning in quest at 10 p.m. that day) when I started the day, but my feet were really hurting by the time I quit the questing.  Instead, though, I challenged Dad to two more rounds of mini golf.

So, yeah, I really only went on 4 different rides the whole trip, but it was the first time I really enjoyed Disney World.  All the other times it is has been like this is not anywhere near as good as Disneyland because most of what we like is also there and you do not have to take forever going between the parks to do the stuff.  This time, though, it did not seem so bad because I mostly just wanted to go to one park and the lines at the portals were rarely like waiting in line for a ride.

Going into this trip, I had no plans to go back to Disney World for a long time, but I sure am going to be keeping tabs on if they expand the game, especially if they release new cards, and that would definitely get me thinking about planning another visit.  Now if it just came to Disneyland that would be dangerous, as I already end up with enough random trips there considering we are going this weekend because I was able to get Cars Land preview tickets as we were driving to Florida.  And, yeah, we are also still going there later this month for Mik's 18th.  I guess having those Disney trips coming up kind of contributed to not riding at Disney World because I figure I can do all the rides then, as the main ones I like are also there.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

1st Okra Harvest

Just Friday all the okra that had gotten close to ready to harvest had been destroyed by ants, but yesterday when I went out to pick tomatoes I ended up finding some pretty large okra.  I ended up harvesting quite a several big ones and a few regular picking size.  Since we leave for our first summer vacation early Friday and the kitchen is a disaster, there will be no cooking with them now, but I cut them up and froze them for use later.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mik in our garden for 1st time

GardenMik was involved in the garden project as he helped pick out what to plant, but until today he had never actually been out to see it.  Tonight for the solar eclipse we already had brought the wheelchair down the steps to the backyard, so it was not too much more to go over the railroad ties to get out to the garden.  He enjoyed seeing everything we had planted and we even found 7 cherry tomatoes ready to pick and eat (yeah, only one made it back into the house!).

Watching the Solar Eclipse

Solar EclipseThis evening we all watched the solar eclipse in the backyard.  It is not often we all end up in the backyard since it is not accessible for Mik to get out there.  I made the pinhole solar viewer from a cardboard box lid this morning and was ready to watch it when it started, but Mom and Dad did not get my text until 6 p.m. and Mik had to get changed when they got here, so they did not all end up outside until a few minutes before the peak.
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It was cool to see the eclipse reflection on the garage.  It was especially cool to get Mik out to do something in the backyard.  If we just got the motorhome out of the driveway, then he could get back there with his powerchair and try out shooting hoops.  Maybe, by the end of the summer and when it starts to cool down again it will be doable, as that is on the list of summer projects to fit in between out kaotic summer travel schedule.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Who knew to look in the bathroom for autumn leaves?

Dead Plant
I can remember several times buying fabric leaves or going searching for some autumn leaves to do some craft project.  Today I was working on clearing out what I do not want of what Mom left in the master bathroom and I ended up realizing that there is a dead plant above the linen closet.  I can remember it being live at one time, but it probably has been dead for years now and has very dried out brown leaves.  Actually would be a cool fall centerpiece just as it is.

Today's Garden Harvest

Our garden is producing quite a lot of tomatoes.  The picture is of today's harvest, but it has been about that many every time I go out there to harvest (usually every 2 to 3 days).  Today the two strawberries were also very ripe.

I would have thought there would have been some okra by now, but the biggest I see now is smaller than the biggest last week and no I did not pick that one.  The ants seem to be eating the okra.  The rhubarb is the plant they are totally crawling all over all the time and eating the leaves of, but they are not even touching the strawberries which are one of the plants between the okra and the rhubarb.

Trying to figure out how to get rid of the ants, but at the same time not really going to try anything too major since the rhubarb is still thriving as is the rest of the garden and I could live without the okra if the ants keep eating all them.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Making Mom Try Something Different

Last night I went out to dinner with Mom and Dad to go to a Mexican restaurant for a cultural activity for my current Masters in Education course on multicultural education.  We ended up at Los Portales, which at least Mom and I had not been to before.

The most common Mexican place we end up at is La Salsa, which sure is not the same being a chain, but it is nearby and more fast food.  Mom almost always gets a shrimp quesadilla.  Thus when she said that was what she was getting at Los Portales, which had a lot of different shrimp dish options, I would not let her.  She ended up with a dish with shrimp topped with cheese and a chipotle sauce.  It was spicy, but she did like it.

Painted Switch and Outlet Plates for Mik, too

P5120038On Monday I finally got my bed in my room and Mik came over to my room to watch Castle instead of our usual watching in his room.  It was the first time he had seen my room done.  The first thing he noticed was the awesome blue switch plate and he wanted his painted, too.

Earlier this week I talked with him to see what color he wanted his painted.  At first he just wanted his switch plate in his room painted, but we decided to do the two outlets that are not hidden by furniture and the switch and outlet plates in the bathroom.

For his room he choose a red.  Since we wanted to stick to the acrylic paint colors we had in the house, he got stuck with a color that is sort of orange red.  I painted them in my room and the orange seemed to stick out, but once I took them into his room and put them against the lighter colors of his walls they do seem more red.  Even the orangish aspect works, though, as he has a stained glass canyon painting that has reds and oranges as part of what I call his art gallery in his room.  The outlet that he plugs his strawberry wall flower fragrance holder looks especially awesome.

Painted Switch and Outlet Plates

For his bathroom, I thought he would go with red, but he surprised me by saying the bathroom ones should be green.  I did not understand why he would choose green when his towels are black and red, but he explained it would match the green lines in the bathroom flooring.  I actually rather forgot that it in fact originally had a green color scheme.  The green I used ended up being rather dark and almost looks black, but since he has black towels it still works.

I totally jokingly said last weekend that I would slowly end up painting all the plates in the house, but what room to do next?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Pesky Final Blue Switch Plate

Blue Light Switch PlateYesterday I painted most of the switch and outlet plates for my room.  The one I did not finish, though, was the three switch one for the bathroom.  The main reason it did not get painted in the first round was that it was broken, so I wanted to replace it.

I picked up a new last night (splurged an extra $1 for the unbreakable style), painted it, and got it ready to put up this morning.  However, in trying to install it we realized the reason the other one was broken was that it had to be sort of jammed over the light switched because the closet trim is so close to the left side of the switches.  Thus Mom got tasked with sanding the edge down.

Well, by evening it still was not installed, as somewhere along the way Mom stopped sanding.  She made it seem like it was a big effort sanding job, so I just went out to the garage and got the electric sander.  Ten minutes later it was ready.  It would have been ready in five, but I had to stop to come inside to rewind the Nats game and see Bryce Harper steal home.

It still took some finagling to get the switch plate on, but I now have an uncracked switch plate that is also blue to match the rest.

My FLOR Installed!!

FLOR installed
FLOR installedToday we got the FLOR installed in the main part of my room.  Just a little to be done in the hallway and my closet at some point soon.  Overall it worked out pretty easy, although Dad did end up cutting one of the corner pieces wrong two to three times before getting it right.  Not a big deal, though, because we have plenty of extra tiles, especially since the one closet Mom is keeping as her "junk" closet is not going to be cleared out to do anytime soon.

FLOR installed I had been looking for just the right color for my room and when this design first showed up in the FLOR catalog I knew it was perfect color wise for my room.  I was not entirely sure how the randomness of this type of tile was going to end up, but it worked out great with only a few tiles having to be switched around because they looked funny next to each other after just laying them out as we unpacked them.