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 I had a complete meltdown on Bob within minutes of him arriving home yesterday - I really need to make sure I don't go sleepless too often.  The prospect of a million weekends (slight exaggeration) with a gazillion (slightly bigger exaggeration) things to do and not a second of free time (gross exaggeration for comedic effect) made me go on a short little psychotic break.

I like being busy, that's the irony.  However, I'm just a little behind in my organizing, and I need at least one day a week to do nothing so I can recharge (or polish my spoons, or whatever half-assed metaphor you want to use for needing to rest my body so I don't abuse the coedine too much).  The headache I have today has nothing to do with being a giant self-centered drama-llama, not at all.

But I promised pictures, and an update on house things.

We spent this past weekend putting in doors, attempting to get the master bath vanity top sized correctly (they made it too big, so we had to cut it down a bit), and vacuuming up another round of ladybugs.  

Of course, when I say we, I mean Bob did all the work.  I ran errands, and shoved on doors occasionally. 

But we now have a door on the master bath toilet, and I got to take my first shower and my first bath in my bathroom:


(No, of course I'm not going to put up a picture of me taking the bath.  Sheesh.)

Both shower and bath are absolutely decadent - the shower is one of those "rain"-style ones that soaks beautifully - I didn't want to get out - and the bath is a deep soaker tub and amazingly comfortable (no jets - I think they're too noisy).  The second picture shows the vanity top, but cannot convey the sheer volume of swearing required to get it to fit.  Part of the trouble was that the wall isn't entirely straight, so the measurements in front are slightly smaller than the measurements in the back.  The other part, of course, was that not only did they make it "kitchen cabinet" deep (our mistake), they made it way too wide (their mistake).  But I think it looks fab, even though it's not quite finished yet; the sink isn't entirely caulked, and the backsplash isn't in.

I also took down my little Christmas tree - since we spent Christmas Eve and the morning of Christmas Day at the house, I put up the fake one, and decorated it with the leftover ornaments we had in a box at the farm:

It is always imperative in my family that the decorations come down on or before the Feast of the Epiphany, or else it's bad luck.  We used to frantically search my mother's house for any forgotten holly or paper chains.  This year was a little easier, since I didn't do much decorating, but I almost forgot the cards I'd put on the door.

On Christmas Eve we got to see the most amazing moonrise, and Bob helped me take a steady picture of it by a) working out which camera setting worked, and b) letting me rest the camera on his head so my hands wouldn't shake too much.  The results:

(That's a star above the moon, and three perfect jet contrails.)

The smallest things about being down there take my breath away - it's so beautiful on a clear night.

And finally, we waged war on the ladybugs yet again:

I have now ordered a little hand-held bug vacuum so we don't have to haul the shop-vac into each room for one or two (or twenty) bugs.  I try not to use the regular vacuum because the bugs smell so bad, and I don't want to contaminate the machine.

And I've been shopping on-line for the past couple of days for nice house things.  Mostly little things, but JC Penney has an entire range of red appliances, and my kitchen will be white and black with red accents, so I am now awaiting my new red crock pot, red microwave, and red coffee maker.  I already have a red toaster (it's still at the apartment), and I need to get a new red kettle (I have an electric one, but the stove-top one coughed up and then spit out a vital part for its handle).  I also got an entire set of red kitchen accessories/utensils, so I should be disgustingly well-matched.  

Yes, I'm a little strange, but this is the kitchen I want, and there will not be a scrap of beige anywhere, dammit.  

(I did draw the line at buying a red refrigerator and washer/dryer, but mostly because they're too expensive.  The fridge will be black, and the washer/dryer will be in the pantry, so who cares?)

More tomorrow about my 12th Night outfit. 


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Jan. 8th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
I *love* your bathroom!!
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
I love it, too - I'm a big fan of black and white with a contrasting colour. The kitchen will have the same effect - black tile floor, white cabinets, black countertop - but with red accents. :)
Jan. 8th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
I love your bathroom too... Soaker tubs are just complete heaven.
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
They are - and this one is big enough for both of us. 8)
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
*envy* In a positive way. there in a few years (I SO HOPE) go I. I want to build a houose to my own design. Yeah.

Yours is gorgeous. The bathroom is old hollywood glam! the red in the kitchen sounds fabulous as well. I join you in a dislike of beige. It can be so noncommittal. Well, that and my mom clothed my in beige and navy til I was old enough to refuse.
You should laminate really nice Japanese red paper and stick it to the panels of your washer and dryer *G*. Like 1908s SCA, appliance cozies!
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Heh. I've lived most of my life in a succession of apartments, all of which had beige cabinets (inoffensive colour, I suppose. I hate it). I love black and white.
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Love the bathroom!
Jan. 8th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Now I feel compelled to knit you a half dozen red dishrags for your kitchen, but I have no idea how I would get them to you.

Your bath looks lovely. The moon shot is beautiful, although I think that might be a planet next to it. Perhaps Venus?
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yup, I think it's Venus. I am a lazy non-designator of planets vs. stars. Stars, even on the brightest night (when I can read by starlight alone), wouldn't show up on this camera without a time-delay and a tripod. ;)
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
It really does look fantastic. I can't wait to see info ont he 12th night outfit.

Hope you get some time off.
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I love the descriptions of you new home adventures. Do take care of yourself. As for red refrigerators and washer/dryers, have you thought of appliance paint? I've seen it used on quite a few of the home design shows to great effect. I know you don't need one more thing on your to do list just now but eventually the house will be nearly done and you'll have time on your hands. Painting the appliances red just might fill up that time once life gets boring again. :)
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Heh - I actually decided that if I wasn't going to go with the super-expensive retro style appliances (OMGexpensiveargh), then the red would be a bit overkill. All the small appliances will be red (cheaper to replace when I get tired of them), and the large ones will be black. :)
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Looks great!

Just out of curiosity, did you use glass bricks or acrylic ones?

Congrats to you and Bob!

Jan. 8th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Glass. We had the bathroom professionally done (tile and glass block), because it was a more complicated design.
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous! The tub looks so inviting and I love the light fixture.
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you - it was a team effort - Bob designed the layout and glass wall/shower tile, I picked out the fixtures and paint. The tile guy did a great job.
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Want. Your. Bathroom. And it is even in my favorite color :).

I wanted to have a meltdown yesterday too but couldn't, thanks for have one for both of us :).
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
You know? I can certainly understand your meltdown on the lack of free weekends. You can ask ballistabob about mine (several actually). It is very frustrating when you all you see is a long stretch of commitments, weekend after weekend, and no time for yourself at all.


Hang in there.

Your bathroom looks fantastic. But no pics of you taking the bath? Where's the fun in that? :-)
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie, lookie......... red things.
Got one... got one... got one... they make red espresso makers?! Got one...


Have a good time at Plimoth!
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: lookie, lookie......... red things.
Thanks, we will. I'm sorry you couldn't make it, but they prob need your glamor at 12th night anyway.
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
oooh - very spiff bathroom!
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