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A Couple of Really Good, Albeit Busy, Days

Ugh.  I am so behind on the A to Z challenge right now.  But we’ve had a few really good days that have been keeping us busy that I haven’t really been around the computer to do anything.  I CAN blog from my phone, but honestly, I think it’s much easier to write with the computer in front of me.

Hubs had two days off from work in the middle of the week where we had almost nothing to do.  So we drove down to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  We go down a few times a year.  Actually, we went down when my parents came to town, but the last time before that was when MIL and SIL were in town after the Boy was born, so we really didn’t get that far because it was June and peak season.

It was nice driving down to Hatteras, and damned if it didn’t take all day to find the lighthouse.  We stopped at a plant nursery and bought a birdhouse and some plants for the backyard.  We did the front yard at Lowes later.  Then we stopped for ice cream, and I’m not kidding when I say I had THE best hot fudge sundae I’ve ever had since I worked at an ice cream place.  And then we ended up having a great dinner at a local place called Mulligans who had 1/2 price pizza (so we got 2) and a yummy cup of She-crab soup.

Thursday, we had an afternoon appointment, but we spent the early part of the day outside working in the garden and doing some minor landscaping.

And we finally had Easter Dinner.  There was every intention to have Easter dinner ON Easter, but Hubs had to work at 3am the next morning, and we had stuffed ourselves nearly silly with a late lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs.  So Thursday we had Easter dinner of turkey ham, mashed potatoes, mac ‘n cheese, and potato skins.  And lunch the next day was leftovers.

Today was a great day too.  And I have to say that this is one of the reasons that I love getting the newspaper.  We went to a car show down on the oceanfront that Hubs heard about on the radio.  Lots of classic cars, and the weather was beautiful, so why not spend the day outside.  Then we took off to the state park where there was going to be a reading of Dr. Seuss‘s the Lorax followed by a craft – which I DID find in the paper this morning.  The story was cute, but the Boy wasn’t overly interested because there were so many other things going on.  But the craft kept his attention.  They handed out blank puzzles for kids to draw their favorite part of the story.  Hubs and the Boy took on this project and we have a really cute puzzle as a souvenir.

The state park was beautiful otherwise.  We had the puppy with us, and she enjoyed the walk as much as we did.  And the Boy was so enthralled with everything around him.

So I finally got a chance to sit down at the computer and get some emails done.  And tomorrow Hubs will most likely spend most of the day sleeping because he has the overnight tomorrow night, and I’ll be getting more work done.  I hope.


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The Painting Project

I need to paint.  I need to paint.  I need to paint.

Not in an artistic, finger-painty way.  No.  In a new-house-where-the-previous-owners-painted-everything-puky-brown way.  Everything.  Every.  Thing.  Is.  Brown.  Except the kitchen.  And the bathroom.  But everything else is brown, or sort of a tan-brown color.  And it’s just awful.

But what’s more is that I have no idea what OTHER colors I want to use to change the house.  I’m thinking the problem is that I can’t SEE any other colors because everything is brown.  Yes.  Even the ceiling was painted brown. It’s not the end of the world, but I feel as though I need to whitewash everything.  Clean slate.  Then I can visualize what should go where…

Oh, and there’s this funny 70’s style panelling in the guest room/spare room/music room/office.  But only on one wall.  I have no idea what to do with that.

Hubs and I talked about tearing up the carpet and having hardwood floors.  The thing is, we don’t really know what’s under the carpet just yet. And the carpet is in pretty good shape, so it would be silly to tear it up right away.  I’m hoping there’s salvageable hardwood underneath, but if there’s not, I’m thinking of throwing laminate floors down.  Or at least real wood downstairs and maybe laminate upstairs.

I guess the idea is that we should be making the house our own.  We got some new living room furniture, but there are so many other things on the wishlist, and every time we go to Lowes, there’s something new to add.

I’m looking for advice on how to tackle this whole painting project that needs to be done.  Any ideas?