Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Assumptions

We all do it, make assumptions about people or situations, usually with very little information. Sometimes our assumptions are proven right, and sometimes, we are embarrassed at how we misjudged a person or situation. I won't run Ms. Boyle's performance on Britain's Got Talent. She's been so overplayed. But remember the first time you saw that video? Here was this frumpy, homely looking middle-aged woman and because of the package she came in, we didn't expect very much. Then she opened her mouth to sing, and we were stunned! Our assumptions were dispelled.

We're only human, we make assumptions to get through life, to categorize events and people quickly and then move on. Well, a friend of mine recently sent me a number of videos where we're drawn to make assumptions. I laughed so hard! Hope you enjoy them too.

Friday, April 24, 2009

New Bathroom

We recently did a mini-renovation of our downstairs bathroom. We had to, we had a leak behind the wall and the entire tub unit would have to be pulled out to repair it. That's okay, we were never fond of this tub. If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see the mineral build up on the faucets. They were like that when we moved in and I've never been able to get them completely clean, much less shiny. Also note the mold and mildew line where the shower wall meets the tub wall. I have tried every chemical and cleaner known to man and I could never get this clean and it would just continue to grow. I couldn't figure out why this was happening.

Well, as it turned out, the guy who owned the house before us was the one who installed this tub. He didn't install it properly. He had paper covered fiberglass insulation behind two of the walls and nothing behind the plumbing wall. Because of this, whenever water would leak and get behind the tub/shower walls, it would cause mold to grow and mildew. I could never get the tub clean because the mold/mildew was being fed from behind the walls. You can see in the corner of this picture the black mold and where the wood was wet from the water. So the guy we hired had to rip everything out down to the studs, put in new piping, new insulation, the works.


















This is what the specialized drywall that goes behind showers looks like. So now we know our walls are insulated, water resistent and mold resistent. I have a feeling it will be a much easier task keeping the new shower clean. So here are the before and after shots. I tried getting a picture of the new shower curtain, but I didn't realize my flash didn't go off. So maybe I'll add that picture tomorrow.

Here are the after shots of the shower. We have a new shower head










as well as a new faucet and plug.










We also have full length built in shelves in each corner of the shower, plus handicap bars on the wall and side of the tub for our parents when they visit. We also got the bowed shower bar so we now have more room in the shower without the shower curtain clinging to us. The tub is so shiny and pretty!


Here's the "before" view from one end of the bathroom looking at the storage shelves behind the bathroom door. The bathroom's whole theme was "country" and "garden." Here they built a faux fence gate to use as the door for the storage shelves. They also put up plaid green wallpaper with a border on top of gardening tools and seeds.

Here's that same view after. I painted all the woodworking white and got rid of that cranberry strip of molding. I still need to build a door for the storage shelves. I'm going to try to build a frame with picture frame molding around the outer edges and put a piece of frosted plexi-glass in the middle so you can't see everything behind the door. I figure the door will be lighter this way with the plexi-glass than having a solid wood door there. If you click on this picture to make it larger and look at the pattern on the hat boxes, that's the pattern and color of the shower curtain. I actually found four matching pieces for the bathroom at four different stores. Talk about luck!












Here's a shot of the original sink. The sink top was an ivory color that had really yellowed, so it didn't match the new bright white shower or white toilet. It was also sporting the old homey hot and cold faucets a lot of us grew up with and tarnished gold knobs with ivory colored inserts and pull handle. So of course none of this matched and looked pretty shabby.

So I replaced the yellowed sink top with a white one. I also replaced the old faucet for a shiny new chrome one. I got such a deal on this faucet. I picked it up, brand new, at our local flea market last week for $26. Then M and I went to Lowe's and saw the same one for $89. The savings I received on the faucet provided enough money to pay for the new sink top. Cool, huh?

Here's the long view of the bathroom as you walk in the bathroom door. You can see the lovely country plaid wall paper and the red molding.











Now voila! Here's the after. The bathroom is done in shades of brown, white, slate blue and chrome. It's rather spa-like and I'm totally thrilled with how it turned out.









Monday, April 20, 2009

Catch Up

Thanks to my friend, Ana, who gave me a laugh today. I'm still behind on posting because our one council person lost her seat by one vote, so we've been in the midst of filing a petition for a recount, legal meetings, and Jim gets sworn in as Mayor tonight. As if that weren't enough, there's the yard work, house work, and I've been painting the downstairs bathroom and replaced a sink and faucet - successfully! Pictures and posts will follow soon, I hope. Until then, giggle a bit, it's good for you.

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A man and a woman were sitting beside each other in the first class section of an airplane. The woman sneezed, took out a tissue, gently wiped her nose, and then visibly shuddered for ten to fifteen seconds.

The man went back to his reading. A few minutes later, the woman sneezed again, took a tissue, wiped her nose, and then shuddered violently once more.

Assuming that the woman might have a cold, the man was still curious about the shuddering.

A few more minutes passed when the woman sneezed yet again.

As before she took a tissue, wiped her nose, her body shaking even more than before. Unable to restrain his curiosity, the man turned to the woman, "I couldn't help but notice" he said, "that you've sneezed three times, wiped your nose and then shuddered violently. Are you ok?"

"I am sorry if I disturbed you," she replied. "I have a very rare medical condition; whenever I sneeze I have an orgasm."

The man, more than a bit embarrassed, was still curious. "I have never heard of that condition before" he said. "Are you taking anything for it?"

The woman nodded, "Black Pepper."

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Shot of Happiness

A local blogger posted this today and it make me laugh, made me cry, smile. I just had to share it. Here's the URL link for those of you having trouble clicking on it.
The T-Mobile Dance

This T-Mobile commercial was shot at the Liverpool Street Subway Station in London on Jan 15, 2009. Only the dancers knew what was happening; the general public didn't have a clue what was about to unfold.

What made me cry was watching the spontaneity of little old ladies and confused travelers as they suddenly saw all these people dancing and chose to join in. Gosh I needed this emotional boost. Hope this makes you smile


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

JIM WINS BIG!!!



















Mayoral Race: Total Votes 2390

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Gary A. Comegys.....980...41.00%
Jim Ireton.............1399...58.54%
Write-in Votes...........11....0.46%

So tired tonight, our friend won the mayor's race. Another friend retained her city council seat and another lady we helped campaign for is 3 votes behind the incumbent for her city council seat and her race will go to the absentee ballots. All the absentee ballots (247) need to be counted for all the races but our two friends won by such wide margins, the absentee ballots in their races won't make a difference to the outcome. Going to bed now. Sooooo tired.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Metallica for Guitar Hero

Okay, I couldn't resist posting this real quick. It made me laugh. Enjoy!

Election Tomorrow



















Well tomorrow is our City election. We've endured bad weather, mean spirited people, voter fraud, and hate mail to name just a few things. We've also been bolstered by the many people finally coming forward to help, to go door-to-door, people writing letters for our candidate, people donating money to the campaign. If we don't win tomorrow, it won't be because we didn't give every last ounce of time, every last penny we could or that we didn't do enough. I am so proud of our candidate and our supporters. We have waged an honorable campaign, we focused on the issues, we never smeared our opponent. We never bribed voters. In the end as M says, the City will get the Mayor it deserves. I just really hope we've eliminated enough voter apathy to get people out to vote and we get the best man for the job. I should be getting back to regular posts again soon.

And on and on and on

Still busy!  Surprised?  I think this is just the state of my life.  I'm teaching an on-line course, traveling three weeks in a row (MD,...