jillithian: (Grumpy)
I'm kinda pissed.

I'm all excited to remodel the upstairs bathroom and have bought almost everything so far - just need the hardware for the cupboards and a new switch plate and a new curtain rod. Rick was supposed to replace the window in the shower with glass block this week but has been busy so he thinks he'll have time next week. That's fine.

What I'm crabby about is my flooring. I have fallen in love with cork flooring over the past two years and we just finally ordered it for the kitchen today. I also ordered some cork flooring for the bathroom and just received it today.

Nowhere in the literature that I received or read did it say to not use it in bathrooms. The installation instruction packet they gave me with my two boxes says it in the third paragraph: Installation of floating floor is not recommended in bathrooms or in areas with high moisture concentration.

Merde. Sucksucksuck.

I really LIKE the color and the look of my flooring. Crap.

I'm thinking of just biting the bullet though. It only says "not recommended". It doesn't say "Do NOT under any circumstances..." If it fails miserably, I'm only out the $150 for the floor. I'll take precautionary measures and put plastic sheeting underneath it and Tim is also offering to use some seam glue on it, too, if necessary.

Crap.

Otherwise, I am fairly happy with how easily the 30yr old wall paper came off. I bought some spray DIF stuff that removes the glue, but didn't need it right away as the paper just pulled right off. I'm using it instead with a scraper to get the glue residue off the walls. Tim was unhappy that we can't just move the TP holder as it has a tile thing installed on the wall that it fits into, but we'll survive.

*sigh*

I'm mostly stressed about the glass block. I'm not sure how it will look on the outside with the current windowsill or if the mortar-free installation kit is suitable for an outside wall in Minnesota. Again, nothing I could see on the box for the install kit says if it is "recommended" or not.

blech.

Maybe I should leave this remodeling stuff to the pros. Like [livejournal.com profile] superna.
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We went down to moto_geek and superna's poker party on Saturday and brought Kiko with. The morning after, Aron was cleaning up and had his two dogs in the backyard with Kiko. He lost track of her and looked over at the garden by their shed...

She was hiding in the plants watching him! She's such a big dork! There's two more on my Flickr page...
jillithian: (Flying Sqirrel)
So the timeout was longer than I expected, but Tim's here helping. We're playing from our house rather than Janna's for now. It sounds like she was all by herself for a while there and perhaps no one else on the team is playing right now, but we gotta keep going if we can...
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Well, poop on a nugget.

It's my own fault for getting all excited about it, too.

It's trivia weekend here in the North Star state. We're heading down to [livejournal.com profile] superna's tonight as soon as Tim gets off of work tonight. I was trying so hard to recruit my friend Angela as she knows her stuff about pop culture from 1930 - 1960 and she's fun, too! But she has to work tomorrow. :( So I'm sad about that.

But, I'm still excited about trivia this weekend. We'll probably be all brain fried even before Sunday, but that's why it's only once a year!
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Did I mention that I love [livejournal.com profile] superna dearly and would quite happily have her babies? I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] motogeek wouldn't mind and would probably only ask to watch.

Anyhoo, she suggested that I get a "gentle leader". I went to Fleet Farm and found a similar "Halti" brand. I took her for a walk this evening (short one, as it was raining) and the pulling was significantly reduced! On the way back, she managed to pull it off of her nose, but that was my own fault for hooking the leash up to the wrong loop. She was not happy about it on her face, but she did not make any pained noises and seemed happy enough to still lead me down the sidewalk.

I also decided to pick up a kong today. If she likes it enough, we might have to get her two more. I'm hoping it will curb her chewing -- or, at least curb her chewing of things I don't want her to chew. Like the garden hose in the front yard.

You know, I never really liked having to wind up a stiff hose (*snicker*), and now I don't have to, because she chewed it clean through! As in, we now have two separate chunks of hose.

She's figured out that if she licks the kong hole diligently enough, she can get the treat chunks out. hee hee

ugh.... homework
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Last night we went to Spamalot in St. Paul. I was entertained although all of the Broadway jokes flew high over my head. [livejournal.com profile] theeothertim decided the dancing girl in purple was his favorite and he was mighty jealous of Puzi's forethought of bringing opera glasses to get a better view. *ahem*

So, what that also means is we drove under 35W literally not more than 15 minutes before it collapsed on our way to dinner at Sakura.

Tim and I must be horrible people because our first thought is to go see it, not call everyone in our phone book who could remotely be anywhere near that bridge. Is that bad of us? I'm not sure.

We got to spend some time with [livejournal.com profile] superna and hardly any with [livejournal.com profile] unopeneddoor (sorry about that) and then when we dropped 'Na off, we got to see [livejournal.com profile] motogeek and his new proof of uber cool globalization. He's slowly going to take over the world, that one.

Off to Mexican Village for Gary's birthday dinner...
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I've been putting off a lot of things lately that I shouldn't have and they're starting to bite me in the butt.

I should really call my aunt back to let her know we'd love to go to her house for Thanksgiving. The 4-ish hour drive (one-way) to her house in Deer River is a little ick-ish, but it'd be nice to see my grandma.

i should really pick up the box of contacts I have at the optomitrist's office that's been there for over a week.

I put off ordering tickets to Body World for today so they sold out and I missed getting to hang out with Ms. [livejournal.com profile] jo_mommday. (Luckily we also got an invite to [livejournal.com profile] thetim's place so we hung out with him all day instead. It was fun!)

I kept putting off repaying [livejournal.com profile] superna for the Spamalot tickets for next summer. Luckily she remembered and we evened up last night during poker.

[livejournal.com profile] viksin finally remembered the shirt she borrowed, oh, last year, and then we both forgot after she left Janna's last night. DOH!

I should really do some laundry as the pile of not clean is getting taller and the pile of clean and match-able is getting smaller.

Our kennel project is only part-way done and we haven't touched it in about a month and it is getting colder out.

Our nephew Craig will be ten on Thursday and his birthday gathering for the family is on Sunday and we don't have a gift for him yet...

And christmas cards and gifts for everyone are yet to be decided... ack!

I should go to bed, yet, too. :) Snuggle up to my wonderful husband and a purr-cat...
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Bachellorette party was yesterday. It was fun.

First I had to have a sobbing reunion with the hair stylist and now my hair is no longer purple. Yay.

Then, the glorious Miss Jody Mae picked me up and we had some tasty soup and fancy tea with steamed milk (I believe they called her fancy tea Xocatlatl) at Serendipity. We did not see the ghost, but we also stayed downstairs. We chatted about busy life, crappy dad's who don't pay child support and give her many many health insurance issues, and how she generally needed a vacation a year ago and it still hasn't happened yet. And, of course, how she needs a conjugal visit by either The Rock or a close look-a-like.

Next, we stopped at the DayLily Spa for many hours of pampering, champagne drinking and peanutbutter cookie chomping, gossiping, laughing, debating, and general good girly fun. All of the bridesmaids were there and it's just darn fun to hang out with them.

A side note: I smudged my nail polish less than twenty minutes out of the door there and I think the massage chair gave me a bruise!

Dinner at Ciatti's was good. The Salmon Orriechette was ordered by Dana and myself and we all agreed it needed something in the sauce. A little too flavorless. We were joined by Kelly, Amanda, and Ms. [livejournal.com profile] superna and had some good fun conversing as well. Karen, one of the bridesmiads, had to leave after that step as she's had strep throat for a month and anti-biotics and alcohol don't mix. Amanda also is on the anti-biotics, so she was kind enough to be our sober cab.

We trudged through the rain across the parking lot to the martini bar, where I was handed my bouquet of "suck for a buck" lolipops and garbed out in various dollar accessories from Target. (Including a blinking red lips pin which Karen surreptitiously helped me attach to my butt. I'd had a few drinks by then and was thoroughly amused! Wore it all night and I think Tim is planning on wearing it tonight on his crotch during his bachelor party. We be classy here in the Cloud.)

At the martini bar, I stumbled across a bachelor party and was propositioned by a groom-to-be to sit on his lap and suck cake frosting off his fingers in exchange for the lolipop. He, sadly, was turned down by a creeped out Jill. I was only slightly less creeped out when attempting to rid a loli on two older gentlemen, one of whom proclaimed he was getting divorced in two months and insisted I tell him why the hell I'd want to get married in the first place and what does this guy do for you anyway? Katie met up with us there and Dana had to take off -- she has my future nephew, the 17-yr-old, home alone that night and was eager to get back.

Our next stop was DB Searles across the street. I sold off the remaining suckers and also got a free shot and a few free drinks to boot. At one point while squeezing through the crowd, a man, upon seeing my outfit and big veil, wished me a happy birthday. We had a bit of a giggle over that. We rocked out to Kelly's high school alum and his band for quite a while, but the room was incredibly hot and we were quickly running out of layers to remove and still keep our modesty, so we headed off for The Press.

Kelly's fiance Dewey had picked Tim up and brought him to The Press, to be met by Katie's fiance, and an usher, Scott, and Cyndy's husband Dennis. We also ran into a recently promoted co-worker who has an unenlightened view of women. Thankfully, I did not have to hear first-hand his account on whose boobs are what classification in his puny little brain. Tim bought me a shot to take in my nifty plastic shot ring and additional dancing ensued. The party was winding down, as most of us had mates present.

All in all, the party was great. I got to hang out with some of my best friends, eat good food, drink good drinks, I was hugged and congratulated by many a stranger and escorted to the "little girls room" by an amicably amused white-haired man. I'm not overly hung over, and I came home to a beautifully cleaned house. My man loves me. :) So much so that he was vehemently requesting that if he called me tonight during his bachelor party, that I would come join them.

It's rainy and cold outside now, so I think I'll make myself some tea and curl up on the futon to crochet a bit more. Perhaps the cat will be good enough to sit on my lap a bit. :)
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ouch. that hour was hell.

Yessir, hour 21 of KVSC's trivia weekend, we got a whopping 35 points.


Ouch.

Because I'm going to know that that recording was of JRR Tolkein reading the language of Mordor. Or the name of the deputy director of Indiana's DNR from 1992 when their website only goes back to 1996.

I just hope [livejournal.com profile] superna, [livejournal.com profile] viksin, or [livejournal.com profile] princeaeneas wake up soon as I think we need a fresh person to recharge our zeal.
jillithian: (Toe Jam)

WeightLoss 2005-2006



I made my goal this week at Weight Watchers: 142 pounds. I just have to maintain that for the next 6 weeks and then I don't have to pay anymore!

I have averaged 1 pound a week: approximately 21 pounds in 21 weeks. I think that's pretty good. I've gone from a BMI of 26 (25 - 30 is overweight) to a BMI of 23 (20-25 is healthy). I'm pretty proud of myself.

Now, this weekend, endless supply of pizza, beer, and other bad-for-you goodies will be had at [livejournal.com profile] superna's house.

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