Friday, October 30, 2009

update to the bathroom rennovations update

i came home this afternoon and there is no more sheet rock on the walls than was there yesterday at this time. all that was done today was spackling and taping the sheet rock that was already up there. he also fixed what he broke on our old toilet so we can use it this weekend. so, that's great; we have a toilet. but i'd really like him to move forward with getting the new stuff in, not fixing the old stuff. i'm thinking he wanted to appease the old lady because he knew someone was not going to be a happy camper after seeing the little progress over the past 2 days. and he's right about that, by the way.

they come back tomorrow at 9 AM.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

bathroom rennovations update

so i left you hanging a few weeks ago when i showed you what we'd done to our bathroom.

we managed without electricity in part of our bedroom and our bathroom for a few days. our handyman came and took a look, managed to fix the electricity in our bedroom at least, and gave us another estimate to fix the new mess.

he started this past monday and although we are happy with what he has done so far, it is going REEEEAALY SLOOOOWLYYYY. we're completing day 4 of total construction and loss of shower/sink and day 3 of loss of toilet. yea, that's good times. let's just say we're being creative about our use of facilities. we're holding it sometimes, going to friends' houses other times, staying later at work on a few occasions, using gas station restrooms when we can (and when they're clean), and being creative when we have to. yea, like i said, good times.

check out flickr here for the daily progress. as of tonight we have one full wall with sheet rock. the tub and surround are in. the outer walls have insulation (a first for this house!) and there is sheet rock around the door. we still have tile to be taken out and fully replaced, sheet rock to go around the top of the tub and the outer wall around the window, the toilet and sink to be put in, door and window frames, and sheet rock to be mudded and taped. hmmm, me thinks this week-long job is going to take a bit more than we though. d'ya think?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

myrtle beach

myrtle beach this weekend was totally awesome! we got into mb in the late afternoon on friday and we had just enough time to check into the hotel, rest for a minute and then head out to medieval times.

about to have the time of our lives!

we totally geeked it out big time for this one! and i loved it. the place was only about 1/3 full with spectators, so i think we got a little bit of extra treatment. i even got thrown a red carnation from the black and white night, who we were supposed to be cheering for (though he didn't win. loser.). and, by the way, our nights were totally ethnically diverse. is that usual? one was asian, one was latino, a couple were white and the "mean one" had an eastern european (?) accent of some sort. totally cool. the veggie meal was delicious, by the way; i totally suggest you try it when you go.

watching the action like a kid in a candy store
medieval times
enjoying medival times

so we had an all around good time. totally worth the buy one-get one free price that we paid!

saturday we slept in a bit and then headed out to enjoy the beautiful weather. we started the day by stumbling upon a yummy bagel shop that had bagels which were almost as good as a nyc bagel. and the weather was so warm that if we wanted to, we really could've worn bathing suits and swam in the ocean. but we didn't prepare well enough, having left all that at the hotel. so i just rolled up my jeans and walked through the surf.

baldman on the beach

we walked along the beach, walked around in the town and looked in shops, and then headed out to brookgreen gardens for their fall harvest. we were totally tired by this point, but managed to walk through almost their entire botanical gardens and zoo. and then walk back from the zoo to the car because we waited for, like, ever for their tram which wasn't coming. in actuality, it probably would've been faster to wait for the tram because we ended up taking a wrong turn and walking a million miles longer than was necessary. but it sure was a beautiful place.

statues and pretty flowers
oak ally
pretty grounds

that night we rocked it out with mike ness and social distortion.

before the social d concert (nice yuvula, waldie)

the concert was amazing! i've been to rough concerts before, where people are moshing and throwing themselves around. but this group was really beating the pulp out of each other. so we stayed up in the middle level where there was less chance of loosing a kidney. despite the roughness of the crowd, i was very intrigued to notice several children in attendance. there was even one couple who had two young boys (3 and 6 years old, maybe) and they both had mohawks. i loved that! there were 2 opening bands and then social d played for like 1 1/2 hours maybe. the time flew by and when they were done baldman and i were both like, wow that was fast. but when we looked at our watch we realized they'd really been on for a while.

sunday we were totally exhausted. cause we're old. and we can't stay up for rock concerts anymore. and we have trouble standing for 3 hours without getting all creaky and stuff. so we slept in until the absolute last minute and then quickly checked out and made it to church. after church we grabbed a quick bite to eat at a fabulous lebanese restaurant, recommended by a coworker of baldman's. if you're ever heading out of myrtle, check out habibi's, right off 501. they have a fantastic veggie plate and a lot of groceries too. we also picked up awesome feta and black olives which i've been enjoying all week!

thus ends our weekend away. we had to head back earlier on sunday to attend roller derby in columbia, but i'll write more about that at a later time.

you can view the whole flickr set of our vacation photos here. (though i mislabeled brookgreen gardens as brookfield gardens and i'm not changing it 'cause i'm tired.)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

my brother's famous?

do you remember the littles? you know, the animated kids' show that used to come on saturday morning cartoons and was about, well, little people? well, my brother had a submission to one of the invention segments at the end of an episode. here's how the bro states it:

"Back in 1984, "The Littles" was a Saturday morning cartoon. The end of each episode featured a small craft, sent in by kids. As I was a genius, I submitted an idea, and they used it on the show! I was even paid $1 by ABC for my idea! Sadly, I never saw the episode when it aired. I had a soccer game that morning. We knew it would be on, and even took a small portable TV with us to the game so we could watch. But, it wasn't mean to be. The show was pre-empted by a news broadcast. Recently, The Littles has been released on DVD. Here's the excerpt from the episode in which my idea was used. My name appears at the end."

i swear that my brother told me one time that he stole that idea from an invention book. bu he denies that so perhaps i made that part up. my older brother and older sister often accuse me of making up some of my memories. but i'm not the one who always insists i remember seeing a horse in our neighbor's basement (but that's for another post someday).

anyways, i totally remember the soccer game where we took time to try to watch for my brother's invention at the end of the show. and i remember how disappointed we were when we didn't see it. i always felt like it was such an injustice. so finally, my friends, justice is served:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

roller derby!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

more picts from furgiuele wedding

the family at nick and julia's wedding

check out my brother's choice pictures from the weekend wedding i gave you a teaser about last monday. there are some really good shots so you should definitely check it out.

if you're really committed, you can check out all 493 pictures here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

what we did this weekend


bathroom before

bathroom before

bathroom after

bathroom after

i don't know if you can see it, but this is mostly plaster. what that means is that it'll be really difficult to fix, so we're planning on having it knocked out and replaced with drywall. we also found a little bit of mold (as you can see in one picture). it's a mess, but i'm glad we did it.

of course, in the process of taking off the paneling, we somehow short-circuited a breaker. so now we're going without electricity in the bathroom and 1/2 of our bedroom. but hopefully we'll get that fixed soon. we also bought the fixtures to go in the bathroom (tub and tub walls, toilet, sink and floor tiles). depending on the availability of our handyman, we hope to start replacing this mess soon.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

medieval times here we come!

the husband and i are taking a little get-away at the end of the month to spend some time together and play. it all started when baldman saw tickets in myrtle beach for social distortion. we both really like mike ness and the band and we had (or probably more appropriately, i had) been looking for an excuse for a mini vacation with each other. so we decided to take friday off work and spend an extended vacation there.

so i started looking at other things to do through out the weekend and stumbled across medieval times. i had never really been interested in going to this place, but i read erica's post about her and fuzzy's anniversary trip to mt and i just knew we had to do it! plus, the bonus is that they can swap out the meat-centric meal and do a veg one! what? cheesy make-believe, jousting and yummy veggies!? yes, please.

we'll see what other things we can cook up for the weekend. if anyone has any ideas, post them in the comments. by the way, the weekend will end on sunday night with a roller derby bout in columbia, which i will post about later.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

pet day update

bring your pet to work day went well today. mokey was not happy at all, though, and she hid behind my desk all day. but she has resurfaced at home and is relatively unscathed. in total we had 4 dogs, 1 bunny and a cat in the office. it was really fun! and as far as i know no one peed or pooped on the rug!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

a preview of our wedding weekend

the best or the worst

tomorrow is bring your pet to work day at my office. i'm so psyched! i'm going to bring mokey because i think she'd handle the change better and settle in okay. i think there will be like 3 other dogs there too. it's going to be brilliant or a brilliant disaster! i'll keep everybody posted.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

my moment of music knowledge

while sitting at the pizza man tonight, there was a major rock block of classic songs on their radio. "push it" came on and, in between singing along, baldman and i were having a conversation about salt n' pepper, bel biv devoe and other old favorites. i said i thought "push it" came out around 1988 and bel biv devoe got popular a few years later. baldman insisted that they were both around the same time. wikipedia backed me up saying that PI came out in 1987 and BBD released poison in 1980. who knows!? (me*)**

*by the way, the reason i knew that "push it" came out around 1998 was because in 4th grade i tried out for our catholic school's version of puttin' on the hits to madonna's "pappa don't preach." i was rejected, thank you very much. which, in the history of holy cross's puttin' on the hits, i don't think anyone had every been rejected. so they told me very nicely that i could do a different madonna song, just not one about out of wedlock pregnancy. now i think, what was the big deal!? she was "keepin' her baby"! at least she didn't have an abortion. anyways, i got rejected. but some girls in 8th grade somehow were allowed to lip sink to "push it," complete with gyrating dancing. i'm still jaded about that.

**this is really a big deal that i know a music fact that baldman doesn't. not only does he know a whole heck of a lot about all types of music, but i know absolutely nothing about music. he always laments at what a poor partner i am to him in this respect, so he's always trying to school me. well, guess who got schooled now!? boom!

keepin' it real:

Monday, October 05, 2009

fall weather

i woke up this morning to darkness and the sound of the soft ping-ping drizzle of the rain on the metal shed outside our window. on a morning like this you definitely want to roll over and stay in bed, which i got to do. thanks to working late tonight i get to go in later this morning.

i had a list of things i wanted to do this morning, most of which included going outside. so i guess this is as good an excuse as any to sleep in, eat a slow breakfast in the semi-darkness, and have a chill morning.

and by the way, congrats to theresa and chris!

carter d. moore
carter, born october 3 at 7:15 am. 9 lbs 4 oz