Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yes, Please!

I've been eyeballin' these chocolate vanities at Lowe's for a while at the same time I've been on the hunt for the perfect bathroom sink that would fit in our mini bathroom.  The mini bathroom is so mini whatever sink we use will have to fit 24" x 14".  Coming in at 24" x 12" this one will be perfect!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shark Stik Vak

Here's my newest stalking obsession.  I'm on the hunt for the perfect vacuum for our new wood floors.  I like the idea of it because it's light and cordless, it's a stick vacuum and a handheld, plus it's battery powered.  I read a few reviews on Amazon and people seem pretty divided.  Some love it, some hate it.  The ones that hate it had problems with the battery only lasting 25 minutes (not a problem for me) or that it didn't do so well with hair (I have dirt problems) and they liked Eureka or Hoover models better, but the price of those isn't as nice as this.

Perhaps I'll try it.

***Note: This has not been a paid advertisement although I wish it was!***

Monday, August 29, 2011

How To Dust......

So begins my nonscientific, nonexperimental experiment involving the delicate (and I do mean delicate) art of rearranging your dust bunnies and/or mites without disturbing one's allergies.

Whatever, I'm dusting again, this time with the Swiffer Duster 360*.  Boots came up with the title while he was begrudgingly taking my pictures.  Thoroughly not impressed he was.

Take one box like so.

Remove the handle or fork as I like to call it.

Open the packaging and toss paper aside.

Handle + fork = duster.


Take one duster thingy.


Stick the fluffy duster onto the fork handle.

And get busy!

This is the delicate part.  The teardrop glass drops kept clinking together and fearing my nerves of breaking!

Nikki was taking lessons and maybe even worrying about the possible carnage of the chandy too!

The hairy fibers of the fluffy duster are most susceptible to getting caught on the delicate wires of said chandy.

In conclusion, my Aunt Gia had an excellent idea of regularly maintaining my chandy's dust particulates; however, I'm not entirely convinced that Swiffer Dusters are going to do the trick.  Perhaps the search continues, yes?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Who's Nailing?

Why do two people need six hammers?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

How To Install A Floor......

***I've been working on this post for over a week and it still ain't done.  This is Part One.***

This post is not meant to teach anyone how to do anything.  The intended purpose of this post was to share how we (Boots and me) (well, mostly Boots) put our floor down- step by step, a visual demonstration through pictures, if you will.

Step One (Or maybe step 13, because first we had to decide which room(s) to put the flooring in, go look at it 7 times and argue back and forth over which one, then buy it, bring it home, let it set......blah blah blah, et cetera adnauseum) : Clean out the room!

Like so.  (That's spilled dry cat food in the floor, nothing dusgusting besides the murder stains)

Cut the carpet into more manageable sections......

And carry it out!

Ew, padding!

Cut the padding and fold it up.

Scrape up the padding that's stuck to the slab.

Admire the nasty dirt that you've been walking on for how long?

Pull up the carpet tacks by using an industrial strength floor scraper......

Or use an air chisel apparatus.  (We Boots learned that this is much! easier than pulling up the nails with a clawhammer like we did in all the other rooms, plus it doesn't pull up as much concrete.)

Sweep all this crap into an out of focus pile.

When we first started this bedroom remodel over a year ago, we got kinda stupid and pulled up all the baseboards and threw them out like idiots, so now we have to replace them.

We had to go pretty high with the new baseboards because our stupidity ripped the paper on the wall pretty high.  Be careful when you're starting out on home improvements, but realize that you are going to mess something up.  

Sometimes it can't be helped.

See?  Just high enough to cover up our mistake.

Boots is pretty good at cutting the corners of these baseboards, but they'll still need some puttying to make them look perfectly seamless before painting.

You have to start in the corner of the room.  As I've previously stated, figuring out which corner to start in can take some time.  It all depends on how your boards lock together.

In this case, Boots started at the door so he could join our bedroom to the hall.

Here he is tapping in the board that was specifically cut to fit around the door frame.  To end any possible confusion, he's checking to make sure it fits in this picture.  He's going to pull it back up and then put it back down again, we'll get to that, you'll see.

And yes, you have to lay in the floor like this to get just the right angle on the rubber hammer.

More tapping.

This is a loud project.  Don't babysit infants or bring home a migraine when this is going on.

Toes are for holding down boards too, ya know!

When you're ready to begin again, roll out the pad.

Cut it to fit the length of the room.

Maybe you'll need to place a scrap in the crack so everything is copacetic.

Peel off the sticky strip.

And fold the flappy plastic over to secure the two (or three) pieces together.

Tap, tap, tap!

Over and over again!

Yay!  The doorway is complete!

Pretty good, right?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Now I Know......

At the advice of my Aunt Gia, I bought Swiffer products for the first time.  Publix had a sale(2 for $8) this week on select Swiffer things so I figured it was just as good a time as any.  Not knowing what the difference really was, I got the Swiffer Dusters and the Swiffer Dusters 360*, both in starter kits.

Her reasoning for me getting the dusters?

My chandy.  

She thinks a weekly swiping with a duster will keep him (chandy is masculine, right?) looking gorgeous for years to come and save me any heavy cleaning.  

Good idea.

I thought I'd do a little experimenting and test out the magical powers that the Swiffers hold; however, there is some assembly required before you begin.  Something like, "Click, Fluff, Dust".  Simple enough.  It was somewhere between "fluff" and "dust" that I figured out what the difference between the regular duster and the 360* duster is.

This is the regular Duster, already dirty with swiping over the tv.

360*, it ain't.  Get it now?

Magical, be it not either.  

I only dusted half of the glass shelf.  The dirty part in the front is post-duster, the dirty part in the back has never been touched.  This is the part where after seeing dust clouds floating in the sunbeams I gave up.  Let's not disturb anybody's allergies, please.  Perhaps my house is just too dusty what with all the construction going on.  Maybe these are meant for "light" dusting, like chandys (chandies?).  More on that later.  That experiment will have to wait for the Boots to wake up so he can take the pictures of me practicing the art of dusting.

360* next time.  Promise.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dear Boots,

One more month and we'll be eating frozen cake.

The Wifer

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


......let me distract you with a picture of my kitty while I work on more interesting posts.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

As Quickly As They Came......

They died!  The three on top were dead the day they opened!  What happened?

Monday, August 22, 2011


If you're getting tired of seeing tomato/rose photos just chill......I'm working on new stuff.