Sunday, October 12, 2008

A visit, an addiction, braces, and a bookcase

I woke up last Sunday with a feeling of "What am I forgetting?" I woke Shane up and told him I thought I had to go to Tucson that day for my orthodontist appointment the next day. We looked through the last of the boxes in the garage (about 15 - 20 of them with books in them) and found my appointment book in the last one we looked in. Typical! Sure enough, I had an ortho appointment in Tucson tomorrow. I packed a quick bag and Shane's cousin, Alex, who is staying with us let me borrow the first 5 disks of the Twilight book (yes, of the Twilight series). And, I was on my way...

On my way I had to call Nicole (she was at church when I left the house), to beg a bed for the night. She said there was a bed ready! By the time I got to Tucson, I was through the first 5 disks of the book. By this point, I was fully addicted and had to find out why Edward was so attracted to the boring Bella and had more questions. So, I stopped at Borders to get the first book, so I could finish reading it that night, and Book 2 on CD, so I could listen to it on the way home. I have yet to find out why boring Bella has attracted the Adonis like Edward's attention, but am now through book 3. I will probably go get book 4 today while we are out.

Anyway, here are some pictures of Adelyn and Luke.
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I also got good news - my braces come off (for the second time) next month! Yay!! This time I do not have a toddler to lose my retainer - this one will all be on me. I think Shane is done paying for braces for me - it is Lauren's turn now! That should be fun! NOT! Her pain tolerance runs in the negative numbers and not that braces are real painful, but they aren't real comfortable all the time either. I will keep everyone posted and may be begging to ship her off for a couple of years until her braces come off!

That leaves the bookcase. I had 5 cheap, small, 2 shelf bookcases we bought years ago. In Tucson, they were used in the laundry room, under the desk in the kitchen, and various other places that were somewhat hidden. They have the faux wood veneer - yes, I should have taken a before picture, but I didn't, so you have to use your imagination. Anyway, I was ready to toss them and go get a nicer, bigger bookcase for the living room downstairs. It is about the only place I can put one and I really need book space! As I was pricing the bookcases I liked, I was getting discouraged - bookcases are not cheap! Sooo, I was reading through my friend Cara's blog and saw her refinishing how-tos. I told Shane we were going to build a bookcase out of the bookcases we had. The excitement oozed from every pore of his - yeah, right! He was game to save a few hundred dollars though. I sanded, primed, and painted the bookshelves (not with spray paint, sorry Cara! I am horrendously not good at spray painting - no patience). Then we attached them and cut some pine planks on all the connection areas and some decorative trim pieces. Here is the finished product - I LOVE IT! It isn't the sturdiest on the planet, but it works and really looks good when you aren't right up next to it! :-) Shane loves it because it only cost about $30 to do - probably even a little less than that - we had some wood planks leftover.



1 comment:

cara said...

What's that McDonald's song??? Oh Yeah.. "Da da da da da.. I'm lovin it!!" Yeah, I had to sing it to get the proper amount of Da's! lol! That turned out GREAT! Don't worry.. I'm not a great spray painter either.. but my hubby is! He curses me every time I find a project! I'm proud of you!