I was tired of looking at the bare walls in the master bath, so I decided to photoshop myself some artwork to hang over the tub. :-) I’ll take a pic once I have them up. I intended on printing them at work today, but our color machine decided to be on the fritz today. I think they turned out pretty cute!
Speaking of work…I. Am. LOVING. It! I know everything is still new and fresh as I am just beginning my 3rd week, but there’s something different about this job. For the first time in my 15ish years of being a working girl, I now know what it is to actually like a job. I have liked where I worked in the past (FDLE and Glenaire, the retirement community, in particular), but did NOT like my jobs there. I stay busy from the time I walk in the door in the morning until time (past time) to leave. I feel like my job has a real purpose and I’m not just there to do someone else’s dirty work. I like who I work with and who I work for. The 25+ mile drive through downtown Orlando traffic is another story.
(No, I’m not pregnant. See #11 below for the big news.) This post is very link-happy, but you should look at each and every one of them.
The happenings of the past month:
1. The first weekend of March I flew to Raleigh to visit friends (I’ve missed her and her so much! She drove up from Charlotte so I got to see her too!) and had an awesome time. Took some pictures of this cutie while I was there.
2. Flew back to Orlando and stayed for 1 night.
3. The next day, I drove up to my parents house and spent 1 night there.
4. The next morning, my mom and I woke up and began our 2-day drive to Oklahoma. We spent 1 week there helping my 92-year-old grandmother pack up her house and move to a retirement community. It was such an exhausting trip, but so worth it! It was so good to get to spend time with all the family I rarely get to see.
5. Drive 2 days back to Florida.
6. Spend 1 night at my parents’ house. Wake up fairly early the next morning to meet an old friend to take some Easter pictures of her little boy. We had to dodge some raindrops (and some really evil geese!!!), but we got some really great pics! After that little photo shoot, I went to meet my best friend from growing up’s brand new 5-day old baby girl. Of course I took some pics of her too!
7. Drive back to Orlando that night.
8. Wake up early the next day to go to an interview in downtown Orlando.
9. CRASH for about 2 full days.
10. Go in for a 2nd interview at a place where I’d interviewed a week or 2 before going to Raleigh/Oklahoma.
11. I GOT THE JOB!!!!! I am now the “Communications Production Coordinator” at Discovery Church just south of downtown Orlando. Today was my first full day and I am going to LOVE IT! I think this is going to be “the job” that I’ve been wanting for a long time. I get to use Photoshop all day and I can wear flip flops. Do you know how big that last part is? ;-) Shoes are just NOT comfortable to me! One of my great friends is also the graphic designer for Discovery, even though she now lives in Savannah, GA. I get to Skype with her all day if I want and it’s considered part of the job. Another part of the job- updating Facebook and Twitter statuses. Isn’t this just awesome?!
12. But there’s even more that has gone down. In between the time I interviewed for this job and when I started I also went to the eye doc and got contacts! I also got new glasses, but they haven’t come in yet. Good gosh I’m loving the contacts. Here’s the best part. Who passes out at the eye doc?!?! That would be me. Apparently I have a condition called vasovagal syncope. And apparently the nerves in my eyes did not appreciate it when Dr. Yip put numbing drops in. He asked me before he did it if I was prone to fainting to which I responded with a big fat yes. Then he told me that there was a slight possibility that the drops could cause it. And they did. The end.
13. Other random things: my laptop got a virus, I got the virus off said laptop, but I’m still having issues with gmail, we got cable and internet this weekend- HALLELUJAH!!!!, we’ve gone to the beach a couple of weekends in a row- bliss, and Tyson turned 6 yesterday!
I’ll try to get some pics posted soon that have been taken over the past month. It’s past my bedtime- I have to get up for work in the morning!
I just had a wonderful weekend in Raleigh and have several pics to share, but this one tops them all. It’s not the best picture, but it was taken very inconspicuously and without looking through the viewfinder. :-) The only thing I missed was (not even kidding), the black compression socks up to the knees and the white shoes.
Phew! This took most of my weekend away from me, but the outcome is exactly what I wanted!!! I completely transformed a sofa table. I bought it several years ago for $16 at a yard sale in Tallahassee. It started out a medium honey color and at the time matched a coffee and end table set that I had. When we moved to a new house in Raleigh I no longer had a place for this table until I decided to paint it black and stick it on a blank wall at the top of our stairs. It looked like this. –
Worked just fine for that house. Then we moved again. The only place for it was behind our sectional. But the problem was this- it got majorly nicked and scratched in the move. Add to that the fact that I didn’t sand it or prime it before I painted it black, so it didn’t take much for the paint to come off. There were TONS of scratches all over it. Long story short, I was ready to put my $16 table out on the curb. It looked terrible. Here is the evidence.-
So there you have it. Blech. I decided that since I don’t have the $700 for the table at Pottery Barn that I like (and probably never will!) maybe I should attempt to salvage this one. We have a cream colored coffee table. I don’t have a pic of it in this house, but here it is in our last house.-
We really like this table/trunk so I thought maybe I would attempt to fix up the sofa table to match the coffee table and then add an antiquing glaze to it. If it turned out good, then maybe I’d glaze the coffee table too? I also decided to remove the bottom bar off the table so that someday I could put baskets under it. Here are a couple during pics I took after I sanded it.-
Before I show you the finished product I’ll break down what all I had to buy…
wood glue (a chunk of wood came out) – $1.50
wood hole filler – $3.00
sandpaper – $1.75
new paint brush – $3.00
bag of cotton rags – $2 (for removing excess glaze)
glaze – $15
paint – $1.00!!!! (oops paint at Home Depot!)
2 new drawer pulls – $1.98 each (clearanced at Target!)
And here’s the finished table. It turned out exactly how I intended it to and I will definitely be doing the coffee table/trunk to match it.
I’ve been working on something crafty this weekend. Be done soon with pics.