A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Home Improvements! (Need your help.)

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It's summer, which means 'tis the season to pay attention to our lovely home. 

While our home is always tidy and free of clutter, it does get dirty with cat hair and litter bits the cats drag out of the box. It's not as gross as it sounds.

Paul and I clean our whole house about every two weeks but I don't do a DEEP clean until summer rolls around. When I deep clean, I get rid of things we don't need and I scrub every nook and cranny. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (well, the generic version!) are my friend in the month of June.

This year, I started making a list of things that need fixed, replaced, or touched up throughout our house. Each time I deep cleaned a room, I added things to the list that I noticed could use some TLC.

A couple things I have already tackled...

1. Replacing our toilet seat! Picking one out at Lowe's made me feel old as shit. It did not come with instructions but I got 'er done.

2. Fixing our curtain rods and adding curtains to our music room and sun room. We had curtains a couple years ago. Then Chrissy peed on them.

3. Touching up the black paint that has chipped off of our decorative railing. This was so easy to do, why didn't I do it sooner? Also, now I have a ton of extra black paint. Anyone need black paint!?

4. Scraping purple nail polish off our bathroom towel rack. (I can't tell you how long that was there!) But I feel good that it's gone.

5. Fixing a kitchen cupboard knob. Paul bought some screws for $1 and fixed it in 20 seconds. Why did we go so long without the knob in the first place!?

There is still more to do. 

Our bathroom mirror is not only broke but it has hair dye stained on it. I'm going to have my friend's husband cut me a new mirror. First, I have to get this mirror off the medicine cabinet door. That should be interesting....

Another thing in our house that has been bothering me is two of the air vents in our music room. Chrissy peed in the corner once and while we were spraying the cleaner, it got the vents wet and therefore they rusted and look like shit. I wasn't able to find replacement vents that fit, but I did find a lady who blogged about spray painting her's, so that is what I'm going to do!

One more big thing that would make the house look fresh is to touch up the white paint on some of our doors. I got some paint at Lowe's and touched up a bunch of nicks.

Ooh, one other thing. I need your advice. There are spots in our house where the paint has peeled off for whatever reasons.

Spot #1: Paul adhered an air freshener to the wall on top of the litter box and when it fell, it ripped the paint off.

Spot #2: Chrissy scratched the wall and the white paint from under the bright orange is showing through.

Spot #3: Don't ask me how this happened in our bathroom but it did.

How do we get the exact paint color to cover all this up? Is it even possible to do? It looks like the bathroom has peeled several layers of paint... Do we have to paint our whole bathroom!? Actually now that I took a picture of it I think it's water damaged as well!

Any painting tips you could share with me!?
How often do you clean and deep clean your house?
Any projects on your to do list? Or brag about some tackled projects!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up!


Happy Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend.
Here's what we were up to...

The first thing I did Friday morning (after a cup of coffee and 20 minutes of watching Morning Joe) was put a new toilet seat on our toilet! It came with no directions but I was able to figure it out! Towards the end, I did have to consult Wikihow for one question.

Then I painted the decorative railing in our breakfast nook. I think this railing is one of the unique charms of our house, but some of the black paint on it chipped over the years. It didn't take me long to touch it up and now it looks super fresh.

I had quite the to do list for the day. I'm trying very hard to start the summer off productive because I know I'm going to get lazy really fast. I also want to make the most of my time and not let it go to waste. Having ten weeks off is a huge luxury and I want to respect that luxury by making good use of my time!

After checking some stuff off my to do list, I decided to go for a run. I wanted to explore the same route I did the day before. Paul and I discovered a park in Boiling Springs called Spring Meadows Park. It has a disc golf course and lots of walking trails. The walking trails even go through fields and connect Spring Meadows to another park as well as the town of Boiling Springs. I wanted to explore more, so I made the 20 minute drive.

I ended up doing 7 miles in the scorching sun and it was glorious!

Then I went to Lowe's for some paint and hanging baskets. I have been wanting hanging baskets out back for awhile but they were just so expensive. These were only $12 which means I'm sure they'll die in a week...

I also did some grocery shopping. Aldi was PACKED. But I remembered my usable bags so I felt like THE SHIT.

That evening, Ana came over for drinks and grub on the back porch! A couple years ago, we randomly met via our blogs and discovered we only live about 10 minutes away from each other. I'm glad we met and are friends!

This was the second night in a row that Paul and I stayed up super late binging on The Staircase. Don't worry, I will be blogging about my thoughts on the case in a future post!

Guys, I blogged for 3.5 hours straight this morning! Blogging every day is time consuming! But I felt very accomplished when I was done.

I was also kind of annoyed. Like enraged. Like I wanted to punch someone and scream really loud. WTF!?


I went out in the scorching sun and did two INSANE deck of cards workouts. The endorphins helped erase my enraged feeling. (I wasn't enraged about anything in particular.)

We met Paul's parents at The Pizza Grille for lunch. It was in honor of Father's Day. We had so much fun but I forgot to take any pictures besides this one of my mojito!

When I got home, I had STUFF TO DO. First, I took out two rusty vents from the wall, cleaned them off, then spray painted them with several coats of white paint. After they were dried, I screwed them back in. Well, I tried to screw them in. One of them won't screw so I had to tape it for now. DAD, I NEED YOUR HELP!

Then it was time to do some paint touch ups. Our baseboards, moldings, and doorways have nicks and such in them, so I just meandered around the house, looking for places to touch up. There were a lot of spots.

Then I clipped some fresh mint from the yard, made a cran lime mojito (totally made that up) and just chilled for awhile. Eventually, I made us dinner and we ate while watching The Staircase!

Cleaning the sun room was the last, looming thing on my summer deep clean to do list. Before I did ANYTHING on Sunday, I tackled the room. I started at 7:30am and finished at noon. Yes, it took a LONG time BUT I feel so good now that it's done. And it looks awesome! I checked my Garmin and I walked 2.5 miles just from doing that cleaning! Crazy!

That afternoon, Paul and I headed to Planet Fitness. It was time to get our lift on.

Then we came home and finished The Staircase. I went to bed at a decent hour and started this book...

Are you watching The Staircase?
How often do you DEEP CLEAN?
Have you ever installed a toilet seat?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Games My Dad Played (Happy Father's Day!)

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I have wonderful childhood memories. One thing I remember about my dad is that he always played with us. A lot of times, he made up games- and they were the best! Here are some of the games my dad made up and played with us:

1. Don't Get On My Back While I'm Sleeping. This is basically exactly what it says it is. Dad would lay on the floor in the middle of the room and we'd sit on the couch. He would say very seriously, "Okay, I am going to lay over here and take a nap. But whatever you do, don't get on my back while I'm sleeping." Then he would make a big production about laying down and falling asleep. That would be our cue to tip toe over to our dad. Usually he would "wake up" before we got on his back and he'd chase us back to the couch. THIS WAS THE MOST AWESOME GAME IN THE WORLD!!!!!

2. Jungle Gym. We basically just got to climb all over him like a jungle gym.

3. Trump Tower with the Blocks. We had these awesome wooden blocks and my dad would help us construct a huge tower with them called Trump Tower. I did not know who Trump was when we were doing this.

4. Magic Carpet Ride. For this game, my dad held me chest height (I think his arms were under my butt and my body leaned again his chest to keep me up there) and swooped me around the house, pretending I was on a magic carpet. Of course he played Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride while we did this!

5. What Room Are We In? My dad would hold us and we'd close our eyes. Then he'd walk around the house, spin around, pretend to go up and down stairs, and finally when he stopped, we had to guess what room we were in.

6. Hiding Chocolate Morsels. My dad used to hide chocolate morsels around the living room and my brothers and I had to find them. Of course if you found one, you got to eat it!

7. Airplane. Dad would lay on his back with his feet straight up in the air. He would balance us on his feet (we'd be laying on them on our bellies) so it felt like we were flying.

As you can see, my dad was loads of fun! I was lucky to have a dad who played with me! I like seeing my little brother be silly and play with my nieces and nephew. He definitely gets that part of his personality from our dad!

Happy Father's Day, Daddio!
Thanks for being a fun dad!

Growing up, did your dad play any fun games with you?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Weekly Workouts!

I wasn't expecting it to be a fun week of workouts, but it was! I'm trying to take advantage of summer and run/hike at new places.

Saturday- Lifting at home. I didn't really feel like it but I hadn't lifted in over a week so it was time. Jelly helped.

Sunday- 8 hilly miles at my old stompin' grounds. This was such a beautiful run despite the pouring rain!

Monday- 5 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail in Swatara State Park. We did a small section I had done already and then a section that was a little longer and new to both of us. It was BEAUTIFUL. So green and luscious!

Tuesday- 8 miles again! I ran almost the same route as Sunday and took lots of pictures! Paul walked while I ran, then I picked his ass up out in the middle of nowhere. He walked far!

Wednesday- 2 deck of cards workouts at the gym. OMG PLANET FITNESS WOULD YOU PLEASE TURN ON THE AC!!?? I also did inverted rows on the TRX cables to get my pump on...

Thursday- 6 miles at Spring Meadows Park in Boiling Springs. We found a new disc golf course and the park had a running trail as well, so it was a DG/Running date. It turns out the trail was much more awesome than just a paved path around soccer fields. There were some offshoots into cornfields and over roads and streams! I was in heaven! It was sooooo beautiful!

Friday- 7 miles at Spring Meadows again. I went by myself this time and wanted to do some more exploring. This is my new favorite spot! Who wants to come run with me? It would also be good for biking but I don't have a bike...

How were your workouts this week?