Monday, September 24, 2012

False Start

My day off last week started out with this view.

I was pretty dang excited, and then I realized that A) that was smoke and B) it was still going to be 90 degrees. Did this realization stop me from spending the day wandering around in an autumn-induced delirium? Not a chance. Autumn is my New Year - full of crisp possibilities and endless adventure. After a brutal summer of relentless smoke and heat, the freedom that fall promises is literally making me weak in the knees.

What's a girl in love with autumn supposed to do when it's nearing October and still feels like summer? Shop for cardigans, seasonal candles, scarves, cozy blankets, and seriously consider buying another peacoat regardless of the weather! Purchasing an album by The Civil Wars and making a fall playlist is optional, but highly recommended.

Seasonal candle that isn't overwhelmingly perfumed: Score!

Obsession of the Week: Zach vs. Dinosaur

What happens when a toddler meets a dinosaur? "Wun!!!!"

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dreaming of Change

There were two days where temperatures were in the 70's last week. Two days was all it took to get me into the mood for fall. Scarves, boots, sweaters, coats, spiced cider, soup, fleece, twilight strolls... You name it and I'm craving it; which isn't the easiest to deal with since temperatures bounced right back up into the low 90's.

Project of the Week: Dresser Makeover

I inherited a sturdy wood dresser from my mom and, after years of it being Chris' least favorite piece of furniture in our house, I decided to give it some much needed TLC.

Step One: Forget to take an actual "before" picture until after sanding the entire dresser. Go through old photos to find a substitute.

Step Two: Stain the dresser top following the product directions (I chose a dark walnut stain), let the stain cure until no longer tacky, then tape off the top to allow for painting the base. Decide on new hardware and prep the drawers accordingly. At this point in the process you should also commandeer your husband's office for your project space.

Step Three: Find a suitable helper to assist with the prime and paint process. Use stealth tactics to acquire your hubby's parking space in the garage while he is out running errands.

Step Four: Apply two coats of primer and two to three coats of water-based enamel paint. Decide how far to paint into the drawer areas; I did a minimal amount to add depth to the front. Something about a solid white dresser disturbs me, but I didn't want to use distressing techniques.

 Step Five: Apply four coats of polycrylic to the stained wood, sanding until smooth between each coat. 

Step Six: Install new hardware.

Step Seven: Bask in warm glow when your previously skeptical hubby admits that the dresser now looks fantastic.

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
George Eliot

Monday, September 10, 2012

Five Things I've Learned from Financial Institutions

As I may or may not have mentioned previously, I work at a financial institution. The things that I have been learning from this position are generally, but not always, related to financing.

1) Boogers are not an acceptable form of currency. Judging from the number of people who include them with their deposits, this is not common knowledge.

2) Strippers make their boyfriends bring in their piles of one dollar bills. Why said strippers never bother to face the bills, thus making the transaction as fast as possible, is beyond me. Apparently they're too embarrassed to bring their earnings in, but even they don't like handling that crap.

3) The general population thinks nothing of bringing their dogs in, leashed or otherwise. This also stands true for the full-blooded wolf that someone decided to bring to my station recently (no leash, I might add). Our entire branch is now aware that wild animals and their "owners" are to be kept away from me.

4) If you're too embarrassed to spend your money, we don't want it either. This means you, person whose cat peed on a pile of bills. The fact that you tried to wash them before bringing them in didn't help, and the fact that you neglected to tell me why you tried to wash them until I had them in my hand is reprehensible. Angry and covered in cat pee is not how you want someone to be helping you.

5) If you're under the age of 30, it is highly likely that you believe you have a checkings account. People over the age of 30 find this laughable, and promptly request access to their safety deposit box. Heaven help them. Or me. I'm honestly not sure who needs it more at this point...

"Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving."
Dan Millman

Monday, September 3, 2012

Portrait of a Long Weekend

I adore holiday weekends...

Mandatory game day attire for the Boise workplace...


Mr. Fix-It

Finally finished!!

"Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance 
but disappear when you get up close to them." 
John Shirley