Saturday, August 27, 2011

"Near, far, wherever you are..."

If you've seen this movie obsessively like I have (it released smack dab in the middle of my high school years) you will know it by the title of this post. Because the title of this post is a lyric from one of it's more famous songs.

I'm talking about the movie Titanic.

It was on TV last weekend and I caught the last hour and 45 minutes. Man, that movie makes my neck hurt! Probably because I keep my head tilted up the majority of the movie trying to get air. It totally cracked me up when I realized that's why my neck was getting sore.

A few other facts about when I watch Titanic:

I always hold my breath when they go under water on the stern of the ship. After almost being smoke free for a year I did pretty well and lasted long after Kate came up for air! Score! (Oh, the things that bring me joy...)

I need a blanket when watching no matter the weather outside because no matter what, I envision myself with icy chunks of hair and my breath showing in white puffs.

I whisper scream "Come back! Come back! Come back!" as Kate's trying to flag down one of the boats that has come back to look for survivors.

And finally, I cry every. single. time. If only that headboard been able to hold them both...

*In light of recent activities (Hurricane Irene) I must tell you that my bff Jill (not really her name, but she is my bff) and her family live 30 minutes North of Norfolk, VA and have not evacuated. You have to drive across a large bridge in order to get to their house and due to the high wind speeds it has been closed, so now even if they needed to leave...they can't. My only communication with her so far (due to signal issues) has been through text message and I last heard from her earlier this evening when she told me that so far they were fine and even still have power. I haven't heard from her since the bulk of the storm hit that area. I'm hoping that they are safe and warm in their beds (gah, I can't stop quoting Titanic!) but unfortunately I know nothing for sure. So your thoughts and prayers for them and all the other millions of people who are effected are appreciated.

Friday, August 26, 2011

This, that and something that makes me laugh.

Hello! Remember me? Maybe not...I'm Mrs. Ski and this little spot is where I sporadically blog about life, specifically the life of my husband and I. But lately I've been silent and as my sweet and wonderful mommy recently and gently pointed out to me the other day..."you haven't blogged since August 2nd!" She's right and so tonight is the night that I've returned from blogging silence to pound out these thoughts that have been banging around in here. But first an update:
We did start and complete the popcorn removal process except we didn't do it at quite the pace that I had mentioned in my previous post. We did, thankfully, complete it within the 72 hour time period and I couldn't have done it without Mr. Ski. I mean, I thought this was going to be easy peasy and I was so wrong. The garb we were wearing left me hot, sweaty, and claustrophobic. Plus, my goggles kept fogging up from my heavy (I'm surely inhaling teeny particles of popcorn ceiling!) breathing. It was tedious, dirty and just irritating all around. And yet, we're considering doing it all over again in the kitchen which is four times the size of the bathroom. Bluh. Oh the joys of home ownership.
Can you see how thrilled I am in my protective gear? How I was feeling in one word: miserable (and out of breath). Like I could keep my feelings to one word! Ha!

I guess part of the reason I've been absent is because we have been busier than usual around here. There was a visit from one of Mr. Ski's Army buddies/heroes/brother/friend and his girlfriend which was so many things but awesome being the most frequent describer. They are both sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles and after hearing their stories I now have this odd desire to be a deputy! :) Their visit led to an amazing gathering of heroes, some of which had only been home from Afghanistan for a mere week.
What a great weekend we had catching up. Mr. Ski has a bond with these guys that is indescribable. But I suppose that's natural considering they all faced war on the front lines together. Just thinking about what they have done (and continue to do) for our country makes me teary eyed. Thank you to each and every one of these guys and every soldier (and soldier's family) for your service, you all are amazing.

There was also a stellar (haha) full moon that weekend and I managed to capture a shot or two.
Since I've been on such a rampage lately about photography I will say that there has been no editing done to the photo above aside from the addition of the logo. It was shot on a low profile DSLR on the manual setting and I must admit I'm pretty darn proud of it! Oh and I also must say, BLUUUUUUUUUEEEE MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON! :)

I almost forgot!! I have to tell you the something that makes me laugh! There's a commercial for a gas-reducing product that focuses around an interviewer and interviewee with a particular line that always leaves me laughing for days!

"Excuse me sir, your son Rip is on line toot." Hahahahahaha!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I love popcorn...

just not on the bathroom ceiling.

We have popcorn ceilings throughout the house and I don't mind them in the majority of the house. But it's beginning to come down in the guest bathroom and since some drywall is exposed it is time to remove it.

I began reading about this topic close to 2 years ago when we bought the house. I have literally read the Be Jane article no less than 28 times. And yet, I'm still nervous. We have a schedule that we're trying to stick to since it is imperative that once we start the process that it's finished within 72 hours.

Part One-Monday : Go to the hardware store to get supplies. We need gloves, masks, goggles, plastic sheets, primer, paint, paint rollers, paint edgers, paint pans (can you tell we've never done any painting in this house?), paint can openers, 4" scraper, pressurized garden sprayer, etc. I didn't think it was that much stuff really but holy moly it cost us $118!! I tend to underestimate the cost of things so I honestly only thought it would be $50, $60 max. Paint is expensive!

Part Two-Tuesday: Clear bathroom of stuff. Move all of my shower items to the master bathroom. Tape off bathroom ceiling and hang plastic sheets.

Part One is marked off the list and I'm procrastinating on Part Two. I probably won't get my 3rd wind until eight or nine tonight but that's ok because no one cares if I'm banging around at night. When I had my apartment in the city I would always get the 3rd wind cleaning urge but could do nothing about it because I had neighbors whom I'm sure would not have appreciated my late night vacuuming. But since there's no neighbors close by I can vacuum anytime I want! As well as do minor home repairs! Score!

Updates to come!