I debated linking up this week, not because I wasn’t feeling thankful but more because I’ve got lots happening this weekend and wasn’t sure I would have time to read everyone’s posts. In the end I couldn’t stay away so it may take me all week to make it around to everyone but I will get there eventually. I have a feeling this is going to be a much longer TToT post than my usual!
Happy #1 – Trade Shows
I spent a couple of days in Niagara Falls this week at a trade show conference for work. Now while I will jump down anyone’s throat if they imply that business travel is all fun and games, I’ve got to say there are plenty of worse ways to make a living. At the end of the first day I wanted to cry because my feet hurt so bad, but that was just an 8 hour day and it wasn’t so long ago that my job involved 12-16 hour days on my feet and I had to do that for 6 days a week every week.
So now I’m the type of person who if I’m booking a motel room for myself, it’s going to be an economy room. Probably one of those old fashioned motor court style motel rooms. Niagara Falls still has plenty of those types of motels and they likely meet my requirements for a running shower and a clean bed. On my own, I would never book a room in one of the hotels right by the falls. I certainly wouldn’t book a room that had the view you see in the pictures above so let’s call that room and view Happy #2.
I even got to see the falls at night this time when the sales rep who works the territory adjacent to mine went with me to check it out after we had dinner. As lovely as it is, it’s not something that photographs well so no pictures of that. Sorry.
Comfy shoes and a cheap skirt. By cheap I mean it only cost $13 at Wal-mart and for that $13 bucks it looked great and was comfortable. The comfy shoes came from Wal-mart too and will probably be held in my closet for years to come specifically as “Trade Show Shoes”. As I explained to Matt, trade show shoes are just regular shoes that are a 1/2 size larger than your every day shoes. After two days, you need the extra 1/2 size.
Cheese! I have a love affair with melting cheese on food but I’ve never experimented with the pricier types of cheese. The first day of the trade show there is usually a cocktail hour, this year they had cheese platters. I recognized the brie and another one I can’t remember the name of and knew they were the milder types. There were two others I sniffed suspiciously (I can’t eat cheese that smells like feet, it’s just not happening) and then tasted. Not so great at first, but then I paired them with the dried apricots that were on the platter along with. Yummy!
After two days of eating out and all of that expensive cheese, Weight Watchers! Yep, I went and signed myself up for six months of strict dieting. On the first day I went over on my points I didn’t even count everything! I went to bed feeling very hungry. But I did not take full advantage of my fruit and veggie freebies, so hopefully moving forward that will help me feel a bit more satisfied. Adding exercise will give me a few more daily points too, and artificial sweetener for my coffee, because the sugar for my many morning cups of coffee alone amounted to a meal’s worth of points. And no, I’m not going to give up my coffee because there are already a lot of other things I need to mostly give up.Things like beer, whiskey, vodka and chocolate.
Paint! For at least a month I’ve had paint swatches tacked up all over the place trying to decide on color. A couple of weeks ago I narrowed it down to two swatches that looked nice with my floor tiles and the fabric I used for my chairs.The lavender color at the bottom of the top swatch is the same color I used for my former office that is now Matt’s room. Then today I went to the store and everything changed.
Surprise! Warm buttery yellow it is. And yes, it took me by surprise too. To make it more economical, I am simply painting all the rooms the same color. This way I can buy the big contractor bucket of paint instead of multiple gallons – or as they are here in Canada 3.78 L cans.
The sales clerk who mixed my paint was confused by my request for white eggshell for the ceilings. I won’t paint my ceilings with actual ceiling paint because it’s too flat to be wipe-able. I’ve been using eggshell for years and trust me, it’s nice to be able to wipe that oatmeal spatter or spider poop when you need to.
My closet was built at least 18 years ago, and for all that time the inside edge of the doorway was never finished. I wanted it drywall with a hanging bi-fold door. My ex-husband wanted it with door casing and probably some sort of heavy ornate trim I would have hated. It’s now dry walled for better or for worse. This is actually the first time I’ve done any drywall other than practicing my mad hole repair skillz. It may end up looking great, or it may end up looking kind of shitty. Either way I’ll learn something and if it’s horrible, I can fix it the next time I paint.
Mind you I have to figure out what the hay I’m going to do with this big crevice. My ex husband was famous for saying “eh, the trim (or switch-plate) will cover that. It never did.
Did I mention I finally picked a paint color? I can’t wait to finish the prep work and see it on the walls. I can’t wait until it’s done either. Finally I’ll get my house put together. I’ve had two boxes of pictures for the walls just sitting in my living room for months. It doesn’t make sense to hang them and then paint right? It’s going to be tough maneuvering around furniture and dogs to get this done, but it’s going to be heaven when I can finally have everything where it belongs.
Did I mention I joined weight-watchers? I plan to quit smoking as well. Very soon I’m going to commit myself to a quit date, but in the meantime as soon as the roller first touches the wall my indoor space is going to become smoke free. No more nicotine haze on my pictures or windows. No more stinky clothes. Plus the cooling temperatures will add some incentive to quit I think.
I’ll be able to finally install my flooring! It’s been here, sitting in my living room for about a month. I still have to figure out the logistics (and money) of levelling out the floor a bit, but I’ll be able to start once the painting is done. And then after that, and this part is even more exciting, I’ll be able to install trim! Imagine, baseboards and window casings! Even better, they’ll all be the same style!