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House stuff

grin and bear it
My allergies are killing me tonight. I keep sneezing and blowing my nose. Hate.

Last night I finished washing down the walls of the living room with a half and half warm water and vinegar mix. I don't know whether or not it worked better than, worse than or the same as a commercail cleaner like Mr. Clean. Part of that problem is, I think, that the 3 walls that are painted with a matte paint, which doesn't wash well as you can just scrub the paint right off (gloss, satin, semi-gloss paints are much easier to clean). The wallpaper on the accent wall is in decent condition. The border around the top of the room is in decent condition. It looks good from the floor but up close you can see that it is pulling away from the wall a little. That is fine by me as, ideally, I'd like to remove the border. But I would like to remove the border without removing the wallpaper. The wallpaper seems much sturdier than the border, so it might be possible. If not and I have to take down the wallpaper, I will and I won't be too upset. The other three walls need to be primed (because the former tenants were smokers and I don't want any remaining grime coming through the new paint) and then painted. The trim should also be painted but there are a lot of layers of paint on the trim around the floor. It might need to be stripped and then painted. I don't know how much work that is though. My mom says that there are so many layers of paint on there that just adding another layer won't make it look any better. I am thinking I would like to paint the walls a cream (as the wallpaper on the accent wall is deep jewel tones, so it needs to be something bright and clean to offset that and not clash with the wallpaper or stained glass windows), so I suppose that the trim should also be cream. Though I think trim is generally painted an enamel. Though Andy shampooed the carpets before we moveed in the carpet in the living room is pretty dirty. I think if I get down on my hands and knees and physically scrub the crap out of it, I might be able to make it look nicer and not so grimy. Anyway, as I have straightened up and vacuumed tonight the living room, it is almost ready for my parent's to come this weekend.

Both bathrooms are also ready.

There is nothing good to say about work so I won't say much. The dread I feel each night for the next day's work is increasing and the anxiety I feel while at work is also increasing. I am not happy there. I am trying not to focus on it but I spend 10 hours of every weekday on my way to or from or at or around work. It's a huge part of my current existence. I haven't been sleeping very well. I am exhausted. I am waiting anxiously to hear from Gannett Fleming. I am so scared I won't get the job.

Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions as to where we could find window treatments. We needed curtains or shades for the guest bedroom as my parents are coming down this weekend and currently the windows are bare. I don't figure either mom or Budd wants to disrobe in front of the whole neighborhood. The window in that room is a bay window, so whatever we looked at for it, we needed three of. We checked out Walmart, Kmart. Target., Ross and TJMaxx but to no avail. We could not find anything we liked in the right size and colors for a price we could afford. We ended up ordering fabric shades from the JCPenney website summer clearance. These shades in particular in linen (which is pictured) for the guest room. I chose such a neutral shade as that room has a bright red carpet. The walls in there desperately need to be painted as they are a mess (the former owners pulled down wallpaper and then... stopped there... I think we're also going to paint the guest room a cream or an ivory as the carpet is red... I don't know what else would not either clash or be overwhelming) but that will have to wait. We also bought those shades in sage for doors in the mud room/laundry room. The price for those 5 curtains even with express shipping (which was expensive as all get out) was cheaper than the cotton tie-up shades at Walmart that only come in primary colors or neutrals. Check out the outlet at jcpenney.com if you need curtains they have some really nice ones for great prices!

Andy's first days of law school have gone well. He's enthused and working hard already. I know he's going to do great.

EDIT: I just opened a $222.36 refund check from our former cable company! Woo! Holy crap, that is so needed right now. I am stupidly excited and delighted by this.

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raek622
Aug. 27th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm right there with ya on the allergies. I feel like I'm going to die. It's terrible.

I'm glad Andy is enjoying his classes so far. That's great!
_holly
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Mine are awful. I don't know why but I am not amused. My lips are chapped and my nose is getting raw.
empressmiaka
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Ooh good for you. lol
_holly
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
About the cleaning, curtains or the refund check? lol
empressmiaka
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Well, all, but most especially the check. lol

I don't think I've ever washed the walls unless something was on them or we were painting. =\
_holly
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Me either, excluding baseboards. But the walls here need it, badly.
carrieish
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
just read this story and thought I'd give you a heads up in case your pups have any of these toys floating around:
http://thechaistory.blogspot.com/2008/08/chai-story.html ... very sad and a very good warning. I'm glad I've not bought any toys like that.

sorry I haven't been commenting much... new job and wedding planning and home shopping all take precedence over the internet I guess. ha. sounds like you have good plans for your house! I can't wait until you have it all fixed up because I love before/after pics. :)
_holly
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Ohmygod, that poor dog! I feel so bad for him and his owner. :o( I am pretty sure all of Gage and Una's toys like that have vent holes but I will check them out.

I haven't been commenting much either. Between the move, working a different job that doesn't allow me access to the internet and everything else, I just don't have the time. I don't even remember if I congratulated you on your engagement. If not, I meant to! Congrats again on everything going well for you!
cmariewt
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Oooh I like those shades you picked! And for a price like that you can't beat it.

Yay! Unexpected money is always awesome.
_holly
Sep. 1st, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Definitely can't beat the price. We have them up now and they are cute!
bellasmommy
Aug. 27th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
WOOT FOR MONEY OUT OF THE BLUE
_holly
Sep. 1st, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
BIG WOOT
noncalorsedumor
Aug. 29th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Hooray for refund checks! That must've been a great surprise. :-)

Ugh, layers of paint. In the apartment my mom used to rent (it was one floor of an old Victorian house), the company who owned the house used to paint the walls white each time a new tenant moved in, without removing any previous paint. So much wonderful woodwork was obscured by thick layers of paint. Also, they never removed the wallpaper that a previous owner must've had up, and we could see (and feel!) the design through the paint.

I know you guys are going to make that house look fab-you-luss. Especially in that office room that's floor-to-ceiling-to-heat-register covered in that wallpaper. Eeeugh!
_holly
Sep. 1st, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
I've seen where people have painted over paper before. It rarely looks very good. Taking down the paper is a pain but it's probably worth it.

That office is now Andy's for school. Apparently he has grown fond of the paper. LOL
naelany
Sep. 1st, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
EDIT: I just opened a $222.36 refund check from our former cable company! Woo! Holy crap, that is so needed right now. I am stupidly excited and delighted by this.

I know how you feel! It's a strange buzz to get "extra money" like that lol
_holly
Sep. 1st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Every little bit helps.
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