Since returning from my road trip, I have been relatively productive. There are lots of projects that I don't get to during the chaos of a school year, so I love checking a few things off my list now that it is summer.
I finally filed 8 years worth of school mementos and notes from students. Doing so brought back lots of great memories of sweet kids. But, lesson learned: it is much easier to do this each year rather than letting almost a decade of material pile up. This little task took way longer than one would expect, but it is finally done!
This guy didn't help the above project very much; he kept sitting on my piles of papers.
I was thrilled to find him taking a break from 'helping' in this shopping bag.
Andrew and I certainly don't entertain much. But I have discovered that hosting get-togethers is great motivation for getting lots done. The weekend after I got back, we had a farewell work party for a dear friend and colleague of mine, Stephany. I adore her and am very much in denial that she won't be working at our campus this fall, but I am excited for her new position at another school. We had a fun gathering and I worked hard to get the front walkway landscaped to welcome our guests.
When deer and drought are eminent, succulents and grasses are the way to go.
Ok, so it doesn't look like much, but it's a start.
The day after I planted these, it was 108 and one plant appeared to literally fry in the sun. Sigh.
That will be another project for another day.
It already had drainage holes as this piece is the lid and has vents.
If you have been reading for awhile, you may remember the pink door:
It is not a good sign when a handyman comments on how brave one is to take on this job.
I got 1/4 of the way done last summer.
I went to Home Depot and a guy in the paint department asked me what he could help me find.
I foolishly replied, "Stripper. Paint stripper." Good thing I made that clarification.
He somehow maintained professional composure but I was dying inside.
I've since thought of lots of great comebacks he could have said. I'm sure he has too.
I dug out my Jannusch Detasseling eyewear so I could strip paint safely and in style.
After a few days of sweat and elbow grease, I am now 50% done with this job.
At this rate, the front door should be finished by about 2015.
July is off to a much better start than June.
I've also been doing some shopping.
I bought a new toilet.
If that isn't exciting, I don't know what is.
Hope you are staying cool and enjoying the summer wherever you are!
Have a chic rest of the week,