24 hours of painting…again

More like 12, but seriously–it was ALL DAY. I think the blisters on my hand tell me I over-did it a little…

Much was accomplished, but not without consequences; I was dripping paint everywhere and grumbling as I worked. It was very much an “off” day for me.

But, at least now the upstairs hallway and trim are both done!! I started at about 10:30 a.m. and edged until just after lunch. Then I started rolling the first coat before doing the white trim around door frames.


You would think a hallway would be quick–not so. It may be small, but there are way more corners and turns and edges that take way more time.

And let’s not forget the beautiful built-in cabinet than needed to be painted with trim paint…


Check out the color difference in those doors!

I spent the afternoon trim-painting, then broke for dinner with Andrew and had to wait until he got back from Lowe’s with more paint to finish rolling the second coat of brown.

By the time I finished that and the baseboards and the drawers for the built-in, it was pushing midnight. Needless to say, cleaning up the painting mess and prepping for this morning (we’re heading out of town directly so we had to get Hadrian’s stuff ready too) brought us to 1 a.m…

Hoping no more marathon painting sessions are in my future anytime soon…


Much progress has been made on the laundry room!

If only we had this weekend to finish up.  Instead, we’ll be heading up to the Thousand Islands for a friend’s wedding, which is wonderful, but I’m in a strangely (or maybe not so strange) productive mood, especially about schoolwork.  Phooey!

Andrew started his final push on the laundry room at the end of last week and into the weekend.  That morning, it looked like this:

Goodbye door!

Hello window!


As of last night, this is how it looked:





Andrew finished the drywall last night and has a few more things to do (some final electrical, framing-in the windows, some tile work, baseboards) before he can spackle the seams and be ready for paint.  It’s really coming along!

a totally blog-worthy dinner

At least in pictures.

How I managed this when I didn’t even leave school until after 5:30, I don’t know.

Lemony Kale Salad

Cedar-Plank Grilled Salmon with Mango-Kiwi Salsa

Whole-wheat Spaghetti with Mint Pesto (can’t remember where I found the recipe…)

(Actually, I do.  I assembled the mango-kiwi salsa the night before and the mint pesto was some I had in the freezer from earlier this summer.)

As we don’t have a grill at the moment, I had to broil the salmon.  Andrew loved it–I did it dry (no olive oil because I was lazy) with salt and pepper on top under the broiler from probably less than 8 minutes or so–it created a crust on the top and it was lovely!

Andrew didn’t love the salsa, so I didn’t keep the recipe, but it was pretty good.  I have leftover salsa, so I think I might mix it with some plain yogurt and use it to dip crackers or something.

The kale salad was yummy, and they give a couple variations on it (at least the magazine did), so I’m planning to try another one on Thursday with our Vegetarian Moussaka!