Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The weekend was spent editing my future sister-in-law's wedding (and future bro-in-law, I guess). They were up helping with the bathroom 'redo' on Steve's Dad's house and only so many people can fit in a bathroom so I stayed here and edited away. I was hoping to get things finished and send them off with a lovely DVD by Monday, but that didn't happen. The editing is done, the tweaking, done; rendering of various filters, done; the motion menu, done....but sadly every time I try to export an m2v file, Final Cut Pro crashes. *sigh* I need to upgrade my FCP methinks.
But the past 2 nights have been about grout. Since they diligently tore everything (except the bathtub) OUT of the bathroom and then measured, cut and mortared the tiles, I felt it was my duty to grout the thing. Ay yi yi. A job I thought would take "a couple hours" ended up taking about 5 1/2 and my poor little digits are practically raw from all the sanded grout. eeek. My back's not super happy either but the FLOOR looks fantastic, ifIdosaysomyself.....Granted there are portions I am not happy with and I will be "touching up" in the coming days/weeks but for the most part I have successfully completed my first floor grouting experience.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Now to recap - Here's the kitchen before:
Friday, May 19, 2006
Our website is almost complete. Just getting the video & photo elements squared away.
Hey! It’s Ride your Bike to Work Day – well, that’s what I’ve been saying all week but It’s actually “Bike to Work Day” which is much easier to say due to less syllables. Heh. I’m not sure how many fine citizens of
I thought I would have a problem with the 6am wake up but it wasn’t too bad. I figured I could snooze as many times as I usually do since the alarm was set much earlier (and technically it’s 5:45 wake up because I fool myself by setting my clock 15 mins ahead – sneaky huh? I hope I don’t find out!) and the timing should be about the same. Since I got my hair done last night I didn’t need to wash it which saved lots of time. I even ate breakfast before leaving which I have been skipping lately (and eating at work) which was nice. I made it in 12-15 minutes which is a record for me – usually takes closer to 20. So, I was at work a bit early – highly unusual. Of course my building doesn’t have a bike rack so I had to improvise on a railing which took a while but she’s all locked up safe & sound and looking forward to the ride home.
I’m looking forward to lunchtime because instead of cleaning – which I should be doing as my folks are coming up tonight – I get to read for the full hour while sitting outside! Yes! It will be quite a treat. An hour seems much much longer when you don’t drive home. Plus, my lunch is already made so I just get to grab it and go. Hopefully there’ll be some ship traffic while I’m sitting at the canal. That always makes me happy. Enjoy your Friday!
Thursday, May 18, 2006
I love it! Of course I'll never be able to make it look like it does now again (too bad my evening plans are cleaning) but I adore the color. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Side note: I saw two guys - probably mid-20's - getting shaves...does that happen these days? They were both getting their sparse facial hair shaped meticulously with a straight razor. Huh. Who knew.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
*Also puked on in the last week: our bed/comforter - soaked through to the mattress pad, the guest bed/comforter also soaked through to the mattress pad, the living room rug, the dining room rug (3 times), the bass drum pedal for Steve's drum set, the brown chair. Not one puke on wood or vinyl flooring. Figures. I'm getting a little worried about Mr. Iko though...so much puking for one cat.... :-(
SO - Steve's on the road tonight and I have big productive plans:
Paint the 2nd coat on the window trim.
Paint the 2nd coat on the soffet (how do you spell that?!?!)
Enter remaining names/addresses into theknot.com for invite list
Start a new knitting project? No CLEAN, dammit, clean.
Read my book.
So far I have...
sat outside and read my book
ate some triscuits & cheese
laid on the couch to read my book
Tomorrow I have my meeting with the Mentor Duluth people FINALLY! It's an hour long interview/screening to see if I am okay material to hang out with kids. I hope I pass. I think I will. After that I'm getting my hair cut and then I'll be frantically finishing everything that I am not doing right now that I should be.
Oh - and Dateline's To Catch a Predator is on tonight to which I am hooked. That and Tiara Girls on MTV. I'm so embarrassed that I admitted that....
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
But last night, after 24 and after Steve's Dad and his SO left, Operation Clog Buster began. Steve rigged the garden hose from the outside spigot through the kitchen, dining room and upstairs into the bathroom. We had tried this in '05 when we had plumbing problems (or was it '04? anyway...) with no success and a huge mess. Needless to say I was apprehensive.
Steve borrowed the "clog buster" device the last time around and it didn't work. For those of you who are non-homeowners or who are blessed with decent drains, the clog buster is this black plastic thingy that makes a hose have incredible pressure. The black thing blows up a bit and seals off the opening where you're inserting the hose so no water can back up and everything is FORCED the way it should go. It also sort of looks like a creepy black odd looking penis...there I said it. I can't help it. Anyway....
Steve was inserting the clog buster under the bathroom sink. He had removed the piping and was just putting it right in the drain hole (why does that sound dirty to me now?) I was at the tub making sure water didn't back up and spray all over tarnation.
The first time the water went on there was backup in the tub - not a lot but a little nasty, stinky, stale, blackish yuckiness....coming from the drain as well as the overflow drain. Gross. I had to remove my Mickey Mouse watch.
The second time we started the water...no backup! In fact no odd smelling or sounding gurgles from either drain...and the water kept coming. I was envisioning big flooding puddles somewhere else in the house but all appears to be good!
We ran water into the tub and the bathtub-whirlpool-thingy appeared and THE WATER DRAINED! It went right down! No waiting, no stopping, no stalling - it just disappeared into the vast underground abyss that is our plumbing/sewer system.
We were giddy! And so excited! We were SUPERHEROES in our own house!
Things that are "cool" change throughout your life. For instance - 10 years ago, unclogging a drain would not have seemed COOL to me. Now it is one of the coolest thing ever. And saved us money to boot.
Taking a shower this morning was heavenly - no standing in scumy ankle-deep water, no un-ending humidity due to said standing water, no sump pump needed (seriously) to empty out the tub, the wet-vac has been retired to it's previous home (in the basement) and all is right with the world.
Now, if only I could finish that kitchen....
Sunday, May 14, 2006
* Went to see The Triplets of Belleville which was awesome. I am so impressed they played it here. Granted it was at The Playground - which is an offshoot of the local community theatre and strives to bring things like foreign & independent films to Duluth. Thank god.
* Grocery shopping, Target run
* I went to Michael's for their "wedding event." What a joke! The event consisted of a table pushed off to the side which had a few place setting & favor ideas on it. They also had a couple of brochures showing different invitation designs. Um...WTF? I was really hoping that there would be creative people there showing a few cool ideas. What I ended up with was a couple of invite kits which I could've bought on ANY day at Michaels. It was a tad disappointing.
Still haven't finished painting the kitchen (I think I'm in a funk about it and just can't get it finished!!); haven't finished knitting the prayer shawl for my friend; haven't finished editing Steve's sister's wedding (although I did make progress today); haven't fixed the plumbing issues that we're having (actually made it slightly worse today) - you get the idea.
I think 3- or 4-day weekends should be mandatory.
On another note HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you Mothers (or soon to be Mothers, Donna, I'm looking at you...). We went to brunch with Steve's Mom and I ate WAY too much omlette than I'm sure is allowed on my diet. Sheesh! The mimosas were divine.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
There is someone in my life who is never happy. I should rephrase that – that’s a bit too strong. Who’s rarely happy. Even when there are good things to be excited and happy about, he’s always able to find the darkest part of the cloud and sit under it. I know this. I have known this for 10, 12 years! And yet it still affects me.
I am (as the blog insinuates) naturally optimistic. I can’t help it. Even when I’m sad or crabby or ornery or down it doesn’t last long because I usually tend to forget what I was sad, crabby, ornery or down about. Usually. It just has a way of slipping down the ladder of emotional priorities as something more lovely comes along. Like….the way the sun sparkles on the water. Or the fact that my favorite tv show is on that night…or getting a friendly email out of the blue, or seeing my honey when he walks through the door at the end of the day. Silly little things that wouldn’t make everyone – particularly the glass-half-empty types to even have a glimmer of a thought of changing their attitude. Ah well, that’s them and I’m me. Right.
Anyway – this friend….to hear the sadness, orneryness this grumpiness this disappointment in his voice is enough to slay me! And I know that is just stupid. I know that whatever the outcome is…whatever the answer….whether or not 12 dancing elephants come to deliver the news where sparkly fringed outfits holding 12 beautiful dancing acrobat ladies that he would be sad, disappointed, grumpy, you get the idea.
So why does it bug me? Why do I have to be affected?
I’ve tried very hard in the past couple of years to shed my co-dependent tendencies (the unhealthy ones, at least) and to protect myself, my life and what I feel like I’ve built up for myself WITHIN myself…so when someone breaches the protective outer shell, it gets to me.
That being said…two years ago I would be a puddle on the floor trying to mimic this same sad, depressed, grumpiness that was presented to me and now I approach it with a bit of indifference. Well, if you can be indifferently bugged, that is.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
THE DVDS ARE HERE! THE DVDS ARE HERE!!
Newton’s Disease has officially been born! That’s how I feel. I feel as though these 6 boxes of dvd’s and 1000s of postcards are my babies! I was thrilled to hear they arrived, rushed right down to ogle the boxes and to lovingly stroke the dvds. Yes, I did. To see so many of them each with the title, our artwork, our “blurbs” our bar code!!! *sigh* It was a moment which left me feeling proud and plastered a big smile across my face.
This has been the hardest task of my life. It has consumed 3 years and thousands (upon thousands) of dollars (thanks Citibank!). It has made me laugh, cry, tear my hair out, throw things, yell, smile, sigh, bleed (probably….), wish I had never started it and anxiously await starting the next one. Roller coaster? Yes. No other way to describe it. I learned how to solve problems, keep finances in order, negotiate (sort of), cajole needed things from cast & crew, prioritize, organize and fully appreciate everything that goes into a feature film. I also picked up a few editing hours along the way (I am the editor, after all).
I don’t know what’s next….selling a few would be nice; getting in a festival would be lovely; being picked up by a distributor would be fantastic and having someone pay a lot of money for it and hire us to make another would be excellent.
Then again – to sit in one theatre anonymously while people watch and laugh and are inspired to TALK about it would be the best. That’s all I ask for. For people to not throw rotten tomatoes at the screen and to hiss and boo that would be the greatest reward…because while I think my baby is beautiful, I’m not sure how the rest of the world will receive it.THAT’S the hardest part.
We’ll soon be for sale on Newton's Disease and also on FilmBaby or you can leave me a comment and I’ll send you one directly. Or if you happen to see us at a local film festival or someday in a small art house theater in your town, check us out.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Afterwards we lugged our pancake-heavy-bellys up Chester creek and got a good 40 minute hike in. I feel much better now.
I'm hoping tonight that I get some good sleep because the last few nights have been tough. Beavis likes to get in and out of bed about a 24-56 times per night which is highly annoying. He's also taken to walking on my head, which also is not appreciated. I could just kick him out but I do love it when he's a GOOD sleeper. Perhaps I should value my own rest a little more.
Friday tomorrow! whooo! I just finished the 2nd skein of the current prayer shawl that I'm working on and hopefully this weekend I will find some time to crank out the third skein. I probably won't use the whole thing so the end is near. I'm anxious to send the care package off to my friend. I'm also planning on, guess what? PAINTING THE KITCHEN this weekend. We might be re-doing one of the colors (argh) so there's that to deal with. Oh and I bought all 26 handles for the cabinets and drawers today and that will be a fun task to get those all on. It will be SO NICE to have handles again!!
bed is calling....
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I'm tired & my back hurts. I shouldn't save the two cupboards above the fridge for last but somehow I always do. Stupid.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll paint more trim.
I just set up my computer this past weekend (it was at my film partner's house for the past year and a half) downstairs so I can start editing Steve's sister's wedding...I'm trying to get it done before their 1st anniversary - lordy....I need to procrastinate less and DO MORE.
So...off to do that....