Say that one three times fast.
In an ideal world, installing a chandelier would go something like this: 1) remove the old chandelier, 2) install the new chandelier, 3) sit back and enjoy a beverage beneath the illumination of said chandelier. But as you all know by now, I don’t live in an ideal world. My first-world problems include (but are not limited to):
- The fact that I don’t have a new chandelier.
- The fact that I don’t have an old chandelier, or any evidence that there was ever a place to hang one.
But these are minor details when you consider the fact that the ceiling I wish to adorn is covered in The Texture That Must Not Be Named.
And it would be a real travesty to put all my creative effort into designing and constructing an incredible one-of-a-kind light fixture, only to have the “after” photos marred by that rutted, uneven, unrefined background. The mission (which of course I accepted) was to install an electrical box for an incredible one-of-a-kind light fixture in a popcorn-free ceiling.
Sarah’s Big Idea: Doin’ things the hard way, every chance I get.Continue Reading
Imagine this, if you will: Chris is outside, mowing the lawn, wearing earbuds, minding his own business, just doin’ chores and listenin’ to tunes. Suddenly, I come running out of the house and scare the crap out of him because he’s totally not expecting to see me outside of the house in my pajamas at 2 in the afternoon.
“Hey, Craigslist Master! I need you to find something for me.”
Chris: (removes his earbuds and shuts down the lawn mower in a patient and not-at-all annoyed manner, as if to say, “Go on.”)
Me: “I need you to find me a bunch of cheap microphones.”
Chris: “Okay………..I’m kind of busy…”
Me: “I don’t need them right now. I’m just telling you now, before I forget. There’s plenty of time. I just know it takes time to find good deals on stuff. So, you know…keep your eyes open.”
Chris: “Okay…………Like, how many is ‘a bunch’ Like, 5 or 6?”
Me: “I don’t know, as many as you can find? Like, 20? Maybe more?”
Chris: (gives me a look that I will interpret here as, “20 microphones? You think it’s that easy to find 20 microphones just lying around?”)
Me: “If it makes it easier, they don’t have to all look the same. Because I’m going to spray paint them all. Gold. Also, they don’t actually have to be working microphones. They just have to look like microphones. Like microphone skeletons, that’s all I really need.”
Chris: (I have to give him credit, he held off asking this for waaaay longer than I thought he would) “WHY?”
This is why:
A short anecdote for you:
So, I got the IKEA 2014 catalog in the mail right before I left for Atlanta. I flipped it open to a random page (I actually have yet to look through it) and the first thing I saw was this:
Happy weekend, everybody! Two things for you today. First of all, we finished grouting the floor yesterday.
AAAHHHHHHHH! That means we’ll be installing cabinets today and/or tomorrow. CABINETS!! YAY!!! And I’ll have some pictures of the finished floor next time, after I clean off the last of the grout haze.
Second of all, while I was at work yesterday morning, Chris decided to hang the light fixture in the half bath. Remember this little guy? Oh baby! Check it out:
My only regret is that it since it’s in such a small room, you can’t appreciate its awesomeness from far away.Continue Reading
When it comes to decor, a lot of you guys seem to share Chris’s opinions more often than mine. Which is fine. Because I love Chris dearly and I generally try to respect his opinion.
But I don’t think he’s going to like this one. So I’m thinking you might not like it either.
I will show you the chandelier I picked out for the powder room. And you will love it.
You know what would be great? Having electricity in the kitchen. But we can’t fully finish the electrical until we replace our windows and decide on lighting for the tiny new bathroom. So we were at Lowe’s the other day, pricing out windows, and we decided to take a little detour through the lighting aisle. My eye was immediately drawn to this chandelier:
The actual conversation went like this:
She said: Ooooo, how about a crystal chandelier?
He said: No.
Let’s try something new today. It’s called “She Said, He Said” and it’ll give you guys a *hopefully humorous* look into how Chris and I make decisions.
Or actually, it’s mostly how I make decisions, based on Chris’s sometimes sarcastic and sometimes brutally honest responses to my decor and design ideas.
Generally, his responses are almost always a variation of “No,” but I prefer to take them as a starting point for negotiation instead. Continue Reading