Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fads that didn't have to come back

- bodysuits. They can't be comfortable.

- acid wash jeans. Some are more washed then others but I feel like it looks like tye dyed jeans. 

- pick stuck in the hair. I've seen it in person recently and on Nick Cannon on E! News. I just don't get it. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

An easy project that went wrong

Since we've lived in the house the master toilet makes a running noise although it's not actually running and it would take a couple flushes to get everything down, if you know what I mean.  So I decided the fix was to change the inner stuff in the tank. I thought it should be an easy fix with a $10 kit from Walmart. I began the process last Wednesday but needed a larger wrench or tool of some sort. I asked Jarad to bring some some home from work. Sweet it will be fixed in no what I thought.  Once we took the old inner pieces out we realized the water supply line was all wrong. It was a rigid line that went into the tank 5-6 inches. I'm obvi not a plumber but knew this wasn't right when the new kit wouldn't fit and well I'm a master googler. Jarad suggested getting pipe cutter but I figured the easiest fix was to change the water supply line. It should screw off and on. So after another trip to the store for a new flexi aluminum line I was sure we'd be up and running soon.  Well......when trying to get the old water supply line off I broke the valve and pipe my limited plumbing experience I didn't turn the main water line off to the house. We had a splash pad in our bathroom. 

Growing up, whenever my dad turned the main water off he needed a big T thing...I got all the terms down pat now. When I got home I had seen a neighbor outside. So I ran down the street, sopping wet and barefoot asking for help.  Come to find out the main water switch is only buried like a foot and I could have totally done it myself. But the neighbors lent me a wet vac and one even spent thirty mins helping me get the water up.  We used every towel, sheet and blanket in the house to sop up the water. I dried towels and soaked up water the rest of the evening in between yet another trip to Home Depot.  

After a conversation with both my mom and dad and lots of laughing, I had a ask a Home Depot guy for a shark bite.  I found an older employee cause I knew he would have experience and I asked for a "snake bite." I definitely needed two or three of those drinks at this point.  He knew exactly what I was talking about after I caught my mistake and led me directly to the perfect part.  I was too afraid to put it on myself so I waited till Jarad got home at midnight.  Together we got everything back up and running in 15 minutes or less.  And the neighbor said I was going to have to call a plumber...pffft he doesn't know me.  

We kept 3 fans going hoping it would dry everything out.  We went to a Fourth of July party the next day and when we came home Saturday morning it hit us in the face as soon as we walked in the door...nasty sour smell.  Dang it this project wasn't over.  I didn't want to have to change the cushion or hire a carpet cleaning company.  I knew vinegar and baking soda were going to be my cure but needed something to suck up water and such.  After telling my customers that renting the Rug Doctor wasn't the right way to clean carpet, I went out and rented one myself.  I didn't buy their solution because you don't need to put solution or cleaner all over carpet cause you won't get it all out and it will just attract more dirt.  I took the bottle of vinegar and water solution that I use on my washer after loads and spritzed the carpet till it was covered well.  I had to do the Rug Doctor with hot water twice, once on Saturday morning and another on Sunday morning before we took it back.  It also worked well on our sofa with just hot water.  Monday morning I put some Arm and Hammer Fresh Scentsations™ Carpet Odor Eliminator Island Mist™ all over the carpet and finally our home was back to "normal." 

This may seem like a long post with no pictures well it felt like a never ending drama that didn't give me time to take pictures...carpet drama...wait I live that every day.  Now I know how to fix a toilet...somewhat...but I may never do it myself again...maybe.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Things I'm NOT Liking Lately

- wanting to do a project but don't have the muscles or right tool to get it done. The master toilet has always had an issue running but not running....I really don't know how to explain it. Plus sometimes it takes a couple flushes to get it all down if you know what I mean. So I took it upon myself to change the inners. Jarad had to bring tools home from work for me to get the job done plus another trip to the store to get a new water supply line. I'm convinced an idiot did the plumbing in this house. But once it's all said and done I was able to do it myself. 

- ants. We get ant hills in the yard. I'll accidentally step on them and then I get little bites on my feet. Time to spray again. 

- my phone. The screen has been cracked for a couple years now. A month or so ago I dropped it and a little corner came out of the screen. And then yesterday I dropped it flat and the screen went black.  The phone itself still works. I can make calls when connected to my car. Hopefully, it will get replaced sooner than later. 

But who cares about all's a long weekend starting at 5:00pm.  Happy Fourth Ya'll!!!!!

Things I'm Liking Lately


  • $10 dollar deals. I don't really like to shop but will run into a store to see what I can find in a fast breeze through of the store. Last week landed me two cute options for $10 each. 

  • I've got gray hair or glitter hair as I like to call it. This new dye by l'Oreal is fabulous. Didn't turn brassy. You don't have to use the whole thing at once. It more than did my hair twice. 

  • Saturday we went on a triple date to the symphony at Miller Outdoor Theater. We picked up snacks at Trader Joe's before going and the Cheddar and Horseradish chips are delicious. A date, good company, symphony, yummy snacks all made for a perfect Saturday night. 

  • Gifts. Natalie and I got cute packages in the mail with adorable signs. And Natalie got me two cute scarfs the same day. 

  • World Cup...every four years since 2002 I get soccer fever.  I love the hype of it all and yes #ibelieve this year or did. The first year I watched it I was in college and we set our alarms to get up to watch the matches in the middle of the night since it was set n Asia.  I think watching it in a group setting is what makes it fun but I also watch the games alone. I got Jarad to take me to the Symphony on Saturday after years of trying.  So now I need to get him to take me to a Dynamo game, Houston's pro team. I've been asking for years on that one too.