Angela Law

animal lover, gardener, knitter, and gourmet cook
 

I’m a highway star

Got my car back today. Paying the bill was a little painful, but at least I have wheels again–just in time to take Jake to daycare and go into the office tomorrow.

We did an experiment today and Jake stayed at home while I worked. It didn’t go too badly. It would be nice if he could stay at home every day starting next summer, but I don’t know if he’ll be up for it by then. The key is to keep him busy with things that don’t involve me. And give him food every few hours. Boy, does that kid like to eat. But not as much as this guy.

new “hobby”

Yeah, another one.

I thought it would be a good idea to read up on upholstery so that I can upholster the furniture Brian makes for our house. Brian’s dad saw my upholstery book so he thought it would be a good idea for me to reupholster one of his family heirlooms. I said “what the heck”. Might as well practice on someone else’s stuff. The piece was a rocker and had a Naugahyde vinyl seat. The finish was in dire need of major touch-ups. It took me quite a bit of time to get it looking good. Next came the seat. Following all of the steps in my book, I had the seat done in a weekend. Not too shabby, eh? It was actually more work to do the finishing (and I sort of know what I’m doing when it comes to that). It looks pretty good if I do say so myself. Hopefully, it won’t fall apart the first time it’s used.

Tonight, I caught the reupholstery bug again. The chair for the desk in my bedroom was rather worn. I’ve been using it a lot lately due to my new card-making (i.e. stamping) hobby. Every time I sit in it, I think “boy, I should really redo this seat.” I had some material left from the rocker, so I decided to reupholster the chair. This one was a lot easier to do because of the style. It probably took 90 minutes or so to complete. And, it looks darned good, too.

Anyway, the point of this is, I apparently have a new hobby. I actually enjoy upholstering furniture. Luckily, it’s not something that I’ll have to do all of the time. I mean, I have all of these other hobbies–card-making, cooking, gardening, finishing wood projects, playing music, reading, wine-making–to contend with. There’s only so much time in a day.

“Idle hands are the Devil’s playground” or “No rest for the wicked”? You be the judge.

modes of transportation

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this in my previous posts this weekend…My car (Toyota RAV4) was due for a new timing belt. It was to be installed on Friday. While they were working on my car, it was determined that it needed a new serpentine belt as well. But, they didn’t have one in stock so my car is out of commission till they are able to get one (Monday or Tuesday). I think Brian planned it this way so that I couldn’t go to Michael’s while he was gone yesterday and buy another $100-worth of stamping supplies. I got even with him, though. I placed an order for stamping supplies on the internet instead. 🙂 http://www.impressrubberstamps.com/

I’m not complaining about my car, though. It is seven years old and has nearly 100,000 miles on it and this is only the second thing that has been wrong with it ever. The first thing occurred earlier this summer and it turned out to be minor (something in the engine needed cleaned). Don’t ask me what. Do I look like a mechanic?

In contrast, Brian had to take his two year old Dodge to the garage the other week. It needed a new distributor cap, spark plugs, spark plug wires, and maybe some other stuff. (Like I said before, do I look like a mechanic?) It was kind of expensive. And, this isn’t even the first thing that was wrong with it. The other thing was at least covered under warranty, though. I was thinking about buying a Ford or Dodge for my next vehicle, but I think I’ll stick with Toyota, thanks. I like having a car that actually runs.

The only real issue coming out of this is that I had to ask various grandparents to take Jacob to daycare and possibly pick him up tomorrow. Lucky for me:
1. Jacob has grandparents that can help out.
2. I work at home on Mondays.
3. The garage (Deyarmin’s) is only two blocks from my house so I’ll actually be able to go get my car when it’s ready.
4. I drive a Toyota, so I haven’t been having car problems for the past five years.

sweet bliss

I’ve been enjoying my time alone today. This morning, I decided to paint our library. Unfortunately, I ran out of paint, so was not able to complete the job. But, at least most of it is done (and the section that will contain our first set of bookshelves is done, so Brian can start on those any time hint hint). Anyway, we’ll need to run to Home Depot this week to get more paint and perhaps the supplies for our fall project of ventilating and insulating the attic. I can’t wait to work on that project, let me tell you. It’ll be about as fun as crawling around in insulation in a small space. Wait! That’s exactly what it’ll be…

Needless to say, I haven’t done much else today–just regular Saturday stuff like washing clothes and paying bills. I hope to get some vacuuming done before everyone returns. I lead an exciting life, I know. I did manage to get a nap in this afternoon, so not all was lost.

Today has inspired me to get those two signed up for boy scouts. Then I’d be able to have weekends like this all of the time. 🙂 That said, I should probably go and enjoy the remaining few hours before the chaos returns.

mas tequila

It’s Margarita night in Johnstown…

Brian and I had a good evening. We wrote our 5th rottenstone song tonight. Now, all we need to do is record it and we’ll release our EP. Jake’s staying at my parent’s until tomorrow evening, so that gave us an opportunity to go to the “music room” and jam for a bit.

Tomorrow, I will be without both of my “boys”. Brian is going to a Penn State game with my dad and Jake won’t be coming home until he does. I won’t know what to do with myself. Actually, I will. I’m sure I will get a lot done around the house (including an afternoon nap) without being interrupted with Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom! or “Honey, I can’t find the french fries.” It will be nice to have some time to myself even if I am busy working all day. Being alone has never bothered me. I think this is due more to my misanthropy issue than anything else. Lately, being alone hasn’t been an issue, though. I’m never alone. But, that’s ok, too.

I’ve been ignoring my Margarita for too long, so I better get back to it…