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"THE PROJECT"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Many of my SparkFriends know that DH and I have been working on a project here in the apartment. Our landlord, dear soul though he is and always here when we need him, is one of those get-it-done-as-fast-as-possible people, never mind if it's right. So we decided to do our projects without him and just maybe inform him later of what we did. So, project number one was to put up a light in the hallway over the pantry door. We had tried other solutions to this, such as buying one of the battery-operated pullchain lights, but this is the best it ever gave us:


It had to be a pullchain light because the original wiring was for a hard-wired smoke detector, which has since been replaced with a battery-operated one, leaving this silly looking plated gap in the ceiling.

Last week I finally bought what I thought was the perfect light for the space, and DH and I began the installation. What we did not anticipate was the stupidity of the builders of this place (not our landlord, he only bought the place) and how difficult it would be to overcome. First of all, the drop ceiling panels were not only painted, but caulked onto the ceiling hangers! Then when we got the old smoke detector fixture down it turned out that it was never anchored to anything at all, only caulked into the fiberglass-backed ceiling panel! Sorry, didn't think to take a photo of that! So we had to take the whole thing down and buy a new junction box to put up, to attach our new light fixture onto.

But the subceiling under the drop ceiling has oddly spaced joists, so in order to be able to anchor into one, we had to put up two pieces of 2 by 3 board, then secure the junction box to them.


I was very pleased at how well this step of the project went. But then the foreign-made materials supplied with the fixture began to fail us, and we ended up having to buy not one but two different fixture brackets and I just cannot tell you how many wire nuts and ground clips we went through! Eventually we got everything working together, after having to actually drill through a portion of the metal junction box to get the bracket to fit!


That was last Monday afternoon, 2/7 (we started the project on 2/4). Between then and now I have of course, worked both my jobs, and DH has fought with the wiring and the cheap wire nuts, not to mention checking that the breaker is turned off every time we wanted to work on it, then the wires nutted off and the breaker turned back on when we were too exhausted to continue!

We began again at about 10:00 this morning, running into yet more difficulties when it turned out there was too much insulation on the top side of the fixture, and the junction box was too far up in the hole on the new piece of fiberglass ceiling panel. It wouldn't allow us to tighten the fixture down without pushing the ceiling panel up nearly 3/4 of an inch. We had to take down the entire assembly and add another layer to the 2 by 3s that were holding up the junction box, to make it come down far enough so the fixture would sit properly against the ceiling panel. This was after I had already had to go back to Home Depot to buy another ceiling panel because I had botched the cutting of the first one we bought!

By the time we got all that done and FINALLY got the fixture attached, it was nearly 4:00 p.m. "Simple" home improvement projects just should NOT take that long! LOL! But this one did. Anyway, it finally is finished.


And now we can see into the pantry!


I went and did two hours of grocery shopping after we finally finished. I do think I got my exercise in for the day! Now it's past time to get dinner, so I'm going to wrap this up and chop veggies to put in the oven with the swai fillets.

A recent blog I read suggested that "Some couples attempting home improvement projects may need to find a marriage counselor as part of the process." Luckily, DH and I are not one of those couples!

  
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JURI62 2/18/2012 11:37AM

    Oh my! What's the next project?

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MOSTLYH2O 9/18/2011 3:21PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! ALL home improvement projects ALWAYS take more time than one thinks!!! Great job on the project; good for you for your perseverence in the face of shoddy construction. It never ceases to amaze me what people will try to get away with and the silly cut corners that make a simple job a huge headache!!!

And I do think it's a good sign no marriage counselor was needed -- when The Hubs and I built our deck, the fact that we hadn't killed each other before the wedding spoke more for us than the vows we took on it lol!!!

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KIMBERLEY225 2/21/2011 6:24PM

    What an awesome job! You are so right, the pull chain light on the wall did not work!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 2/20/2011 7:52AM

    Great work Laurie! Looks good! It's good that you and your hubby work so well together....that's usually not the case at my house. LOL!

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JFROGDIVA 2/14/2011 1:05PM

    This sounds SO-O-O-O-O familiar!!!! LOL!!!! emoticon

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BRAVAH 2/13/2011 3:49AM

    Hi Laurie!

Awesome!!! Way to go! I know this turned into way more than you thought you had bargained for, but great job! It looks great, and what a difference the light makes! And yes, you've got in a lot of exercise on this one. Fun side bonus!

Woohoo!

Cheers
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Heidi

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MONEYSTRETCHER 2/13/2011 12:48AM

    Your work looks great. I love a good pantry it saves so much money!

Sheila

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 2/12/2011 9:10PM

    Nice work! No more mood lighting in the pantry! Ya'll ROCK!!!

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Battle Plan 11, baby steps

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This will be my 6th 8-Week Battle! I can't believe how little I've managed to accomplish in all these battles - I have yet to hit 20 pounds lost here on Spark! I'm only a couple pounds away from that point, and would like to get there before the battle begins on Monday. I have two full days of hours on my feet at the store, and I will be scrupulous about my intake from now until then, and we'll see where that takes me.

All that said, how am I going to attack this battle differently, so I actually kick some of these pounds to the curb for good? I am going to go back to basics, and concentrate on the baby steps again. I even considered going all the way back to Stage One, but I don't think I need to do that. It isn't that I don't KNOW what needs to be done, I just need more practice in doing it.

From today until the battle begins on Monday I will:

1. Drink my eight-plus glasses of water, AND LOG THEM.
2. Stay within my calorie range, AND LOG EVERYTHING.

If I haven't managed both of these steps consistently by Monday, I will continue with these two steps for another week, until they become second nature again. Once I have these down:

3. I will work to increase my fruits and vegetables back up to at least five a day.
4. I will do a minimum of 15 minutes of strength training with my dumbbells every day. Even though muscle weighs more than fat, it also burns more calories! And I'm finding I need more muscles in my new job (which I LOVE, by the way! LOL!)
5. I promise to check in on my Red Squad thread as often as possible, to encourage, lift up and when necessary, drag forward, any and all of my fellow warriors, and I promise to give that kick in the butt when it's needed, if everyone will promise to do the same for me!

I don't have a gym membership, and it's too cold and slippery outside to do very much in the way of cardio walking area, but I am now working on my feet close to 30 hours a week, and wearing my pedometer daily, so

6. Begin again to log my fitness minutes.

I guess that's all l can do for the moment. Let's hit this battle running, Warriors!

Battle ON!

  
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CUTTINABBY 1/31/2011 10:35AM

    Supporting you all the way . WE'll give you a hand kicking those pounds to the curb !! emoticon

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STEPPINSTAMPER 1/28/2011 12:01PM

    We're GOING to do this TOGETHER!!!! WE ARE WARRIORS!!!

emoticon Ummm we REALLY need a warrior Emoticon....pirates just don't cut it...but it'll have to do in a pinch!!!

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BRAVAH 1/28/2011 5:05AM

    Hi Laurie!

Great goals! I love that you are loving your job still. That is sooooo awesome! Good for you for doing strength training every day. That would count towards your 10 minutes extra a day!

Good luck in reaching your 20 pound mark. I know that you can do it!!!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,
Heidi

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KIMBERLEY225 1/27/2011 4:11PM

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Let's do this!!!! Bye Bye Weight!

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JFROGDIVA 1/27/2011 2:46PM

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I KNOW that you CAN & WILL do this!!!!

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VLECKB 1/27/2011 1:52PM

    I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!

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WILLOWWINDS 1/27/2011 11:30AM

    Sounds like a GREAT plan!!

You will do it. I have faith in you.

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FLUFFYSUE1 1/27/2011 10:55AM

    yep feeling you about not accomplishing much so far in these battles but we can do it.Your goals sound great and manageable take each day one at a time and i'm sure you'll be successful.

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EBONY852004 1/27/2011 10:48AM

    You can do it...

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 1/27/2011 10:25AM

    emoticonLaurie my Warrior!! This is GREAT..I love how you have started out with 2 goals..Your giving yourself time to get these down..as you call it **second nature**
About "baby steps"..I agree with you..We know WHAT to do..We just "NEED" to DO IT!!
And make it a HABIT,sometimes our schedule gets in the way emoticon
Life happens..We must forgive ourselves,and figure out a way to continue on the right path.
Your plan is GREAT!! LOVE the goals!!
Remember emoticon Warriors do it BEST!!
God Bless~Christina

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 1/27/2011 9:23AM

    emoticonmy dear friend!!!

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Posted to my Red Squad, but a lesson for everyone.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I'm glad you are all here to keep my mind occupied tonight. Just got word this afternoon that a dear friend and former coworker died unexpectedly over the weekend, leaving her 94-year-old mother to use her lifeline button to get the rescue squad to the house. I collected some things she had left at the office, things she would use again if they ever called her back from being laid off, and took them over to her house tonight. Gave them to her daughters to take care of. They are trying to straighten out everything, but all the paperwork they can find is made out for her mother, not for herself, so they really don't have a clue what she might have wanted done with anything. The only will they could find with her name on it was from over 10 years ago when she lived over in New Hampshire!

I guess the only real lesson here is that life is too short, and we should always expect the unexpected. My girlfriend and I were just discussing when we were going to get together with her for our next luncheon or dinner outing. Now the answer is never.

Hug your loved ones, Squadmates (and SparkFriends). Take ten minutes tonight, tomorrow, or sometime during the rest of this week, and tell them that you love them and miss them. Don't put it off! It may be too late!
This is my challenge to you all for tonight.

  
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PINK-SOLDIER 11/17/2010 10:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonto my Sister, life is short, things can just happen, you got to live in the moment and enjoy.

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JFROGDIVA 11/16/2010 10:51PM

    I am so sorry for your loss!!!!
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WILLOWWINDS 11/16/2010 5:23PM

    You are absolutely right. Best wishes be know and emotions and feeling known as well.

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FLUFFYSUE1 11/16/2010 5:55AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.A similar thing happened to me with my father.As a teenager i didn't want to kiss my parents goodbye ( too embarressing) but 1 night i gave my father a kiss on the cheeck and my mother too.I don't know what compelled me to do it but my mom and dad was shocked.

I did this every night i left afterwards my father died a few weeks later imagine if i never gave him a kiss again i would of been heartbroken over something as stupid as embarresment.

My father died of bowel cancer and i was only 18 at the time now i live my life in his memory and try to keep him close to heart always.He's the reason i get up and exercise even when i really don't want to.I still kiss my mother everytime i leave her just in case because i can still remember what it felt like to kiss my father and that means the world to me.

The little pet hates are always the things we miss the most remember to always solve arguements quickly as well because it may be too late to say your sorry.

My heart goes out to you and your friends family remember we are all here for you.

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BRAVAH 11/16/2010 4:59AM

    Hi Laurie,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending you a hug right now!

Love,
Heidi

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HEALTHYARTIST1 11/16/2010 1:43AM

    Oh, I know from personal experience how true this all is. emoticon

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JCOLUMBINE 11/15/2010 10:57PM

    So sorry for your loss. I agree, life is too short. Never lose the chance to tell someone you love them.

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JENNYAMHSTYEDU1 11/15/2010 10:16PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. Only the Lord knows when our time is up. We need to be ready, but we need to live each day like it's our last. I'll pray for your friends family. An unexpected death is never easy.

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GUNI50 11/15/2010 8:10PM

    Huge Hug from me!!! Deborah is right...hard to imagine one of us not there because we have died...and we do count on each other to moan,motivate, crow or whine to. It is the wonderful human sharing that makes life worthwhile. Every loss of someone we know understands us, hurts. The message to live in the now is a good one anytime! emoticon emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 11/15/2010 7:59PM

    really makes you think emoticon

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BARCLE 11/15/2010 7:51PM

    Thinking of you and her family too. A very good reminder to me to get things organised in the event that the unexpected happens.

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PONYFARMER 11/15/2010 7:44PM

    Oh Laurie~
I am so sorry for your loss. No one ever expects that it will happen to them. This is indeed a lesson we all need to heed. I just expect you will be there tomorrow to email me or to see your name on the boards. What if...it just scares me to think.

We need to always keep our family and friends close and tell them like you say...THAT YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ME! I would be lost without you here.

Very important lesson Laurie, thanks for the reminder. Those words above in bold are from me to you.

Hugs friend,
Deborah

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 11/15/2010 7:32PM

    emoticonOh sweetie..I'm so sorry..
Laurie your right..We never know when our time is coming..ONLY GOD knows,and it is sad that we don't think of this often..Thank you for reminding us we should be kind to each other..Tell our friends,and family how special they are "NOW"..And NOT later..There just might not be a later.
God Bless you my friend..Christina

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NORASPAT 11/15/2010 7:22PM

    Definitely makes us think. Think about the stresses left behind for loved ones. My mother died in an accident, I was in US Brother in Australia, not knowing her wishes was so very hard.
It is hard to discuss your end of life wishes but it can cause many unfortunate problems if this is not done. Laurie thanks for the reminder, we must update our will.
I am so sorry you last a dear friend. Pat in Maine is thinking about you tonight. Hugs !!!

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BOOPSTER69 11/15/2010 7:19PM

    I am so sorry for you and the loss of your friend. Life is short - living in the now is important - appreciating where we are and what we are!
Also a lesson in preparing - wills are necessary for each and everyone of us no matter our age or health. Do it legal and save your family a wealth of pain!
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DAIZYSTARLITE 11/15/2010 7:03PM

    Makes you think!

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October Challenge Final Report

Sunday, November 07, 2010

October Challenge Final Report!
Sunday, November 7, 2010

Track food: After 10/17, I tracked every day! 14 days times .05 per day = .70

8 glasses of water: Goal met every day = .70 more

Calorie Range: 12 days out of 14 - pretty good = .60

5 F/V: 12 out of the 14. better = 1.20

Exercise: 14 out of 14! Progress being made - $3.50!

Total for the last 14 days of October: $6.70

Pounds: No loss

Inhes: 1/4 off waist, 1/2 off hips = 3/4 inches lost for .75

Total to date for the month: $15.10

Yeah, I can get a nice new blouse for this amount!

I think I may try this again for December or January, but for now keeping up with the 8-week battle and my new job will be enough for me to handle.

Thank you all for your support!

  
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NORASPAT 11/15/2010 5:29PM

    Hi Laurie, missing you.I looked at your numbers and you are looking pretty good. Lots to do this time of year. Hope you are enjoying the new job Pat in Maine. HUGS!!!!!!!!

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BRAVAH 11/8/2010 6:24AM

    Sorry for the triple post, lol. I clicked "Post Comment" and nothing happened... so I kept clicking. Oops!

Cheers,
Heidi

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BRAVAH 11/8/2010 6:24AM

    Hi Laurie,

Awesome job! And enjoy your new blouse - you deserve it!!!

Cheers,
Heidi

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BRAVAH 11/8/2010 6:23AM

    Hi Laurie,

Awesome job! And enjoy your new blouse - you deserve it!!!

Cheers,
Heidi

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 11/7/2010 11:54AM

    Great Job Laurie!!! You should feel very proud of yourself!!! Now go and spend you reward and enjoy it!!!!

Hugs,
Margaret

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 11/7/2010 9:44AM

    emoticonLaurie!!! You had a nice October getting some good habits under your belt. And I'd bet you're going to get some GRAND mileage in now. emoticon Keep heading forward! YOU can do it!!!!

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WooHoo!

Monday, November 01, 2010

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I'd love to leave it at that and just let you guess, but I can't contain my excitement! June called this afternoon and I have my orientation at 8:00 tomorrow morning! emoticon of my liberation from the H-hole I've been in for so long! I left a pretty terse note taped to the admin office door as I left today, telling them I'll be in at noon tomorrow and I have two more days of training this week and full schedule of training next week!

I am so excited I just can't stand myself! I was very bad - I stopped and bought us a bottle of sparkling on the way home tonight! Oh, heck - you have to celebrate the break throughs, don't you!?!?
Well, I do anyway!

Oh, all my SparkFriends, I have been trying to get out of here for SOOOOOOO long! Thank you all for all your support and all your prayers. I have no doubt whatsoever they played a part in this!

Well, I do have to feed us tonight too - can't go to orientation hung over from too much champagne and not enough food! LOL!

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ISLANDGIRL2013 11/2/2010 12:27PM

    Congrats on the new job!

Hubby's boss (the Antichrist) was reassigned to a position where he can do no more harm. The past two years were tough, though.

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BRAVAH 11/2/2010 6:55AM

    Yay Laurie!

Congratulations! This is great news. I am so happy for you. And your excitement will lead you into being great at your job! That is so wonderful. Woohoo!

Cheers,
Heidi

P.S. Good for you for celebrating. You deserve it!

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OKBRIAN 11/1/2010 10:01PM

    Way to go emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/1/2010 7:55PM

    HOORAY!!!. emoticon . emoticon . emoticon
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I have been waiting to hear this! oh I am so very HAPPY for you. . emoticon . emoticon . emoticon
This will be so helpful in so many ways. I saw you gave yourself a Goodie and i yelled to Fred.ay good for you , congratulations. Go get em Laurie. What a nice Monday surprise. Pat in Maine. emoticon . emoticon . emoticon . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GUNI50 11/1/2010 7:53PM

    Have a great day tomorrow!! emoticon
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 11/1/2010 7:45PM

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Laurie, I'm thrilled for you!!!

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VLECKB 11/1/2010 7:34PM

    Drink a glass for me! You deserve it!!!

YIPEEEEEEEE!!!!

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I'm so very happy for you, Laurie!!!!

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