Paint, Pack, Goof Off, Repeat...
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Today I started painting the dinette table I picked up at Goodwill. I tried to get it done this morning, but it was windy and the primer wasn't sticking well. I ended up having to go get more paint at Walmart (I decided to forgo more primer and just picked up some white spray paint to use as primer instead). Despite being 10 am on a Thursday, it was packed. I guess people are starting their back to school shopping. I hadn't had breakfast, so I ended up grabbing a doughnut from the bakery.
After I actually got the table primed, it turned out I only had enough paint for one coat on the top of the table...I didn't even get to the legs. I didn't want to go back to Walmart (besides, the Walmart I had gone to earlier was out of that color anyway so I would have had to go to the Walmart in the next town over) so I ended up going to Michaels and paying almost $3 a can more for the same paint. Wish I had remembered to print out a coupon before I had gone, but it was worth it anyway not to have to drive all the way to the next town (and then go into Walmart again!). This time I made sure to eat lunch before I left, so that I didn't end up at McDonalds or something.
It was too hot to finish painting when I got back from Michaels (spray paint typically doesn't do so well after the temperature rises above 90 degrees, so I'm going to have to finish tommorow morning). So instead, I went online and signed up for an electric plan for my appartment. I probably should have done that before now, but I had had a lot of trouble choosing a company and an energy plan. Kind of cool that you get to do that in the city I'm moving to, but it's really pretty confusing trying to go through all the offers and decide which one is really the best one, and whether you should go for a fixed or variable rate plan. I finally decided on a 6 month fixed rate plan from Reliant Energy that's 100% Texas Wind (I know it all comes off the same grid, but I like the idea that I'm supporting the development of cleaner energy by paying a little bit extra for the green plan).
After that I went out in the backyard and started cleaning the white plastic lawn chairs from the backyard that I'm planning on bringing with me to use as dining room chairs (I know, kind of weird, but they weren't being used and I've already spent enough on other things, so at least for right now, neglected lawn chairs = free dining room chairs; besides, reusing old furniture is something else that's good for the environment, right?).
While I was cleaning the chairs, it started raining on me. We've been in a drought, so of course I found a way to make it rain ;) Anyway, it wasn't raining that much, so for a while I just kept working on the chairs. But then, I found the wasps nest that we hadn't been able to locate...in the middle of the stack of chairs. That was when I went back inside.
After it stopped raining and my dad had taken care of the wasps nest, I finished cleaning the chairs, and left them to dry. My pants were soaked, so I went inside and took a shower.
After that, I packed a few things in the kitchen...but mostly goofed off. Had some pizza for dinner that I had had stashed in the freezer. And now...goofing off again. But I'm not worried. I probably should be. But I'm not. Hmm...I think I just can't make myself believe that, yes, I'm moving on Monday...but, it will sink in eventually. Probably by Saturday night ^_^;;