Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Nerdy 'Rents Help Out!

So, my parents are pretty much thebombdotcom. Seriously, they are probably the most giving people I know. And their trek here, to the great state of Alabama 2 weeks ago, was no different. I went to work [like the real kind] and so did they...on my house. Here are some highlights!!

I guess I will try to go in chronological order. First order of business: ceiling fans!! When I moved in the house had 2 ceiling fans total; one in the family room, and the other in the master bedroom. I knew that had to change, so, we made a trip to Lowe's for 3 ceiling fans. We decided to move the fan currently installed in the master bedroom to the guest bedroom and purchase a sweet, remote-control fan for the master. Then, we purchased 2 "regular" fans for the office/media room. Everything went pretty smooth until the last fan. Dear old dad had to climb into our less-than-stellar attic to fix the fan box. It was sorta tense, so mom and I made dinner ;-) And here are the fans minus the guest bedroom fan [I didn't realize until I was editing the pictures that I forgot to take a picture of it, whoops].
 My mom arrived with a lot of work already done. As in, she had made us 4 rugs for our house. One for the master bathroom, my favorite kind: a wagonwheel rug [actually made on a real wagonwheel].


 And three rugs for my kitchen!!! She is the queen of rug making!!!
 The next big job was installing the garage door openers. Wow, this turned out to be quite the project! Dad worked hard "uniquely engineering" the setup and mom was close by to help with holding stuff, calming the wild beast and having the cell phone handy for speed dialing 911. Thank you guys so, so much...it is great parking in my own little garage without the hassle of getting out of my car to lift and lower the door!!! Hurray!!!!
 Dad also helped us out by installing the quarter-round molding in the office [remember, we took up the carpet for the hardwoods?!]. He even painted and caulked it!!! It really finishes off the room, heck, I'm sitting in it right now!!!


 We all know my mom is an amazing seamstress. I know you are laughing right now mom, but seriously, you can sew up just about anything and it will look amazing!! I don't know how you do it!! Well, you guys may remember the great-bones-but-not-so-great-decor that used to describe the window seat area. It had grass-cloth wallpaper [whoever invented that stuff should be shot by the way], and an ugly, uncomfortable navy blue vinyl cushion. Basically it was uninviting and kinda gross. So, I picked out the fabric and mom worked her magic. Plus we got rid of that nasty wallpaper and painted a clean white. Here it is before-ish:


 And here is the transformation!! I love it, thank you so much mom!!!


 It was all kinda downhill [as in the size of the jobs, not the quality of the work!!] after the garage door openers and the window seat. Mom bought me some pretty mums and helped me finish putting down contact paper in the downstairs kitchen area.





 Dad installed our new bathroom hardware and the smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.





They also helped install a shelf in my Christmas closet [yes, there is a dedicated closet; no, I don't have as much stuff as my mother, but I'm working on it, OK?] and fixed our chandelier to ceiling transition piece, yay!

Did I ever tell you that Chris and I commandeered some stuff when we moved in? No? Well, we did. Don't hate, we gave them ample time to come get their stuff [it was just a "flipper" it's not like they actually lived here]. One of the items we "fell into" was a wall mounted vacuum of sorts. It was not put together, in fact it was still in the box. So, while my parents were here we put it together. I like to call it the Binford 5,000 because it seriously SUCKS!!! And here it is in all it's sucking glory:

Finally, my parents fixed the black spot of doom in my carpet [I don't have a picture of this, it was traumatic, caused by the wiener dog and a paint brush, I would like to forget the spot-of-doom forever, and thankfully I can because my parents did an awesome job of patching it. Ok, random tangent over.] And, they hung some cute shelves in my media room. At last GI Joe John Glenn has a special spot, not in the closet. Hurray!!


And yes, I probably forgot some of the stuff they did, but I think this covers most of the big things. Like I said, they are awesome!! Thanks Nerdy 'Rents!!!



Another Diabetes shout out goes to Aunt Vicki, Uncle Rich, Cousin Jacob and Cousin Joseph for the Walk donation!! You guys are awesome!! And thanks also, for all the encouraging notes, I'm looking forward to walking tomorrow!!!