Monday, August 1, 2011

July to-do list recap

-Finish 7 books - mostly things that are wished for on Paperback Swap: I didn't do as well as planned, but started off strong. For whatever reason, I can't seem to get myself to finish the Martin book - perhaps I'm subconsciously trying to ration it!?
     -Book 5 of George RR Martin series, as soon as it comes!!
     -All the Names, by Jose Saramago (recommended by Allison)
     -A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, by David K. Shipler
     -The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients (I'm finally going to finish it, honest!)
     -Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital, by Alex Beam
     -If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers, by Jack Bowen
     -Born to Buy, by Juliet B. Schor
     -Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, by Ammon Shea 
     -Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity, by Kerry Cohen

Sewing: - Made huge progress, though on projects I added to the to-do list mid-month. I finished my first quilt this month, and gifting it felt SO good. :)
-Start gift quilt number FIVE. OMG. (fabrics picked - design picked - fabric cut (started 6/28) - strip made - strip sewn into top - backing pieced together - wash fabrics - quilt together - bind  - rewash - ship)
-Work on gift quilt number SIX. OMG x2: (fabrics picked - design picked - fabric cut - strip made - strip sewn into top - baste - quilt (in progress 7/20) - wash - wrap - give!)
-Work on quilting hexagon quilt.
-Finish sewing rows for halfsquare quilt.
-Find more fabric for boys: bought apple for back of T, bought striped flannel for ??
-Finish PJ shorts
-Finish shower curtain
-Make skirt for wedding!

Working: I did great! I have planned times now to do his work (Tuesday evenings, when I know he's out, and again on Thursday nights, if need be). Go me!
-Keep up with binders for Dan - no more than three day turn-around: Why am I such a failure at this? Oh yeah, because I barely get enough pay to justify bringing his crap home. - doing better! note to self: continue doing this on Tuesdays, when I know he won't be at his computer in the evening.

Gardening: Didn't make much progress in the yard, but I did keep up with weeding/watering.
-Keep up with weeding and watering!
-Weed back garden - attempt not to make fence fall over in the process
-Get Jeff to dig out front mimosa tree, side mimosa tree, thing next to garage, weird thing along back fence
-Give agave and cactus plants away on Freecycle - he's come and dug out three of the six agaves so far, hooray. Supposedly will be back.

Home Improving: The bathroom project didn't get finished, but a LOT of progress was made, considering how dang hot it's been.
-Bathroom remodel:
     -Have Mark complete work as outlined below:
     -Have Mark install outside light
     -Repair area of wall that was opened to do Mark's work with scrap drywall
     -Have Mark install light switches, outlet
     -Repair window area in wall
     -Install light fixture over sink.
     -Install new door
     -Get rid of shitty looking texture in room (sand)
     -Joint compound- window wall, washer wall
     -Prime, paint walls
     -Buy baseboard, paint, cut, install
     -Come up with some sort of solution for area under the sink
-Get frames, hang up diplomas

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