Rehabing the trailer began with first things first... my roof. For the better part of two days I scraped, patched and sealed the roof of my trailer. After that it was time to work on the interior. I ripped out carpet, vacuumed, washed, wiped, knocked out numerous hornets nests, removed mice nests and droppings - and that was just the cleaning. I patched inside parts of the roof, secured boards, removed cupboard doors and hinges, painted and put down new flooring. In case you need a refresher, you should go here to see some before.
And here is the after ... so far.
Now I'm working on the beatifying and accessorizing. Mom and I have begun our sewing lessons and I'm happy to report we've already argued once!
My first project was a cover for my orange body pillow. Yay!
Since then I've whipped up some curtains. As always, pictures will be posted at a later date.
Well, needless to say, it's been a while. My apologies. I've been ... busy. I started work over in the Pendleton/Hermiston area which, unfortunately, has included a lot of driving/riding and learning routes I'll be in charge of. But, today was an absolutely beautiful day in Eastern Oregon. Here is just a taste of what I saw for six hours today.
I've started to really see the unique beauty of Umatilla and Morrow Counties. There are roads I've gone on where I feel like I'm not sure if I really exist because there is nothing, absolutely nothing around me for miles and miles and miles (kind of like that whole, "if a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound if nobody hears it" kind of thing ...). It's amazing.
I've also been busy re-habing the trailer. Picture updates will be forthcoming.
So, the semester is rapidly coming to a close. Crazy.
After my final Comms 481 class — in which I delivered my final presentation (can I just get some clapping for the fact that I have not once stepped foot in the testing center this school year?) I came home and ate. Then Leah worked far too late and ran for Arizona, so I started going through stuff to pack and/or get rid of.
I was really determined to send a fair amount of things to DI.
It's like I was telling Boo. I have so many things I like, but never wear. Maybe somebody else can like them, too AND wear them.
Unfortunately, my contributions are less than what I'd hoped.
But here's the real dilemma/question I thought about and thought I'd throw out to the blogging world.
What are the rules for stuff you got with an ex?
Or were given to by an ex?
Say an article of clothing? Or a teddy bear? Or pictures? Or bullets? Or bracelets? Or fish?
Do the rules change when one or more of those exs is now married or engaged? And, then, how should these be disposed of? Over a bridge? In a fire? With a knife? Yardsale? Deseret Industries/Goodwill/Salvation Army?
Seriously though, wondering what everyone thinks the etiquette should be.
So, it's day 7 of April and this is my first post of the month. That's like ... light-years ... in Lexy world. Not that any of you have been reading lately anyway. It's like it's spring and end of the semester and marriage season and you have better things to do than sit couped up reading boring crap from yours truly.
But, in case you were wondering, I spent a longish Easter weekend at home in Oregon. Delightful. Emphasis on the FUL part because let me tell you, I gained about eight pounds in three days. Not kidding. But kind of.
I ate a lot of pork and potatoes and eggs (apparently that's my sister Zoey's favorite combination, eg. bbq'ed hot dogs, potato salad (with hard boiled eggs), potato chips and pork and beans OR bacon, fried potatoes, over-easy eggs OR potato salad (with hard boiled eggs) and ham. We had all three of those combos as meals over the weekend.
Apart from eating, I also enjoyed dying eggs, finding eggs and baskets and watching conference. Mom, Zoey and I also made it out to an estate sale and some yard sales on Saturday morning. I acquired a cool old gallon thermos (not pictured) to put in my trailer.
Which, speaking of, I got my first tete-a-tete with my Carolina. I spent many hours Saturday cleaning her out. What a freaking task! Whew. We're talking loads of mouse crap, dust up the wazzoo and too many hornet's nests to count.
Riley helped me do a lot of pre-liminary wiping down on Sunday, too. Now I can move on to fixing the roof, fixing some water damage inside, painting and re-doing the floor.
Monday I had an in person job interview in Pendleton that went really well. Basically, I just have to pass my background check. It was too windy and cold to do much work on the trailer that day. But, Tuesday morning, after seeing the kids off to school I took an hour and caulked around some windows. Good thing Mom put caulking stuff in my Easter basket. I'm definitely going to be needing a lot of it.
Then, I drove home in an 80s something Chevy Cheyenne. I wore a plaid shirt, too. Hank and I made it back to Provo just fine. Thank goodness.
This morning I made my first trip ever to Lowe's. Wow. Loved it. Picked up supplies for to work on the trailer some more next week. Including peel and stick wood vinyl for the floor (thanks Steph for the idea) and roof repair materials (the roof isn't in great shape). Once I get the roof repairs done, it's on to painting! And I couldn't be more anxious!
(got this apron for 77 cents!)
Unfortunately I have to wrap up my classes and work and pack ALL my stuff before I can get back to the paradise that is Oregon. Luckily I've already reserved my trusty home teachers to come help me put such items and book cases and chairs in the truck.