Jessielah!

adventures in awesomeness…

Back to Work on the Kensington House

I’ve taken a break from painting to get back to work on the Kensington House. Jaxon’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks (I still need to send out invitations!) and I want things looking tip-top for the party. There is so much to do!! Last time I blogged, I think I had put up some curtains and started on the linen closet. I still haven’t finished the linen closet; the drawers need washing and re-lining. (God, I can remember washing the walls with Simple Green when I was a kid…) I finished the bathroom. Finally. The rest of the wall paper border is up. The inside of the bathtub has been painted. The shutters are painted and have been reinstalled. I even bleached the floor – although it didn’t do much good. There’s still always work to be done, but we’ll have to wait until after we get back from San Francisco when I have some $$ to spare.

Painting behind the oven was the biggest little thing I did. We replaced the old oven with a new one 6 inches smaller – exposing walls covered in grease and gunk. It was a nightmare. Absolutely disgusting. Little did I know that one coat of paint and a few brush strokes would turn grossness into goodness. The splintered, grease stained sides of the cabinets also got a fresh coat of paint and I finally tackled the kitchen trim. It’s still far from a dream kitchen, but the grossness factor has been brought down to a Level Orange. There is much to be done, so I’m trying to focus on the ones that will decrease the icky factor. Oh yeah… and I even installed ceiling fans. I am so awesome.

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Nothing Like the Smell of Epoxy in the Morning

Jaxon’s sleeping and I’m taking a break from re-epoxying the bathroom tub tile. My mom started it but some parts of the original grout are still showing and I can’t bleach them white. It’s getting in my nose. I ‘d better go outside. Be back in a second.

Ahhhh… much better. Although now I have the sniffles.

Great.

I haven’t been doing much painting. Matt’s had to work so much lately and for some reason, it’s no fun to paint alone. So I’ve been working on the house. I’d like it to be nice, clean, and finished by the time baby Milo arrives. I cleaned up Jaxon’s room (finally) and I am excited to say that there are no more boxes! I bought a shoe rack for my door which fit’s all my shoes perfectly (only $7!!) and busted out a pretty nice paint job inside the linen closet (oh it was so smelly, sticky, and gross) so now we have a place for all the blankets that were sitting in boxes in Jaxon’s room. Yay! I need to make a trip to Ikea for some baskets (for Jaxon’s toys), two nightstands, and another dresser. I don’t want to spend the $ but I can’t find anything on craigslist.org and I’m just sick of living in a half-unpacked house. It’s so horrible!

Anyhow…. my sister has arrived!!

Ciao!

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What happens when you can no longer stomach CNN…

…and have watched every episode of “Jon & Kate plus 8”, “Denise Richards”, and “What Not To Wear” at least twice? You surf the internet!

From Gmail.com I went to BabyCenter.com, checking out the development of 22 week old Milo. Then I wandered over to the Baby/Toddler section to check out 11 month old Jaxon’s development. Walking, getting into tons of trouble, protesting when I’m not with him all the time, trying to bark like a dog and attempting to escape through the front door… LOL! Yes. I decided to check out some new solid food ideas (I’m always under the impression that Jax is too skinny!)

I don’t know how I got from food to gay gerbils… but I did and this is what I found. It’s kept me amused for at least 2 hours and got me through washing the dishes.

According to the page I landed on, there is all of this controversy about banning this book “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding”. Let me preface that I have never read this book — I’d never even heard of it before 2 hours ago. All the information I’ve read about it, I got from the author of the BabyCenter page I was reading. Anyhow…. it’s about some little girl who’s afraid that her uncle won’t spend as much time with her after he’s married. I’m thinking… what’s so controversial about that? Oh, because Uncle Bobby is a gay guinea pig. Hahah! That’s funny. Now, I get it!! The question posed was “Should the book be banned from the public library?” I had a great time reading the responses that followed. Here is my commentary on the whole matter… and people in general:

The people who post at BabyCenter are MUCH more intelligent than the people who post on political blogs. Very few dumb responses. A few funny ones (gay hamsters, LOL!) But overall most people (whether they agree or disagree with homosexuality) respect other people enough not to push their views onto others. Cool. Not like the morons on political blogs who think that the rest of the world should mind their own business when it comes to US politics. Because we don’t influence their elections. Are you serious??? The comment revealed the poster’s stupidity on so many levels. *sigh* This is why America needs better funded public education.

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One Lucky Lady…

I sit down at the computer after tackling the dishes, the bathtub, putting Jaxon down for a nap, finding shoes and crib sheets that fit from Babies R Us, the long drive-thru line at Starbucks (and my sub par Pumpkin Spice Latte), and dropping Matt off at work and find that I have an IM waiting. It’s Matt. And this is what it says:

Matthew says:
are you there?

Jessielah! says:
i am here now

Matthew says:
First off:

Matthew says:
1) I love you.
2) I adore you.
3) I think you are just beautiful.
4) I love sleeping next to you.
5) I love seeing your face when I get home.
6) I love nothing more than wonderful hugs from you.
7) I like how you smell.
8) I love talking with you.
9) I love how you dress.
10) I love seeing you with my boy.
11) I love knowing my boys will grow up with your insight and influence to help them.
You are the best, Jessielah. =)

[Photo]I am truly a lucky lady to have such a great husband.

First off…

1. I love that I have a husband who takes the time to tell me things that make me feel so special.

2. I love that he loves spending the little time he has with me and Jaxon.

3. I love kissing him when he wears his mouth piece.

4. I love that he cares enough about me to make sure that I brush my teeth at night and don’t fall asleep on the couch.

5. I love debating politics with him and bouncing ideas off of each other

6. I love that we can admit when each other is right — without gloating.

7. I love that he gave me two healthy and beautiful boys.

8. I love that we fit perfectly together.

9. I love that he’s the man of my dreams… literally! I used to dream of this beautiful, dark haired, blue eyed guy and I found him and married him!

10. I love when he blames farts on Bitzer the cat.

11. I love when he tells me that he scoured the world looking for me… and found me on craigslist!

I could go on and on and on… there are so many things I love about him and I am so glad that he’s my husband and the father of my children.

Jessie!

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New Art: Old Friends and Others

It’s too early in the morning for me considering the time I went to bed last night, but Jaxon wanted to get up and eat so here I am. Yay. My labor day was very un-laborious. The highlight of the weekend was going to to celebrate Liz’s 30th birthday. Oh, and I cranked out a new piece of art! It was a lot of fun to make and looks great in this white IKEA box frame I bought. I was worried about all the colors I used (waaay more than usual) but it turned out just right!

Old Friends
acrylic and ink on 5.5×5.5 watercolor paper
priceless – it’s a gift!

Tuesday was hot so Jax and I didn’t do much of anything during the day. We have started going for walks (I don’t want to balloon up with this second pregnancy – I seem to have an endless stomach lately). Once the night arrived (hurray evening breeze!), I got to work on two new projects. I had already sketched them out, but needed to bust out some paint moves. This next one is my first pink piece! I knew this one would be a favorite when I sketched it out. I am so happy that it turned out once I started applying color. I need to get a bigger paint brush though — I have some good small ones, and some crappy big ones, and one fan brush — but it’s a little hard to use on the more populated pieces.

Up, up, and away!
acrylic and ink on 8×10 canvas panel
$54

I always wanted to draw a row of houses (I was inspired by the opening credits of “Juno”). Of course mine look nothing like the opening credits of “Juno” but I guess that’a a good think. I have my own style – LOL! This one I was also fun to make — it’s my recycled paint piece. Colors I already had mixed, plus some white. I was able to finish this before midnight!

All My Neighbors
acrylic and ink on 5×7 canvas panel
$36

Matt was real excited to see me awake when he got home from work — yes, he does get home that late and still manages to do his own art outside of work and promote it. Crazy!!! Anyhow, I’d better go finish the laundry. More to come soon!!

Hehehehe….. it’s too early in the morning for me considering the time I went to bed last night. But Jaxon wanted to get up and eat so here I am. Yay.

Well, my labor day was very un-laborious. We did go out to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday, but I’m pretty sure that was the highlight of our weekend. Oh, and I cranked out a great little piece for the old lady (hehehe… just kidding!)

Old friends….
acrylic and ink on 5.5×5.5 watercolor paper
priceless – it’s a gift!
[Photo]
It was a lot of fun to make and looks great in this white IKEA box frame I bought for her. I was worried about all the colors I used (waaay more than usual) but it turned out just right. And Liz will love that she’s so tan!!

Tuesday was hot so Jax and I didn’t do much of anything during the day. We have started going for walks (I don’t want to balloon up with this second pregnancy – I seem to have an endless stomach lately). Once the night arrived (hurray evening breeze!), I got to work on two new projects. I had already sketched them out, but needed to bust out some paint moves:

Up, up, and away!
acrylic and ink on 8×10 canvas panel
$54
[Photo]
My first pink piece! I knew this one would be a favorite when I sketched it out. I am so happy that it turned out once I started applying color. I need to get a bigger paint brush though — I have some good small ones, and some crappy big ones, and one fan brush — but it’s a little hard to use on the more populated pieces.

All My Neighbors
acrylic and ink on 5×7 canvas panel
$36
[Photo]
I always wanted to draw a row of houses (I was inspired by the opening credits of “Juno”). Of course mine look nothing like the opening credits of “Juno” but I guess that’a a good think. I have my own style – LOL! This one I was also fun to make — it’s my recycled paint piece. Colors I already had mixed, plus some white. I was able to finish this before midnight!

Matt was real excited to see me awake when he got home from work — yes, he does get home that late and still manages to do his own art outside of work and promote it. Crazy!!!

Anyhow, I’d better go finish the laundry. More to come soon!!

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