Off to Hawaii...

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 

One more day and we will be in Kauai... Can't wait. We'll visit Kauai for 5 nights, Oahu for 2 nights (just to visit the Arizona Memorial and the Polynesian Cultural Center), and finally Maui for 6 nights.

We got our new camera today and it is so tiny; I love it already!

Internet is still an issue, so I'm not sure when I will be able to update my corner again.

Off to Hawaii (in 12 more hours)... see you on June 10th.



----------  ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------And the week is just starting...

Monday, May 24, 2004 

The wedding was wonderful, Sarah & Sam's wedding was full of laughter, cute moments and love. What a great time we had!

But let me make it brief (or at least try)... we are having major computer issues once again, to the point  that I would love to break the laptop in two or three pieces, burn the modem, but most of all break the router in very little pieces with a big, big hammer. It is the first time in my life that I yell to a customer services representative over the phone "Lady - you are driving me NUTS!!!! (yes, caps and exclamation point), please let's go over the steps a little faster, shall we". An hour and a "big headache" later, still could not connect to the internet; the frustration almost turned into tears (and the almost is an understatement).

It has been a tough day, considering some building/condo issues - let me tell you that condo living is not for everyone, I'm believing to think that I am one of those people that should live completely isolate in a cave.

But not all is bad, aside from the computer problems, the weekend was good: as I said before the wedding was wonderful, we had a lovely time and did a little bit of dancing. The sailing party turned out to be a race where experienced sailors (such as my husband) participated along with some of the wedding guests as part of their crew. I was tricked into participating (by my darling husband, that earlier that day packed my weather gear, leaving me without an excuse to backed out of the race). This was my first race - it was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work (and I hardly did anything, I pretty much stayed out of the way).

We spent Sunday shopping for our honeymoon trip. Very exiting items are in the way, among them - a tiny, yet powerful new camera that will finally fit in my purse. One more day and it should be here.

We top the night with hotdogs and popcorn and Troy... very entertaining movie; I ended up with mix feelings about it, not sure how much I like it, in the same token - I didn't regret seeing it at all. It really leaves you wondering the real meaning/motives of war... senseless really.

One movie that I can't wait to see is... Kill Bill (vol. 2) - we just saw the Vol.1 the other day, and all I can say is... what a movie!!!! I must warn you, it is not for everyone, there is blood and killing everywhere you look, but the movie captured my attention from beginning to end, and now I can't wait to see how does it end.

Hope your weekend was good. If you happen to be clicking at some pages and they happen to have disappeared, that is the magic work of front page and FTP that have combined efforts to annoy me - by deleting/corrupting the file(s) that I was trying to update.

Have a nice rest of the week, not sure when I will be able to update the site again, in 2 more days we'll be in Hawaii... So if I don't see you, have fun - I'll be back in June.


----------  ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Where did the week go..

Thursday, May 20, 2004 

I can't believe is Thursday already. The week is flying by!

I need to go out and get a new dress; I have a wedding to attend on
Saturday. When we got the invitation to this wedding we got so exited, it's
the first wedding invitation we've received since our own wedding. It took
us a little bit to RSVP, because the happy couple has so many activities
planned for the weekend and we were trying to figure out which ones we were
going to be able to attend to (since our Honeymoon trip was going to be just
around the corner), but no worries - we did not miss the deadline (I think).

Since the planning of my own wedding, I've gotten a lot better about RSVPing on time. It was hard calling some people to confirm if they were going to make it to our wedding, so I didn't want to be on the bride's call list. But I guess that is part of the process, in a perfect world everyone will RSVP on time, or in my own perfect world all my thank-you cards would have been ready and mailed by now (so many months after the fact), but since my world is far from perfect I still have a big group of cards to write and send out; this task is till pending on my personal to-do list and our "Mission Organization" project. I hope to have the rest of the thank you cards done
before we go in our honeymoon. In case you didn't know, we will be heading
to Hawaii in 7 days - destination: Kauai (5 nights), Oahu (2 nights) and
Maui (6 nights). I CAN'T WAIT!

But back to the wedding, it should be fun, it is right in Boston and we'll
be attending a sailing party in the morning and the proper ceremony and
reception in the early evening. I should find my dancing shoes or even
better maybe get new ones :-)

Oh my God, I just realized... I need to make time for a manicure, pedicure,
waxing and to have my hair done all before Saturday morning. Hopefully my
new salon/spa "Bliss" will be able to squeeze me in before Saturday. It
looks like my evenings will be fully booked for the rest of the week.

I another tone, I've been working on more pictures, classifying, re-sizing
and just figuring out what to do with so many photos, it's not easy. I'll
keep practicing with our little entrance project. Sorry, no wedding pictures
yet (I have barely classified them all - the resizing process is still in
progress). But at least our engagement photos are ready, I'm searching for
frames. I've updated my wedding journal; click on the link if you are

Click here for a few more photos of our entrance; hopefully I'll be able to
add the final "after" pictures in the next day or 2. If you thought I was
kidding or exaggerating when I called it: the project from hell, just look
at the photos and judge for yourself. We won't be painting again in a very
long time (or so we hope).


----------  ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------Back to normal...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 

What a nice weekend! For the very first time in a very long time we didn't do anything around the house.

The weather was fabulous and we had French toasts, blueberry pancakes, and even a tortilla Espaρola for brunch (on Saturday and Sunday).

I don't feel so guilty, because we did a lot of walking in the city - since my brother in law and his wife came to spend the weekend with us. We had a lovely time. They left on Sunday afternoon.

Ok- maybe we did do a little around the house, before they came over we put our little entrance back together. Click here for photos of the dreaded.


----------  ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------The light at the end of the tunnel...

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 

Finally, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have finished all the major painting and now we just need to re-touch a few things here and there.

Our entrance is finally painted and the new carpet has been installed. Thanks Stan! The carpet was Stan's wedding gift to us! What a gift, don't you think. We are very grateful, not to mention happy.

The carpet is so soft and nice that we just want to go up and down the stairs - barefoot. What a difference a nicely installed carpet makes, but we are not done yet - after the little red wall was finished the light yellow tones look just a little too yellow. The big question is, do we have to change one of the color, yet again? I don't know, the color may grow on us, but I just don't want to settle.

We are putting the little entrance back together, to see how it really looks with the regular lighting. Wish us luck!


----------  ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------The Project from Hell..

Wednesday, May 5, 2004 

If you were wondering where have I been, let me tell you - basically we've been working on the "the project from hell".

Two weeks ago we started painting the entrance and the stairs area of our little condo. Originally we anticipated only 2 days of work (maximum three days for cleaning and touch-ups). Our two days painting project has not gone as expected. Instead for the last two weeks, we've been repairing walls, scraping paint, patching, re-patching, sanding, re-sanding, painting, re-paintings, and then again more painting and re-painting.

Below are highlights of why we call this the project from hell:

• We removed the old carpet from the stairs. Well, DB did all the work and I even forgot to take some photos for posterity.

• We tested different Benjamin Moore colors (easier said than done); we started with the colors that we used in our living/dining room: cork-2153-40 and waterbury-cream-HC-31 (mistakenly known for years as sand-HC-31). Unfortunately, these colors didn't work: cork was too dark and waterbury-cream was too light. We tried ivory-tusk-215370 (a beautiful light ivory/beige) that looked too white on the space. In the search for the perfect colors we made a few trips to the paint store (more than a few trips really), after five or six quarts we've found our colors and the winners were: desert-tan-2153-50 & golden-tan-2152-40. The losers were: york-harbor-yellow-2154-40 (also known as "chick yellow" or "way too bright yellow") and apple-blossom-479 (also known as glow in the dark green). We got the paint for the ceiling and almost all the paint we needed for the walls, all except for a quart of the golden tan (the store ran out of egg shell quarts, I wonder why). We prepared the floors and ceilings and believe it or not, we did not ran out of tape.

• We got one more quart of golden-tan-2152-40 from the only store in the area that was open on Sundays. This was later known as "bad decision number 2". Why didn't we buy a full gallon or golden-tan on the very first store or why didn't we tested the paint in the store, to make sure the color was right. I still don't know.

• The night before we applied paint remover to the baseboard attempting to remove all the many layers of paint; this was the beginning of our downfall. After seating over night, the paint remover spread under the tape and onto the wall, removing 2 or three layers of paint. We spent three consecutive nights patching, re-patching area on the wall. As of today, I still can't stand the sight of spackling.

• As we began sanding we sealed the stairs area - and it became a dust container; with plastic bags hanging from the ceiling to the floor and DB doing all the sanding in the middle, my dear husband became the man on the plastic bubble. We were sanding and re-sanding, patching and re-patching for a few more days, on and off - because the spackling was not drying fast enough - we ended up going back to Home depot a few times for more spackling.

• Finally, we were done sanding (for the most part) so we painted the ceilings; when I said we I really mean DB - I was in charge of painting the baseboard and all the edges along with quality control (making sure our hardwood floors are free of paint - and yes spackling). We had to postponed the installation of the carpet since the baseboard needed to be dried and cured for at least a week.

• In the mean time, we were doing painting the entrance's left and right walls with desert-tan:2153-50. We also applied a coat of the slightly darker color: golden-tan-2152-40.

• A week into the project and we have finally taken down the plastic around the stairs and our home is somewhat back to normal. But, then new issues arise.

• We used the quart of golden-tan-2152-40 (the one we got from the other store on Sunday) and what a mistake that was. When I came back from the hair salon (with my new look), we noticed (a little too late) that the new golden-tan-2152-40 quart was lighter than expected and did not match the original color, so we decided to test the paint chip and the error was revealed - the color was wrong. At this point we are ready to pack and leave and to cry of course - we were almost done, and now we had to get more paint and repaint the top and bottom walls (front and back walls) all over again.

• In the end, we got part of our money back, once we got the right paint (from a different store). We repainted the baseboard and as we started to take some of the tape off one of the walls got ruined (it looks like the tape was put on before the walls were completely dried).

• So, there we go again: more sanding and re-sanding and more painting. We have to keep going until - we are so closed. But I can't help to think what will be next.

I am hoping our new carpet will be installed this weekend and on Friday we will paint with classic-burgundy a small odd wall in the entrance, we hope the red will make it a bit interesting. Will it ever end...I'll let you know!

As you can see - we've been busy getting things done according to our never-ending "Mission Organization" projects.

But a decision has been made, for the big pending tasks (remodeling our master bathroom, kitchen and half bathroom) I have to say "contractors - por favor".


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