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Day 36: Chockablock
July 31, 2011, 11:43 pm
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Tuesday was chockablock* full of Chores Related to Being a Responsible Adult. Had to take the car to the dealer for a recall on the power steering in the morning, and meet a nurse after work at for an at-home physical for a life insurance policy. See? Adult. Responsible. Bor-ring. Blah.

I didn’t take a real lunch break, but I did stop by the pond in the afternoon for a quick 15-minute walk in the sunshine. Being stuck inside, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen, gets to me. A little Vitamin D goes a long way during the work week.

I’ve taken all these pictures before, so this is nothing new. These lovely hollyhocks (I think?) growing along the edge of the pond were new this week.

Ran into a couple of teenagers just as I was leaving. They rescued this box turtle that tried to cross the road and brought him to the pond. They were very sweet and accommodating of this weirdo stranger who asked to take a picture of him.

*It’s, in fact, a real word. Look it up.


Day 35: Babysitting
July 31, 2011, 11:39 pm
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I volunteered to babysit Monday night so my friend Mary and her husband could catch a movie. You’ve seen this little guy before. If he shows up anymore on here, I’ll have to make him his own page!

Here’s the thing: he fell asleep less than 45 minutes after his parents left. I’m just that boring as a babysitter. I mean, I did rely on this sticker he found on the bottom of his shoe to entertain him, and it worked for quite a while. So I guess I can see why he decided to go to bed early.

Second best part of the night was drinking out of this glass. Awesome.

Day 34: Graffiti Artist
July 31, 2011, 11:34 pm
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The forecast for Sunday was supposed to be a little cooler, so I planned to work on a project for the kitchen. My friend gave us these two wooden stools, just plain and unfinished. I wanted to spray paint them in Oil Rubbed Bronze, and maybe get creative with a painted design on the seats as well.

I set up in the basement, with my No. 1 helper at my side. (Yes, my workout room in the basement is just as creepy in real life. But it’s very, very cold down there in the summer, so I’m not complaining.) It took me about 45 minutes to sand them both down to prep for the spray paint.

Tim came out to help me. Good thing too because the nozzle on the spray paint can was broken, so he had to use his man hands do the first coat. I underestimated how much paint I’d need, so we had to make a Depot run for another two cans.

Two coats later and a couple of hours drying in the basement, and I was pretty happy with how they turned out. Hoping to finish them completely this week!

Day 33: Nacho Mama’s
July 31, 2011, 11:31 pm
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Saturday morning we tried to run all of our errands before it got too hot.

I love living near the water—even when we’re not headed anywhere in particular, we cross a couple of bridges and get to enjoy the view.

Late in the afternoon, we went to Baltimore for dinner with friends at a place in Canton called Nacho Mama’s. I’d never been there before, but our friends raved about the food and, of course, the margaritas.

Since the wait was over an hour, we tried a couple of varieties they offered.

We ordered a hubcap when we sat down. Yes. A hubcap-sized margarita.

The place had a lot of local pride, with a ton of Natty Boh décor and a room full of Elvis portraits.

The bathroom walls were covered in chalkboard paint, so Tory and I had fun writing messages back and forth to each other. (This was also the same day that Amy Winehouse died, so there were some tributes scrawled on the walls for her as well.)

Day 32: It’s Official, We’re in Hell
July 31, 2011, 11:24 pm
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Well, Friday was the hottest day of the summer, and I hope that holds until September because it was miserable. We participated in BG&E’s Energy Saver Program, and they exercised their control over our A/C this day. People reported that their A/C was off for as long as 8 hours this day. BG&E said it was an energy crisis and that it helped avoid brown outs in the region. We turned on all the fans and tried not to move.

I headed over to my friend Kelly’s for the evening, where we planned to eat dinner and basically sit in air conditioning. She lives downtown in a cute little apartment.

I would love to see the inside of this building in her neighborhood. What a cool thing to live in an old church.

A little gallery down the street had this print for sale in its window.

Kelly’s puppy is 9 months old now. Being all black makes it hard to photograph her, but she’s so cute with her wonk ears, I gave it my best shot. Whenever she goes outside, she picks a toy up in her mouth and carries it down the street with her. It’s the funniest thing to see a little puppy on a walk with a stuffed animal or a sock hanging out of her mouth.

When I left at 10:30pm, it was still 97 degrees outside!

Day 31: Sun’s Gonna Rise
July 31, 2011, 11:18 pm
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Okay, I was trying not to let this be a theme, but I can’t help it: it’s H-O-T, hot, hot.

We’re not the only state under the reach of this heat wave, but Baltimore registered some of the highest temps on the east coast this week. Even minimal activity outside like walking across a parking lot is unbelievably exhausting. I am so, so thankful for my air conditioned office, car and house!

I took pictures of the temperature (according to the cars’ gauges) during the course of the day. Should’ve started in the morning, but first one was when I stepped out at lunch.

Then again at 6 when we left to meet some friends for dinner.

I picked up my car at the auto repair shop at about 8 pm and the first picture registered at 104. That felt too high even for a sweltering evening, so I waited 5 minutes and checked it again. Hm, not so much cheating, still hot as hell outside!

Day 30: The Pink Elephant in the Countertop
July 31, 2011, 10:30 pm
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We were cleaning up after the 3rd of July party the next morning when I noticed something. I was wiping the counters down where the drinks had been set up. I saw a little puddle of what I thought was pink lemonade. Swiped it with the rag. It didn’t absorb. I swiped again. Still pink. What. The. EFF.

At this point, I completely flipped my lid and screamed for Tim to come see. Some kind of pink dye had seeped into the microscopic cracks of the natural stone, beneath the protective sealant even, and it was not coming out.

The granite company sent someone out this week to see what could be done. He tried acetone, steel wool, a razor blade, and finally something he called a “poultice” that looks like silly putty. He covered it in plastic, taped it down and told me to let it sit for a day. Hopefully, it would pull the stain out. If not, the only option was straight bleach, baby.

I was pretty discouraged when I peeled up the poultice and the stain was still there. Lighter, but definitely noticeable. Tim pulled a bottle of sodium hypochlorite off of his work truck; that’s concentrated bleach (explanation for people like me who didn’t pay attention to chemistry). He poured a little puddle over the stain and let it sit.

After a few minutes, it had lightened considerably. We repeated this process about 6 times, and I’m happy to say that instead of a quarter sized, highlighter fluorescent pink splotch, it’s now a faint smudge, about half the size of a pencil’s eraser.

I don’t know if it’ll ever be gone completely, and I’m going to keep trying to draw it out with the sodium hypochlorite. If I can’t, it’s liveable, but Red Dye #7 is banned from my house forever.