So, I've got lots going on this summer. Along with rest, relaxation, and socializing (lots of all three!), here's the plan:
- 6 weeks of German for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (a language is required for my degree; I'm not this masochistic);
- teaching a creative writing class so long as the enrollment is sufficient (which it currently isn't and probably won't be);
- working on a new short story I started this past weekend and my novel-in-progress (there hasn't been a whole lot of progress);
- sending out my already-existing fiction to various journals (and a contest or two);
- revising a paper (on Tim O'Brien) in hopes of sending it to a journal later this year;
- reading for fall classes so I am not helplessly behind three weeks after school starts; and
- researching my dissertation idea.
Despite this insane list, Brad and I have quite a few house projects lined up, and I'm almost as excited for these as I am to spend time on my writing. Here are the top 4. Hopefully we'll accomplish more, but if we even just finish this list, I'll be a happy freakin' camper.
4. Drastically improve the kitchen with wallpaper removal and paint (and surely some cute accessories!).
It's not a huge overhaul, but it's wallet-friendly fix and will allow attention to be focused on what are really very nice quality cabinets. Now if we could just replace that dang countertop . . . and replace that horrible linoleum . . .
3. Make the dining room table reasonable and non-hideous.
The dining room table currently looks like this
b/c underneath it looks like this
2. Convert the main bathroom from ugly to pretty through paint, recaulking, a new mirror (and eventually sconce), and wallpaper border removal. (Not in that order.)
Yes, THE TOILET IS BLUE. Right now, there's no way around that b/c we're not dropping $200 on a toilet and however much more on installation (although Brad says I think we can do all projects ourselves, this is one that I accept is beyond us. At least currently).
We've already got an oval mirror (courtesy of my mother) and a plan for painting the cabinet/vanity/whatever it's called. As we start on that project, I'll show you my inspiration, but for now, let's just says it's gonna be sooooooo much better.
1. Remove the atrocity that is the upstairs hall wallpaper, stairwell wallpaper, and dining room/downstairs hall/upstairs hall border. Add paint (what color?!) and, in the upstairs hallways, probably chair-rail and my beloved beadboard wallpaper.
and I can't even put anymore pictures of it up. Obviously, this needs to happen sooner rather than later.