DIY Painting

On a whim (or actually because Adam’s friend is coming to visit this weekend and we still had nothing on our walls), I decided it would be a great idea to make my own painting, considering I’m so artistic (I’m not).

I did a little googling and decided on this idea (their tutorial is very helpful), so after a trip to the dog park, I stopped at Michaels and got everything I needed for this project. PS – Michaels is having a huge sale on canvases right now…like I got a pack of 7 canvases for $9.99.

I got home, and laid everything out, and began painting.

I bought the canvases, four colors of acrylic paint (red, yellow, blue and white), a palette, and some paint brushes (which ended up being the worst brushes I’ve ever used because they kept “shedding” onto my beautiful artwork…either that, or I’m just incompetent, which is probably more likely).

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Painting #1 done.

diy painting 1

Put your tape in a pattern (like above).
Also, check out that creepin’ dog in the background.

diy painting 2

Paint where the tape is not covering.

diy painting 3

Peel off paint and put on display.
Also, become a fan of the Red Sox.

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Or a different pattern and different paint.

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Admire.

I swear it’s super easy and it’s a lot of fun to just play around. All of the materials I bought ended up being around $25, so I didn’t really care how it all turned out and with my low expectations, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I like everything.

So that, my friends, is how you can create some artwork all on your own.

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You Deserve Someone Who

You deserve someone who loves you are much as you love them.

You deserve someone who calls you when they say they are going to. For that matter, you deserve someone who follows through. And someone who wants to call you and wants to talk to you.

You deserve someone who you can be yourself around. Who gets you. Who loves your sense of humor and who you can really be yourself around.

You deserve someone who won’t judge you for what you eat or how much you work out. You deserve someone who won’t give you a judgmental look when you mention that you ate some ice cream or that you didn’t go for a run that day.

You deserve someone who holds doors open for you, pays for you, and doesn’t feel emasculated if you open the door for them, or you pay for them.

You deserve someone who won’t punish you after an argument.

You deserve someone who wants to show you off to their friends and family.

You deserve someone who, if they don’t feel the same way about you, will tell you and not just ignore you, not reach out to you, or phase you out of their life because they don’t respect you enough to be honest with you.

You deserve someone who respects you. Someone who who won’t play games or manipulate you.

You deserve someone who will make time for you. Someone who won’t make you feel like you are inconveniencing them. Someone who will initiate seeing you and talking to you. Someone who will put in the work, just as you would.

You deserve someone who thinks you are the greatest thing ever, because, well? You are.

And when you find that person, you’ll know why you deserve all of this and so much more. They’ll make sure you know it and you’ll start to believe it.

Advice on Packing

In my process of becoming an adult, yesterday, I learned how to pack. So here is some unsolicited advice on packing for a move, whether you’re going down the street or across the country.

  1. Pack heavy stuff in smaller boxes. Initially (because I’m an idiot), I bought a few big boxes and put all of my plates/glasses/dishes into two big boxes. Then when it came time to move it from the kitchen to the living room, I was having a hard time. I couldn’t lift the box. I somehow woke up yesterday morning realizing that these two boxes would break, and then went to my mom’s and picked up some smaller boxes. Now all of my dishes are in four or five smaller boxes, but they are packed tightly and will be easier to carry.
  2. Save packing stuff from Amazon/other packages you receive. My mom saved a few boxes and a bunch of the plastic filling (or bubble wrap) for packages she’s received over the past few weeks and it has been perfect in padding the aforementioned dishes and other things that might have a little extra space to move around. And I didn’t have to pay for these boxes or filling.
  3. Wrap plates/glasses in plastic wrap. This will help prevent things from moving and thus breaking, but if they do break, they are protected by the plastic wrap and you won’t get broken glass all over your stuff. I got this tip from one of my good friends who has done a long-distance move before. For example, I stacked four large glasses together, and put a paper plate on the inside of each glass, and then wrapped the stack tightly in plastic wrap. And I stacked all of my big plates on top of each other and in between each of these plates, I put a single paper plate. Then I wrapped all of them tightly in plastic wrap, and then wrapped them in clothes, which brings me to my next point…
  4. Wrap fragile things in clothes. This is a lovely tip I picked up from Reddit but after wrapping things in plastic wrap, I wrapped them up further in clothes that I won’t be needing immediately for my drive out there/for when I start work. This means that I didn’t have nasty newspaper covering my stuff (which works, because I also don’t receive a newspaper), and I was able to pack my clothes in some of these boxes as well.
  5. Label each box with a number, and write down the inventory separately. This was a suggestion from my mom’s boyfriend, which is actually some good advice. I have a notebook full of inventory for each numbered box, in addition to marking the outside of the box, so this will ensure that everything gets delivered and I have everything I packed. It also helped me in figuring out which items I was forgetting to pack.
  6. When looking for a moving company, shop around. I mentioned it before, but I initially looked at PODS for my long distance move, in addition to U-Box (U-Haul’s version of PODS), U-Pack, and UShip. The first two were right around $3000 for everything; U-Pack was around $2500 (and I’d have to load/unload myself); and when I posted to UShip (carriers bid in an auction to move your stuff via freight load), I never heard back from anyone. While any of these four options may be viable for other people and other moves, for me it was not. I did some research and found (via Reddit, again) a company called Door to Door. For under $2000, I have the same kind of service that I’d get with PODS, except it’s better because they have movers come and load up the container for me, and the customer service representatives there aren’t rude. So, long story short: shop around, because when I did, it saved me $500-$1000.

That’s all I have for now. I’m still finishing up some packing right now but I thought this might be helpful to others.

Door to Door drops off/packs up my container tomorrow, and then it’s on its way to sunny San Diego. It is supposed to arrive the day before I start work, but it may take longer depending on how bad the winter weather is in the midwest. So we’ll see what happens with that.

In other news, it’s 30 degrees here and almost 60 degrees in San Diego. Just saying.

In other other news, Adam and I signed a lease and we’re just waiting for confirmation that we got an awesome place (with a fenced in backyard for Maeby!!). So that’s pretty exciting.