December 16, 2022

Friday Night Photos

I actually have kind of a lot of photos this week, so I'll just get right to it! I've already shared some of them on other posts, but since Friday is kind of a catch-all for the week, I'll share them here, too.

These are totally out of order, and it would take me a long time to switch the order around, so just bear with it please.

I went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to look for a light for our bedroom to replace our fan, and I found the perfect one! Jerry took this picture of me when I was installing it. (I have a picture of the finished light somewhere, but I can't find it right now.)

On Sunday, we went to Detroit for a Pistons game (the tickets were SO generously given to me by a blog reader!). After the game, we went to Mom's Spaghetti, Eminem's restaurant in Detroit.

I was out for a run and when I turned the corner onto our street, I could see Jerry standing in the middle of the road. I was wondering what he was doing, and it turned out he was taking pictures of me running, haha.

Here, I am cleaning some chairs with TSP to get them ready to paint. A while ago, I bought a large table from Facebook Marketplace to replace our small round one in the dining room. You can see the "new" table in the background (it's the same blue as my cupboards). I didn't want to have to repaint the orange chairs, so I decided just to paint all of the new chairs orange as well. A little quirky, but I'm a quirky person.

My carpal tunnel has gotten REALLY bad again since I started working on the bathroom and bedroom (and now furniture restoration). One night, I woke up in the night and I was sobbing to Jerry because it hurt so bad. I asked him to massage my wrists/forearms *really* hard--and then the next morning, I saw this bruise! Hahaha, he'd massaged my wrist so hard that it bruised pretty badly.

A recent furniture restoration. I bought this Pottery Barn piece from Facebook Marketplace and decided to paint it and then add the fireplace piece we had sitting in the garage. I love how it turned out!

We decided on all black for the bedroom (including the ceiling!) which made me really nervous, but I like it a lot so far. We're keeping the trim white, but we want the room to be very dark. Jerry sleeps during the day, so he's loving the dark room with the room darkening shades.

This is the table that I just painted blue. This was after I cleaned it with TSP to prep it for priming/painting.

I noticed that when I put the leaves in the table, they didn't latch shut. So I had to press the table together really hard from each end to make sure it was tightly closed. However, since I don't ever plan to remove the leaves, I decided to brace them together with a couple of boards (you can see from the arrows below). This will hold them shut as well as keep them from bowing if the weight should get to it.

After that, I used some wood filler to fill in the little gaps where the seams were.

Jerry bought this door mat on Amazon and I thought it was hilarious. Our delivery truck drivers can vote by placing the packages on "yes" or "no" regarding whether Ross and Rachel were on a break (a Friends reference).

This was from the Pistons game on Sunday.

We had the most amazing seats!

I love Detroit :)

Posing with the Mom's Spaghetti menu.

This was after priming the new table. Priming always makes things look worse before they look better.

My first run in a while. This was on Tuesday, when I just felt like I needed to do SOMETHING for myself.

If you look closely here, you can see that someone (ahem, DUCKLING) walked on the table before it was dry. Trying to paint furniture, especially with oil-based paint that takes a good 24 hours to dry, when you have cats is next to impossible.

To get some food prepping done, I made lots of spice mixes.

And I made several meals for the freezer (tofu, Asian garlic sauce, and barley). These are delicious!

I haven't been reading at all lately, so I finally started a new book. It's called The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado. Hopefully it's good! So far, it sounds promising.

A picture of the table after I painted it. I want to do one more coat on the top and then put polyurethane on it.

The chairs, cleaned with TSP, just waiting to be painted. I turned on a podcast and spent THREE HOURS just priming them! It took so long because of the rungs. I hate painting chairs more than anything.

My second run this week! I ran yesterday for a few miles--for self care :)

One of my sister's friends used one of my 5K training plans to train for a 5K this weekend and she made this shirt--how cute is this?!

Yesterday, I spent another three hours painting the chairs orange. Now I have seating for eight around a large rectangular table! To celebrate, Jerry bought me a 1000-piece Friends puzzle now that I have the room to work on it. (The chairs are still drying. I'm hoping not to find paw prints on them.)

I'm SO proud of Noah--he's been saving his money for a few years and he had a good chunk of money to use for a down payment on his first vehicle purchase. He'd been researching for the longest time to find the car he wanted, and he did--in Cleveland, Ohio! So, my dad, Jerry, and Noah all drove down there for Noah to buy it. 

I literally had NO IDEA where this picture came from! It was on my camera roll. I just asked Jerry about it and he said that a coworker sent it to him... hahaha! Kind of weird, but I guess the guy took the picture to creep Jerry out...?

And finally, this is a picture that I took with a self-timer on my phone. I was VERY surprised at how good it turned out! I never use the timer function, but when I was out for a run, I decided to give it a try since the lake looked pretty.

And that's all I've got! Totally out of order, but my week in a nutshell. Have a great weekend! xo


  1. You get more done in a week than I do in a year!! And I meant to mention it before, but that photo of you by the lake is really nice. You look relaxed and happy. HUGS!

  2. Just wanna say that I appreciate your daily posts :) I know it's a ton of work for you, but there are so many of us that look forward to them ❤️


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