Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Day with the Portugals

Valentines day...

I figured I would make a quick post about Valentine's Day before it is so far gone that a post like this would just seem weird (don't hate... I just got out busy season... blogging was not number 1 priority.. :) ).

Anyway, I got Ivan a pretty extravagant gift. Ivan usually says that valentine's is a girl holiday so I don't have to get him a gift. However, I wanted to get this for him anyway. So, as like most gifts, I buy it early and just say "this will be your early 'insert holiday' gift". I know, I know, no patience.  Anyway, here is his gift.


 Ivan and my parents setting it up! I was working this weekend so I was not helping.

The completed project. It is basically a grill that has a searing side,  a gas grill side (for normal bbq), a charcoal side, and a smoker (for wood smoking). We have used it quite a bit so far.
This was more "my" gift. We went to this nice Brazilian restaurant called Pradaria. We hadn't really found a nice churrascaria  since leaving MD. This place was awesome. It was nice, but not super expensive (like Texas de Brazil). Anyway, we ate a ton, and ordered dessert. According to Ivan, it tasted pretty authentic.  Here is a picture our waiter took (and yes I have probably worn that same dress every single Valentine's day... what can I say.. it is just a perfect dress for the occasion).





Well that is pretty much it... oh and I also got a card, and flowers, and a Starbucks Valentines mug. My husband is such a sweetie.

DIY Furniture! Portugal Style

Ok so it has been awhile since I have posted anything "substantial". Anyway, I can't make any promises with this post, but hopefully it is interesting.

During busy season my parents came to stay with me. They basically were here for most of January and some of February. They painted different rooms in my house, cleaned, and also started on this project (which I recently finished).

Basically, I had this old furniture. I had it in highschool in Florida, then my sister had it when I moved to college. Then when I moved out of my furnished dorm room and into an unfurnished apartment, I got it back. This furniture was the first master bedroom furniture for Ivan and I in Maryland. It followed us all the way to Texas. Needless to say, it has really moved around. We finally purchased some new master bedroom furniture (king sized) and moved this furniture into the guest room.

We really like the furniture but there were a few problems:1) My sister and I didn't know the meaning of "coaster" in highschool lol... so there were tons of water rings on the top of the dresser, and 2) it wasn't my favorite color wood.

Therefore, we decided to take on a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. We carried the furniture out into the garage, lightly sanded it, and then painted it. Here are the steps:

1) sand furniture (this proved to be a "no-no" later on as we discovered the scratches from sanding still showed through after painting the wood. Therefore, I wouldn't suggest sanding laminate).
2) primed it (we primed it despite the fact that we sanded it...we should have skipped number 1 and gone to number 2 but oh well)
3) paint
4) paint
5) oh ya... and paint again
6) poly the top of the dresser and the nightstand.

Anyway, I learned a few things through this whole experience.

First, you really shouldn't spray paint furniture unless you are a professional because it can turn out blotchy. I even learned from Young House Love a blog that I LOVE, that I probably shouldn't have done that. It would have been better to paint the furniture the normal old fashioned way. Now, although I sprayed the furniture, most of it came out ok.

Second, if you have water circles... just give up! hahah! just kidding.. kind of! It was very very very hard to get those to go away. Actually if you look really hard you can still somewhat see them in the right light. However, since water circles basically go very deep into the grain of the wood it is very hard to get rid of them. Our best idea was to fill them with paint.. which we pretty much did..

Third, don't use spray poly (this goes with 1). It worked FINE for the nightstand but for some reason... just didn't work well for the dresser. It still ended up blotchy. Therefore, I went and bought a can of it. I rolled it on with a foam roller. However, it looked like I was rolling on soap there were SOOO many bubbles. Therefore, I figured I would just go over it with a brush. That worked pretty well.

So here are my before and after pictures (sadly there is no before pic of the nightstand... poor nightstand). Please excuse the halos on my pictures. My sony cybershot is just having issues. It is time for a new camera, but alas, that is not number one on the priority list.

BEFORE

 Headboards are always hidden... but I think you can see it well enough.
Here is the infamous dresser (or pain in my booty.. as I like to call it)













AFTER



Again... please excuse the halos.

I guess I also forgot to mention that we got some spiffy silver hardware for them as well.... don't they look pretty!!


Sunday, February 13, 2011

This is why I love Texas!!

Hi everyone, yes I know it has been awhile since I have posted. I have been super busy. Anyway, I plan to be blogging more after busy season has ended (hopefully in a few weeks). Anyway, my mom sent me this and I thought it was awesome. This is why I love Texas! :)
Texas Translations of California Euphemisms.  
In California
In Texas
Diverse or Lifestyle Choice
Sinful and Perverted
Arsenal of Weapons
Gun Collection
Delicate Wetlands
Swamp
Undocumented Worker
Illegal Alien
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Assault and Battery
Attitude Adjustment
Heavily Armed
Well-protected
Narrow-minded
Righteous
Taxes or Your Fair Share
Coerced Theft
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks or Stump Removal
Nonviable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Socialism
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Justice
Marxism
Upper Class or "The Rich"
Self-Employed
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Scoped Deer Rifle
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Conservative
Truants
Homeschoolers
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
High Capacity Magazine
Standard Capacity Magazine
Religious Zealot
Church-going
Reintroduced Wolves
Sheep and Elk Killers
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Exploiters or "The Rich"
Employed or Land Owner
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Auto (Grandpa's M1 Carbine)
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs