Spring is here!


Er, well, I thought it was anyway. We had such a gorgeous weekend...70 degree weather, blooming flowers, the works, but then last night there was a hard freeze? Its frustrating, but at least it was nice for the weekend. Check out these woodpeckers that Seth spotted in our backyard:


Aren't they huge? Click on the picture to see a bigger version...both birds are on the big tree in the middle. This is what they did to the tree (at least, I think the did anyway...I've never noticed these big holes in the bark before):



The best part of a spring-like weekend was that I was really productive, and I finally finished a project that I've been working on little by little for months now (and its been cluttering up our breezeway that whole time too) -- the $15 TV stand redo! Here's what I did, step-by-step:

1. Start with cheap cabinet thing


2. Sand, prime, & paint

3. Drill holes in the back for all the electronic cables to go through using my new favorite tool, the hole saw drill bit



4. Use Mod Podge to decoupage paper from Whimsy Press onto the doors (this was a lot harder than I expected, and I ended up with some bubbles and tears in the paper...luckily this piece of furniture has the direct sunlight coming in behind it so you can't tell).

5. Change out hardware



6. Spend a couple hours moving the thing into the living room and figuring out where all the wires go so all the electronics work again. And voila!



Remember when I was saying that I'd want an awesome antique sideboard to use as the TV stand if I had the money? Well, I don't feel that way anymore because a) I like the way this one turned out so much, and b) I got to customize it for our needs exactly without worrying about destroying an expensive antique. With the $15 for the cabinet itself plus the paper, hardware, and paint, I figured up that the whole thing cost about $30 (plus a lot of time). You can't beat that! Plus, I just love how much cleaner the living room looks now that all the electronics are hidden.

BEFORE:



AFTER:



I'm really glad I put the paper on the doors because otherwise, all that white would have stuck out too much I think.

One more quick thing -- Seth and I watched No Country for Old Men over the weekend, and it was a GREAT movie. Its violent for sure, but if you can get past that (or look away like I did), I definitely recommend it. The acting, cinematography, and story are incredible...I can totally see why it won for best picture this year.

That's all for now!

Guess who's 31 today...



This guy!!!!

I can't express how happy I am that Seth was born 31 years ago today, and that his path crossed with mine. I remember when we were just casual friends, and whenever he'd walk into the room my face would light up and I'd think, "there's Seth, he's AWESOME." I still thinks so, even more so now that I really know him. He makes me laugh out loud every single day, and his honesty and passion inspire me. He makes people smile everywhere he goes, and he totally deserves to be celebrated!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SETH!!!
You're the best....around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down ;)

I am 29 today!



Normally when people ask "do you feel any older?" on my birthday, I always say no. But you know, I kinda do feel older this year. Not really in bad way, but in a contemplative way. I'm feeling more and more aware of how time is flying by and how things have changed from when I was younger. Maybe I'm just feeling older because I've been Netflixing a lot of teen shows lately...Beverly Hills, 90210 (which is MUCH cheesier than I remember it being), Freaks & Geeks, My So-Called Life.

Speaking of MSCL, a couple weeks ago I watched the Boiler Room episode with the commentary on, and Claire Danes pretty much summed up what I mean about feeling older. She basically said that as she watches the show now, she finds herself much more interested in the what's happening in the lives of the parents instead of what's happening with Jordan, Rayanne, Rickie, and Angela. And I felt the same way! I used to looooove that show, and Chi-Chi and I would fast forward through the scenes with the parents just so we could see if Angela was going to finally stand up to Jordan in the boiler room. Now I watch it and I still love it because its so nostalgic but I can't relate to it anymore. What I can relate to is Angela's dad's fear of risking everything to pursue the career that he's passionate about, and it just goes to show how things have changed.

Like I said, I'm feeling a little contemplative on this birthday :) But I'm feeling good too! And I'm just glad that I don't dread being 30 and I'm not moping around about this being my last year as a 20-something.
Who cares! Cheers to being to 29!!

Past 2 weeks in pictures

I recently got sick again (for the 3rd time in 7 weeks!!), and more than ever I'm feeling way behind in a lot of ways....the biggest way being work, but also behind in house projects and just day-to-day stuff (like blogging). I'm feeling much better now but I don't have a lot of time to write. Luckily, I've gotten a request from Heather for more pictures, so here's a rundown in pictures of what I've been up to for the past few weeks when I haven't been sick on the couch:


good pals in town + beautiful weather = Happy Libby


important discussions in the front yard


well, maybe not :)


possibly the cutest picture I've ever taken of the Rubster. Check out the drool...and that right leg!!


SNOW!


the most snow we've gotten in a couple years I think


snow bunny


a week later, sunny and in the 70's...that's Tennessee for ya!


Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but Seth did all the stunts in the Matrix movies.


Amazing!!

And.....that's all, folks. Enough pictures for ya, Heather? ;)