Mr. & Mrs. Match-The Electricians

Dr. House[To Dr. Kutner] You’ve electrocuted yourself and set a patient on fire. I like the dedication.
Dr. Kutner: Thank you. –House

On Match’s days off this week we decided to tackle our lighting problem. You see, our house was built in the early 80s, and florescent lights were all the rage. I guess they didn’t realize that florescent lighting makes you look TERRIBLE which is exactly what a person wants when putting on their makeup in the bathroom mirror.  The other problem is the bulbs tend to flicker and give the illusion of a murder room. Again, not something a person wants in their bathroom, let alone the rest of their house.

I forgot to get a good close up of the one in the guest bathroom, but here’s what it looks like in the downstairs bath. We have the same setup in our master bedroom. Eventually we’ll have to replace those too, but we’re doing things room by room. I’m trying to convince Match that we don’t need wireless security cameras and instead to focus on the rest of the lighting in the house. Though a security system woulnd’t be so bad eventually.

While we were at it, we tackled these two hideous lights in our upstairs hallway.

Those two tiny dome fixtures turned out to be the biggest pain in the ass! The outlet box crumbled and Match had to put in a new one, only the way they’d installed the previous one made it almost impossible to put a new one in. We both had insulation falling all over us and it was not pretty. But after they were installed I’d say it was completely worth the effort!

And, we got rid of the terrible ceiling fan in the family room. It was a bit too Grandma for us. It even had a hummingbird on the fan pull. Really?

I have to admit that for this project Match did most of the work. I did help hold things and there were many times where it was a two person project. But I have to give all of the credit to Match. I know nothing about electrical work and Match was able to get the wires to work and the lights to turn on. He even installed new outlet boxes! I’m so proud of my handy hubby. He also sacrified most of his weekend to working on these home improvements. He didn’t even play video games!

Now if I can just convince him to repeat this procedure next week so we can finish the rest of the lighting in the house. I’d better stock up on steaks and beer as a bribe. 😉

Happy New Year!

Sheldon: You know the holidays are just around the corner. Maybe he just wants to see if he can lodge the other testicle up there.
Leonard: I told you, that was a different guy.
Penny: Well, that’s too bad. You could’ve spent New Year’s Eve waiting for the ball to drop. –Big Bang Theory

Last night I rang in the New Year with Sassy Couple. It was my first New Year’s away from Match and I missed him terribly. The night was really low key which was just what I was in the mood for. Sassy had me come over early so she could fix my hair and makeup. It was a house party, but everyone dressed up, which was so fun.

While Sassy was doing my hair she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids!! She said that she loves me and that even though we’ve only been friends a little over a year, I’m one of her favorite people, and I’m the only one who has shown a big interest in her wedding. I said yes of course, and I’m so honored that she picked me. I’ve only been a bridesmaid once, for my brother’s wedding when I was 20, and I feel like that’s not the same as being asked by a friend. Sassy Guy also asked Match to be his groomsman, so it looks like we’ll be walking down the aisle together again. 🙂 I can’t wait to plan her bridal shower and participate in all of the fun wedding stuff. It’s so exciting to be on the other side of it.

We played a few silly games, took lots of cheesy pictures, and danced in the New Year.

I called it a night early and came home to relax in my pjs with my pup. I think it was a perfect reflection of what this year has in store. I think there will be a lot more mellow house parties versus loud bar scenes, and a lot more quiet evenings at home. And you know what? I can’t wait. How did you ring in 2012?

TTUT-The Candy Cane Lane Tradition

So kids, I settled in for Christmas alone. I appreciated that Ted wanted to cheer me up, but honestly, it wasn’t necessary. -Robin, How I Met Your Mother

I’m linking up with my two favorite elves: IA and Seriously Shawn

Here’s what I’ve been up to: 

    Merry Christmas everyone! Today I’m actually home alone tonight (sad) because Match is at work. But don’t feel too bad for me; we will be celebrating with the in-laws tomorrow. On Thursday, colds and all, Match, Monkey, and I went to Candy Cane Lane here in our new city. It’s definitely going to become a Christmas tradition for us. We bundled up, grabbed some apple cider and walked through the magic that is Candy Cane and Lollipop Lanes.

    Click on the picture and it should get bigger so you can see all the pretty lights up close.  I told Match I wanted to deck out our house like this next year, and he said, “Good luck hanging those lights!”

    I need these little penguins in my yard. Aren’t they the cutest?

    We had fun walking through the lanes, and I can’t wait to bring our kids here someday. Next year Match should have Christmas off! I’m very excited about that. I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful holiday!