My Husband’s Bedroom Antics

Me, watching Match get undressed for bed: “Wow babe, you’re looking sexy. Will you strut for me?”

And then Match proceeded to strut around the room like a chicken.

Match: “This isn’t what you meant?”

Ahh, marriage. 🙂

Date Girl vs. The PS3

Minkus: Don’t you hate it when Mom and Dad fight?
Shawn: No. Into it.
Cory: Well, we won’t be fighting for long. I’ve got something that’ll take the fight right out of Mom. Read it and weep, Little Big Hair.
Topanga: [reading off Cory’s paper] “My model wife won’t care how dirty my room gets. She’ll always let me win at video games. She’ll play street hockey any time of the day or night.” Why don’t you just marry Shawn?
[Cory and Shawn look at each other]
Cory: Because our kids would look like horses. –Boy Meets World

Last weekend our Playstation 3 died. The thing is over 3 years old (you may remember I bought it on while on a date with Potential Guy) and sadly, that is old in electronics years. Don’t get me started on how nothing seems to last anymore. I had made the mistake of buying Match Call of Duty Black Ops for Christmas. Match is a dream come true when it comes to video games and sports. He has never been that guy that watches football all day on Sunday, or the guy who stays up all hours playing video games til his eyes dry out. No…the gamer/nerd in this relationship has always been me. I’m not a huge video game player, but I’ve been known to rock out on Guitar Hero or play the Wii from time to time or geek out on the computer. So when Match asked for Call of Duty Black Ops I thought cool, a way for him to blow off some steam. He’ll play it every once in awhile but not all of the time. When the PS3 kicked the bucket and stopped turning on, I thought, oh bummer, but not the end of the world. WRONG. Match got super depressed and has been mopey ever since. I’m a sucker for that puppy dog face and I’m also a cheapskate so I figured I would try my hand at fixing it.

Now you all know I’m a techy and that I deal with computers, but it is strictly on a software level. I have never been a person that took apart electronics and fixed them but I thought hell, why not at least try? I scored through countless websites and youtube tutorials to figure out what could be done about the PS3 that was well past its warranty. So this is what I ended up doing:

This my friends is what the inside of the Playstation 3 looks like, in case you care. 😉 I don’t either but now I can say I know more than any girl should ever know about the innards of this gaming system. I ended up taking a heat gun to the processing chip and following a few other youtube geek tips and then putting the thing back together. I really wish there were pictures of my mad scientist skills because it was rather funny. Mostly it was just me swearing a lot.

I wish I could report that I got the thing to work flawlessly but alas I did not. I did however to get it to turn back on, which was still a big success. I was able to reinstall the operating system, and put in a new and better hard drive. I could get it to go online, but it won’t read discs anymore, which of course is the whole point.

So the PS3 won this round, sort of. I was still able to make that little light turn green, on my first try at tinkering with electronics. I decided to keep the old PS3 and one of these days I may take another stab at it. I feel like I’m so close to fixing it that I can taste it. This isn’t over yet Playstation!

I took pity on Match today and ended up buying him the new PS3 as an early birthday present. I would have preferred to spend the money on a good couples gifts like couples massages or an overnight trip somewhere, but this face was worth it:

#13. Explore Our New Town and County

Burton: You okay there?
Christine: Yeah, it’s my new date-night underwear. It just got to fifth base. –The New Adventures of Old Christine

Last weekend Match and I didn’t just cross off #47 on the Project 52 List, we also crossed off #13. Explore our New Town and County. This is something I hope to do more of throughout the year, but Saturday we went for a little drive and checked out the countryside. I thought moving to the East Bay meant goodbye to any semblance of nature. I pictured nothing but ugly buildings and shopping centers. True, there are a lot more people and a lot more places to shop in the East Bay, but there are still parks and some beautiful back country roads.

I wish I’d brought our Nikon binoculars to really get a good look at the mountain but the drive was still beautiful. I can’t wait to go back and do a hike up Mount Diablo. After we drove around checking out the scenery, we stopped at a small bar and grill for dinner.

The food was so tasty, and the servers were really friendly. We people watched and relaxed over beers and burgers and relished in the fact that we didn’t have to work on Monday. The grill was one of those places that has crayons and paper placemats so we challenged each other to a couple of games of hangman while we polished off our beers. I know it doesn’t sound that exciting but we were cracking up.  It was a simple night out but it felt like when we first started dating. I love that as we settle into our married life we haven’t forgotten what it’s like to go on a nice date together.

#47. Musical Bedrooms

[Jack comes in dressed as an alien.]
Will: sherif , after closer examination, I believe I have identified the lifeform as … gaylien.
Grace: We come in peace. Please do not rearrange our furniture. – Will and Grace

This three day weekend Match and I decided to stay home instead of going up north to see family and friends. He’s been fighting a cold bug and I am still all splotchy, although slightly less itchy (yes!). I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to tackle some things on my Project 52 list. Yesterday we did #47: Swap our bedroom and office. This one takes a little bit of explaining.

Our rental home is awkward. We love it and we’re so glad we found it, but much like a 13 year old boy going through puberty, trying to rid his acne with, it’s awkward. The layout is super funky. The only door to the patio is through the back bedroom which we decided was the master bedroom. It’s only slightly larger than the other room in the house and has a bathroom off of it, so it is technically the master.

You see how close it is to the kitchen? If one of us is asleep and the other one attempts to make coffee or breakfast it’s impossible not to wake the other one up.

There is the “master” bath. You see how there is only the shower stall and no tub? It’s really hard to shower at the same time, something we both enjoy. Also, note the door. That is the door that leads to our outdoor space. Weird right?

Here is the other bathroom, the “guest” bathroom. It is actually a lot bigger and has a shower/tub while the “master” bath has only a shower and a really small sink. The guest room is also the only room in the house with carpet, and has a ceiling fan. So last weekend I was looking at decorating websites and told Match, “Hey, why don’t we move our bedroom?” I expected him to tell me I was crazy and that everything was fine the way it was but he agreed with me. So this weekend we played musical bedrooms.

Here’s how it used to look, and please don’t mind the mess. This is Match’s domain and where he keeps all of his academy stuff so I let him keep it pretty cluttered. He’s actually pretty neat considering the lack of free time he has.

The oober cluttered desk. This I decided to fix when we moved the office to the other room.

Match’s uniform wardrobe. I call it the no dog hair zone. They are enveloped in a force field of protection.  That’s also where he dumps his pjs when he changes for work.

So after a few hours of work, here is what the master looks like now.

We now have carpet under our feet for those late night potty trips. How I love carpet under my toes at night!

It’s smaller, but it’s so cozy. Our bed is also now under the window to the backyard rather than the street so we’ll have a lot less noise. We just need to put up the curtains and we’re all moved in.

And here is the new spare room/office/Match’s ready room.

I love that guests will no longer be walking through our master bedroom to get the backyard. I also love all of the natural light that comes into that room. It’ll be a much better space for me on the days I work from home.