Every so often, I feel like blasting off a list of little odds and ends I’ve been doing, buying, and appreciating around the house. Not everything’s DIY-focused, and not everything would necessarily warrant a whole post, but may be interesting nonetheless. March edition strikes… now:
1. We be slingin’.
With the addition of an iPad to our little family this month, we decided to splurge on a sling adaptor for Dish Network. The $30 hardware investment was a one-time fee (it won’t cost us anything additional on our monthly bill) and will allow us to watch programming, both live and DVRed, from anywhere we happen to be traveling (or sitting). Yes, I mean like when I’m getting my oil changed or when my flight is delayed. Right now we’ve only been using it on free wi-fi, but it would work if we buy into the iPad’s 4G data plan too, aw yeah; it’s great using the iPad, our iPhones, and on the computer. That’s my dream fulfilled. Technology is cool, geeks unite.
2. I had some extra Sugru.
Even though each little pack of Sugru contains 5g of the maleable fix-all product, I still find myself with leftovers whenever I need to break into a pack for a project. This time, I had quite a bit leftover, and I didn’t want it to go to waste because it was still perfectly soft and usable, so I covered a leftover raw magnet with it. Because Sugru acts like modeling clay, curing around whatever it’s used on, I also rolled it around in transparent-silvery beads for a little bit of glammy pop. It’s darling.
3. I paid off my student loans.
Easily the most expensive DIY project I’ve completed to date, I paid off the balance of my student loans in full last week. That’s almost 5.5 years since I first started making payments, and about 4.5 years ahead of the lender’s projected payoff schedule. I whipped myself into a major loan-payoff frenzy last spring when I was still working at my 9-5, first paying off the loan for my scooter, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to maintain that momentum after I left to carve my own path. There was happy-dancing. There were celebratory margaritas. There’s suddenly going to be extra moolah in my wallet every month. Take that. Fist pumps!
4. I kicked out the tenants.
Buh-bye, Robins. I know you were really happy being perched in your little nest on the pergola last summer, but I don’t want you back, and I don’t want my dog to eat your babies for lunch if they fall out. Do not trespass, find another place to live.
Side note: Is it not the prettiest, most perfectly round nest you’ve ever seen (maybe not at this angle, take my word for it)? I love bird architecture. This thing has withstood storms that my own garage roof could not. And I think that piece of paper was something that Cody ate and, uh, passed in the backyard. Sorry, but the circle of life is fascinating.
Additional note: It looks like someone might be moving into the little mid-century mod home that I installed on the fence last summer. Welcome!
5. I witnessed an explosion.
The explosion of stairwell closet contents, that is.
Serious organization must take place. More to come on this.