New Year’s Eve Pictures

Colts beating Dolphins
We had free tickets to the Colts game, then afterward we headed over to Dan and Doug’s house for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. My camera got soaked at the game, so I only got camera phone shots of the game, and Stephanie took all the pictures from the party. (My camera’s fine, now, thank goodness.)
Steph and me in front of tree
See the pictures on Flickr.

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Photo Uploads – Thanksgiving and December 2006

I finally managed to upload all the pictures I’ve been taking the last two months. I had half of my Thanksgiving pictures uploaded, and finally managed to get the rest online four weeks later. Recent Photo Sets:

Frosting Donuts
Frosting Donuts

Thanksgiving at Grandma's 2006
All the Thanksgiving Photos

And after Thanksgiving, Stephanie and I took a carriage ride, where she asked me to marry her…
Stephanie's Marriage Proposal
Our Carriage Ride Photos

And, finally, all my pictures from December, so far, including Christmas events, the night we got up in the middle of the night because our roof was leaking, and miscellaneous other photos.

December 2006

Dan, Me, Stephanie

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Painting the Kitchen

We’ve spent our three-day weekend painting the kitchen, so I’ve been away from the internets. There’s still a lot of touch-up work to do, but the bulk of the work is finished. My kitchen was pretty fugly before, so the new paint is a serious improvement. The cabinets had been painted a dark green color, and the walls and ceiling and trim were a dingy off-white that always looked dirty even after everything was scrubbed and clean.

Kitchen Painting

Now the cabinets and ceiling and trim work are bright white, and the walls are “spring squash” which is a bright yellow-orange color that looks really sunny and happy. I’m really pleased with how it’s come out; the room looks much bigger and cleaner. There are still some other improvements I’d like to do; I want to mount a light under the cabinets so I can see my food while I’m preparing it. (As Lisa did in her kitchen) and I want to replace the overhead light with the clean, simple, unobtrusive ceiling fan I bought ages ago. I also want to replace the backsplash behind the stove with a clean aluminum panel. The ones that want to get the best paint can have a peek here to get a great finish.

Kitchen Painting

Also, my friend Kathy came over and cut out the extra pipes that ran up the wall in the corner to the now non-existent kitchen that used to be upstairs. I’ll still have to repair the drywall in the corner, but that’s a future project.

The kitchen really needs to be completely ripped out and done over. The floor is bad, there’s very little cabinet or counter space, and the sink is in a really poor spot. The drywall in the whole room needs a makeover. But none of that is realistic right now, so the simple improvements will at least make a grungy room tolerable and cheery.

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