Monday, August 17, 2009

Weekend highlights

Spouse & I had a rather low-key weekend, with nothing concrete on our schedule.

Spouse went to his 9am personal trainer appointment on Sat and I did a little vacuuming, loaded the dishwasher, read some blogs and email, and watched 2 episodes of "Sell This House".

When Spouse got home we put on some SPF, picked up some sandwiches, and headed to the beach. It was a beautiful day, and we had a great time hanging out with Rusty, Chris, Steven, Bob, and Bob. (Bob and Bob... the Bobs... Bob squared...) Upon returning home we both showered and I watched some TV while Spouse took a nap. Later we met up with Steven, Bob, and Bob for dinner at Rigby's. Yes, I know we just had dinner there the previous Sat with Ron & James, but its really become one of our favorite places. We had a delicious meal and delightful conversations with the guys! Steven, Bob and Bob went out afterward; Spouse & I watched TV at home.

We had a very relaxed, laid-back Sun morning. After breakfast Spouse & I watched TV, spent some time on the computers, and just chilled until about noon. We went over to the storage place to start up Big Ella and take her out for some exercise. Man, just the sight of this car makes me happy!
Driving her around provides me with such enjoyment that I have a smile plastered on my face. Spouse noticed my permanent smile and asked rhetorically "Aren't you just the luckiest guy?" to which I answered "Yes!"

We had lunch at home, Spouse was on the computer again while I went to Homo Depot to look at paint chips and design magazines. I bought a sample of the floor tile, the shower tile, and the accent tile, then matched up hundreds of paint chips to them. When I came home I set up this "color story" so Spouse could try to visualize how it will look and decided with me on a paint color.
The natural wood at the top is the wainscotting material and the white wood beneath it symbolizes the white painted, tall baseboard molding. The large piece of tile underneath is the floor tile, and the smaller piece on the right is the shower tile. We'll have a variegated, 2 inch travertine in the shower floor (which includes the color of both the floor and shower tile) but I did not purchase a sample of that. On the lower left you can see the glass mosaic accent tile that will be in the shower room as well as a decorative border around the tub. We narrowed down the paint choices to 4 shades of green and a terra cotta color. As you can see, we're going for an organic, nature-inspired, restful color scheme.

Later that evening Spouse & I broke our "no fast food" rule and ate dinner at Taco Bell. I know, right? We both wanted to try their new
Volcano menu, which we liked. Since it was a gorgeous evening we went for a convertible right.

About 9:00 I met up with Steven and one of the Bobs at a local watering hole for karaoke. Flotilla DeBarge was guest performing a few numbers before karaoke started, and she was great! Steven took videos of me singing "Mambo Italiano" and "Breakin' Up is Hard to Do" and uploaded them to YouTube when he got home last night. The lighting is so low you can't see me. At all. But that's okay; I wasn't really dressed to be filmed anyway! I had a lot of fun with Steven and Bob! I got home at 11:15 and talked with Spouse for a few minutes before hittin' the sack.

Crush du Jour: Gareth David Lloyd


Sam said...

I'm so jealous that you live close enough to the beach to buzz over on the spur of the moment.

Angel said...

oh and Spouse always have just the BEST weekends! and I LOVES all the tile...esp. the mosaic. BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Unknown said...

The car is a beauty! Your voice is quite nice as well. Wish I could carry a note...good job, but far too dark! : )

Anonymous said...

Sometimes that no fast food rule needs to be broken. And I can't think of a better place than Taco Bell.

Joy said...

I like your tile choices - warm and earthy. It's going to be beautiful!

Wow, you can sing!!!

Mistress Maddie said...

You know, I would love a low key weekend one of these days! Sounds like a nice weekend though. And I have to admit, as much as a love a good trendy resturant, I too love Taco Bell at times!

Wonder Man said...

LJS is my fast food getaway

behrmark said...

I have to agree with everyone else - great color combinations with the tiling. Look forward to pictures of the completed project.

I really enjoy your blog. Your writing style makes me feel as if I'm riding along in Big Ella with you!

Anonymous said...

You guys definitely have some packed weekends.

As to the beach thing, RI is known as the Ocean State. So I know beaches and most are withing a half hour drive from here (20 minutes if you're a speed demon like me.)

And the beach is inextricably linked to my time doing radio btw. We were at the beach when my buddy asks, how would I like to do a radio show? I asked when and he's like "We start in a half hour."

I drove. Made Narragansett, RI to Providence, RI in 20 minutes.

Spent close to 3 years worth of weekends working that console and being the voice of the show. Wouldn't trade that for anything.

Will said...

Big Ella is just gorgeous and I bet she's BUILT--as in real steel and if somebody hit her on any of her bumpers, he'd bounce off. No wonder you smile.

Rick said...

Big Ella makes me happy too. Sounds like a great weekend.

Thom said...

Big Ella is a looker!

Tom Sawyer said...

I enjoy your blog,Big Ella is awsome, and you sing well to boot. I have a 73 Eldo convt, so I can relate to both your cars.Thanks for sharing you world I never fail to smile when I catch up on your blog,Thanks again, Tom Sawyer

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J@v@JuNKo said...

sweet ride! there is a white 58 Chevy sitting in my mom's garage that was my dad's, its still in pretty good shape, i wish i had the money to pimp it up, get it running to have it shine again and use it!! Its a beautiful car!! one day she will ride again!!