Friday, December 7, 2007

Finally, photos

Sorry I've been so out of touch of late. I've had two colds in three weeks, a migraine every weekend and, when I'm not busy with those things, I'm at work or physical therapy (for the reoccurring muscle spasm in my upper back).

The good news is that I qualify for sick days now, so I have been able to stay home and sleep all day once during each cold, which I think helps enormously. Also, my physical therapist is fabulosa. She's a spine specialist and, on my first visit, she found two enormous muscle knots around my rib cage that I didn't even know I had. It was mighty painful when she released them, but as soon as they were gone, I became more flexible than I have known myself to be since I was five years old. (No, Mom, I haven't tried putting my feet on top of my head yet.)

I have unpacked most of my boxes and still not found my camera, so I guess that means it's time to go to Target. I'm sure if I buy a new camera, the old one will show up immediately.

But enough talk. The reason I began this post is that my friend Amy sent me pictures of my floor-finishing shindig. I don't remember how many details I've given here, but I bought reclaimed Douglas fir and long-leaf yellow pine flooring from Madison's Habitat ReStore and paid DeKalb to help me put it in to replace the old carpet in the entire upstairs, excepting the bedroom. (I admit, he did most of the work.) Here's a picture of what it looked like before being finished:

Oops, looks like I forgot to put on a bra.

I threw a floor finishing party to which I invited 80 of my closest friends. Being that I had only given everybody two days' warning, DeKalb, Amy and her husband Bruce were the only ones who showed up. But that turned out to be ideal, because finishing the floor turned out to be a lot easier than I had anticipated. I had decided against polyurethane (hate the smell, get migraines at the drop of a hat in the presence of toxic fumes) in favor of Tried & True Danish oil and varnish oil. They are all natural oils that my friends Matt and Kathy used to finish their floors while Kathy was pregnant with their son Levi -- because the oils are totally nontoxic and, in fact, edible, M & K didn't have to worry about the vapors affecting Levi-to-be.

Oh, yeah, shut up already, Kiapita. Here are pictures:






































Oh, and here's the horrible state in which I slept the entire time the flooring was being done:

















Okay, I usually was not wearing jeans and a jacket to bed, but you get the idea. My bed was on the living room floor and I had to step over it every time I crossed the room. Utter chaos.



As you can see, my dresser and several boxes of clothes were also in the living room. On the bright side, don't you love the way the red and turquoise go together?