How NOT to refinish Furniture: An Anti-Tutorial

 Our coffee table has seen a few too many house parties sans coasters and a stain that didn't scream "Meg". With my Mardi Gras time off and my new found proactivity and high off of two previous successful tangos with stain and chalk paint I decided to refinish it. BAD IDEA.

Stain is the bane of my existence. Stripping stain is cruel and unusual punishment. Stain makes me want to drink wine.

Mistake One: Thinking stripping was an easy task.
It took me ALMOST ALL OF SEASON 6 of GILMORE GIRLS (Read about 6 hours) to get the dang original stain off. Also I think I have carpel tunnel now.

Mistake Two: Color 
I had previously stained a set of shelves and the top of our Kitchen table with minwax "Dark Walnut" and LOVED it. Which is weird because I DO NOT love (or even really like) stain. After I stained the beautifully stripped table with one coat of Dark Walnut stain I hated it which leads to mistake 3...

Mistake Three: Multiple Coats of Stain
DO NOT DO IT. I REPEAT, DO NOT PUT MULTIPLE COATS OF OIL BASED STAIN ON A PROJECT it will be sticky and it will make you turn to reddit for answers. Reddit people, I turned to the dark side for DIY help if that doesn't scream anti-tutorial I don't know what does.

Mistake Four: Chalk Paint over Sticky Stain
I will chalk this decision up to the paint fumes that had been lingering for three days in my apartment. Honestly, I was frustrated and impatient and just wanted this stupid project done so I threw a coat of I- am-so- popular- because- you-don't-have-to-sand-before-using-me-paint (aka chalk paint) on top of the sticky stain and basically watched the stain eat the chalk paint for lunch.

After toggling between chucking the table off the balcony or burning the apartment down I put on my big girl pants and stripped the table down again (see mistake 1!) and painted it correctly.

So to recap I ...
Lost 4 days of my life and possibly my sanity.

Look at that evil sticky stain eating the paint! 


Lets Chat Vol. 5

Lets Chat// Vol 5 

FEELING// I HAVE NEVER LOVED LIVING IN SOUTH LOUISIANA MORE, we get an ENTIRE WEEK (+1 day) off or with out students for a Mardi Gras break. Pass the beads and king cake because Mardi Gras is my new favorite holiday! Although apparently this holiday isn't just parades and beads... I am going to check out some of the traditional Mardi Gras experiences tomorrow. I have absolutely NO IDEA what I am walking into... but i'll keep you posted. 

THINKING ABOUT//  Two things...
1. Redoing all of the wood furniture in our house over this break. Any redoing posts I need to check out before I tackle this... in an apartment (:/) ? 
2. My old dancers competed in their first competition of the season last week. I spent all day Saturday getting videos and pictures and texts. At first it made me sad but the more I thought about it the more excited I got the opportunity to hang with and coach such a great group of girls!

LISTENING TO// (whispers, again because the last time I did a lets chat it was also Justin Bieber) 
Justin Beiber's new single Love Yourself. Whatever I am 26goingon16... sue me 

READING// Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson

WATCHING// Due to the advent of Hulu and Netflix  I haven't had regular cable in a few years so I am a TOUCH behind with the reality competition shows that hold such a dear place in my heart

Please enjoy this piece of 2004 with me. 


THANKFUL FOR// A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!! I submit that all teachers get a WHOLE WEEK of a break in February! 

LOVING// :This Dress (Thrive dress?), This Eyebrow Wax, This Shop, THIS ARTICLE!!! TEAM LOGAN FOR LYFEEE


When It Just Doesn't Click

I just knew it would all click when we got married.
I just knew it would all click when we got settled into our new apartment.
I just knew it would all click when I started my new job.
I just knew it would click when I got plugged into to a community.

But it didn't. It, whatever it is, didn't click. Honestly, it hasn't clicked quite yet.

I had convinced myself that moving was the magic pill that I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone. It was... for a hot second, but it didn't last long. When a community of wonderful, true, real people didn't materialize at my feet I kinda just gave up. I had rested the last few years on "when Reese and I get married" "when I live in a smaller city" "when I (insert excuse here)".

It was a tough pill to swallow. I decided the best course of action was to throw myself a pity party complete with hats, noise makers and food (poor food choices, actually). Which didn't help anything click-- including my belt. But I finally drew the line in the sand. I am the only one who can make it click.  The pity party ends now.

I'm back at it. I'm gonna make it click. 


We Need to Talk About the Gilmore Girls Revival

It is documented here on this blog and by the perfect or almost perfect scores on buzzfeed "Who said it: The Gilmore Girls Season (insert # here)" quizzes that I may be a TOUCH obsessed with the fast talking (although for the record I don't really think they talk the fast), witty mother daughter duo and their cast of colorful family and friends. So when the news of the POSSIBLE , I will only believe it when I hear it come of out Amy Sherman Palladino's tiny hat wearing head, Gilmore Girls Revival broke my corner of the internet (move over Kim, no one likes you any way) I WAS FREAKING PUMPED.

As I have had 24 hours to marinate in the news (and listen to the Gilmore Guys Podcast Emergency Town Hall Meeting on the subject) I have decided I am equal parts UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED and need the 4 new episodes now (I have PARTY IDEAS!) and a little scared that they are going to mess with the perfect ending I have created in my head.

I recently watched the final episode in solidarity with my friend Katy. She had finished bingeing that day and we decided another (long distance) viewing was necessary, those last 3 episodes sure do take you on an emotional roller coaster (I'm looking at you Mr. Huntzberger and your avocado tree, also THE FREAKING TENT).  I was texting with her after our viewing and shared my take on where the town is now.  Because there are many lose ends that are not tied up by the finale and I have had 7 years to come to grips with that I realized that I have created my perfect ending in my head...

Luke and Lorelei get married. DUH. They are still Stars Hollow's version of Angie and Brad running their respective businesses and being in love. Yes, they bought the Twickham house.
Rory and Logan go off and do their own thing, they grow as young adults and then run into each other at a bar in San Fransisco and fall madly in love again and are together forever.
Kirk and Lulu get married in the town square, double DUH. Kirks mom is his best man and his groomsman is obviously Cat Kirk.
Miss Patty is teaching cardio strip tease 3 days a week. Babette is her best student, and by best student I mean sits in the back of the studio drinking and rattling off one liners.
Dean is Doose's Market General Manager and spends his days stirring the nacho cheese for the late night trucker crowd.
Jess writes books and is still a douche bag.
Pairs and Doyle are married and they are planning on taking over the world Pinky and the Brain style.
Lane and Zach bought the music store from Sophie Bloom and Steve and Kwan wear concert t-shirts to school everyday that both utter confuse and excite their first grade teacher at Stars Hollow Elementary School.
I can't even talk about Emily now that Richard is gone.
and finally Sookie and Jackson are still just as precious as ever,

So there you have it, this is how I see the Stars Hollow world post 2007. Is it insane? YES! See I can admit it we will just file this away as more documentation of my extreme fandom. Also the above is NOT, I repeat NOT FAN FICTION it is simply my way of coping with the Gilmore sized hole in my heart.

By the way thank you to the roughly 15 people in my life (some from HS who I haven't spoken to in a while) for sending me the links to all the articles... I can't decide if that makes my obsession embarrassing and endearing (for the record my mom votes embarrassing with a dash of endearing... thanks mom)

PS. If Luke and Loreli don't end up together in the revival ... well see for yourself


HappyHAWLEYday: First Dances

There are always a lot of special moments in a wedding, our wedding included! One of the most special moments for me on our day were the dances. I resolved myself not to cry the day of the wedding so I didn't turn into a puddle of mush. The moment my dad started talking and my brother came out with his guitar it really tested my resolve. I have always been a daddies girl at heart so I was looking forward to the father/daughter dance. I had no idea what I was in store for my dad had planned for my brother to play and sing our first dance song... ALL THE TEARS! Now when I watch the video above I ball like a freaking baby.

I will also admit watching Reese and his mom dance also tested my resolve not to cry! It was just such a sweet moment to watch! Dancing with Reese on the other hand was just FUN it is amazing how in a room full of people all we were focused on was each other laughing and spinning and basking in the married-for-20-minute glow!