It’s Sarah vs. the weekend, volume 6, y’all!
- I cooked dinner Friday night! This is generally not remarkable except that I have completely lost my appetite the last couple of weeks. I’m not cooking much, have no desire to get take out, just not hungry. But, Friday night, inspired by Sarah’s Farm Fresh Zucchini, I made a zucchini “pasta” with pesto and salmon. It was easy and really good. It felt nice to eat real food. Sarah vs. no appetite….winner: Vegetables! Just a couple of months ago I was in a crazy unhealthy eating pattern, dealing with stress with a fair amount of binge eating. I know not eating isn’t healthy either, so making a real meal with real food that was delicious wins.
Use the mandolin to make the “zoodles”
- Saturday morning was the Color Run. If you’ve read this blog for a minute you’ll know this is one of my favorite events. This is the third year I’ve run the race. My friend Kristy ran with me this year. Something was just off from the very beginning though…I’m sure it’s me and my blah mood lately, but even the color run couldn’t work it’s magic on me this year. Kristy is more of a walker than a runner, the color stations were really crowded, the music at the color party at the end wasn’t awesome. I don’t know. Sarah vs. The Color Run…winner: Doing what you say you’re going to do. I’m glad I went. I’m glad I kept the Color Run streak going. I have hope that next year will be better and I’ll look back on this one and smile that I did it, even in my funky mood.
- Once the Color Run was over I had to get cleaned up and book it to the local Mazda dealership. I brought Molly Mazda (my 2005 Mazda 3) in Thursday morning and the service center called Friday evening to tell me the car needed a fair amount of work. Lots of little things, and mostly standard maintenance, that all added up. Struts and brake pads and rotors and alignment and brake fluid flush and a heat shield and something about air in the fuel line…I was thinking about buying a car next year, so putting the nearly 3K into the car now seemed silly. I spent some time Friday night looking at their pre-owned selection knowing that I needed to go in with a plan. I can be easily persuaded, so I needed to be firm in what I wanted. I found a Mazda 3 (I just really like this car) 2011 hatchback model with about 34K miles. Done. That’s what I wanted. When I got to the dealership Saturday around noon it was pretty busy. The service guy (who may be the nicest person I’ve ever met in my life) introduced me to a sales guy and we started talking about what I wanted. I told him I saw three pre-owned cars on their website last night that I’d like to look at – told him what my budget was – and where I wanted to be for a monthly payment. The little blue hatchback I saw online sold the night before. There was a pre-owned CX-7 I wanted to check out, just for fun. I test drive it. It’s way too big. After that he tries to talk me into a lease on a new CX-5, my most favorite model. He’s persuasive. He has me test drive a new 2014 Mazda 3. I tell him I’ll think about the lease while I’m out in that one. This is when I call Ex Hubs who is on standby during my car buying experience. Ex Hubs talks me down from the sales pitch and I remember the plan I came in with. When I get back to the dealership (all these test drives are me alone – this is different from the last time I bought a car where the sales guy came with) I ask him to review the pre-owned stock for 2011 or newer Mazda 3, preferably hatchback, and with a moon roof. We’re back on track. He brings around two cars – a 2011 really pretty blue one with black cloth interior and a 2012 silver one with black leather interior. The 2012 was the Grand Touring model. Meaning, it was pretty tricked out, I mean, for me. Leather seats with seat warmers, the locks that lock automatically when you put it in drive, Bluetooth, auto headlights, and Bose sound system. I loved it. I actually like the interior of the 2012 more than the 2014 – I think in trying to make it minimal they made it ugly. So, while I like the blue color better, overall the silver car is clearly the winner. Heated seats! That’s the dream! It drives so nicely. I decide on this one and then probably wait another 2 hours to do paperwork with my sales guy and then the finance guy. Overall I’m at the dealer for about 5.5 hours. While I’m waiting I get the keys to Molly Mazda back and transfer the stuff I had in it to the new car. That’s when it hits me I have to leave her there. Oh Molly. The first car I ever bought. Nearly a decade of memories. I had a moment to say goodbye. Then I just left her there. Sigh. The universe is conspiring to make sure I don’t end 2014 with anything I started the year with. Sarah vs. the unexpected new car…Winner: Molly Mazda for being a great companion for the last 9.5 years.
- Sunday morning was the first time I took Ted out for a spin. We drove across town to an 8:15am Jazzercise class. It was a nice way to start the day – gave me energy for all the stuff on my list of things to do today, since I wasn’t expecting to spend so long at the dealership yesterday. I stopped at the grocery store after working out and then Lowe’s for a few things I needed for chores around the house. It was nice to tool around town in a car that had that new car smell. Sarah vs. Sunday morning…Winner: Sarah! Get up, get going, and get stuff done!
- The biggest undertaking of the day was wallpapering the accent wall. The wallpaper arrived Friday and that meant I didn’t need to let another weekend go by without some progress on the kitchen. Here’s what’s happening with the kitchen… I got the phone call from the counter top people last Friday who tell me they can’t install then until July 31. Meaning I can’t tile the backsplash until the weekend of August 9th because the first weekend of August is my soon to be god daughter’s baptism. I started this kitchen adventure July 3rd. Until August 10th. Sheesh. Anyway – two very important things got done today – the accent wall and the drawer and cabinet pulls! Wallpapering was an adventure. I haven’t done that in a really long time – since my grandparents bathroom when I was in college, maybe? I for sure had a mis-step or two, but after the second strip I had it down. Sarah vs. DIY kitchen projects… Winner: Accent walls. It’s so fun and it makes me smile and looks like me. I can’t wait to get this whole thing done and share the final after pictures.
Since I had the drill out and was feeling so good about knocking stuff off the list, I thought I’d hang the new curtain in my half bathroom. When I went to IKEA a couple weeks ago I bought the curtain panel and hanging system… so I thought. Turns out I didn’t buy all the pieces required so I had to order a mounting system and sliding rail for this panel and wait for them to get shipped. I spent more than an hour attempting to put this bastard up. F$@* you, IKEA. F@#& you and your ridiculous curtain panel system and stupid directions. I got the wall brackets mounted – in a way that is not structurally sound at all – but then could not figure out how to attach the rail to the brackets. I watched videos, I googled IKEA sites, I found pdfs for mounting. Nothing answered my question.
Sarah vs. IKEA… Winner: Sweeden. I don’t even know what my next step is here.
Ending on a positive note… Months ago I saw a picture on Pinterest something like this…
D and I completed this project months ago – finding an old end table at some thrift store, D took off the doors and spray painted the hardware for me and we painted it. I put a blanket in it and had it as my nightstand and the cats never got in it. Bummer. When I moved into the house I put that table in my tv room and put in a real cat bed instead of just a blanket. And today, I’m thrilled to say Quinn is making herself at home in it pretty regularly.
Sarah vs. kooky DIY projects… Winner: Quinn. It’s adorable and functional. She and I are both very happy with this turn of events.