Monday, October 20, 2008

Five Miles, Five Minutes

I have time management issues. It's frustrating for my husband. Years ago we heard a comedian talking about his wife. He said something like "She's always late because she thinks if someplace is five miles away, it will only take five minutes to get there." Both my husband and I laughed because the comedian could have just as easily been talking about me. At least now when my husband is frustrated with my poor time management he'll say, "five miles, five minutes" as a way to understand my way of thinking.
So it wouldn't surprise you that when I plan to get projects done, I usually plan on accomplishing several things in a limited amount of time. Saturday's list had six (or maybe even eight) major projects on it, plus other activities like: make sure my boys mow the lawns, go grocery shopping and go to a church dinner. And then there was the unexpected; a trip to the home improvement store and a trip to my mom's for a quick fix-it.
Sunday was spent at church and with family. We don't work on projects on Sundays. So needless to say, I don't have my project finished that I was planning to reveal today. Part of that may be due to the fact that it took around THREE hours to strip the old paint off of the balusters.
These babies are a hundred years old and the paint is peeling. I'm pretty sure that some of that paint contains lead, so for safety sake, I needed to take off all of the paint.

I did manage to paint my last project
a nice Heirloom white.
We were able to replace our old kitchen sink
with a pretty new one.
And we were able to complete another project that I'll show you in tomorrow's post.
As for the reveal of the item I teased you about of Friday, it will take another day...or so. I'll have my husband help me assemble it tonight, and then I'll begin to paint it tomorrow.
I am so sorry to disappoint you all. But, if you haven't figured it out by now...I'm not superwoman, because if I were, I could definitely go five miles in five minutes!

32 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..what a lot of work!! I can't wait to see what you are working on!

What five miles doesn't mean five minutes????

Happy Monday
-Sandy Toes

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Can't wait to see the finished project! I'm telling you, I sure need you at my house. Jackie

Carol said...

Your kitchen sink is awesome! Hey, don't fret about not finishing your project. If you knew what doesn't get completed on my to do list for the week you would croak! LOL
Carol

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I grew up in a small town in the country, so you really did only take a minute to go a mile ;)! LOL!!
Actually, I think you're being way too harsh on yourself. If I had gotten my furniture piece painted AND a new sink put in AND stripped paint off a project I would be so proud of myself for being so productive! :) You did great, girlie!!
Can't wait to see the finished project in a couple of days!

Blessings,
Stacey

Darlene said...

WOW...it already sounds like you are the busiest person around with your projects!! GREAT sink!! I can't wait to see the latest project!!!

JuJu and Family said...

I think your time management skills are just fine seeing that we all have a 24 hour day. I'm looking at my list of things done compared to yours and it looks as if I have a 5 mile 5 minute problem myself. I may need to re-evaluate my opinion of time management. :-) Love what you do. Take care.
JuJu

Blanca said...

Take your time we will be here. I am a little burnt out on my projects myself. This weekend I did absolutely nothing. On Sunday after church we treated our kids to a day at Six Flags. The day was beautiful and they had so much fun. Maybe next weekend I'll get creative.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I think you got PLENTY done!!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I CAN go five miles in five minutes-unless the officer is right behind...then it takes twenty...

Valarie said...

I h ave the same problem. I invision things in my head and they get done so much quicker in there. :)

Runner Mom said...

Your mantle is darling!!I have that same kitchen sink!! I love mine! Makes washing the cookie sheets and other large items so easy!

Rachel and Jacob said...

i always enjoy stopping by and looking at your latest creations!

Sue said...

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON!!!!

Meg said...

What a pretty sink! Hey, the five miles in five minutes thing is sooo true! haha!

The Burners said...

Isn't it funny how Saturday has a long list of things to do so we can rest on Sunday? And sometimes with church meetings and obligations, Sunday is just as busy as Saturday! But I am always amazed at what you get done - you're awesome! :)

ThriftyDecorChick said...

That could so easily be me! So funny. I have the same thought process myself. :) Can't wait to see what you've come up with.

Ms. Tee said...

Oh goodness - that comedian could've very easily been talking about me, too - just ask my husband. :) I'm looking forward to seeing what you're working on!

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! Everyone in my house knows when I say "I know a shortcut" they better add 1/2-1hr extra!!lol So I completely understand. We will stay tuned. Have a great one - Jeannette At least you did accomplish a few things though!!!

salmagundi said...

It looks to me like you accomplished quite a bit!! Take your time and enjoy the process of creating. Sally

Manuela said...

Wow, you really have a very busy schedule! You got quite a bit done - no rush, enjoy the process! Love the pretty new sink!

Manuela

Mrs. Trixi said...

I absolutely adore that sink. I have been looking for an old porcelain or enamel (whatever it is) sink with the drain boards. However, your sink may just fit my need for that old farmhouse feel. I can't seem to find what I am wanting for a reasonable price.

Erin said...

Using the door to make a table. I love it. I have a love of old doors, and I think it is absolutely beautiful! I might have to try that with the next old door I buy!

Ashlie said...

The sink looks great! My Hubby & I installed a new one in our kitchen at the beginning of the year. It was hard work but we had so much fun doing it together!

Can't wait to see what you're cookin' up!

Jaime said...

love the sink! ready to see what you've been working on.

beth at aunties said...

You are amazing and make me smile!
I am looking forward to your finished project... It made me ALMOST want to go I'll go paint mine tonight:)

Good Luck,
Beth

Sweet Simplicity said...

I can't believe you even attempted 8 projets. One a weekend wears me out! :)
The kitchen sink looks great!

Deb said...

You're like the energizer bunny. I can barely get one project done in a weekend, much less as much as you do. What are you drinking that gives you so much energy???

Nikki said...

You still got a lot done. I'm terrible with time management.

Blissful Nikki said...

I know jut how you feel! I always try to take on more than I know I can! But if I dont do that, then I dont get anything done!! :) I cant wait to see everything come together! Im stitting on the edge of my chair.....

Aubrey said...

I'm the same way. I think; "this will just take me 20 mins", then three days later... I posted a couple of crafts on my blog that were inspired by you, and linked back to you of course. I'm on a crafting spree! Thanks for all the fab ideas.

Betsy said...

Sounds like a pretty successful weekend. Can't wait to see what you are working on.

deepfriedapplepies said...

I have the same time issues, I blame it on ADD! I guess the amount of time I spend on the computer doesn't help the amount of work I get done- lol! I adore the black pumpkin on your new table, and the table too!! I stashed the idea for the door table away in my idea file.. next year I'm moving to a big house with radiators for heat- maybe a door into a bench to "cover" it up? Hmmmmm...

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