Monday, July 11, 2011

how to make your husband do stuff for you

I've never believed in reverse psychology. But a few weeks ago I gave Al a big fat dose of it, and it got me pretty far. So now I guess I have no choice but to believe in it. Clap your hands above your head and sing with me now, I BELIIIEEEEVE!  You just have to be reeally sneaky when you are dishing it out. And it has to be used on a man. A man that is determined to succeed and please your every need. Ya, I have one of those living in my house...aint no thaaang (I am feeling very 'Queen Latifah' today...I recommend the 30 Rock episodes featuring her). 

It all started when Pam posted yet another cruel Urban Outfitters link. I harmlessly scrolled down, and the next second I was jumping up and down on my bed, my computer flailing this way and that, pointing and gasping to Alan that I NEEDED what was on the screen. I wish I was exaggerating this story...but I swear to you that I am not. Here is what I saw. Sorry I don't know how to get the picture off of there and don't feel like trying. 

So I kept this charade up for a few minutes to show Al how much I wanted and would spend 400 bucks on it. I don't know why I liked it so much since I usually could care less to spend money on anything other than clothes or food, but it just like hit me right in the deepest place of my heart that I needed this headboard. Plus we really like to watch movies in bed while we eat supper in bed, so a couch back for a headboard? Yes please and thank you very much. 

I posted it on FB and 20 seconds later, the very dependable FB'er Jennie Holt sent me a link on how to make your own upholstered headboard. Man, I am linking up all kinds of things in this post. It's a new record! Of course I couldn't do it on my own, so that's where the reverse psychology came into play. 

Here's how I made it happen and how you can make it happen by following these three simple steps:
1. Complain and wine exceedingly about how important this is to you and how you'll be forever in his debt if he can just do this one simple thing. Remember "it's all you ask of him" (make sure you sing this even more beautifully than Raoul on Phantom)
2. List all the projects your man hasn't done for you. Be sure to never mention anything that he has done. Be very negative about things you have asked him to build and that he hasn't.
3. Challenge his masculine power and abilities to complete the task. 

Hopefully your results are as good as mine. 

So here's how he started. Al is really amusing to watch do stuff. He mapped this baby out for a good two hours before starting. Now let's step back and picture me doing this project on my own.....I'd get a piece of plywood...draw a shape that looked similar to the shape in the picture and maybe the size of the bed judging on my very expert memory on how big our bed is and how far I can reach across it with my arms...and go to town.  Well, Al had all the measurements perfect and everything set up perfect and we all mocked him the entire time, but I guess that's why I suck at everything and he is good at everything and I love him for it. 
 Van is a good helper. He's also hilarious, so that helped lighten the mood of me making Al work on this all July 1 :)  (cute grin that makes you not hate me).
 So we put some foam and fluffy quilt stuff on top of the plywood....
 And then we started to upholster it which took for EVER. We had to put a needle through 2" of foam and fluffy stuff into a hole the size of......well, a needle. It was almost impossible to find that ________ hole. Man I wanted to swear but I'm really working on discarding of my swearing problem. Anyways, it was also really hot and I was sweating which, as you may have noticed, I do a lot lately. Mmmmmm yumm-ay.
 And here's our headboard. Cute eh? I did want to do it pukey yellow or poopy green but couldn't find the fabric and hate ordering stuff online so it's grey and I'm looking for a duvet cover to match as the one we currently have is the exact same color as this headboard.

Oh man I can't even get a breath in edgewise in this post....(HUGE EXHALE)
I really need a pillow update. All in good time, my dear, all in good time.

So there ya go, my husband is awesome and good at everything he does! And I love my new headboard and no I won't make you one!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

what has everyone been up to, what's the hot gossip, tell me everything.

Here are some pictures. Let me see if I can share their story while my already fat fingers swell up and my brow drips perspiration in my 33 degree house. The heat is inescapable and NO I am not complaining. I love it. But this computer is radiating too much heat. I'll hurry. Shut up Tina. 

Alan thinks it's amusing that I call all baby ducks duckies with no intention of talking like a 5 year old or a gay man. I just think that's what they should be called cause they are so ducking cute (quack quack (as in a duck laughing)). I followed these little gaffers around for about an hour at Henderson and if the freaking mom wouldn't have been such a control freak I would have swept one out from under her. Also, that is me acting like one! Just a lot bigger and a lot less cute. . 

This pic is from over three years ago, when me and Al began our love affair. I can't really believe how this all turned out...I was just being nice to a guy in a neck brace and look where it got me...

And here he is this year...doing the same hike....but slower this time as the woman in the situation has let herself go a little. Nonetheless, I am so happy Al got out of that disaster safe and sound. I worry about his back every single day but we hiked a mountain this I'd say he's doing pretty good. What a good boy! arf arf! 

 So ya, we took a little trip to Waterton this last week. I took three days off work after the July 1 weekend (which was fun too but I have no pictures of). We camped in our cute, not so little 6 man tent.  I love Waterton and am going to miss being so close to it.  This pic is both of us at Wall Lake.

We biked up to Prince of Whales and just sat up there for a while. I had to tuck my shirt into my bra straps cause the wind kept trying to take a peak at my lady friends.  

Also while in Waterton, I discovered that Al looks hilarious when he fills his mouth up with air. 
This is the mountain we hiked. Mt. Galwey. It was beautiful...I love being on top of a matter how much heat stroke I get on the way up.  

 This is what we were climbing up. And a shot of my butt cause I know how my readers love those.
 The nice folk that let us tag along. Lauren, her beau, Poop, and Ames.

 A cliff. Pooped my pants a little.
We hired someone to hike up the mountain with us and pose us for this picture. Totally worth it, right? 

While I'm talking about Waterton, in April when the place was still bombarded by snow, we went snow shoeing. There was lots of snow. I was going to post these pictures but then didn't so here we are. These pics actually make me miss bundling up. It's the only good thing about winter. You can hide so much under there!

 Pregnant with gloves and hats.
 Walked right up to the roof.

K bye love you.