Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Reading Challenge Accepted

My friend Michelle challenged herself and friends to read a book a week throughout the summer. I don't read that fast most of the time but I thought I'd still step it back up at my own pace.

Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations. 

I finally finished reading this one. I did like it but it seemed to go on forever so I lost interest. It could have just been that I had other things going on. To speed myself up I checked out the next book I wanted so that it would remind me to hurry up and finish this one. A Good Read but not recommended by me as a clean read because of the language and a few other little off remarks. I loved how this book was centered around John Hughes with a lot of 80's references. It was edgy and made me laugh a lot. 

I broke my rule of reading in publishing order but it was a stand alone book and it looked interesting. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Curtain Rods - Fixed

I have these curtain rods that sit on a hook and the curtains hang from the rod on the hoops and clips. Every time I would open and close the curtains the rods would slide and twist and end up like you see above. To the left we have a twist with a rogue hoop and to the right the rod has slid out too far. I decided I had had enough.

Most of these types of curtain rod set ups come with a screw that tightens the rod to the hook. These did not so I came up with a way to stop the constant sliding and twisting. Velcro! I even happened to have had the black in my stash. I simply cut the self-adhesive Velcro to fit the hook and placed it on the rod accordingly.

No more sliding and twisting! I actually added another curtain to this rod and raised it 5 inches so that the long curtains weren't touching the floor. I am so pleased with the results. Why did I put up with it for so long?! Done.