I need decorating tips, people!

Last night I got off work and went to Zumba at the YMCA near work.  It’s a good class and a lot of people ladies attend it.  I’m still getting used to the instructor, so I get lost a lot, but I’m still having fun.  The part where I really have trouble is when we do weights.  I’m a weakling and I have trouble doing curls with 10 pound weights.  But I try!  And I try to do all the crunches she has everybody do, but I’m just not strong enough yet to do it the way she’s doing it.  I’m working on it.

After that, I went home (we rescheduled our Wednesday meeting to next week) and was completely exhausted for the rest of the evening.  Justin went out for a long run while I was at the Y and he was exhausted, too.  So we he threw together a quick dinner, and we spent the rest of the evening sitting with our computers.  He fixed my netbook, by the way!  I can’t remember what the problem was right now, but he cleaned out a bunch of stuff and reset the settings and now it works!  It’s wonderful!  We pulled my “nest” chair into his office a while ago so I can sit in there and do stuff while he’s working on his computer.  There are a lot of nights where there aren’t any lights on in the house except for in his office, and we’re both contentedly sitting in there.

Tonight we’re having company over for dinner.  I’m really nervous about it.  I’m worried that it’s going to be really awkward and not go well and it’ll be just awful.  And I’m also not going to be involved in preparing for it at all because I won’t get home until about 6:00 and they’re coming over between 6:30 and 7:00, so Justin’s going to make dinner and clean the house and get everything ready for the evening.  I’m a control freak and micromanager and not being involved with this at all requires that I just sit back and do nothing.  It’s more than a little nerve-wracking.  And it’s probably really good for me.  I should just relax and trust that Justin can take care of it, because I know that he can!  He’s a better cook than I am and more detailed at cleaning than I am!  So I really just need to chill.

And that’s pretty much the update for today.

Oh, hey!  We’re throwing a party at our house next Saturday and I’m looking for some good, but inexpensive ways, to decorate the house.  (I’m looking at you, Krista!)  I’m hoping to dip leaves and pine cones in wax over the weekend and I can string them up around, but I’ve never done it before and I’m not totally sure how it’s going to work out.  So I need more ideas!  We’ve got a wreath on the door already and a leafy tablecloth and a couple things of corn and pumpkin-shaped things around, but not very much.  What should I do?!


  1. Yay for fall decorating!

    Spray painting is inexpensive and can really transform objects for a cohesive look.

    Spray paint pine cones and put them in a vase or a decorative bowl.

    You can also buy pumpkins, wrap tape around them in a design and spray paint them. After they’re dry pull off the tape and your design will show up in the beautiful orange of the pumpkin. (This would probably work best with painters tape or masking tape.)

    The fall colors that are “in” this year are burnt orange, white, burgandy and a deep royal purple.

    You could also make cookies in the shape of leaves or make a pie and do a leaf cut out in the top crust.

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