Two Years Later

In the Summer of 2009 I decided to do a little experiment, 99 things in 99 days. Taking the 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day I tackled a bunch of little (and some big) tasks on my to do list for the house.

And while I *barely* finished with my goal I, well, cheated. One of the items was to remove the ugly fish border in my bathroom and while *technically* I did that I did not remove the sticky gluey part. Which was still up on the wall until yesterday.

I finally got it down with a good removal system (water bottle and dish scraper), music so I could work faster, and the hope that I can get this room painted in the next few days.

Memorial Day is a great time for painting.

So that project completion got me thinking about last summer when I did not have a project list. Well, I did have a big project but it was just one thing: get freelance work.

And I did that and love my work. So I’m thinking it’s time to reinvent the list. Maybe it’s apt I just do this on odd years because I am odd.

A little work with the calendar tells me May 29th – September 5th is exactly 100 days. Time to go make a list.

Day 98 Update

If you’ve been tracking my progress on the master list for the past 3 months you’d know that I was this close to giving up.  A pain setback, job loss, job gain, stress overload and sleep deprivation have made this a challenging summer!

And yet, in the past 48 hours what can only be described as a flurry of activity. I’ve painted, peeled, moved, made calls, cleaned and not quit.  Whew, thank my stars I planned on finishing this on a holiday weekend!  I’ll post a re-cap later on but here’s what I’ve accomplished in September:

2        Figure square footage of front and back yards      Yard – DONE September 5th

3        Move rocks to garage                                       Yard – DONE September 5th

4        Price sod                                                                Yard – DONE September 6th

5        Trim dead branches on trees                        Yard – DONE September 5th

32      Paint the baseboards                                        Living Room – DONE September 6th

35      Get quotes for replacing frame                           Living Room – DONE September 5th

37      Paint front door trim                                         Living Room – DONE September 5th

59      Paint door trim in hallway                                  Hallway – DONE September 5th

60      Replace hallway light bulbs                                Hallway – DONE September 5th

63      Paint baseboards in hallway                               Hallway – DONE September 5th

74      Donate old clothes to Goodwill                      Master bedroom – DONE September 5th

77      Take nicer clothes to consignment                     Master bedroom – DONE September 5th

82      Peel off fish trim                                                            Bathroom #2 – DONE September 6th

86      Mop the bathroom floor                                    Bathroom #2 – DONE September 5th

93      Scan family photos and organize                         Online/Other – DONE September 6th

I do have just one more item to finish, hopefully tonight:

100     Take a SPA day!                                             BONUS

Do check out the original post as I’ve added before and after pictures.

List Update

Well it’s T-minus 13 days to finish the list and I have 17 more things to do.  And I start a new job, including 2 days out of town training, today. Gulp. Might I note that 4 of the 17 items are painting projects that have been ongoing for weeks. Double Gulp.

I figure I can take a longer lunch sometime soon and finish 77 & 74 once those clothes are ironed (note to self: iron clothes).  I have started peeling the fish trim (#82) but it’s going to take a few hours on the step stool to get all that glue off.

The price quotes for sod and the window frame can be done, maybe next weekend, by calling around town. If I get those numbers together I can call on my lunch break this week.

A few of the items were going to be done last weekend but my Dad had to put in overtime at work. I don’t know if I am willing to trim the tree branches and go in the attic to replace the hallway lights without backup.

Finally, the only item I can say for sure will not be completed is scanning all these family photos. Especially since Mom dropped off another few hundred on Friday.  I will count that a success if I can hook up the scanner and reinstall the software.

Left to complete:

2        Figure square footage of front and back yards      Yard

3        Move rocks to garage                                       Yard

4        Price sod                                                                Yard

5        Trim dead branches on trees                        Yard

32      Paint the baseboards                                        Living Room

35      Get quotes for replacing frame                           Living Room

37      Paint front door trim                                         Living Room

59      Paint door trim in hallway                                  Hallway

60      Replace hallway light bulbs                                Hallway

63      Paint baseboards in hallway                               Hallway

74      Donate old clothes to Goodwill                           Master bedroom

77      Take nicer clothes to consignment                     Master bedroom

82      Peel off fish trim                                                 Bathroom #2

86      Mop the bathroom floor                                    Bathroom #2

87      Price replacement light fixture                            Bathroom #2

93      Scan family photos and organize                         Online/Other

100     Take a SPA day!                                             BONUS

And I really want to do that last one…. see I have the goodies all ready:

spa day prep
spa day prep

99 bottles of beer…

… in my fridge! Well, not quite that many but I do keep some on stock for the necessary bribing that must occur for me to complete this dang list.  Like for my cousin who helped me haul baseboards, my uncle who programmed the A/C unit and of course my Dad who installed baseboards, found me some nifty tools and re-textured a wall in the hallway this weekend.

Due to the help of family (and beer) here’s what’s been accomplished since my last update:

39      Price replacement shower head and faucets    Bathroom #1 – Done July ?
57      Finish filling picture frames                Hallway – DONE August 1st
62      Program A/C unit                             Hallway – DONE July 28th
68      Choose a paint color                         Guest Room – DONE July 27th
85      Clean the wood cabinets and doors            Bathroom #2 – DONE July ?
88      Price replacement shower heads and faucets   Bathroom #2 – DONE July ?
90      Catalog books I own                          Online/Other – DONE August 2nd

That leaves me with just a few more items to finish by Labor Day. Namely:

2        Figure square footage of front and back yards  Yard
3        Move rocks to garage                           Yard
4        Price sod                                      Yard
5        Trim dead branches on trees                    Yard
7        Plan backyard hardscapes                       Yard
20      Organize kitchen cabinets                       Kitchen
28      Touch up brown paint on walls                   Living Room
31      Measure the couch for a custom slipcover        Living Room
32      Paint the baseboards                            Living Room
34      Get color samples of the paint and carpet       Living Room
35      Get quotes for replacing frame                  Living Room
37      Paint front door trim                           Living Room
38      Price replacement light fixtures                Bathroom #1
43      Mop the bathroom floor and clean up paint       Bathroom #1
44      Paint baseboards                                Bathroom #1
59      Paint door trim in hallway                      Hallway
60      Replace hallway light bulbs                     Hallway
63      Paint baseboards in hallway                     Hallway
64      Sort and organize linens by size                Guest Room
69      Take down and wash mini blinds                  Guest Room
74      Donate old clothes to Goodwill                  Master bedroom
77      Take nicer clothes to consignment               Master bedroom
82      Peel off fish trim                              Bathroom #2
86      Mop the bathroom floor                          Bathroom #2
87      Price replacement light fixture                 Bathroom #2
93      Scan family photos and organize                 Online/Other
99      Organize work files and archive                 Online/Other
100     Take a SPA day!                                 BONUS

Gotta get workin’!!!

Oh look, I suddenly got productive!

1        Distribute soil in back flower beds            Yard – DONE August 3rd

36      Have cable company out to fix tvs               Living Room – DONE August 3rd

*no need for a cable guy; 15 minutes on the phone and it was fixed!!

49      Prime and paint door frame for closet           Office

office closet
office closet

an hour later:

with paint!
with paint!

96      Update movie database with films I’ve watched   Online/Other – DONE August 3rd

99 days – work in progress

A few more things accomplished this week. After getting a lot of the little tasks out of the way in June it was time to finish a few of the more complicated items.

I didn’t have a mop…. so I found one I liked at a good price and ta da!

27      Mop kitchen floor                                            Kitchen – DONE July 10th

Paint prep is brutal. Lots of cleaning, taping, throwing up plastic on the walls and drop cloths on the floors. It took 3 coats but I finally finished:

52      Paint closet header white                                  Office – DONE July 10th

53      Paint door trim                                               Office – DONE July 10th

That makes a grand total of 59 items completed on the list! Now that I’m at nearly 60% complete with this list it’s time to hit the harder items that involve a larger time commitment.  Such as…

Today we tested the sprinkler system in the backyard and I cleaned out more of the dead grass and branches. My goal this week is to complete:

7        Plan backyard hardscapes                                 Yard

And I’m slowly narrowing down my favorite pictures and scanning them so I can check off:

57      Finish filling picture frames                                 Hallway

My uncle is back in town and was kind enough to give me an interview for a newspaper article I wrote on A/C maintenance. He will hopefully be helping me with

62      Program A/C unit                                                    Hallway

A little more prep work this week; I printed out my rental history at the video store, I’m moving books from the shelves so I can paint in the office and cataloging as I go and I am nearly done transferring photos (4GB already done!).  By next weekend I should have finished:

90      Catalog books I own                                         Online/Other

96      Update movie database with films I’ve watched    Online/Other

98      Organize my photos and backup on USB drives      Online/Other

Of course I bought 3 new books today so it’s a work in progress – just like me!

I purposely excluded items that have to be done and redone like dishes, laundry and vacuuming. Right now I’d love to mop the bathrooms, wash the mini blinds and finish up some painting but my parents are sleeping. Sigh. I guess tomorrow is soon enough!

Day 21

It’s been a busy two weeks, let’s catch up on the list. Last Sunday I was accomplishing this:

18      Clean out Fridge and wipe shelves                      Kitchen – DONE June 14th

when my back went out.

This happens often, no need to worry.  A long day on the couch with nothing but movies and sleep is usually great. Unless you’re me, missing a shift and work and worried about being able to move on Monday morning.

Shout out to US pharmacuticals! Back on my feet and in less pain by Wednesday when I started tackling the rest of the list:

41      Clean the mirror                                              Bathroom #1 – DONE June 17th
45      Clean desk chair                                              Office – DONE June 20th
48      Polish desk, drawers and sides                            Office – DONE June 20th
54      Wash 1 window in office inside and out                Office – DONE June 21st
56      Clean air vent in hallway                                    Hallway – DONE June 16th
61      Tack down phone cord in hallway                       Hallway – DONE June 20th
66      Vacuum floor and closet                                   Guest Room – DONE June 20th
67      Wash 1 window in guest room inside and out        Guest Room – DONE June 21st
78      Wash sliding glass doors inside and out                Master bedroom – DONE June 21st
84      Price new toilets                                             Bathroom #2 – DONE June 21st
97      Update Racers and Savers thread                       Online/Other – DONE June 16th

That makes 52 things accomplished in 3 weeks.  Woah. See? I work better with deadlines! In college this meant I could finish a paper, study for finals and attend a debate tournament without breaking a sweat. Now it means my house looks better in a very short timeframe.

Day 13

This week has been a little weak on the postings primarily because I felt like crap and didn’t get a whole lot accomplished.  Except sleep. I definitely got a lot of sleep!

I’m glad that I got so much done the first week (36!) so I could rest this last week and not get behind.  I know, no one is forcing me to get this list done but I’m my own worst enemy.

See, I’m in my own little world. But it’s okay, everyone here knows me!

After a solid 12 hours of sleep yesterday I set out to get some things done this morning.  As you can see from the previous post I spent some money but am still doing rather well on my monthly budget.  Here’s my accomplishments for the day:

21      Price new kitchen door knobs               Kitchen – DONE June 13th
22      Price dishwashers                          Kitchen- DONE June 13th
50      Put more pictures on the wall              Office- DONE June 13th
70      Price wall mounted lights                  Master bedroom- DONE June 13th

If you want to access the original post that has been updated with each completed task you can find it here.