Long Weekend: The DONE list!

On the Wednesday before the Easter long weekend, I shared my long weekend to do list with y’all.  Now for the summary round up. I’ll first confess to my sins (oh so Easter relevant!) – I’m known to add things to a to do list, just to strike them off… So some of those chores… they sort of snuck on there that way.  And one or two DIY projects (listed up front for those that were with me on Wed!).  Interestingly, my more ‘me’ time and entertainment focused targets didn’t get met – I was darn busy getting all the things I wanted done, that I wasn’t looking for a movie or a TV show (or even the internet) for entertainment – and I REALLY liked that. I spent good quality time with friends (they helped me DIY, and I helped them DIY and sort out some $$ stuff whilst we DIYed), and also spent almost a whole day with some delightful (though exhausting) 2 year old fraternal twins.

I’ll post more detailed posts on some of the bigger jobs, with photos, in the coming days.

Finish my book (Grotesque) in time for a Tuesday Review: Done

Clean out rangehood vents: Done

Boiling my very long range hood vents in bicarb soda

Boiling my very long range hood vents in bicarb soda

Installed LED lighting track: Done

For $25, i bought 5m of LED lights from Ebay, and with the help from some friends, hung it with the 3M adhesive it comes with.  Such a simple solution – especially seeing the vendor I used offered everything I needed – even the power pack, for an incredibly reasonable price.  Only downside? The lights somehow reek havoc on my radio nearby?!

Exposed beams in the dining area - and a glimpse of my pendant light (the art work is a temporary stop gap!)

Exposed beams in the dining area – and a glimpse of my pendant light (the art work is a temporary stop gap!)

LED light strip added under my rafters

LED light strip added under my rafters

Re-silicone the bathroom vertical jointsDone: A detailed post to come – Wednesday is my (self imposed) House DIY day, but I can see a few days in a row of house DIY posts after my epic weekend!  Maybe even later today perhaps?

Make cushion covers

This didn’t happen – I didn’t have a pattern, and I needed the table space (more on why I had none below), so I figured I’d let this one to do item slip.

Paint damaged wall: Done

I put this one off once I got sniffly, but late on Monday afternoon/evening, I figured I’d just get it done.  I’d prepared myself on Sunday by already laying out the drop sheet, and bought everything I needed, so all I had to do was open + paint. (I cleaned the wall on Monday morning, hoping some Magic Eraser would solve the problem, it helped, but didn’t fully resolve the mark).  Whilst I had the paint out, I painted a wooden piece of timber I’d cut to size on Saturday night, for hanging my birdcages from ‘upstairs’ – fully utilising the double height living room and a dead space.  I just need a ladder to screw it into the walls, and I’ll have photos.

Stamp map of the world: Done – a detailed post to come, how about tomorrow, for ‘zero waste’ day – where I’ve re-used some of my stamp stash?

Contact the under sink cupboards: Donea detailed post to come – easily also a ‘zero waste’ post as it’s where all my trash lives hmmm…  How’s Friday suit you?

Change shower head – sort of done

I kept the ‘new’ shower head, and my friend showed me how to remove the flow restricter.  Took some wrestling (on his part), but it is now flowing a little more – although with all the grouting works, I’ve only used to (hacked) shower head once since it was done.  The old one is still on hand – to be freecycled if all goes well.

Read in the park or hang out in a book shop: Done – I babysat, and I read whilst they played in the park

Invite my brothers for dinner: Done (and exchange easter eggs! not so done – we exchanged our mother’s offerings)

Actually, I’ll share some photos of the eggs I got and what I gave for Easter:

My favourite eggs laid with love

My favourite eggs laid with love

Three of the seven devilishly dense, rich brownies I sent to Melbourne for Easter

Three of the seven devilishly dense, rich brownies I sent to Melbourne for Easter

Decorated with love

Decorated with love


Vacuum upstairs

Mop kitchen

Change sheets & wash


Mending & de-piling

The un-done list

Work out podcasts/music downloads on my phone: was hardly online, except for reading posts from my blogs I love on my phone

See a movie: didn’t ‘need’ to – I was so busy

Watch 3 episodes of Gossip Girl: nope – though I did get two in on Wednesday night?

Overall, I had an awesome four day weekend.  I kicked butt in my ‘cook at home’ challenge – preparing myself by shopping for three meals’ ingredients on Thursday night (see updated March goals post for recipes).  I got so many niggley jobs sorted out.  I went to church three times (!!). I helped out friends (wine racking and babysitting).  I had a nice dose of book reading.  And I spent next to nothing, which will help my savings targets. Really a delightful time away for work – I hardly had time to miss my parents or BF (but it sure is nice to have them back!)


6 thoughts on “Long Weekend: The DONE list!

    • No rest for the wicked! The brownie is so dense that he came back with leftovers (even after sharing it with a friend) – it’s a practically gluten free recipe too.

  1. Those brownies look amazing 🙂 I don’t know what kind of podcasts you are looking for, but one of my favourites is called Stuff You Should Know by howstuffworks.com. It’s basically two guys talking about all kinds of different topics but mostly history and science, and it’s very engaging. I’ve been listening to it a lot lately while mindlessly editing data 🙂

  2. Wow! Sarah I need to hire you to come down to Melbourne!! That is a serious list to get done over the long weekend. I like how you do your rangehood vents (we have the same type – fiddly due to length.) Don’t the new lights make a difference!

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