Sunday, July 22, 2012

We all gotta start somewhere...

Pairs well with: Corona Extra

Wednesday night, 7:30 pm

Man, it was a great night (considering it was a Wednesday)... I was hanging with my friend Emily in her backyard, enjoying some fantastic mojitos (thanks Adrian!) and having some great conversation about all sorts of randomness.  I mentioned that I've been thinking of starting a blog.  (Yes, I am on the cutting edge of trends in social media.  I realize this.  You can find me on the Facebook!) 

See, I attempt all kinds of DIY home improvement projects and crafts, and totally wouldn't mind exposing my epic failures (and random surprising successes) to anyone who wants to see them.  Sort of a DIY "flasher" if you will.  I've just never gotten around to actually documenting said projects.  Usually I only remember to take a "before" picture sometime in the middle of the project - or worse, not at all.  Then I spend way too much time showing people my "after" pictures and saying, "You should have seen it before! It was hideous!"

Anyone who knows Emily knows that she (and mojitos) can be very persuasive.  By the time I left her house that night, I was giddy with the idea of my soon-to-be-existence in the blogosphere.  I wondered to myself as I fell asleep, "What should my first project be?  How can I wow the world?"

"Sucker," said the Universe.  

Thursday morning, 2:00 am

There was a huge crash, like the sound of glass breaking.  I bolted upright in the bed, turned to Shawn and said (pretty calmly, I think, considering the situation), "Someone is breaking into our house!" 

Well, not exactly.  When we walked into the living room, we couldn't tell at first what had happened.  It wasn't until we got closer to the front window that we saw broken glass everywhere - all over the rug, the couch, the window sills, and... what was this on the end table?

A piece of a Corona bottle.

Seriously?  Seriously?? 

Someone threw a beer bottle through our window at 2:00 in the morning??

Yep.  Right through our double paned ginormous front window and onto our end table.

So, without further ado, here is the picture of my first blog-documented DIY project for you, friends... I call it: "How to Cover the Giant-Ass Hole in your Front Window Until You Get the New Window Back from the Repair Place."

Materials used: 

Cardboard boxes 
Duct tape

Time to completion: 

20 minutes 

Best tip from this project:  

If you're like me, you're going to want to plant the ladder and then just reach as far as you can to get this done so that you don't have to get down off the ladder, move it, and then climb back up all four steps.  (We'll discuss the merits of laziness in home improvement in another post.)  Please try to avoid this temptation!  I promise you, the ladder is not going to stretch with you.  It will topple and fall, and you may or may not (but will) end up flailing your arms and legs in the air in front of your neighbors, who are watching through the bottom half of your window as you fall unceremoniously, along with the ladder, onto the floor.  Just saying.


  1. I wanna know what your neighbors are doing that theyd even be up at 2am to watch you topple.

    So excited to see this blog happening!

  2. LOVE IT! Oh you are so funny, found your blog through Emily, cant wait to read along :) I want to try one of those mojitos, sounds yummy.
    Coma and say hi to england!
    Nic @ our little balham life

    p.s has got to be said; what kind of ASS does this to a persons HOME??? *ugh*

  3. Hey Jen!! So excited you've started blogging. This was hilarious. Not that it happened, of course, but the way you wrote about it. Can't wait to read more from you!! Oh and I better get in on some of those Midweek Mojitos... a trip to Chicago needs to be in my near future!!

  4. Welcome to the blogosphere!! Can't wait to read more :)

  5. Yeah, Jen!! Love it and love you!

  6. Please blog some more. I keep stopping by... not exactly like a lurker... but maybe an overly friendly neighbor. I can't wait to hear more!!!