exhaustion

Like Doing 1000 Squats

Remember how I said we were going to start up some house projects again? Well this weekend we tackled my bathroom!

When Michael first moved in (about a year before we met), he painted over the bathroom with primer. The original color of the bathroom was bright yellow, then at some point the original owner painted it teal/turquoise. So when Michael bought the house he immediately had to cover up the teal–it was everywhere. The walls, maybe even the ceiling because I found some teal paint near the light/vent on the ceiling, the original vanity was white with pink flowers on it and teal counters!

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Ain’t that pretty? Um, not. So he painted the bathroom with primer, probably intending to paint the room at some point but never did. Fast forward 6 years and I was sick of the primer and the yellow and teal where the primer was missed. (I think the original vanity was a little larger than the one we currently have.) We decided the bathroom was a weekend project we could start and finish, mostly, in one weekend. At least the painting part.

BEFORE:

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Saturday morning I got up a little early and decided to postpone the gym for the afternoon when I knew I’d be waiting for paint to dry. I took everything out of the vanity and off the shelves, basically cleaned out the entire room. Michael took out the vanity and part of the toilet.

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Michael took down the ceiling light and the wall light. We decided we might as well update the light from the super cool 1980’s off-white beveled edge plastic. Good god was it ugly. I cleaned all the walls and then we went to Lowe’s to get primer and ceiling paint (which is pink, in case you didn’t know, but dries white!). We ended up going to Lowe’s 4 times on Saturday! Once for primer/ceiling paint and wall samples. Once for getting an old can of paint shaken (which was the color we planned on painting it a two years ago), once for the paint we decided to buy and once more for the new wall light.

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Bella was super excited about all the car adventures! Here are the paint samples:

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Possibility is the top right and it was the one I was SURE I was going to pick. But once it was on the wall it looked super bright white. The left purple one was the can we bought two years ago intending to paint the bathroom with it. It dried really dark purple, which was surprising because the sample was a light lilac/grey…Finally, the gray one is the one I ended up picking. It was the most “neutral” and wouldn’t be too dark or too light nor make it difficult to put makeup on.

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Montpelier Madison White was the verdict! And it dried gray, so I don’t know why they put “white” in the name. Anyways. I did a coat of primer and did the ceiling and then had to wait for it to dry. I figured I had 60-90 minutes for it to dry. Since I had time to kill I decided to go to the gym and do a quick cardio workout. In retrospect I should have skipped it and conserved my energy for the project but I didn’t think about that at the time. And not only that, I was on a roll so had I stopped to take a nap I think my motivation for doing the rest of it would have waned.

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30 minutes on the elliptical and then I grabbed some groceries at the store. Including something easy to fix for dinner! I got home and did the first coat of paint in the bathroom. It was kind of difficult to paint because it looked white (like the primer) when it first went up so I missed a few spots that I didn’t see until after it dried. Here is the first coat of paint:

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I wore my heart rate monitor while I painted the room. Check it out:

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That’s a nice calorie burn for just painting! But boy, by the time I was done with it I was exhausted, getting sore and just over it. Michael cooked a frozen lasagna for us to have for dinner (it said it had 5 servings in it but damn, I could have eaten three servings!). I ate 1.5 servings and had a salad with dinner. Michael slathered BioFreeze on my neck, shoulders and upper back and we managed to watch some Homeland before I just passed out.

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Sunday

I woke up slightly sore but I wasn’t too bad. I did some touch up paint in the spots I missed and did all of the edges before going to the gym. I really, really needed that yoga class and I’m glad I went. When I got back from yoga I finished the second coat of paint. Michael suggested we go out to lunch so we went to Five Guys and I got the Little Cheeseburger (550 calories) and we split an order of fries. I could not get over just how freakin’ hungry I was!

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After lunch we went to Fred Meyer, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Target and Lowe’s. I think that made me more tired than anything!!! We were looking for a new shower curtain. First, who in their right mind would spend $50+ on a shower curtain (Kohl’s)? And why was the ONLY ONE I liked the one they were out of (Target)?? Ugh. I hate shopping. In the end I found something I sorta liked but didn’t love at Lowe’s and we ended up buying a new vanity too. While I liked what we got last year it was small and there was a slightly larger on on sale and it would look nicer with the new paint color.

Look at this gorgeous dog I saw at Lowe’s:

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Alright, we got home and after hitting the wall and just feeling tired, run down and cranky, I had a Diet Dr. Pepper to pep me up and Michael got to work re-installing the lights in the bathroom. Then I did the touch up paint once we removed the painter’s tape from the ceiling. Michael set up the new vanity. We slowly put the room back together and I cleaned the best I could.

WHAT’S LEFT? In a few weekends we’ll tackle the floors, which means we have to take the vanity and toilet out completely. We probably need to redo the subflooring underneath the vinyl floors and all of that was just too big of a project to do in one weekend. After the floors are done we’ll paint the door jam, the door, install the floorboards and the bathroom will be 100% finished! At some point we may replace the tile in the shower but that’s not a priority right now. It functions, it’s not falling apart, it’s not moldy and it’s white so it goes with everything. When the bathroom is finished I estimate it will have taken us 3 full weekends of work.

New bathroom: upper back, shoulders and neck are sore. Hamstrings feel like I did a thousand squats (I did do a lot of squatting)…My entire body hurts and I can’t remember the last time I was this tired. Oh my god. And I think we made a total of 10 visits to Lowe’s this weekend…But I am so happy it’s done and I love the way it looks!!

AFTER:

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I wish I could get a decent picture to really show off the pretty color. For some reason it has a greenish and pink tint to it whenever I take a photo. But in the bathroom the walls are gray, as is the shower curtain. The new sink/vanity was on sale at Lowe’s:

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And I splurged a little and bought a new plant to keep in the bathroom:

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I LOVE how it turned out. I can’t wait to have the floors done and then the bathroom will be perfect! It was a back-breaking, difficult weekend but I feel so great now that it’s finished. 🙂

The Mistaken 7.0 Miles

The last day Michael’s dad and stepmom, G and G, were in Portland visiting we decided to drive up to Mount Hood and do an easy hike. The night before Michael and I did some research on which Mount Hood hike would be the best for everyone’s abilities–relatively short (less than 5 miles) and not steep. We narrowed it down from three options to one: Ramona Falls.

I’ve heard for years that Ramona Falls is a fantastic hike. I’ve never done any summertime hiking on Mount Hood because it’s all about a 90 minute drive from Portland. When there’s tons of hiking to do within 30 minutes it’s hard to justify a 3 hour road trip.

Backing up…that morning I set my alarm for an early time so I could go for a quick run before the hike. The website we consulted said that Ramona Falls was EASY and about 3 miles. I knew that a 3 mile easy hike would be nothing for me (especially with non hikers that don’t really walk at the same speed as I do) so I went for a quick 40 minute run on track near the house, followed with a short weight session in my living room (while watching Law & Order).

Little did I know that that was going to be a big mistake.


Stats:
Time: 66 minutes
Calories Burned:  607

We picked up G and G and stopped at Zupan’s (kinda like Whole Foods) for sandwiches to pack with us on the hike. The idea being that we’d stroll on an even, easy trail for a mile or so and stop for lunch. The drive up to Mount Hood was nice and quiet. We found the turn off for Lolo Pass–a road I’ve never taken when going up to Hood–and followed the scenic road to the trailhead for Ramona Falls Hike.

We parked and set out on the trail, no idea what we were in for.

We hiked along the rapid river on a very flat, sandy trail that wound around the river and through the trees. I didn’t have a GPS on me but I’d estimate we walked about a mile before the trail veered down into the river basin where we crossed the rapids to the other side.

The views in this hike were gorgeous. Mount Hood:

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Bubbling Brooks:

Totally scenic and worth a visit. IF you are prepared for it. Across the river we hiked through the forest through some gentle hills that really weren’t that big of a deal.

In my mind I thought this trail was 4.4 miles total, and a loop. The website I had consulted stated as such. As we trekked along, enjoying the sunshine and cool air under the blanket of trees, I didn’t really notice that the hike was pretty long.

Before I knew it we’d hiked for about an hour and 45 minutes or so. We decided to sit on a log next to the creek for lunch and we enjoyed our sandwiches. I got the Italian sandwich at the Zupan’s deli and it was delicious. Spicy salamis, peppers, cheese and olive oil on a crunchy french bread. The sandwich was tasty and hit the spot. I was also really grateful to be sitting because around that time my knees started to hurt.

I’ve never had knee pain while hiking. This was definitely a first and it proceeded to get worse throughout the hike. I don’t know if it was the hike or if it was the run that morning, or if it was the combination of both, but it was awful. In fact, even my left knee hurt–which was weird because I’ve never had issues with the left. After lunch we headed back up the trail, thinking the waterfalls were just up the trail a bit.

We passed some people on the trail but not an extreme amount. Everyone raved about the waterfalls. We kept on. And on. And on. And finally we all kind of wondered, “I thought this was a 4 mile loop?” Seriously. How could we have gotten it so wrong?

We crossed some cute bridges.

We went up the trail, passed some babbling brooks, and kept on.

And kept on. Finally, my knees were screaming at me and Michael’s dad was commenting that the hike would never end. We stopped hiking to discuss what to do: turn around and head back? Keep going? Go a little further and see if there’s a map or people who know how much further? I decided to go up the trail just round the corner and see if I could see anything either way. I turned the corner and Ramona Falls came into view. We’d almost turned around literally feet away from the waterfall.


I’d like to say that the waterfalls were totally worth it but I was in pain and we had no idea how much longer the hike was. It was hard to relax and just take it all in. We hung out at the waterfalls for a bit and some other hikes were coming from the other directions so I asked them about how many miles. They had no idea so I asked how long they’d been hiking since the parking lot. About an hour. Okay, so clearly we were more than half way through the loop by the time we got to the Falls.


Plus, according to one hiker it would be all downhill for us. We continued on the trail and it was mostly downhill the rest of the hike back. It was pretty but at that point all I was thinking about was my aching body. My hips. My feet. My toes. My knees. And I suddenly realized that hiking downhill was MORE painful for my knees. It was awful. 🙁


I was so ready to be back at the car where I could take off my hiking boots and rest my knees and feet! Michael and I don’t even do 7 mile hikes!! We’re in great shape and we stick to the 5 mile or so hikes.


A little over an hour later we made it back to the car. I consulted my print out and it said clearly “4.4 mile loop”. What the heck?! Later when we got home I looked online and Ramona Falls plus the loop is 7.0 miles long. I guess the website I consulted beforehand did not include the trail from the parking lot to the loop in their mileage?! Not sure.


Hike Stats:
Time: 3:39
Calories Burned: 1121
Distance: 7 Miles! 

It was almost dinner time so we headed over to Apizza Scholl’s for dinner. We were all famished!


I ordered a beer (Anchor Steam I think) and since we’d just hiked 7 miles and I had no food in my stomach the beer hit me like a ton of bricks.


Talk about tipsy. We ordered two pizzas: the capicola with margherita and a sausage and peppers with the pig n’ pineapple.


I may have devoured three slices without evening thinking about it. 🙂 But that’s okay because I burned almost 1800 calories!!!! Unexpectedly!


We went home completely exhausted but satiated from pizza.

QUESTION: What’s a hiking mishap you’ve experienced?