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when you paint a ceiling

This morning started off with steel cut oats.  No eggs around, so I just added 1T of ground flax meal in the last 2min of cooking.  It fluffed right up and didn’t get gummy.

Today I hid some double chocolate chip cookie dough almond butter in the bottom of my mug.  I just should have put it on top, because I was obviously just digging straight for that from the start!

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Since making the buckwheat bakes, and now switching back to oats for a few days, I’ve noticed the buckwheat bakes keep me full much longer.  The calories + fat grams are about the same for all of my breakfasts, but something about the buckwheat holds me over longer.  I was hungry about 2.5hrs after this 500+ calorie mug of oats.  The buckwheat bakes keep me full for a solid four hours!  Maybe buckwheat is slower to digest?  Who knows!

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This weekend was nonstop with house action.  I had to catch up on the computer for a few hours this morning.  My inbox was scary!  We don’t have internet hooked up at the new house yet, so whenever I’m there, I’m computer-free.  It’s nice but also puts me behind.  Although if I did have it there, I would get distracted and never finish painting. ;)

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I got the whole dining room [room with the nasty gold fan] primed with 2 coats today, except for the wall with the new + lovely opening.  We need to re-drywall it in areas, so I’m waiting to start painting that.

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I also primed the trim + ceiling in the little hallway, and the trim in the spare bedroom that is a nasty yellow. 

The ceiling is the hardest to paint!  It was KILLing my neck and shoulders!  Putting on 2 coats of primer is a bit annoying, but it will ensure the paint goes on without old color coming through.  Plus, as mentioned yesterday, it’s cheaper to put on 2 coats of primer and 1 coat of paint, than 1 coat of primer and 2 of paint.

Tomorrow, I’m hoping to finish the hallway and the spare bedroom, and then start priming the 3rd bedroom that is off the kitchen.  My deadline for finishing the painting is ideally this Sunday.  Our windows should be coming next Tuesday and we’re going to have a lot of work to do with those.  We have to take out the old frames [falling apart] and build new ones into the wall, then install the windows.

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I packed my lunch to eat at the house, and part of it looked like this.  It’s easy to just go with a pb+j when you’re rushed, but this remodeling is going to stretch a few weeks.  I need to make sure I’m getting a good balance of nutrients at every meal!  I also had yogurt + an oatmeal bar.  The shriveled up dried fruit would be organic figs, that I am currently obsessed with!  I bought a huge bag at Costco. 

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If you’ve never painted a ceiling, this is what happens to your face when you do.

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How many more walls are there???

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1…2….3…4….gah, too many!

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You’re the one that got yourself into this…

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And you’ll be happy when it’s all done!

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Or scared when you never finish…

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And scared again when you go to the gym, look in the mirror, and realize you never washed your face.

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The white streak on my cheek looked like a drool mark.  So hot.

I’m getting a good arm workout with the painting, but needed to do some leg lifting.  I hit up a crazy running/elliptical cardio machine for 30min and crammed in about 6 different leg lifting exercises.  From there, I walked next door to Whole Foods for some fruit + veggie essentials, and then I went home.

Fresh veggie juice was just what I needed.

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3 carrots + 1 apple + 1 cucumber + small hunk of ginger + 1/2 lemon

Juicy deliciousness!

And now my bed is just what I need.

Gluten reintroduction update tomorrow!


Reader Comments (58)

Good luck with all the painting! I know it's a pain, but when you finish, imagine the feeling of satisfaction, knowing the house looks awesome because of your hard work :)
I love how you've put your oatmeal in a glass, looks really nice :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarina

You make me smile :)

Keep up the good work, girl!

You are SO cute! :) what awesome work your'e doing! and those oats look great. is the not-as-filling at all related to doing more strenuous work?

also just a PSA i've been telling people who used to follow my twitter... I ended up having to get a enw one (long story lol). not just a new handle, a new twitter account entirely, so i lost all my original followers! sigh.

interested to hear your gluten update! :)

juice looks awesome! i want one of those straws.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmma (Namaste Everyday)

I told my fiance about how you guys have been remodeling and how fun it looks! And he told me that remodeling is super duper tough especially when working and coming home just to use that free time to tear down walls :P Great job guys!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllie@fitforthesoul

your juice recipe sounds PERFECT!

painting. home renovations. wow.

And you still find time to get your chocolate nut butter into FGawker or TSpotting. Forgot which one I saw it on, congrats.

I made some White Choc & Mango Cookie Dough bites that I thought the pics were pretty...but sniff, sniff, they didn't make it into TS. Still waiting on FG. If you have any critiques of my photos...I would LOVE to hear them! Your photos rock..and mine..well, not so much :) But Im trying...haha!

Hahahahha. You crack me up, girlie. Did you already say what color paint/kind you're using? I love it -- and we need ideas for our new place if it all works out! Ohhhh I can't wait to see it with the floors exposed!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need to start making breakfasts that look as pretty as yours do!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at Keep It Sweet

Hahahaha, I was wondering what that white thing was... I was like, did she develop a scar? ;) Your bfast looks AMAZING!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Haha, you look so professional! Glad to hear its still coming together. :) Thanks for the updates.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

LOL oh my... I don't think I could ever paint the ceiling... or even a wall.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats breakfast at 6 and is hungry again by 9!!! Thank goodness for packed morning snacks!

We just painted our ceilings too. And by we, I mean my husband. Somehow I had to conveniently be somewhere!

I wish we'd done all of our painting before we moved into the house like you are doing. It's such a pain to have to move all the furniture in and out of the rooms. Oh well, too late now.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee

I love the archway in your house! Happy painting.

I can't wait to see what your house looks like when all the painting is done! I don't know if you are painting the walls with colors, but you will likely still need 2 coats of paint if so :/

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerri

Very nice facial expressions! It made me smile:-)

I found you through Oh She Glows and I love the collaboration you two did. It was fun seeing real life blog friends meeting and getting together. I already love your blog and have added it to my RSS. Here's to a new resource for a healthy lifestyle and some new recipes! Thanks!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRorey Risdon

Veggie juice makes everything better :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love that arch! And I'm pretty sure it's impossible to paint without getting it all over yourself. I don't envy you. Uhh...I hate painting.

I am glad you cut the dreaded painting up with some humor! When we renovated the office, laughter was the only way we got through it! Good luck today!

The juice looks amazing! I'm in major need of a juicer:)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

So very true!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for saying hi Rorey! :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Gaaaaaaaaaaah....seriously? hahaa Well, the paint color in the living + dining room is really a creamy grayish color. It's a really high quality, thick I think we'll be good with 1 coat for that, since it's a pretty light color. But, we're just painting the ceilings + baseboards those will only need one coat and in my opinion are the most annoying to paint! ;)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley have no idea ;)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

But you could supply the sweets!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley just a little paint drool...

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Don't mind the nice pink tone coming up from the paper that is on the hideous!! I cannot wait to tear it off!! For the living + dining room we're going with a nice light's like a milky concrete as I like to call it. Cream + gray + very light. The house is so small, I don't really want to go it's hard to just start picking really bright colors and whatnot when you don't have any furniture in the house and we're getting new things too...I figured it was best to go neutral at first! :) Miss you!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha...thanks Averie!! ;) Your photos are lovely...sometimes something as simple as cropping differently can make a world of difference. Lately TS has been hating on my photos, haha. It seems they don't like to accept the same photos as FG, which I read about somewhere too. I've gotten like 10 of the last 15 denied..haha FG accepts way more of them. Also, it's really hard to get photos to look right in the square composition. Photos are not meant to be taken with a square's pretty dumb!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Ellie!!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I am LOVING reading about the house reno!!! Can't wait to see it come together, bit by bit!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKath

mmmm that juice and oats look amazing!!!

Oh I know...I am soo super excited!!!! :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for letting me know!!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ceiling painting is the worst! You're going to need a good long massage and relaxation time once you're done with all the house fix ups.

That's why I made Dave paint the ceiling!! :D

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

your breakfast looks perfect! I have to try your cookie dough nut butter. And I've never had steel cut oats before...mayble I'll branch out from my usual old fashioned oats. Good work on the painting!! It's cool seeing the process unfold...

Great progress on the painting!!! haha that's funny about getting flecks all over you :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ IHeartVegetables

Love your beautiful, pristine photos, your amazing eats (even when your busy!), and everything! Glad you're hanging in there and getting through all this. Can't wait to see how it all progresses! :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNamaste Gurl

I am still amazed that you guys are doing most of the work yourselves. That's so awesome! My BF bought a forclusure house that was a wreck, but he just hired a company to fix it all. We took the easy way out! Haha.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor @ Delish World

Oh, I LOVE those figs from Costco. Sadly, our costco is done with them....

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnanda


March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor @ Delish World

dude, your costco is heaven. they have dried figs??

your house is coming along so lovely and those oats look amazing!

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkate@ahealthypassion

If I am involved in any painting job -- walls, ceiling, a touch up, etc, I get paint everywhere. In my hair, on my face, clothes, shoes, my legs (even if I am wearing pants while painting -- not sure how that happens!

You look fabulous! :)

Have fun painting! I really want to paint my room again. Just have to find a weekend I have some time. :)


Love your sense of humor! and that juice of course :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiran

mmm I love figs too! They are so perfect - sweet, a bit sour... I die! I didn't pack a big enough lunch today. I'm so hungry right now and your big cup o oats didn't help the situation. It looks delicious!

I know!!!! :)

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That's awesome!! I wish we could have hired people to do a little more of the work, but our wallets are emptying fast, haha.

March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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