{Hannah} Thirty and Flirty and Thriving

I took a break from studying to celebrate my thirtieth birthday this past weekend!

It started with a 90s themed Shabbat dinner at a synagogue where I help with the young adult events. Then on Saturday, my friends and I went to the Spongebob musical and out to dinner.

To wrap the weekend, I ran in the United NYC Half Marathon like I did last year. I didn’t have goals going into the race, but I surprised myself by running two minutes faster than last year!

My next decade is off to a fantastic start–can’t wait to see where it takes me!

PS. Post title from 13 Going on 30, which I watched again this weekend.

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{Hannah} All Play and No Work

Makes Hannah a poor girl.

I’m an actuary, and the credentialing process requires taking exams. The time has come for me to take the next exam, so I’m stepping back for the next two months to focus on studying.

Wish me luck, and I’ll see you back here in May!

{House} I Can See Clearly Now

Even though the rain isn’t gone.

There’s only one set of windows in the living area, and they were very dirty.

No one comes to clean the outside of the windows, which meant it was up to me to clean them. Luckily, I didn’t need any fancy equipment–since the windows are fancy! They’d been replaced at some point, and now they fold into the apartment when you release the clips.

Then I took some window wipes and wiped them down.  I went thru quite a few wipes to get them clean!

Cleaning the top window was a little trickier and required some balancing.  I guess I could’ve researched how to do it before I started, though.

Well, it’s still a little streaky, but it’s much better than it was before!  Note to self for next time: don’t clean windows when it’s dark out.

{Home} To the Back

There’s a built-in shelf in the dining area, which became a random holding spot when I was moving in. It became a little less random as I settled in, but things were never displayed properly (and there was still a catch-all bag).

I wanted to do something to the back of the bookcase, and with all the extra paint I had from my stripes, I decided to use some of those bottles to paint the back!

I cleared everything off and got started. It didn’t take long before I had two coats on the back of the shelves.

Once it was dry, I rearranged the glassware that I had put on the shelves originally. I grabbed some other items I had around my apartment to fill out the rest.

It’s a very subtle difference, but I like it! The bookcase has a glow to it, and it’s not as stark white but still different enough that it’s special. Not to mention, it’s finally nice to look at and organized!

{Hannah} Holey Dress

If you haven’t figured it out, I like to shop secondhand, which means ending up with less than perfect items. I found this dress at Goodwill, but it wasn’t until I got home that I noticed it had quite a few tiny holes.

I wasn’t able to darn the holes like I’ve done before, since the fabric is a silk wool blend, and the knit is very fine. I googled around, and came upon this tutorial, which seemed like the perfect fit for me!

I picked up some Stitch Witchery and fusible interfacing from Michaels, and got out my iron and ironing board.  I also cut a piece of parchment paper to prevent the Stitch Witchery from sticking to the ironing board and got a light dishtowel to act as the pressing cloth.

I set the iron on the wool setting with steam, and got to work on the three holes I had originally found.  It went by pretty quickly!

I got into a groove with cutting and pressing, and wound up with over ten spots that got fixed.

With all the warm weather we’ve been having recently, I can’t wait for spring so I can finally wear this dress!