Before this year, I ran only one race each year. Then I became good friends with people who run races all the time–and have even run a marathon and are planning on another! They got me into running races more frequently, and I’ve been looking for a way to store and display all the bibs I now have.
One of my friends has a special bib album, but it was more expensive than I wanted to spend. So I did what I do best and made my own.
My mom had made a family recipe book using a binder and sheet protectors, and that’s what I did for my race bib book. A quick swing by Staples, and I had a small binder (in my favorite color no less!) and some pages for less than $15!
I’ve taken pictures before, during, and after every race, and I knew I wanted to include some of them in the album. I placed an order at Walgreens Photo, since it’s quick, reasonably priced (especially with a coupon code), and there’s one around the corner from my apartment.
Then it was time to put it all together! I put the bibs on one side (with a sliver of the edges folded under so they fit in the sleeves), and pictures from the race on the other.
I’m so excited to add to it as the year progresses, but the sleeve pack I bought only had 15 sheets in it, so I’ll need to buy another before the year is out!
Before I moved to New York, I used to frequent the local cobbler and liked the work he did. After a bad experience (or two) at a cobbler in NYC, I researched how to replace the heel tips on my shoes myself. Turns out, doing it myself is much cheaper, quicker, and less damaging to my shoes! Win win win!
Enter: a pair of basic black pumps in need of new tips…
…and a pair of vice grips.
It just takes a minute to adjust the vice grips to latch on to the tip and hold securely.
Then–using the minimal amount of upper body strength that I have–I pull really hard until the tip comes out. Sometimes it helps to twist slightly to loosen the tip from the shoe.
For replacement tips, I like the Supertap tips from this retailer on ebay, as they’re $1 each (I buy them in packs of 10), come in various sizes and colors, and are rubber, which I think makes for a better heel tip than the plastic ones.
It’s hammer time!
Ta da! Basically brand new shoes.
Now they are ready for another week of hard working and walking around town!
Once I successfully moved the phone to its new location in the dining area, I was left with some holes and unpainted area on the back bedroom wall.
Continuing my love of patching things up, I quickly moved on to tackle this area. First up was scraping away the old paint build-up from around where the wire ran down the wall. I used the putty knife to scrape down the wall…
…and then did a little light sanding to smooth the last bits out. Once it felt smooth to the touch, I went back over it with the patching plaster.
It’s like it was never there! No one will be the wiser once I get on that painting thing that I keep putting off…
I had so much fun patching up the holes and dents in the window frame, that I knew my next stop was the disaster I left after I removed the cord to nowhere.
It was a little more tricky than the window, since it took more finesse to get into the corner of the wall and ceiling, and smooth things out enough.
Then there was the mess at the bottom of the wall.
I think I did pretty well!
Now I just have to sand and pick a paint color. And then actually paint…
Shortly after I arrived back in NYC with the light, I asked the super when he’d be able to install it. After a minor scheduling hiccup, he came over yesterday to help.
It didn’t take me very long to reassemble the light.
This was the old light in the dressing room. It didn’t even have a shade!
Taking it down wasn’t very difficult, but we did run into an issue when one of the screws in the box was rusted into the box itself.
The super’s solution was to drill a hole through the top of the box, and put a screw through that! Which was a much easier solution than the other idea I had–install a new box.
Things were going along fine, until it came time to fit the canopy.
See the gap (the silver threads showing)? He wouldn’t let that stand! So down it came, and he cut the threads down by over a half inch. Then back up it went!
It’s hard to get good pictures of it, but it’s beautiful! Such a nice and regal addition to the small space.