January 04, 2007

So Fresh, So NEW!

So VERY 2007ish!

Of what do we speak? Why the All New, Super Terrific, Two Thousand Seven, Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!

What with a brand new year ahead of us, why donít we find some bright shiny new questions and see what people have to say!

::looking around for shiny things::



Okay, so these are going to be pretty much like any of the other set of three questions weíve ever asked. Just play along and act like theyíre fresh and exciting.

1) What new thing would you like to attempt in the New Year?

2) What one new thing do you really, REALLY need (not want, but truly need) to have?

3) What grungy old ramshackle thing do you have that you should replace with something shiny and new but just canít bring yourself to make the switch?

SO, there you go--all of you rush out and purchase some nice new thinking caps and either answer in the comments below or leave a link to your blog and weíll come over and oooh and ahhhh over it! Remember, anyone can play along, even if youíre a raging kainophobe!

As for my answers:

1) I keep acting like I would like to write a book of some sort. Maybe that. Or maybe lose another twenty pounds or so.

2) Well, at this immediate moment, I need the fuel pump I ordered for the Focus to get here ASAP. Second would be a pay raise that actually exceeds the rate of inflation.

3) I have a bunch of old stuff, but I donít really have anything thatís lived beyond its usefulness. Especially after the Omnibus Garage Cleaning of Summer í06. I probably got rid of some junk I shouldnít have then.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at January 4, 2007 07:45 AM

I'm UP.

Posted by: jim at January 4, 2007 08:42 AM

I'll play.

Posted by: Diane at January 4, 2007 08:50 AM

1. Ride the bike. Walk the miles. Look for a yoga class, or just do it.

2. We need to replace the water heater at the coast. It's original from 1985, and while it hasn't failed yet, it can make a real mess when it does, both in our unit and the one below.

Oh, and there's the sink inset into discontinued tile in the guest bathroom here at home. 1962 beige it is, and the area near the drain is all cracked up and discolored.

On that note, does anyone know anything about resurfacing sinks?

3. My wardrobe?

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 4, 2007 09:22 AM

Janis, if it's porcelain, there are usually folks in the phone book who do tub and sink reglazing. There are kits out there to do it yourself, but the result looks like you did it yourself.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 4, 2007 09:31 AM

I'm up here.

Posted by: Nate at January 4, 2007 09:36 AM

It's either that, or a total bathroom redo, which we can't afford right now, and which I'm not ready for anyway.

And I imagine that's a call to Baton Rouge or other larger city.

Why didn't Girl choose white?

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 4, 2007 09:38 AM

I don't suppose there's any way you could just fine a replacement sink, huh?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 4, 2007 09:57 AM

Well, I don't really have any answers for questions 2 and 3. But I actually have THREE answers for question #1, so perhaps that will qualify:

a) I am thinking about going back to school;

b) like at least one of you (Nate) I would not mind learning to play a musical instrument. I'm trying to figure out if I could learn guitar using one of the guitars at Fretlight. But that may conflict with option a, both timewise and moneywise);

c) I am also thinking about getting involved with a new charity or other cause as a volunteer. There are a couple of other "irons in the fire" that I cannot talk about now but hopefully will be able to do so in a few months.

Posted by: Stan at January 4, 2007 10:06 AM

Wouldn't know where to look. And there's still the problem of the tile surround.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 4, 2007 10:06 AM

Stan, keep us updated. The Man of Mystery thing is intriguing...

And Janis, if there's a building salvage place around there, they might have a sink you could use. The tile, as you note, could be a problem.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 4, 2007 10:15 AM

What would you study in school, Stan?

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 4, 2007 10:38 AM


I did not mean to be a "Man of Mystery" but I guess I have this underlying fear that if I talk about things before they come to fruition, they will never actually become reality. But I'll let you know if the "irons in the fire" ever do warm up (or whatever it is that irons in the fire do).


I'm actually thinking about going for a law degree. Not that I would ever practice law, but I would dearly love to be able to counsel pro bono for a charity. Yeah, I know...sounds wacky. :-)

Posted by: Stan at January 4, 2007 11:09 AM

I don't think it sounds wacky at all.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at January 4, 2007 11:12 AM

Stan, that Fretlight looks like the business I need! That really looks like a neat method of learning something that interests me but that I have no clue where to start with. That's a neat, though probably more expensive than most, method.

Posted by: Nate at January 4, 2007 11:23 AM


After reading your post about the dulcimer I wish Fretlight made a dulcimer!! But I may yet consider one of their guitars if the schooling option never comes about. Like you say they are a little pricey and I'm not exactly Nick Saban money-wise.

Posted by: Stan at January 4, 2007 11:46 AM

I'm playing this week.

Posted by: Jordana at January 4, 2007 11:55 AM

Lot's of work, Stan, but a laudable goal, and the stress wouldn't be nearly as great for you as for younger students whose life plans are on the line.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 4, 2007 12:22 PM

My turn!

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 4, 2007 02:09 PM


I am trying to tell myself that--that I would not have as much pressure. (ha) But I do think you may be right.

Incidentally I have been Googling for bathtub/sink refinishers in your area (and anywhere for that matter) and it has been a bit of an eye-opener. I would have thought there would be more people in that line of work. Is it just that people nowadays tend to completely replace everything rather than refurbish?

Posted by: Stan at January 4, 2007 10:31 PM

Stan, we were talking about refinishing the existing tub in the bathroom at our new house, but the cost of refinishing it versus getting a comparable new cast iron tub was almost identical and the refinished finish is only good for 10 years or so.

Posted by: Jordana at January 5, 2007 08:39 AM

Oh, boy am I late. But I am playing.

Posted by: skinnydan at January 5, 2007 08:48 AM

Cost is not such a big factor here, because replacement would be an even bigger cost and inconvenience.

I need to look around.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 5, 2007 09:03 AM

Gee whiz, I had no idea the cost of refinishing and the cost of a new one would be that close. I guess if I was looking at that I'd have to go for the new one, then--unless I had a situation like the one Janis has, where the inconvenience of installation is a paramount concern. Fortunately for me I HOPEFULLY won't be facing that decision soon.

Posted by: Stan at January 5, 2007 11:42 AM

I wouldn't be facing it now if people (read KIDS)hadn't dropped stuff in the sink.

The one in the back bathroom is exactly the same and is just fine.

Posted by: Janis Gore at January 5, 2007 12:21 PM