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52 Week Project: WK 7 and 8

March 2, 2011

Since I’m behind on updating my 52 week house project, I’m mushing two weeks together into one post. In true Parsons fashion, we failed to move into our bedroom this past weekend even though I mentioned that we would here. We’re mostly done with painting but we planned on adding a chevron pattern to one wall like this:

{image via design sponge}

I knew getting to the chevron wall was going to take us a while because we just never have enough time to fully devote ourselves to full days of painting…we’re just too busy with work and the only way we’ll ever get anything done is to do it in small spurts after work and on the weekends. Since I was tired of feeling displaced in our pseudo guest room, I thought it would be a great idea to move back into our bedroom (without chevrons), get our new bed and mattress unpacked and assembled, start using all of our new bedding that we received at our wedding… and when we were ready to attack the chevrons in the next month or so, all we’d have to do is just move a few items away from the wall and get to it…good plan, right? Well, my way too rational husband thought that was a bad idea and no amount of whining convincing could make him budge. He feared that if we moved back into the bedroom without finishing everything we set out to do, we’d never finish…sadly, he had a point. So, we decided to push back moving into our bedroom until we’ve completed ALL of our painting projects and headboard. For now, our mattress remains boxed up in the hallway, our bed frame is sitting in my husband’s car (long story…but basically we had a party and moving the huge box to the car was the quickest way to get it out of the house), and our headboard is hanging out in our front grotto, still in board form.

Moving on to more nerdy yet productive news… we’ve been meaning to create an emergency kit for ourselves for quite some time, incase of…well, an emergency. We live in LA, so we’re no strangers to earthquakes and constant warnings of “The Big One” striking. With all of the recent seismic activity in New Zealand, Haiti and so many other places around the world, I’ve really been pushing towards making this emergency kit happen. We ordered a food kit that provides 275 servings of dehydrated meals, some of which actually sound pretty good. We’re still waiting on several supplies that were ordered, like a crank radio and emergency flares plus we still have to add water and some personal supplies but below is about half of our new emergency kit. We plan on putting it all in a water-safe container and storing it in our outdoor shed. Combined with our camping gear, we’re hoping to be at least okay if disaster strikes.

So, are we super geeks or is this something you’ve done or plan on doing? If you have any advice on how to improve our emergency kit, I’d love to hear it! xoxo!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2011 10:31 am

    I love the corkscrew in your emergency kit. But um, you need to add a bottle of chardonnay. Bandaids too. Hurricane Ike (a couple of years ago) was just not fun. No electricity for almost 2 weeks. Trees down everywhere. Good for you – planning ahead! I suspect the chevron wall will be worth the wait. Utterly gorgeous concept!

    • March 2, 2011 2:22 pm

      The corkscrew was by husband’s doing… disaster or not, he can’t live without his vino! I have a feeling a box of wine will make its way into the disaster kit very soon.

  2. March 2, 2011 2:00 pm

    Oddly enough, that same project (emergency kit) has been on our list at home, too. Love the corkscrew…you will be very popular in case of an emergency.

    Here in Oregon, the Red Cross (and my old company) put together this booklet on disaster preparedness. Hope it’s helpful!

  3. March 3, 2011 8:53 am

    just curious where you ordered the dehydrated food from? We have a great emergency kit together but our dehydrated food is in big packets that take up a lot of room and we definately dont have 275 days worth!

    • March 3, 2011 9:17 am

      We ordered our food kit from and went with the 275 serving vegetarian kit. It’s the white bucket in the picture.

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