Week Wrap-Up // Link Round-Up // Jun 1-7

Things are happening with the bathroom!  If I can keep my momentum up, I’m hoping to do most of the tiling this weekend.

Alan continues to work 14-18 hour days, seven days a week on his dissertation.  The absolute deadline to hand it in is June 28th, but he’s hoping to get it in sooner.  After that I’m hoping he can cut his hours back to, say, 40 hours a week (crazy!).

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I got the Tom Bihn Aeronaut for my birthday this year.  This video for the Tri-Star and one-bag travel looks awesome!  Maybe I’ll get it for Alan for his birthday or something.  See also Tom Bihn Brain Bag for Law School {via Tom Bihn Blog}

Write where the wind blows, write in the morning.  Do you have techniques for being both creative and efficient?  {Storyline}

I had decided on subway tile on the bottom half of the wall and the entire tub surround, as well as ditching the hanging wall cabinet and installing a new medicine cabinet, and then I saw this bathroom renovation.  Seeing how great it looked was the inspiration I needed to start the project. {Restored Style}

Angela’s Adoption Advice: a lovely conversation between an adoptive mom and her daughter who was adopted as a teenager.  As someone who hopes to foster teenagers in the future, I thought this was fascinating. {via my friend Carrie on Pinterest}

Add to the recipe file: Paleo Pad Thai! {zenbelly}

 

What are your weekend plans?

 

 photo is from the Lilac Festival in Rochester this year
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Tiling!

So, we got the plaster and lathe down for all of the bathroom except the shower surround (so we can keep showering while working on the main part of the bathroom).  I installed cement board on the bottom half of the wall around the main part of the bathroom.

Working with cement board is interesting.  First of all, it’s heavy.  The sheets are 3’x5′ and weigh something like 60 pounds.  Second, you can’t cut it the same way you cut drywall.  Instead of simply scoring with a utility knife, you have to use a carbide cutter, and you have to score it a bunch of times on each side.  The accounts I read online suggested scoring it six times on each side, but I figured they were burly handymen  so I score it between 10 and 12 times on each side.  And that means you have to measure carefully, so the scoring will line up.  And then you lean on it with all your weight and hope that it breaks at the score line, and not somewhere else.

But, I did it.  I did it myself.

Then I started tiling.  We are using white subway tile, which is fairly inexpensive from most hardware stores.  Plus most subway tile is “self-spacing,” that is, it has tiny little ridges on all four sides that act as spacers.  So instead of putting in plastic spacers, you can just snug each tile up to the one next to it and go!

Here’s how I tile:

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