Friday, July 22, 2011

Painting Bathrooms, Cleaning House, and Harry Potter

Last Saturday, Kyler and I spent our Saturday morning painting a bathroom at a local school. We were there with our new church, along with other churches in the community. Like many other schools, these local ones are facing tremendous budget cuts and couldn't afford to paint some of their spaces. So Saturday morning we met up at a high school, heard a few words from the Superintendent, sang a couple of worship songs, and everyone then dispersed to different locations.

Kyler and I headed out to Whitewater Vally Elementary with our assignment: bathrooms.

While waiting for guidance, I joked to Kyler that all he had to do was replicate this mural and we'd be done. For those of you not aware of Kyler's artistic abilities--I'm not sure he could replicate even this mural.

Also, I thought it was rather funny that usually we see these people all dressed up in their Sunday's best, but when it came to painting, we saw everyone in their worst. I wouldn't have been all to sad to see this "Fight the 15" shirt from my food court days get a little destroyed.

At this school, there were a total of 16 volunteers. We made quick work out of the two sets of bathrooms while the pastor worked on painting the kitchen floor. Of course, we weren't allowed to get out of line--the pastor's daughter, who is about 7 or 8, kept coming around asking us if things were going smoothly. At one point, Kyler asked her what exactly she was doing. And her response was a great one..."I'm the supervisor. Sounds like a job you would like to be doing."

A girl after my own heart.

We finished up around 11am and headed home for a shower. Did I mention that the school had their A/C turned off for the summer and there were four adults holed up in a tiny bathroom?

Once we were cleaned up, we ate a quick lunch and fixed our attention on the TV to finish up Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part 1. Kyler and I have seen all the Harry Potter movies together in theater, but I didn't want to see the new one, which was Part 2, until I had a refresher on Part 1.

Then we I cleaned house. Kyler usually finds an obscure task to do (organize the stacked boxes in the spare bedroom, check his credit score, etc.) to appear busy while I clean. Like those are urgent matters...

So while I cleaned, Kyler found a credit agency that would also give us free movie tickets, just for subscribing. So for almost two hours, he set us up accounts to find out our scores and retrieve codes for the movie tickets. Meanwhile, I was battling the dryers that never finish drying our clothes.

Once I had every inch of the apartment covered in half-dry clothing, we went grocery shopping, and then Kyler decided that we were going to see Harry Potter, Part 2.

We drove through the countryside to a little town with a movie theater. And on the way, we saw some peculiar sites:

Tassling corn, already?
Strange looking barn/silos/contraption...
No wait, that's a stinkin roller coaster!
This was not on a major highway or anything. I'd compare it to 36 around our parts.

Then, I was trying to take a better picture of the tassling corn. But right as the camera went off, we were passing a field being watered...I thought a fire hydrant had busted, but as we passed we saw that it was actually a watering system.

Part of our deal for subscribing and then immediately unsubscribing after receiving our movie codes and credit scores was that we got 3D tickets!

He asked me to take this photo because he thought he looked smart...

The movie was stinkin awesome, [if you're thinking about going though, it's not worthy of shelling out cash to see it in 3D]--but since it was free, I'm not complaining. The movie wasn't as dramatic as we'd expected for the ending of Harry Potter. It's kind of sad to think that it's finally come to an end though. I'll never get Kyler back in a movie theater with me now. These were some of the few movies that we both agree on paying for to see in theaters. I know he'll never think it's worth $8 to see a chick flick, and you can bet I don't think it's worth $8 to see whatever man movie they'll come up with next. I guess I'll bank on Matt Damon releasing some action-packed film to suit both our fancies.

And that was our Saturday of painting bathrooms, cleaning house, and Harry Potter.

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