Thursday, August 27, 2009

What's Old is New Again ... Almost

Anyone who knows us knows that there are 2 things we have way too many of... dogs and old cars. Anyone who knows Brian, knows that of all his cars, his favorite is probably his 1983 Jeep CJ7. I can't begin to count all the times that I've said no to him wanting to do something to fix up the old Jeep. I usually said no because he wanted to do something that would make him more likely to drive it in the woods and tear it up more than it already was; or worse, break his neck doing something assenine. So when he mentioned painting it, I was thrilled to say "yes!". I figure with a shiny new paint job, he will be less likely to drive it in the woods and either tear it or himself up.
The Jeep in it's original form just before moving to Tennessee Last weekend was the big weekend. After months of taking apart, bondo application, body work, sanding, priming, and more sanding, he finally took it down to his Dad's house in Birmingham to begin the painting process. The transformation has just begun and the results are already completely incredible! Thanks to Dad's crazy skills and his willingness to surrender his garage for a couple of weeks, the Jeep is well on its way to being better than new. In a million pieces in the middle of the sanding process. Sanded and ready for paint.
Bright and shiney for the first time in 20 years. 2 coats of primer, 2 coats of paint, and a layer of clear coat.
Buffed and in process of adding new stickers. Lookin' Sharp.

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"

Let the good times roll!!!
Recently, Brian's been working in Baton Rouge, LA on the I-10 expansion between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. (That's right, isn't it, Sweet?) We've spent a great many days and nights apart, so for our anniversary, I went down and joined him for a weekend. We spent Saturday in Baton Rouge investigating the Cabela's, Bass Pro Shop, and Bowie Outfitters as well as the Mall of Louisiana. We had a great time, spent too much money, and got some great deals on toys to use during the upcoming coon hunting season.
Brian dreaming of buying a $6000 BBQ "mochine".
Since Saturday we did some of Brian's favorite things, Sunday was my day to pick. I couldn't resist a day trip to one of my favorite cities in the world, New Orleans. I just love the architechture and beauty of the French Quarter and Garden District. Brian says that it is a smelly dirty place, and I have to agree. But, I still love it and since he loves me, he agreed to walk around with me for 3 hours in the French Quarter and browse in some of the shops around Jackson Square.

Just look at those gorgeous buildings.

Okay, so I couldn't go to New Orleans without making a quick run up to Bourbon street to buy a Hurricane. You've gotta love a city where you can carry your adult beverage on your walk.

We did do at least one thing that Brian enjoyed in New Orleans... took a $20 bill and played the penny slots at Harrahs. Brian is the slot champion and was up $12 at one point in time. In the end, he won a grand total of 5 cents.

All in all it was a great weekend and a wonderful way to celebrate 2 years of marriage. We are really looking forward to seeing what the next years bring.