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Getting Hitched: The DIY Goodness

Larry & I are pretty damn proud of what we managed to get done ourselves across the spectrum of things in terms of the wedding ceremony and reception and various other elements leading up to it.  The first thing we got kind of clear is our overall look and theme.  We were inspired by the venue itself, with the whole 1920s Art Deco look, once we had locked down the Oviatt.

Our Save the Dates
Our Save the Dates

We also were influenced heavily by the cake!  Funnily enough, that’s the truth.  We went through a few Pinterest boards and collected those we liked the most…

https://www.pinterest.com/lglevene/hobie-larry-wedding-cakes/

…and then ended up happily agreeing upon what we got, and which Porto’s Bakery executed amazingly:

Our delicious and beautiful wedding cake
Our delicious and beautiful wedding cake

The angled layers and especially the blue and grey stripes really resonated with us, and as you may have noticed, that theming carried on heavily with regards to many of our signage and paper-based items.  Let’s review!

The Invitations

Knowing that we liked the stripes above, we looked for invitations that we could order that had that theme.  Alas, they didn’t really exist.  So we went to Minted.com and used their ability to design your own invitation.  Larry got to work designing that template using his awesome Illustrator skills integrating the options we had for what wording we wanted.  Invitations can get very complex and wordy, but we liked the idea of having just a simple one-sheet invite.  As those who were invited saw, I think we captured that theme pretty well!

Definitely recommend Minted.com as a great source for invitations.  Great quality and the price was right, although it’s funny as I was having a discussion about the price for these with a coworker who’s getting married next year and he couldn’t believe they cost what they did.  I pointed out that of course it’s a ridiculous price, but this was on the LOW end of invitation costs.  Everything associated with weddings is expensive.  Larry & I were really happy with how they came out though.

Various Signage

Keeping with the theme established in the invitations, Larry wanted to carry that through with the various signs seen at the buffet, the menu signs, the bar signs, and the seating chart.  They all came out fantastic too, although I realize I didn’t get a picture of the menu sign or bar signs?  FAIL.

Through skilled use of Illustrator, silver ink pens, silver tape, and the local printing shop, Larry was able to get these various items up and running.  It was great to have the printing shop handy too, as things like the seating chart certainly were not within our purview.  Anyway, these all helped to carry the theme over into all the pieces and also ensured people knew what they were eating and drinking!

Wedding Favors

It was about three weeks before the wedding when we were trying to really lock most stuff down, but of course the best laid plans always need tweaking.  I kind of had figured let’s just not worry about a favor.  Who cares?  Although we had decided against a program, and we also didn’t have name tags or cards for the reception.  And Larry was getting really stressed about if people were going to remember what table they were sitting at – I myself had no sympathy for some one who couldn’t remember ONE number after seeing the seating chart.  But Larry is nicer than me.  One night, he kind of just tossed out that he’d thought it could’ve been cool if we had custom poker chips made that had the table number on them.  He wasn’t all that serious about it though, until I was like, HELLS YEAH.  Once Larry found out that we could get them made in time before the wedding, it was like, okay, design those mofos this second and let’s place an order.  So we got in front of Larry’s PC and designed them together.  The grey color just looked better than any of the available blues, and then we chose the Oviatt illustration Larry had developed for the Save-the-Date and put that on one side of the chip (instead of a picture of us – believe me, that WAS a consideration but we wisely decided against that) while then having a big white area on the other side.  Off went the order….and then of course they took longer to get here than expected, and while we kind of thought maybe we wouldn’t get them after all, that Wednesday before we got them.  Yay!

By that point, Larry had already prepped it so the table numbers, which were vinyl stickers cut using his Cricut machine, were all set and ready for application.  I humbly think these favors were kick ass, and a great and easy way for not only remembering your table, but a cool favor to keep and remember this night by.

The Table Centerpieces

Alright, so this is a point where it probably helped it was two dudes getting married.  We had absolutely very little motivation to make flowers part of our wedding.  That probably saved us endless amounts of money all by itself.  Seriously.  I was talking to a coworker (different than the one I mentioned above) and she said one of her friends spent $16k just on flowers for that wedding.  OH HELL NO.  But like I said, it wasn’t just that cost factor that dissuaded us from wanting flowers – we just don’t really care that much.

We DID actually get some flowers, and it was great that Larry had a coworker of his own whose mother has a flower business. We used her to get some small decorative flowers for the tables – which actually had two purposes in the end as the small flower settings were up at the altar for the ceremony, then distributed to the reception tables.  Handy!  We also got bouquets for the wedding party, boutonnieres for both Larry & I, and corsages for the mothers.  But we did want something for the table.  Of course, it was Larry who had the idea about having something with lights in it.  At first we went to JoAnn’s and saw some cool geodesic terrariums that would definitely have worked, but they were $30 a pop.  A definite Plan B if we couldn’t figure something else out.  Larry then found that IKEA had some cool lanterns that might just work, and so off we went to our trusty Burbank IKEA to see for ourselves.  We found the black lanterns and were immediately sold on them, so we picked up 10 right then and there, as they were $8 each!  DEAL!

That was just the first part though, as we also wanted some cool lights inside.  At first, we thought maybe those battery-powered tea lights might work, but they’re just not that bright or decorative.  Larry then found these LED battery-powered strings of lights on Amazon.com and they were also the right price, so we got 10 of those.  It was a risk, but then when we got all the pieces together and tried them out, it was better than we had imagined.

Next step was to get the table numbers on them, so Larry’s Cricut machine was back at work printing out more vinyl sticky numbers.  What we immediately saw was that you could NOT read those numbers from any sort of distance when contrasted with the lights within.  We had some extra vellum from the invitations handy and once we put that in there, it was clear that was the solution.  We didn’t want all the sides to be super opaque though, as those lights are pretty, so we then got some far more wispy and transparent vellum to make it have some texture but not completely see-through.  I think the final product just ended up perfect.  We kept #s 3 and 4 for ourselves when all was said and done.

Creating the Chuppah with Nicki

This major and final piece of DIY fun may have been one of the more impressive and impactful things of the wedding ceremony.  We were definitely having a Jewish-themed wedding and while it wasn’t exactly kosher (you know what I mean), we adopted as much as we could about a Jewish wedding that we could.  Having a chuppah was something we both wanted.  Alas, we weren’t entirely positive how we were going to get that.  The Oviatt didn’t offer one for use, and further, if you had a self-standing chuppah, it likely wouldn’t fit in the small elevators nor did they want you to try fitting in those said elevators.

Larry & I kind of thought the way to go would be to create a chuppah ourselves and have it be one that would be held up by our wedding party.  Obviously you’d not want it to be too heavy then.  There were thoughts of maybe getting pvc piping and painting it, but then we talked to Nicki, not only my “best man” but also wildly creative, who said she was up for the challenge and would build this for us.  Cut to a few weeks before the wedding and life is hectic for everyone and we weren’t any closer to having an actual chuppah.   So the pressure was on!  We went one weekend, with Rekha, to JoAnn’s Fabric and managed to find fabric for not only the “roof” of the chuppah but also grey and blue fabrics to drape around the poles.  We had a great day then with Nicki making that roof, but there was more work to do she would do on her own at home AND there was the question of what were the poles going to be.  Nicki took care of that shit like the MASTER she is but I don’t think either Larry or I expected the magnificence of what she had done – I certainly didn’t expect 4 tree trunks as poles, nor that it would be able to stand on its own (with the help of some concrete-filled tubs and lots of rocks!).  But holy shit, the result was epic and really made our wedding something special.  Even when it almost fell on us in high winds, the wedding party was on it.  Nicki was a super MVP on this and we’ll always be grateful for her.

Alright, that’s enough for this post!  Much more to come.

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We Moved!

I had a good long run going for updates on the site….not a perfect run, but definitely a very active and responsible run.  But then, moving happened and now look at me.  Well, no time for excuses – it’s been hectic and exhausting moving to Glendale but it has been completely worth all of the stress and exertion.  Larry & I love our new place and I think we are about 70% of the way towards it being livable.  We’ve gone and installed tons of shelving and organization to make things fit, we’ve gotten rid of even more stuff, we even ended up getting a storage unit as it was just too hard to say “trash everything that won’t fit.”

Work has also been good, although I am still not officially on an “engagement” at this point, but I am poised to be involved in hopefully two different ones.  I’m probably in the boat of “be careful what you wish for” as I am enjoying not having to travel all that much.  But I’m sure it’s coming.  I’ve been loving the SHIT out of riding the Metrolink into Union Station and taking the Red Line to work.  I can’t tell you how little the commute stresses me out now that I don’t even have to deal with the 110 or the 101 at all.  Like, I’m not on the freeways.  My drive is up and down Central in Glendale, which can feel like a fucking demolition derby at times, but hey, that is STILL better than the stupid DTLA freeway jam.  Believe that.

Alright, so lots of pictures below.  Enjoy, or not.  And I pledge to be a little more frequent and active on this site.  I miss it too!

March 28, 2015 – Moving Day!

28-Mar-2015 07:55, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
28-Mar-2015 07:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
28-Mar-2015 07:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Mar-2015 09:08, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
28-Mar-2015 09:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
28-Mar-2015 09:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 09:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:12, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 09:14, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

March 29, 2015 – Storage Unit Day!

29-Mar-2015 10:17, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
29-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
29-Mar-2015 15:38, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
 
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
29-Mar-2015 16:49, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 

March 30, 2015 – Reducing the Trash Day!

30-Mar-2015 12:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
30-Mar-2015 12:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
30-Mar-2015 13:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
30-Mar-2015 13:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
30-Mar-2015 13:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

April 2, 2015 – DTLA and Metrolink Pics Day!

02-Apr-2015 12:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 12:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
02-Apr-2015 17:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 

April 4, 2015 – IKEA and Home Improvement Day!

04-Apr-2015 12:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
04-Apr-2015 12:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
04-Apr-2015 16:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
04-Apr-2015 16:01, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
04-Apr-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
04-Apr-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
04-Apr-2015 16:17, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
04-Apr-2015 16:29, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
04-Apr-2015 16:45, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
04-Apr-2015 17:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
04-Apr-2015 17:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
04-Apr-2015 18:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Apr-2015 18:51, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
04-Apr-2015 19:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
04-Apr-2015 20:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 

April 5, 2015 – More Improvements Day!

05-Apr-2015 09:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
05-Apr-2015 09:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
05-Apr-2015 10:37, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
 
05-Apr-2015 10:37, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Apr-2015 11:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
05-Apr-2015 18:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
05-Apr-2015 18:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
05-Apr-2015 18:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Apr-2015 19:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
05-Apr-2015 19:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
 

Walk in the Park

The last few days have been fairly relaxing and wonderful.  After Christmas with Mom, Stacie and Trent, we had a very uneventful Friday, what with me mostly playing Wolfenstein: The New Order and then us watching A View to a Kill that night.  EXCITING!

A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill

The next day was a bit more productive!  After getting up, we first made our way over to an open house in the Mt Washington / Highland Park area.  The house was a good price but there was going to be a lot of work & $$$ needed in order to make it a place Larry & I would love.  If we were flippers, I bet you could do some really great things with the house.  I knew immediately that we’d have to rip out the carpet in the living room and probably tear down the rear deck / get rid of the broken hot tub.  And that’s just for starters.  The rooms were weirdly shaped, but the one thing this place had going for it was the kitchen.  It was stellar.  And the view from the back porch?  Also pretty awesome:

1-IMG_3315(2)After looking at that house and also realizing the location wasn’t quite right for us either, it was off to Mom’s to help get some of her gifts installed and built!

We had gone to IKEA with her a few weekends ago to have her look at the desk and chair she had wanted to replace the large desk that used to be in her office.  Well, she ordered the items and had them delivered, but it’s IKEA so of course you have to put it together yourself.  And you know what?  It was pretty easy to get done and now that office room isn’t nearly so cluttered!

1-IMG_3317(2)Then we installed the soundbar and subwoofer system we gave to her to replace the one that seemed to have failed.  Mission accomplished, and the sound is LOTS better in her living room.

That evening, we rewarded ourselves with a well-deserved dinner at Dim Tai Fung at Americana, enjoying the spectacle there at the shopping center at a particularly picturesque time of night:

2-IMG_3320(2)Finally, on Sunday, we took a walk around Griffith Park’s eastern, flat section as Larry and I are in the market to look for other nice places to go for a run.  The Silver Lake reservoir is awesome, but after awhile, things get boring.  So we drove over to the park and took a nice nearly-6-mile walk on a stunningly beautiful day.  I think we’ve found a great new place for runs in the future too!

28-Dec-2014 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
The beginning of our trek
The beginning of our trek28-Dec-2014 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Dec-2014 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
 
28-Dec-2014 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
28-Dec-2014 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
28-Dec-2014 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.736mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Dec-2014 14:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.022mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
28-Dec-2014 14:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
Will never go through this tunnel ever
Will never go through this tunnel ever28-Dec-2014 14:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
 
28-Dec-2014 14:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
28-Dec-2014 14:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Dec-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Dec-2014 14:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Pretty sure that's the rocky outcropping we hiked to early in 2014
Pretty sure that's the rocky outcropping we hiked to early in 201428-Dec-2014 14:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 17.535mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
28-Dec-2014 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 

This is the route we ended up going on:

Our Griffith Park routeAnd then, oh yeah, we bought ourselves a Playstation 4!!!!!  It’s pretty cool so far.

1-IMG_3321(2)A good weekend.  Here’s to hoping NYE weekend is also as pleasant.

Office Re-do, Part 2

Remember that last weekend Larry & I went to IKEA and got all the IKEA furniture we could handle to re-do our loft area as a true office.  One that didn’t look like a big ol’ mess and something that looked a tad more stylish.  We had the energy to finish the storage shelves and the filing cabinet areas, but not the desks.  We did summon up that energy though on Halloween, when we finally tackled taking down our old desks and built the new ones.  It was quite a bit of work, and because of my sciatic issues, I ended up not being able to help as much as I’d like, but Larry definitely did.  Or should I say, Lawronco!?  Which is Larry’s awesome new name as it fits in so many situations.

Anyway, we finished the job and at first, it has to be said, we were both wondering if we had made a huge mistake. The desks, once both were built, were enormous.  No longer can you kind of see downstairs from your desk…and the desk surfaces are plentiful to say the least.  So after taking a breath and putting our equipment back up and getting settled, things started to look reasonable.  Also, a few days later, and once the large console area was cleared out, that space called out for a television.  We had put a whole setup in the spare bedroom, but really, that wasn’t getting used at all.  So Larry brought that up and now we have quite the annex area for our desks.  Yay!  Here are the pics from the whole desk adventure, including a few randoms such as Lawronco and Halloween.

Larry made our apartment spooooky
Larry made our apartment spooooky31-Oct-2011 15:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
Indeed.  Alas, no trick-or-treaters for us this year.
Indeed. Alas, no trick-or-treaters for us this year.31-Oct-2011 15:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
31-Oct-2011 15:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
I present to you, the invisible chair
I present to you, the invisible chair31-Oct-2011 17:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
Larry's desk area was up first
Larry's desk area was up first31-Oct-2011 17:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
31-Oct-2011 17:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
The desk surfaces and boxes were huge
The desk surfaces and boxes were huge31-Oct-2011 18:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 500
My working PC was our reference station
My working PC was our reference station31-Oct-2011 18:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
The IKEA Galant series is pretty nice
The IKEA Galant series is pretty nice31-Oct-2011 18:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 640
 
31-Oct-2011 18:12, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
We didn't think about how big these desks were going to be
We didn't think about how big these desks were going to be31-Oct-2011 18:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
His working face
His working face31-Oct-2011 18:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
We've got legs
We've got legs31-Oct-2011 18:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
Someone looks tired - another desk to go!
Someone looks tired - another desk to go!31-Oct-2011 18:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
Larry's big black...desk
Larry's big black...desk31-Oct-2011 19:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

Santa Monica Office Re-Do, Part 1

It was a VERY productive weekend for me & Larry.  Exhausting and expensive, but well worth it.

The first part of Saturday was spent fulfilling my deal to my mom for her birthday, which was to get her a new TV.  I bought it from Best Buy earlier in the week and luckily they do a hold until you pick it up, so we swung by the Duarte Best Buy, got the TV (and soundbar and Blu-Ray player), and then began the process of bringing them into the 21st century.  First we moved her old TV up to their bedroom and set that up, then got the new system all setup downstairs.  There may be a time for getting used to the new system, but I think all parties are happy with being able to clearly see the programming as well as hearing it clearly too!  I have to admit, the soundbar’s performance way exceeded what I was expecting.  For a low cost, you can get some really good surround-type sound with a very strong center.

But Saturday wasn’t over yet, as once the training was done at Mom’s, we were off to IKEA in Burbank.

Larry had been wanting to finally take care of our office as honestly, it was one of the places in our apartment in which it was functional, but hardly something we were proud of walking through, especially with guests.  There’s just a lot of shit everywhere.  And if you’re trying to go to the roofdeck, you have to navigate through our mess. And if you’re drunk and going through the office to the roofdeck, it’s even worse!

So Larry spec’d out an office layout with new desks, bookshelves, and storage/filing units.  He used IKEA’s pretty decent website to basically figure out what we needed, as well as built a shopping list with aisles and bin numbers that made our process that much easier.

Have you ever been to IKEA?  I admit I’m a relative newbie when it comes to the whole IKEA methodology.  In fact, I had not purchased anything from them until the beginning of this year when we got the bathroom cabinet and nightstands.  It’s insane how big these stores have to be.

  • You have Phase 1, which is when you walk through the showroom, perusing all the different room areas and seeing what things you like.  The key is that you need to take good notes, indicating particularly the part # you need/want, AS WELL AS the associated aisle and bin.  Otherwise you’re going to be hopeless in Phase 3.  But I jump ahead of myself.  In this phase, you also have to consider all the options available to you, with regards to furniture color, accessories like handles and legs/frames, door styles, etc.  Fortunately, most combinations are well represented so you aren’t totally lost as to what your setup would look like.  So yeah, long list time.  If you can get an IKEA planner dude though, that is AWESOME.  They know exactly what they’re talking about and what you’ll need.  We did that for our stuff here just to be sure we had what we needed, and he made us great lists to consult.  Only thing is that his list didn’t have aisle and bin numbers.  Thank God that Larry’s shopping list did.
  • Then there’s Phase 2 – the Marketplace.  After you made it through the Showrooms, you go downstairs and find all the things you can buy as is (i.e., without assembly).  Here’s where all the cheap and tantalizing knick-knacks are that you absolutely MUST have.  Buyer beware, not because it’s crap, but because you’re going to buy stuff and be powerless against any urge to not.  It’s just as big as the showroom too. After you meander through the Marketplace, it’s time for Phase 3.
  • Yes, Phase 3 – the warehouse.  Egads – this can be intense if you weren’t taking good notes in Phase 1.  Because now is when you need to have those aisles and bins clear and at the ready.  You first get a big flatbed cart where you will store your assorted boxed goods.  We got two this time, because, well, we were VERY ambitious for our office project.  When you find your aisle, then it’s bin location time – not only that, it’s time to make sure you’re getting the right part #, as there are many options.  So yeah, notes in Phase 1 are essential.  Aisle, Bin, and Part # – write them down.  Then begin the process of schlepping the boxes off the shelves and onto your flatbed.  Rinse and repeat for each and EVERY part….and there will be lots, as drawers don’t come with fronts, that’s an option up to you to decide, so it comes separate.  Etc etc etc.
So on this particular adventure, we had two full desks and accessories, two full filing cabinet sections, and two low bookcases.  Whew.  Lots of stuff…and while I thought we did a perfect job of inventorying and getting everything….we missed ONE piece.  Out of 34 total though, not too shabby.  I can live without a file cabinet front in the meantime – luckily I work relatively near the IKEA in Burbank so I can pick it up then.  Poor Larry got an injury though – IKEA has a taste for blood….evil bastards.  When he went to grab a box filled with lots of heavy boards for building a file cabinet base, the cardboard box broke and heavy pieces within flew out and slammed into his foot.  Once we got home, it looked like his big toe had taken quite a beating – nothing broken, but hella bruised and it’s possible his toe nail may not stick around.  Every time I mention that last part to him, he gets a bit queasy.
Anyway, neither of us have a truck so we paid the $60 to get all that crap delivered the next day.  So Sunday was project day!  We thought we might be able to do it all today, but after knocking out the cube bookcases relatively easily, the file cabinets kicked our ass and drained us of our motivation for the big kahunas, the desks.  This week though, we’ll get it done.  And with no more further ado, the pics from Part 1 of our IKEA office adventure…..found in full at the Picasa web gallery linked here:
And here are highlights from that album for viewing right here:
Office in its before condition
Office in its before condition30-Oct-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400
Larry's area
Larry's area30-Oct-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 200
The weird console area
The weird console area30-Oct-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400
 
Odd shaped area to be sure
Odd shaped area to be sure30-Oct-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
Site of an upcoming project - Wall 2011
Site of an upcoming project - Wall 201130-Oct-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
Goodbye furniture
Goodbye furniture30-Oct-2011 11:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
 
Sorry buddy, it's closing time
Sorry buddy, it's closing time30-Oct-2011 11:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
One IKEA Expedit shelf unit done
One IKEA Expedit shelf unit done30-Oct-2011 12:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
Our shelf-foot applier
Our shelf-foot applier30-Oct-2011 12:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 250
 
He's very precise
He's very precise30-Oct-2011 12:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400
Expedit - it's so easy!
Expedit - it's so easy!30-Oct-2011 12:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
In place - who wants one more?
In place - who wants one more?30-Oct-2011 12:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 160
 
Voila, another one
Voila, another one30-Oct-2011 12:54, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 6.932mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
I have plenty to put in mine.  Like the new runner for up here?
I have plenty to put in mine. Like the new runner for up here?30-Oct-2011 13:03, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 160
Larry ponders our open area here
Larry ponders our open area here30-Oct-2011 13:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250