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April 20, 2009

Chemex Coffee and Covering Tile

Good morning all!

Happy Monday to you.  If it is happy, that is.  I have kind of a cold today, which is going to slow me down a little bit.  I keep sneezing. Yeck. Unfortunately, this is the same cold Hubs developed on Saturday, which also happened to be race day.  Poor guy.  He ran the 5k at 11:00 a.m. and finished at 11:18 a.m. It took him just over 18 minutes and he came in 8th in the race.  I was very excited, but Hubs wasn’t happy at all. He used to be a semi-pro marathon runner, and he is out of his tip-top racing shape. He spent Saturday working out a new training schedule so that he can win the next 5k, and maybe run a marathon later this year. Go Hubs!

race-weeken-061So, to cheer him up on Saturday, I decided to give Hubs his birthday present early.  Well, that and I was really excited to give it to him!  I got him a Chemex coffee pot and matching water kettle.  If you don’t know about Chemex, you can go to their website here or check out Pam’s post at Retro Renovation, which was my inspiration to get this for Hubs as a birthday gift.  The Chemex coffee maker is basically a Pyrex carafe with a special filter that is supposed to make a fantastic cup of coffee.  It was designed by chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D., in 1941, it is considered one of the 100 best designed products of modern times and is even on display in the Smithsonian!  Since Hubs loves coffee, loves Mid-Century Modern AND is a chemist, I thought this would be the perfect gift for him.  And it was!  He totally loved it. He said the coffee tasted better than from the regular coffeemaker, and it was a lot more fun for him to make. race-weeken-063

Other than that, a pretty uneventful weekend. We patched the tile under the cat food bin.  Actually, the cat food bin is a roll out laundry bin that is under one of the counters in the laundry room.  I rolled it out the other day, and realized that the people who installed our VCT tile had skipped this little part of the laundry room, so the old tile was still under there. And it was breaking from having the bin rolled over it.

Now, we never got the original tiles tested for asbestos, but better safe than sorry, right?  So, Hubs suited up and we covered the surrounding areas to minimize contamination. Here he is, looking ready for anything.

It turned out to be barely even messy at all. Since I am married to a chemist who is used to dealing with hazaradous material, it was all disposed of quickly and carefully.  Even I was impressed, especially since all I had to do was hold the garbage bag. race-weeken-065

Here he is putting the final touches on the plywood patch.  We were originally going to continue the tile under the bin, but it turned out that with the plywood and the tile it would have been too high for the bin to roll back and forth.  So, no tile. Which is fine with me, since you don’t see underneath the bin unless you pull it all the way out, which we never do, and it was less work for us.

So, the floor is patched and everything is set to go in the laundry room. Can’t wait to do the next project – Wallpaper!

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4 Responses to Chemex Coffee and Covering Tile

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

    It sounds like you had a pretty busy weekend. I guess, me not being a racer and all, coming in 8th in 18 mins. sounds pretty darn good to me. But then again, I totally suck at running and would only want to run if there is danger involved (as some comedian once said)! 🙂 I wonder if my husband would like one of those coffee pots (being an engineer and all)??? It kinda reminds me of a coffee press, but without the press. I will have to think about that. Love the ‘Space Suit’ to do tile clean-up! Sorry to hear you are feeling badly, hopefully you will get better soon.

  2. Tikimama Reply

    April 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Love the Chemex! I’ve been fantasizing about finding one in a thrift shop since I saw Pam’s post. Where did you find yours…uh, his?

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    April 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Sara! I thought he did well too, but he is a perfectionist and super competative. Always wants to be #1. I am feeling better already, thanks to a lot of tea and some cold meds…

    Thanks, Lisa! His is actually new, bought it direct from the company. I wanted to get a vintage one, but with his birthday coming up I decided to bite the bullet and go new.

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