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finished

finished

The floor is done. FINALLY. We still have lots of trim work to finish and the pantry door to put back on, a vent to cut so it will fit under the door going onto the deck (DON’T ASK.) and various other things to finish off the kitchen and dining room. But at least my… KEEP READING »


I’m no good with interruptions in my routine

I’m no good with interruptions in my routine

Maggie and I spent the day at my parents’ house today while The Tile Guy started work on our kitchen and dining room. It was going to be noisy and messy and nearly impossible to keep Maggie from crawling into the Off-Limits Areas, so rather than deal with all that, we had a field trip… KEEP READING »


out with the old

out with the old

Today we tore up our kitchen floor. The floor guy is coming on Tuesday (a little earlier than originally planned, but that is A-OK with me!) Thankfully, my sister and my mom came over to help- and if they hadn’t, we’d probably STILL be working on it. Doing house projects got a LOT more complicated… KEEP READING »


it’s late and I have a headache

it’s late and I have a headache

I feel like I have eleventy billion things floating around in my head to share, but none of them are really good enough to devote to an entire blog post. So, you are going to get 3 very random paragraphs. I’ve decided to start taking Maggie to daycare for a second day each week. She’ll… KEEP READING »


an entire blog post about GARBAGE CANS

an entire blog post about GARBAGE CANS

On Friday, I spent 2 hours shopping for a garbage can for our kitchen. I know. I never imagined that garbage cans could be so complicated as to require that amount of time shopping for one. Now granted, I wasn’t shopping for a garbage can the whole time, but it was the primary reason for… KEEP READING »


welcome to the inside of my brain. please buckle your seatbelt.

welcome to the inside of my brain. please buckle your seatbelt.

Wow, 2 posts in one day during NaBloPoMo! Does that give me extra-credit or something? A cookie? A piece of gum? Anything? So this is what we woke up to this morning: Dan calls it ‘Crystalized Bull-Shit’. I’d have to agree with him. I’m not ready to deal with taking a baby outside in the… KEEP READING »


the baby’s room is DONE!

the baby’s room is DONE!

FINALLY. The room used to look like this. We slowly got rid of all of that junk with several trips to good will, and it turned into this. Then we did all of this: new carpet (this was actually done this summer, right before we found out about the Little Turd’s existence) painted the crown… KEEP READING »


what happens when a computer programmer tries to build a fire

what happens when a computer programmer tries to build a fire

We have a fireplace in our finished basement that we’ve never used until last weekend, even though we’ve lived here for 2 1/2 years. That’s partly because we only recently had extra furniture for downstairs so we didn’t spend much time down there, and also because we weren’t sure the state of the thing. I… KEEP READING »


five random things

five random things

1. Dan’s last day at work was yesterday. Yup, he starts a new job on Monday! After working 4 miles from home for so long, he’ll now be driving downtown instead. It’s only about 20 miles or so, but with traffic it can take up to an hour. But, he’s really excited about the job… KEEP READING »


assembly required

assembly required

Four hours, approximately 57 uses of various 4-letter words, and only 1 instance of realizing we used the wrong screws for a particular step (which didn’t matter in the end anyway)


what a difference a week makes

what a difference a week makes

First, I want to just update you all. This week has been crazy. C-R-A-Z-Y. It has been a long time since I’ve gone through such a wide range of emotions in such a short period of time! It started on Monday when I gave my 2 weeks notice at work. Then 2 days later, that… KEEP READING »


new couch

new couch

So I know we’ve had our new couch for over a week now, but I’m slow with the digging out of the camera lately. Here are some pictures! Just two… it’s a couch so there’s really not that many angles to make it all exciting. But I did put some Flickr notes on it to… KEEP READING »


weekend recap

weekend recap

Did you like how I asked you all to leave questions in the comments, and then I just abandoned this for 2 days? :) However, contrary to what you may think, I was not glued to the XBOX all weekend. I did play for pretty much 6 hours straight on Friday night, but Saturday and… KEEP READING »


Detergent Debacle update

Detergent Debacle update

Turns out, the reason the electric was out is because the dryer shorted out. We got everything cleaned up yesterday, reset a thrown breaker (which we thought was caused by Gracie climbing in the ceiling) and thought we were good to go. Then we tried turning on the dryer this morning to do laundry. It… KEEP READING »


crossing crap off my list

crossing crap off my list

I have a list on the side of the fridge. Two of them, actually. One is a ‘stuff to do’ list, the other is a ‘wish list’ of things to buy. Both lists are related to the house of course. Because ever since we bought the thing, it’s been one project after another! Not that… KEEP READING »


work day

work day

5 hours of yard work today (with an hour break in the middle for lunch) The good news is I got all of my plants dug up, divided, and replanted where I wanted them. My side flower bed is now weed-free and nice and clean. I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather and… KEEP READING »


pricey renovations

pricey renovations

Out of all the rooms in our house, at this point, our bathroom is the most in need of a makeover. We’ve pretty much tackled all the other big stuff- painted the living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, and even the back extra bathroom (that hardly ever gets used) But the main hall bath: EW…. KEEP READING »


only fragments

only fragments

Deck is finished. Looks great. So tired. Went to bed at 9:30 last night. Thinking about doing it again tonight…….


paid in full

paid in full

We got our receipt back today from our hardwood floors. Installed in February, bought and paid for by August. You gotta love 6-months-same-as-cash. It feels good to have that bill out of the way. Now, we just have to pay off our air conditioner we had replaced when it decided it was a good idea… KEEP READING »


bug bites, painting, and changing focus

bug bites, painting, and changing focus

I have at least 10 bug bites on my legs and arms from being outside all day yesterday, painting our deck. I’m not sure what kind of bugs they were… it was the middle of the day, full sunshine, breezy- usually mosquitoes and other biting-bugs like that come out in the evening. I vaguely remember… KEEP READING »


happy suzie homemaker

happy suzie homemaker

Very strange. I was done with my work tonight by 7:30 (this is after being at ‘work’ all day of course). It felt… wrong. I didn’t know what to do with myself! So Dan and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather we’re having this week (low 70s and sunny- FABULOUS!) and take… KEEP READING »


speckled toes

speckled toes

We spent most of this weekend painting our deck. I used the sprayer I bought the other day and it worked pretty well! The railings are now finished (thanks to my mom for all of her help today!) After both ‘sessions’ of painting, I was completely covered in paint speckles and splatters- my hair, my… KEEP READING »


if I could, I’d grunt like the Tool Time guy

if I could, I’d grunt like the Tool Time guy

We decided that now would be a FANTASTIC time to repaint our deck. I mean, I only have 10 website projects going on right now, and Dan is working on another (big) one with me, and he’s going on vacation on Sunday, and he is finishing up his Masters thesis.. so it seemed like a… KEEP READING »