I’m Baaaaack!

25 Aug

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this thing.  That’s probably because we’ve had a thing or two going on.  First we packed up our house and made a hundred trips to the new house to move some belongings into the garage before closing.  Then we loaded all of our furniture into a “UNIT” which is just like a POD, and cleaned the crap out of our old house.  Then we signed a bunch of papers, so that we could move all that junk up to our new house.  Then we had Hunter’s parents over to help us unload it all.  Then we had my parents over to visit and see the new place (lucky for them there was nothing left to unload).  Then we went furniture shopping and picked out a new kitchen table and some furniture for the den/family room.  Then we sat around talking about how much we hate Time Warner for making us wait over a week to install cable and internet.  Then I went to Sherwin Williams to pick out some paint colors.  Then I started painting the trim in our bedroom.

Man, moving is a bitch and so is painting trim.  More on that later.

Time Warner is at our house as I type setting us up with cable and internet.  Unfortunately, this house only has one cable outlet and it is in the room that still has no furniture.  It’ll probably only be another six months before they’re able to come back out and install additional outlets.  And they’ll probably only charge us about $5,000 to do that.  I hate Time Warner.

 

And the Packing Begins…

3 Aug

Well technically it began several weeks ago when I got really excited about moving and felt motivated and productive.  The feeling lasted just long enough to make a trip to Lowe’s to buy a bunch of boxes, but unfortunately the urge passed by the time I got home and realized that I had to fill up all those boxes.  Settling in for an evening of HGTV always seems more attractive than wrapping serving dishes in newspaper.  Tonight I’ve made a little bit of headway, though.  I didn’t actually pack anything, but I did get rid of some old dead potted plants, so that’s one less thing we have to do before the move.

Anyone who’s ever had their house on the market understands what a pain it is having to constantly keep a clean house.  As soon as you think to yourself “we haven’t had a showing in days, I can skip scooping the litter box this morning” sure enough, you’ll get a request for a showing as soon as you leave for work.  You can imagine how quickly we let our house go once we accepted an offer.  Its like we were determined to make up for all that time we spent cleaning instead of being lazy.  The bed went unmade, dishes piled up in the sink, cat hair balled up in the corners and junk mail piled up on the dining room table.  It should be no surprise that watering plants and filling up the bird feeders was one of the first things to go.  I normally enjoy these kinds of things, but I really had no intention of moving all these pots and huge planters, so I let them die a slow and painful death of dehydration.  And those babies were in a screened in porch, so they could forget about the rain saving them.  Here are a few pictures taken in April, when they were just newly-planted babies.

Sweet Potato Vines and Mandevilla

All of those plants had quadrupled in size by June, so moving them would have been a pain.  I did however, save our two smallest, which just so happen to be my favorites.  Our back porch looks so empty now.  Here’s what we see when we look out the back door now:

The Keepers

My fave

I’m going to miss our screened in porch, but I think our new porch will be a nice distraction:

The excitement over adding some cool lighting on this porch has made me lose sleep on more than one occasion.  Two more weeks!!!! 😀

Staining Grout

29 Jul

The majority of floors in our home is laminate wood.  Not really my favorite flooring, but it beats carpet and I love the durability of it.  The dining room however, is tile.  The tile itself doesn’t look too bad, but the grout is too dark.  Not to mention that the previous owners laid the tile and must have taken some short cuts, because several of the tiles are cracked and the grout has cracked and crumbled in spots.

When our house was on the market, I decided it was finally time to find a remedy to a floor that’s been bothering me since day one.  Really I only had intentions of filling in the spots where grout had crumbled, but once I got to Lowes and started looking around, I found that there were a lot more options.  I started with some grout mix in a color called “biscuit.”  I knew that the new grout wouldn’t match the old ugly grout, so I also picked up some grout stain in the same color.  Who knew they made stain for grout?  I sure didn’t.  I went home and got to work.  It took no time at all!  I also camouflaged the cracks in the tile with grout stain and it turned out pretty well.  See for yourself…

Before:

Progress:

After:

The whole process was so easy…I wish I had done it a long time ago.  It only took a few hours to do the whole room.  I can’t wait to do little projects like this one in the new house 🙂 .

Current house and future house

19 Jul

I have intentions of sharing more house pictures in the near future, but for now I’m going to tease you with an exterior shot of each.  Here’s the house we’re living in now:

And now for the new house…feast your eyes on this bad boy:

Don’t you just love all the trees?  I do.  Interior pictures coming soon!

Moving is expensive and so is my chai latte habit.

15 Jul

In one month and two days we’ll be handing our keys off to our home’s new owners.  Over the past few years, we’ve put a lot of money into our house–bathroom counter tops, light fixtures, landscaping, paint, appliances, etc.  We really thought that once we got an offer we’d be finished shelling out money on that house, but then comes the inspection, which then leads to a request for a termite report, which then leads to $1000 towards termite treatment in a house we won’t even be living in anymore.  That doesn’t even include the $125 fee for the report itself.  Spending that much money just to keep a buyer from walking away is pretty painful, but it will all be worth it once we have the keys to our new place.

Spending all this money has made me realize just how much money I waste on other things, such as coffee.  I had imagined that I probably waste about $30 a month on these expensive drinks (specifically, vanilla chai lattes), so this morning I decided to go over my bank statement to figure out just how much I’m wasting.  Talk about a reality check.  Since June 15th, I’ve spent $49.30 on coffee, chai lattes, and other liquid pick-me-ups.  Yikes.  I also treated myself to three pedicures in the past month.  Seriously, the pedicures and lattes have got to stop.  So between now and August 15th (two days before closing), I’m challenging myself to spend $20 or less on coffee/tea and to do my own toes and exfoliation.  We’ll see how it goes.

Speaking of challenges….I’m still trying to figure out how this whole blog thing works, which includes uploading pictures and such.  Hopefully this thing will have a bit more personality in the near future.

And the blogging begins…….now!

12 Jul

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog lately, but have had some major concerns about it, which I will list.

1) What if no one reads it?

2) Does this make me a narcissist?

3) What the heck do I have to blog about?  What I watched on tv last night? What I’m fixing for dinner?  My cat’s most recent trick?  Not exactly the kind of topics that draw a reader in.

So I talked to a friend about it, and she was very encouraging.  She actually had an answer to all of my concerns, which I will explain in list form.

1) She will read it.  I know that regardless of the lack of comments, followers, or feedback, I will have at least one reader.  I will however, write as though I have a huge following.  Beginning on my second post.  (Imagine a big empty theater with the performer there just for you, except instead of a performer there’s just a girl standing up there talking about herself.  Enticed yet?)

2) Yes it is slightly narcissistic to want people to read what you write, see what you’re doing and know what’s going on in your life, but that’s the same for all social networking outlets and it hasn’t stopped me from having a facebook page.

3) It just so happens that I do have something kinda big going on in my life.  After three years of living in the house my husband bought before we were married (which is a wonderful home, but a little too far from civilization) we’re finally moving to a house that we both picked out!  What’s more original than blogging about a new house that you’re transforming into a home?  What?  That’s been done a million times?  Well now it’s being done a million and one times…bitches.

And scene.

Stay tuned for blog post # 2.