Look, I gardened!

And BK painted our new back door!



Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate our new digs with us – for those you that missed out, never fear there will be more parties!  We need some sort of event to drink all this booze at!


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Our new windows are coming Friday, but we have a little prep to do first: busting out the tile currently on the ledges. The window company was gonna charge $75 per window – BK the handyman got it done in an hour. Nice work!

Ikea on a Saturday

I know- crazy right? we’ve actually done it twice lately and it wasn’t too bad. Trip number we scoped out some things we wanted. This time, we actually bought them. But as we ran our cart down the aisles grabbing up the boxes, anxiety began to set in about whether or not we could actually get these purchases home in the car:


2 desks
1 coffee table
1 dresser

The width of the desks were what really worried me – I really didn’t think we could get those into the Subaru, but we decided to give it a try. First attempt, no go. But then we flipped it around, tore out a bit of cardboard, and VOILA!


yay little subabru! Piece of cake!

time to personalize

You may have noticed some splotches of color across various walls in the other pics – I think we have finally landed on our color palette:

  • Swiss Coffee on the ceiling
    Fisherman’s Wharf in the living room and part of the dining room
    Jungle Thicket as an accent in the dining room
    Bamboo down the hall
    Sharkfin in the Master Bedroom
    and Glass Tile in the master bath


There are so many paint choices! hopefully we’ll actually like these once they are fully on the walls

More importantly, we staked out the front yard as Husky territory – the good news is our neighbors to the north are also Husky season ticket holders 🙂

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Ceilings are done!

BK did an awesome job getting the ceilings all scraped and primed. Then Thursday night we knocked off painting them. whew! I definitely wasn’t looking forward to all this home improvement stuff, but it does give you a sense of pride and ownership to do some of this stuff yourself.

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Who hates popcorn?

I sure do, but maybe not the type you’re thinking of. The type I hate was a popular ceiling decoration starting in the 60’s which we’ve been scraping down for the past couple days but the end is nearing and soon a nice painted ceiling will have replaced the ugly, sparkly, 1965 popcorn in the living areas.

The trick seems to be using water, lots of it. Soak the area, then go away for 10 minutes and come back to spray it some more. When you start scraping it should just come right off and make a huge mess.

Speaking of that, make sure that if you have floors that you care about (and we do) that you protect them well. We spent an hour or so tarping and taping off everything before we really got started and that’s been a huge time saver allowing us to move pretty rapidly and rid the house of the popcorn.