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November 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Since we rearranged our whole house configuration and got a new dining room table, we finally had enough room to host a big dinner… and what better dinner to host than Thanksgiving. There were only 5 of us (including Gabe), but I swear, with the amount of food on the table we could have fed 10 people. The spread was as follows: Turkey of course, baked yam casserole, two kinds of cauliflower (one GF, one […]

Giving Thanks

November 22, 2012 at 12:10 am

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I hope you’re taking time to sit back and enjoy it… relax even! At least that’s what I’m trying to do. We’re approaching things a little differently around here this year. Last year this time I was a physical & emotional mess. And I guess that’s what I’m thankful for this year. Sometimes it takes those terrible moments of misery to show you what’s really important. When I hit the bottom of […]

Hello World!

November 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Hey there! Oh yeah… I’m still around. I’ve just been hibernating… um, for the Summer. Yeah, that’s it! *Attempts to change the subject* I hope you like the new site design. *PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN! =D So, there have been many times when I thought I’d write about some of the goings on around here, but found myself doing other things and actively avoiding ye’olde blog. I realize it’s been […]

Ivy Wars

April 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Forget Star Wars; forget The Hunger Games. I’m engaged in an epic battle with a most insidious foe: English Ivy. We successfully removed it from our side yard a few years ago, but neglected to finish the job properly around the back of the house—and now we’re paying for it. It completely enveloped a yew bush (we were planning on chopping the yew anyway), and keeps sending shoots up into our air conditioner. In the […]

Four Eyes

April 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I have come to the sad realization that I REQUIRE visual help when I’m at the computer. I got my glasses a few years ago during my employment at the “job from Hell”. I was convinced that the stress of the job was making my eyes bad. So after I lost my job, I stopped wearing the glasses. It never occurred to my that I actually needed them. Now, I find myself squinting a lot, […]

Break On Through: A House 2.0 Update

April 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

And the hits just keep on coming. I promised a House 2.0 update and here we have it. Our kitchen passthrough is finally complete! I say finally, because we started working on this bad boy back in November. We all know what happened at the end of November/December, so yeah I never got around to posting about it. It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it was going to be—load-bearing considerations, electrical wires, etc—but […]

Powder Room Additions

April 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

In 2009, I wrote this post about some renovations we did to our downstairs powder room. Why is it I’m always talking about bathrooms?! I think it’s because after the kitchen, it’s the second place in a home that sorely shows its age when it’s out of date. While this isn’t a House 2.0 update (I promise you, that’s coming), it’s been a mini-crusade of mine to finish off the mental checklist for this little […]

The Closet

April 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Oh hey… Yeah, I’m back! First off, I’m not going to address my 4 month hiatus here. That’s a topic for another post — or not — depending on whether I want to talk about it at all. So yeah… moving on. I’ve had this post idea on my mental list for a long time (two years to be exact). I believe I had “organize my closet” on my 2011 goal list, and now it […]

Happy New Year

January 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I am going to really try and make time to Blog more this year. Whether it be a top 5 list or just saying what is going on recently. Happy new year everyone! So far this has been a fantastic year full of lots of fun times and few bad times.  Also, it has not snowed yet this season to any degree that bothers me. Read almost none at all. I have re-discovered the ability […]

Be Kind

December 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

To say that the month of December sucked is an understatement. The fact of the matter is I still don’t understand how it ended up that way. First the insomnia hit me like a freight train, then the anxiety about not sleeping… it has became a vicious cycle. My Doctor put me on drugs that made me sleep, but the side effects were debilitating. 10 days on the wretched stuff and I was no longer […]

Suddenly Insomnia

December 6, 2011 at 3:08 am

It all started a few days ago when Gabriel woke up in the middle of the night as he is sometimes wont to do. After getting him settled, I crawled back in bed only to realize that I was unable to fall back asleep… for the rest of the night. Exhausted, I barely made it through the next day and subsequently had anxiety about falling asleep the following night. In a self-fulfilling prophecy, it took […]

Resurfaced Stairs

November 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

A couple of years ago, I resurfaced the stair risers going up to the second floor with some 1/4″ oak panels. The riser surface was painted white and I couldn’t manage to keep them from getting impossibly marred up with black kick marks. Plus there are knots in the wood that bleed through the paint. Now since we’re in the thick of House 2.0, Mike has been asking me, rather, BEGGING me to do the […]