Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bathroom Shelf Project

Isn't it sad... I don't have time to write a blog post until it is the only way to get my own picture on pinterest :)

We started out with a large, plain bathroom mirror. Very dull, and very lacking in shelf space. We saw a shelf on pinterest, and imitated it to get more pizazz.

First, you need to cut the wood.

Then, you put the shelves together.

Then, you sand the wood.

Then, you use wood filler to perfect the wood.

Then, you paint the wood.

Then, you attach the shelf to the mirror and the wall.

Finally, you enjoy the fruits of your labor. A beautiful, custom shelf and mirror moulding. It took us about 10 hours, spread over a weekend and several week nights, and cost about $125.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Moving In

You start with an empty house....

And end up with boxes everywhere....

And slowly, things start to fall into place....

As you come in the front door, you see the dining room to your right.

And to your left, the office

Then you walk back to the family room

And the kitchen with the breakfast nook

Behind the garage is the guest suite

Upstairs, we have the master bedroom, several other bedrooms, closets, and the laundry room.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Moving Out

Ah.... the thrill and stress of moving! First, you try to make your house look perfect.... then you deconstruct it and stack boxes everywhere! Good-bye townhouse.....

Here is the boring story of selling and buying and moving.... for posterity......

We sold our townhouse and bought a new house! It happened very quickly.... we didn't have any showings over the holidays, and then someone wanted to see the house the same night we were doing the Lion King extravaganza. I freaked out, and told them they couldn't come. Luckily for me, we had a showing the next day, and then that next week, and then we got an offer! We negotiated the offer, while also looking at the up-to-date real estate listings online. Once the deal was officially signed, we went out to our top two neighborhoods with our realtor. One house stood out from the rest, but we decided to think it over. The house we loved was located conveniently to the freeway, shops and Tim's work. It had a great layout and a fantastic kitchen. Because it was a spec home, the price was right, and ultimately it just couldn't compare with some existing homes. So we put in an offer the next day, which was accepted. The next week we worked on the mortgage papers. The week after that our townhouse was inspected, and we inspected the new house. The week after that we walked through the new house with the builder, the mortgage was finalized with insurance, the utilities set up for the new house, and we completed most of the items on the townhouse inspection list. Then we finished packing up the townhouse. We had a final walk-through on the new house. The funny part was a new realtor came with us because our realtor was at a conference. The new realtor kept saying how beautiful the house was, and how great the kitchen was. It was funny, because you expect realtor's to be jaded and bored with looking at houses :) Then we went to sign the papers on the new house, and borrowed the minivan to move a few things over. The movers arrived to sprinkling rain, and quickly loaded up the townhouse. Thank goodness the rain ended. While the movers unloaded our boxes and furniture, the appliances arrived, and the internet and tv service was set up. It really could not have been coordinated any better. Then we unpacked and settled in. I love the house and the location. I love being close enough that my sister and parents can drop by for a quick visit.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Just another manic monday

You think your day is going to be like this....

It is a gorgeously sunny day, about 75 degrees in beautiful North Carolina. You wake up, get to work on your to-do list, and have your afternoon arranged so that you can be out of the house when the appraiser comes, but still get to class.

Then this happens....

And just when you think your day will end up like this.....

A stranger helps you put on the spare tire and a friend drives you to school.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

When I was growing up, my dad would buy my mom a big box of chocolates, and all of us kids a smaller box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. It was just one way we knew we were loved.

So whether you celebrate with chocolate or not, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Middle of February

I have a friend who blogs all of her successes, and then, the blog world jinxes her, and things tend to go awry. So I am a bit reluctant to blog about anything more current than two weeks ago. Suffice it to say that I have done enough school things to take Friday afternoon off and catch up on my blogging, which is why you now have a bunch of posts to read from me.

One of the things I did in January was work at the Business School. I had all of these funny thoughts about my experience there, but then I forgot to write them down. But it did keep me busy enough to not blog during January.

I will probably disappear for the rest of February to take care of house things. So I will see you all in March, and hopefully the Ides of the Blog World will not come and get me!