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Monday Madness

Saturday was a day of random. I stayed home all day with the baby, which is normal, but for some reason I didn’t feel normal. I blame the weather.

I left a load of laundry in the dryer instead of bringing it to our room to fold. I just grabbed what I needed when I needed it (a towel, Amelia’s favorite stuffed animal…) I even left the door to the laundry area open all day. And maybe even the door of the dryer.

I left the dishes undone until 3pm. Empty pizza box on the counter. Oatmeal spilled on the stove. Mess.

I puttied the holes in the coat closet’s walls and left the putty knife and globs of putty in the sink. With all the dirty dishes. Jar of putty by the coffee pot.

I mopped the living room floor but only the areas that got snow and mud tracked in the day before.

I half decorated the mantel. It had been looking lame since Christmas came down. But now it’s only half lame.

I ate lunch at 12 and again at 2:30.

I walked around all day with a cloth napkin hanging out of my pocket like a bandana. It came in handy a lot.

I got peed on and pooped on but one of those times I didn’t change my clothes. It dried.

It was a weird day. Very spontaneous. Very messy. I liked it. But I wouldn’t like it every day.

Now it’s Monday. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Room ReDo: Guest Room

As I wondered around JoAnn’s last night, I realized I needed a new project. I perused the shelves, managed to spend $12, but still left feeling…incomplete. The nursery is almost finished. I don’t have much time for knitting or crafting, so I don’t need many supplies on that front. Hmmmm.

Then, at 2:45am, it hit me. The guest room. Otherwise known as the Pit of Despair. If you’ve ever come to stay with us and we put you in there I apologize. It needs serious help. It’s always been our dumping room.

Family heirloom bedframe that only holds a full size mattress?  Stick it in the guest room.

Book shelf that doesn’t fit in the sun room anymore? Guest room.

Hand me down bedding that is still in good shape but doesn’t match anything? Guest room.

Coats that we are too lazy to hang up? Throw them on the guest room bed.

Drum set that used to be in the baby’s room? Guest room.

Filing cabinet and printer? Guest room.

You get the idea. Phew. What a disaster. Look.

And from the other side of the bed….

Soooooo, it’s time. I’m not looking to do anything major. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on this.

The carpet and paint are staying, as is the bed. But new bedding is a must. This room will hopefully house our second child one day, so I’m not going to bother painting it now and then re-painting for a munchkin.

The bookcases will either stay or be replaced with Craigslist/antique store finds. I have to have books, and there is NO ROOM anywhere else for bookcases.

The printer will probably stay. Again, there is no where else for it go. We don’t have an office, or even a computer area. We’re a laptop family. But that filing cabinet can go.

The drums can maybe, maybe be squished into the closet when not in use instead of stacked. But this house only has 1 closet in each bedroom. That’s it. No coat closet. No linen closet. Nothing. So the closets are packed. The vacuum needs to find a home in one of them too.

So, before:

And after:

Just kidding. But wouldn’t that be nice? This is an awesome room from the blog “whatever”  Check it out

What I love about this room is that it is pieced together with thrift store finds and homemade goodness. The duvet is two flat sheets sewn together. The curtains are also made out of flat sheets with fun panels added in. You can read more about this room here. It’s fun. Bright. Welcoming. I would like to stay there. Read a book. Take a nap.

Ok, to sum up. Goals for our new guest room:

  • New bedding
  • New curtains
  • Reading area
  • Bedside table and lamp
  • Something fun on the walls
  • A home (hopefully hidden) for the drums, vacuum, and printer

I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’ll be posting here each week and showing you what I accomplish. Wish me luck!

The End!

Day…something. 9?  Anyone care to count? I’m just thrilled it’s over.

Our biggest house project so far. Done. And it looks amazing. It even looked great before it was finished.

Finished! Still a little dusty, but done. The house felt so big with the new floor running all the way through it. I didn’t want to put the furniture back.

Taking photos of the floor must be a skill that I never learned. Those are the 2 best that I have right now. Look how different the wood looks in each of them. Tomorrow when the light is a little better I’ll try again.

Oh, and we did move (most of) the furniture back. As much as I love the new floor, the couch is still more comfy.

Day 7

Day 7, Thursday

See that nasty grey spot on the carpet? Isn’t it nicely framed by the clean carpet that was under the couch? That filthy grey spot is exactly where my baby will NOT be crawling. Carpet is gross. Carpet next to the couch is gross. Carpet where the dog lays next to the couch is very gross.

Ah, that’s looking better.

I’m such a big help – always taking pictures.  I did pull about 50 staples out the floor before the bowling ball in my belly started hampering my bending over skills.  And I wanted to save at least 6000 staples for Dave to pull out. He was grateful.

Taking all the furniture out of the main rooms make those rooms look much bigger. But it makes the bedrooms look much, much smaller. Check out our couch, tv, and piano in the master bedroom. Looks good, right?

And yes, that is our coffee table on top of our dining room table on top of our guest bed. Thanks for asking.

And our poor baby’s room. We’ll get that cleaned up for you, kiddo. Some time next month.

Today’s agenda (while Dave is at work): Get everything off the floor of the pantry. Consider using the opportunity to reorganize in there. Clean the baseboards that have been successfully hiding behind large furniture for the last 3 years. Remove any last tacks or staples from the sub-floor. Shop vac.

But first….make a pot of coffee. I can’t do this all on my own.

Days 5 and 6

Day 5, Tuesday

Lots of rain Monday night and and Tuesday. Just a teensy bit of moisture inside the house. More caulk.

Day 6, Wednesday

Kitchen Demo/Contractor Meeting. We started the demo about 15 minutes before the contractor came over to take a first and final look at the job. Nothing like hiring a guy you’ve never met and getting a quote over the phone. He came with great references though, so we were comfortable with it.

Check out how much work we got done before he came over.

That’s right, folks. We moved the table and chairs, Dave cut 1 strip of vinyl, and I pulled off some quarter round.

And then – – – Mr. Smiley Contractor Guy said he and the crew would demo the kitchen for us…for free! It probably pains him to see amateurs like us working with our little baby tools. I did my best to look extra pregnant too; I’m sure that helped.

We got off pretty easy on days 5 and 6. I’d say this whole flooring gig is coming along just fine.

The Beginning

Day 1. The sunroom.

Buh-bye, carpet.  We won’t miss you. Or your nasty little tack strips.

Day 2. The new floor comes inside to “acclimate.” 35 boxes, 33 pounds each. Too bad I was busy growing a baby and had to let Dave carry all of it in from the garage by himself.

It’s amazing how different the house looks with just one room of carpet gone. It’s tempting to just go ahead and demo the rest of the rooms, but I’d kind of like to be able to sit on the couch for a few more days. I don’t know if you noticed, but no carpet=no furniture. The new floor will get installed next Saturday, so we’ll be tearing this place up little by little until then.

Stay tuned!


You really hear a lot about refinancing these days. I never really thought too much about it. Figured it wasn’t for me.

Refinancing? I don’t need no stinkin’ refinancing.


Guess who’s refinancing this week? We are.  We’re switching from a 30 year loan at 6.25% to a 15 year loan at 4.35%.  If we had continued to pay our regular monthly mortgage payment for 30 years we would have paid $158,000 in interest alone.  That’s the value of our whole house! Instead, over 15 years we will pay $47,000 in interest. Much better. Instead of $150 each month actually going to principal, we’ll be paying almost $500 each month to principal. And our payment is only going up by about $100.

I just love refinancing.