Saturday, October 22, 2016

Third Annual Basement Update

There's been a little progress this month on our basement renovation, which is better than no progress, so let's all take a moment to celebrate that fact.

First things first, though.

Here's the reality of our current living situation, due to the aforementioned basement renovation:

"It's a disaster."
          - Donald Trump

OK, here we go....I gotta make this a quick post before Cam wakes up.

You may remember the BEFORE pictures of the laundry room:

Here's where we are now...

The granite countertops have been installed and there's been progress with the cabinets.

There will be two cabinets eventually added on both sides of the washer and dryer. The tile for the backsplash and the walls has been delivered, and let me tell you, the end result is going to look incredible. I am SO EXCITED for when this room will finally be complete.

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the laundry room feels so much bigger now. The counter top is really deep, probably about three feet deep. I have to get on my tiptoes to reach where the cabinet will be on the wall. I love how much counter space there is for folding clothes, etc.

OK, remember the BEFORE picture of the storage/game room?

Current progress:

Granite countertops have been added in this room, too, as well as some under-cabinet lighting. I love that there's a big closet in this room now, whereas before it was a lot of open storage shelves.

Alright, there you have it. I'm not sure if there will be another installment of my "Basement Update" posts until next year, but we can only hope!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thoughts On Not Watching TV

Q: How can you tell if someone doesn't watch TV?
A: They'll be sure to tell you. 

I can count on one (and only one) hand the number of things that Brian and I have in common and one of those things is that we both don't watch TV. 

We're a match made in heaven!

I hate saying "I don't watch TV" because it sounds so snooty. 

I prefer to say "We don't have a TV." Not only is it an accurate statement, it also makes us sound poor.

When you tell people you don't have a TV, they tend to get confused...and sad...and then they'll just end the conversation because they don't know what to say.

"Have you seen that new commercial for Amazon Prime?"
"Huh? Oh. Well, uh no. We don't have a TV."

See how sad that sounds?

"I don't watch TV."

"I don't have a TV."

A lot of people seem curious when they find out we don't have a TV, so here's the low down:

1. We have a projector for movies. For streaming, we have Netflix, Hulu, Roku, and our friend Rob's password to his HBO Go account.

2. It does get tricky if we want to watch sports. I really only care about Duke basketball, so we either have to find a way to stream games or go to a sports bar, which I think is more fun than watching it at home anyway.

3. I don't think I miss out on much. There's nothing that will ever top Seinfeld.

4. If we had a TV, I would probably watch Fox News and Food Network, and Brian would probably be suicidal.

5. It does get weird if we need a dog-sitter (or future babysitter). I mean, what do they do? I'm always like "Look, you need to bring several magazines, because you are about to be bored out of your mind."

6. After 5+ years of not having a TV, I've lost interest in it. 

7. We may get TV and cable at some point in the future. I can't imagine a childhood without TV, so I think I want that for our son. 

But then again, maybe we won't. We could just let him watch old Doug and Saved by the Bell episodes on Youtube instead. 

He needs the classics in his life. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Life Lately

Well, I can accurately report that there is nothing to report on the basement.

Moving on.

Work has been super busy. Everything going on at our house is also taking its toll (it's been taking its toll on me for the better half of a year); however, tonight I can't complain. Cam is sleeping soundly and I have my favorite Big Boss Harvest Time beer in a chilled glass, ready to blog.

Breaking news: I am allergic to ants. I wish I was joking! I've been bit twice now in a month. The first time it happened, I was pretty alarmed at how bad it was, but didn't think much of it. The second time, my entire leg started immediately swelling! I think it must be fire ants in our driveway.

Brian thinks I'm being dramatic. When I complained to him about the ant bite, he texted me this picture:

I think I need an EpiPen.

I finally got to visit MillStone Creek Orchards for apple picking last weekend!

I had wanted to go last Fall, but it rained us out each time we tried to go. I was thankful that it worked out for me, my sister, and mom to all go together this past Saturday.

MillStone Creek Orchards was about an hour away in the middle of nowhere! While we were driving there, I was convinced we were going to be the only ones at the orchard.

I mean, there is country and then there is backcountry. This place was backcountry. We passed like five cars in thirty minutes (and I was secretly getting concerned that there was no nearby medical care, since I figured ants would be in abundance.)

To my astonishment, everyone and their cousin was at Millstone Creek Orchards on Saturday. It was so crowded!

I guess we took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference.

I had a nice time, but I've been sick with a miserable cold all weekend, so that put a bit of a damper on it for me. I think I'll just continue to buy my apples at the grocery store, but it was a fun one-time experience. I made homemade applesauce on Sunday and plan to make fried apple pies with the rest of my stash.

On Friday night, we went to Oktoberfest at Raleigh Brewing Company. It was so much fun - lots of people, dogs, and good beer!

On Saturday night, we met up with friends for dinner in Hillsborough. It was a perfect night to eat Mexican outside on the patio at Pueblo Viejo, so that was the highlight of my day. Such good company and so many laughs! :)

On Sunday, I was so exhausted from an eventful weekend, but I did get a chance to take the dogs on a walk at Lake Lynn and also take Cam to the pool.

A/C on full blast. Otis takes it to the face!

It was officially my last - and best! - pool day of the summer.

First Pool Trip of the Summer - June 2016

Last Pool Trip of the Summer - September 2016

Of course, Cam and the dogs are the best part of every weekend. Love my babies so much!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

One Day. (Basement Update)

I'm back with an update on our basement renovation.

I got the opportunity this week to record the crew and get some live-action footage of the work being done.

Video below.

Our basement renovation is moving at Sloth's Pace.
Actually, is that sloth for hire? He could probably come in and get things done quicker.

In all seriousness, here are a few pics of the progress (mostly Brian's progress because our contractor rarely shows up):


Old cabinets came down, new appliances went in.

Sink, cabinets, counter tops, etc. have yet to be completed.

This was my Laundry Room inspiration and what's possibly in store for the not-near future:

All furniture had been removed and Brian needed to select new carpet.

New carpet is down and it's a much smoother, less shaggy carpet. I really like it.

Remember this room? This was taken after we had the water damage:

Looking much better with new paint and new carpet. Painting and cabinetry is incomplete, but coming along.

So that's where we stand as of now!

All my life I've been waiting for, 
I've been praying for,
For this project to end.

One day...One day...One day...One day...One day...One day...One day....