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Saturday, August 23, 2008
Bathroom Buys
Here's my list:
White subway tile for the walls, this for the floor.
I kinda like this light fixture, but it may be too much expense to buy it & get it wired to a wall switch
I love this sink, which should work with our existing faucet, but it costs a lot more than this one. This one's nice, too, but they don't seem to have both pieces in white online. These guys do (they also have a great price and $8 shipping), but have very mixed reviews on NexTag. What do y'all think?

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Friday, August 22, 2008


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Lazy or Busy?
I'm not sure whether it's really one or the other, but obviously, I haven't been doing much blogging lately!

So many things I wanted to record have slipped my mind. *Sigh*

Here's what I DO remember:
Daniel's 6-mos checkup went well- he's at 75th percentile for height and the 80th for weight

It's been a long time since Jay referred to himself as "Me the puppy" or "Me the nice monster", simply because nowadays he's almost always "Me the caterpillar" or "Me the butterfly"

Both (big) boys wrap themselves in a cocoon at the end of the day. Thankfully, their idea of a cocoon seems to just be getting into bed. Nobody's in danger of getting trapped.

Jay decided one day to walk like a butterfly, which basically meant walking while fluttering his arms up and down. Cute!

Speaking of cute, potty-training Isaac stands on the potty stool to do his number ones, bracing himself against the raised potty seat, dangling his urinator underneath him, and in many ways resembling a ski-jumper. I need a picture of this one.

Daniel is a delightful baby, much like his brothers before him. Wednesday night, he gazed excitedly at all the attendees of our shepherding group, certain that they had come just to see him. Their reactions didn't disappoint.

Isaac's regular (play) phone monologue goes like this: "Hi, Gwamma, he's fine, I'm gwad you are fine, bye bye!"

Hopefully, some more will come to me and I'll get it recorded. Jay is growing up so fast! Some moments he's extremely mature, and then he'll dissolve into wailing because our electricity is [freakishly] out, and he can't watch the video we borrowed from the library. Mysterious creatures, all of them.

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Anyone Interested in Some Good Old-Fashioned Fun?

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Friday, August 15, 2008
I Still Like White
Like this.

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Bathroom Idea- Not White
I like the tilework in this bath (though not the paint jobs so much).

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Thursday, August 14, 2008
Believe it or Not

I met with the guy from Cabins, Cottages and Bungalows, and it looks like we're going to be hiring him to do some work on our house! I ran my ideas past him, and he let me know what was realistic, and gave me his opinion on what would work best. Here's the plan: Steve/ his guys will be tiling the bathroom, replacing the sink with a pedestal sink, removing the water heater/ water heater closet, installing a tankless water heater (outdoors!), moving the W/D into the bathroom, installing some salvaged base cabinets and a dishwasher in the kitchen (in the space vacated by the W/D), and eventually (after his baby is born! and we do a cash-out refi) bumping out the roof along the south side of the house to re-install an upstairs bathroom!!! The photo is of a house we walked past on Tuesday with a similar style dormer (I did not take the photo- I found it on Zillow)

How's that for news? The kicker: We may be able to come in under $10,000 for all of this. We still have lots of details to work out, though, so we'll see!

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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Still Not Writing

For whatever reason, I just don't feel up to it. I have a bad summer cold, I had a very busy workweek last week, and I'm still tired.

We had a good weekend, though, apart from my infirmities, so here are some of the money shots:

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Saturday, August 02, 2008
Real Estate Update
So both of the houses I liked have sold. No big surprise- they were priced to go!

A couple of weeks ago I went to an Open House in Mebane. I can't imagine it'll sell at anything near what it's listed for. It's not really in any better shape than our house, it doesn't seem as big, and the attic space is nowhere near as much as I expected- it's basically a tiny room and a whole lot of kneewalls. The living room is bigger than ours, which would be a big plus, but the front door opens right into it, which eats up a significant amount of space. The kitchen is considerably bigger and nicer-looking, but we could gain a lot of kitchen space here by moving the W/D out. Where to, I'm not 100% sure.

The other house's dining room is now one of the three bedrooms, the staircase to the attic is even narrower than ours (considerably so!), and a number of the "closets" are not enclosed. One story would be nice, and the attic would be very useful for storage, but overall I was underwhelmed. It was fun to see the house, though! I hadn't been to an Open House as an adult, and I probably won't go again soon, just because the open house houses are almost always way out of our conceivable price range. It was a nice diversion of an afternoon, though!

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