Category Archives: Home & Garden

It’s Starting to Feel A Lot Like…


Oh, look a new theme! I’m honestly surprised I had the motivation to craft such a thing of beauty given my lack of motivation but, I did it! Sometimes, I amaze myself, okay I always amaze myself but that’s beside the point. ;) With that in mind, it’s likely this theme will be up for the next several months. I make no promises that I’ll have the creativity to switch this layout up in month and a half’s time but, we shall see.

There hasn’t been too much going on that’s worth blogging about but I’m caught up on school (finally) and right now doing some review before I go in and take my exam. This year has been difficult and stressful so I haven’t been my usual, on the ball self. I’m hoping that will change as we get nearer to the end of the year but time will tell.

After a lot of begrudging and fighting, I have finally given in and joined the Planner bandwagon. Unfortunately, I have a planner that I’m not 100% happy with but that should be changing in the next few weeks and I am so excited! In the meantime, I’m trying to get a grasp of using my Silhouette and making stickers. Once, I have that down back, I hope to graduate to wash strips and then hopefully more in-depth things like clothing, but we will see. All of these aspirations are time dependent which I am sorely lacking.

Right now we are in the midst of finishing up some remodeling in the house. We have finally decided on what we want to do in terms of a pantry in the kitchen and are working to get that installed. Once we’re done with that, we’re going to put tile into the family room and hallway and then after that focus on getting the bar built out in the backyard and putting in sod. As you can see we have a lot on our plates but it’s exciting to feel comfortable enough to WANT to put this much work into our home. This was NEVER the case with our old house so it’s definitely a nice change and it has made a difference in our relationship as well.

Speaking of relationships, Alecia is come out to visit for Thanksgiving and I am super excited. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday followed by Halloween so I can’t wait. I still need to work on a menu to figure out what we’ll be serving but we have a little time for that so I’m not too worried.

Well, I’m off to see to my duties on Vicarious which presently has open membership with Administrator approval, so if you’ve been dying to join or just interested in checking it out, now is the time. As a tip, be sure to fill out your profile, it’ll ensure that you’re not immediately flagged as spam. :D

Only Hearts Can Build A Home

I’ve been meaning to update for a while but have always managed to put it off. Namely because I’ve been gone so long I really didn’t know where to start and I wanted to avoid inflicting word vomit on those of you who still visit regularly.

As you can imagine life of late has been a whirlwind. The move to the new house, work, and start of school has limited my ability to really spend any time online. Moreso, my free time is very limited and whatever free time I have, I tend to spend doing things around the house which wasn’t the case in our old residence. I guess it’s true that you have to love your house to take pride in it and while I liked the other house, I didn’t love it.

Now with our new house, I do love it. So much so that while I was all gun ho and ready to get the hell out of Arizona, I’ve informed R that I am never leaving and I plan to die in this house. I’ve put a lot of hard work and soul into this place in the short time we’ve been here and I can’t imagine just walking away from that. In our old house, the walls were bare and we only painted a few rooms, whereas with this house every room was painted and I’ve not only added artwork but also made the place feel like home, which wasn’t the case in the old house. We still have a lot more to do but we are making progress. It’s slow going but it’s definitely worth it and I can’t wait until it’s all complete.

Here’s a rough list of what we have left to do in no particular order:

    → Decide on a dining room set
    → Decide on the bedroom set we’d like for the guest bedroom and little sister’s bedroom
    → Pick out artwork for our bedroom
    → Finish building out the office
    → Decide on whether we want to put sod in the backyard or plant grass and allow it to grow in
    → Decide on patio set for the backyard
    → Decide on BBQ grill and placement for the built-in BBQ
    → Organize garage and shed
    → Decide on the furniture we’d like in the family room (sectional or regular couch)
    → Decide on what to use to house DVR, XBOX 360, Apple TV, etc
    → Decide on end tables for family room
    → Build out DVD/Blu-Ray shelves
    → Replace the toilets;
    → Visit IKEA to get pricing on cost to build in pantry
    → Decide on architecture for cat highway
    → Decide on shelves and brackets to use for cat highway
    → Set up wall in garden and decide on what to plant

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