Well, we did it! We made through the 31 day series! It has been so fun for me to share some simple yet sometimes overlooked tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way. And a few things that didn’t really work out, like that garbage can trick, and I’m still not sure about the bottle cutting thing. I am oddly rejuvenated to get back on the home renovation wagon and forge full steam ahead toward some serious progress. We’re on the cusp of some BIG changes around here. Joel and I keep saying “we’ll be living like normal people before we know it”. And yes, that involves moving our furniture out of our side yard and into our house! #Can’tWaitForThatDay But, let’s get this series wrapped up pretty with a bow before we shift gears.
To say that we grabbed Curacao with both hands and let it take us for the ride of our lives (in too many ways to measure) would be an egregious understatement. We soaked up every ounce of Caribbean goodness we could endure. And we watched, sometimes in awe, unsuspecting Americans make their move down to the island and almost instantly crash and burn.
Do you remember the exact moment you first laid eyes on your spouse? I don’t. But wouldn’t that be romantic if I could share that sure-to-induce-ooohs-and-aahhhs story right here. The beginning of our story goes something like … Girl graduates from college and accepts a position in San Francisco. Girl at some point meets boy at work.
Hey there! Happy Monday. We had another productive weekend. We’ve got a roofer lined up to hopefully move us past the “tarp” phase of things soon. And our new windows were installed!! The most exciting part about that is that we’re using our central air now. That’s right, we’ve gone all summer without it. :)
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Happy Day after Memorial Day to you! I hope you had a great, long weekend. We celebrated by continuing to conquer the house renovation to-do list. :) It feels like we get a lot done everyday, but even all cleaned up she still looks like this.
I tend to pride myself on being an even-keeled, take-it-as-it-comes, what-will-be-will-be sort of gal. But I have to tell you, I had a brief moment of panic the other day. This whole living in transition thing might just be wearing us all down. Just look at Marley all sad-faced laying in front of the door to ensure we don’t leave this hotel room without her. Poor puppy. :( On the other hand, Mico seems to think the big bed and cool temps are just about perfect. Ignorance truly is bliss. ;)
Well at least I think we are anyway. We’re under contract. We had the house inspected. She needs all new electric. Which we kind of knew but it’s still a punch in the gut when it’s confirmed and you think for a second “but that costs money” like it’s the first time the realization is, well, real. ‘Cause before the inspection the figurative ideas and projects and upgrades don’t cost any money. They’re just grand plans that are going to magically happen with minimal effort and monopoly money. Before the inspection I saw the house and thought …
Now, I’m not suggesting that we all go being cheap and easy this Valentines Day, or any other day for that matter. But if you’re going to, who am I to judge … as a matter of fact, I’ll be an enabler here and show you some fun, cheap and easy Valentines Day ideas I’ve seen around the interwebz and brainstormed in my own little noggin lately.
You know it. ;) If you’ve been here before then you know that we have justthissecond moved to Key West. We are still entirely in transition and I’m not really in the market for shopping for anything, let alone these.
Ok, so the song actually goes … … “Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away” … But it was really all I could think of when I took this picture. This is the last view I had of our humble Curacao abode as we were walking out of the yard at the house in Curacao and packing up the taxi to head to the airport.
So, how do you respond to change? Do you turn a blind eye until it is so close it smacks you in the face or do you grab the bull by the horns and hit it head on … so to speak? I guess you can say I am the latter. I may be a little too much in my element when it comes to moving. Hence the title … I can’t dance, but this girl can ‘get her move on’. ;)
Happy, Happy New Year!! How has the first week of the year been going for you? We’ve been busy cleaning, organizing and doing all of those pre-move things. Is it crazy that I actually enjoy it? For someone who is by no means a clean freak, the whole pre-move deep clean is a bit of a ritual for me. A sign of things to come, I guess. Anyway, I thought what better way to start out the new year than with a little rundown of how it all went down with our random acts of kindness adventure. Remember our advent tree? The one where we counted down the days to Christmas doing somewhat random acts of kindness.
just can’t wait to get on the road again, Yes, it is true, I was on the road for 24 days in December, but things are about to get a little crazy busy up in here with a different little kind of travel called MOVING. :) Yep, the time has come for us to move on from our island paradise. And I, for one, am pretty darn stoked about it. I don’t know how to explain it. We just love the adventure. We like the reinvention of our space, the newness of exploring a new ‘home town’, and the thrill of the undiscovered. goin’ places that I’ve never been. seein’ things that I may never see again … And for the next stop on our journey you will find us in Key West!
Do you have those places that just make you smile? They might not be specifically meaningful for any particular reason. But whenever you encounter them you just find yourself smiling somewhat awkwardly to yourself until you realize people are looking at you strangely. A quaint little street in Cambridge, Maryland has that effect on me. Cambridge is a small, coastal town on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay where we lived for 5 years before our move to Curacao. (more on why I was back in the area here) High Street is my smiley spot, it is a cobblestone street that in it’s hay day housed top level executives of the Phillips Packing Company and not only do I find the stately, historic houses amazingly gorgeous, but during the holiday season it’s always fun to see how the current owners do up their festive decor … or don’t do up any decor at all. :) Lucky for me, I found myself smiling to everyone I saw on that street on a sunny December day and here is what I saw. Double chimneys galore and apple wreaths and arrangements above the door. (If you expect this whole post to rhyme, I will just warn you now that you will be sorely disappointed.) :)
Hey, hey! How are you? I know, this whole Sunday post is not normally my thang, but there have just been so many weird and crazy things going on in the world I thought I’d take a few minutes to get my thoughts in order. First, is there anyone out there who can fathom the tragedy of the school in Connecticut on Friday? I, for one, am just never able to get my mind around those things. I can’t imagine being in a kind of situation like that, I can’t imagine being personally affected by such a situation, I can’t imagine being one of those child witnesses and growing old with that experience on my brain. But that which I can’t even imagine is now the reality for so many. My heart hurts for them and my head grasps for reason. And it just never comes. And late last night I found out that an old friend of mine has stage 3 rectal cancer. She is my age with 2 young daughters. There are no words. What I am extraordinarily grateful for is the perspective that it gives me when a totally out of the ordinary experience happens with Joel’s work in Curacao. Just yesterday we learned we may not be on the island much longer … or we may. I know, confusing right?!?! We’re the ‘take it as it comes’ type so that’s all we’re going to do and I’ll definitely keep you posted when I know more. It does get you day dreaming about where we may go next tho, doesn’t it?!? But, with so many little details up in the air all I can do is try to get it all in order. And I’m still in Maryland trying to get a bunch of home improvement accomplished. … continue reading