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. :)
To say we are living in the a state of crazy would be an understatement. For the most part I like to focus on the pretty things we are getting done. Did you see I made a sign?
Ashton Kutcher reveals his real name and gives his thoughts on opportunity (did you know he used to work at a Cheerios plant?), being sexy and building a life. The funny thing about this is that I think I’m incredibly sexy. KIDDING!
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.
This is not our house (or car). But, it’s true. The great house hunt of 2013 has commenced. What? You haven’t heard of it? You can follow more details of the journey over at our Facebook page. I’ve been snapping all kinds of pics of our new location and some of the ups and downs of the house hunt journey. #thisisgoingtobeinteresting
Turns out that from the time I heard we would be moving until the day I boarded the flight with the girls was a total of 23 days.
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.
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!
Over a month after vacation is the right amount of time to post the pictures, right?!? Yeah, sorry about that. :/ And thank you to everyone who has repeatedly requested the pics. It’s nice to know you want to see our random take-aways from our little worldly excursions to sometimes obscure places. And this time around I was armed with a few new tools. You know about the new camera we bought in August, but I didn’t tell you that I had also been studying up a bit. A little refresher course on some photography basics and then a little more advanced photo mumbo jumbo in the form of e-books. Specifically, these e-books from Kristen Duke Photography. Both of these books print out in a convenient 4×6 inch page size … perfect for stashing them away in your camera bag for continual reference. And trust me, you will want to do just that! I have found the info I learned in these two little books invaluable as I continue to learn and experiment with my photography skilz. :) Say NO to Auto is the perfect book for anyone ready to take that first step and get your camera out of Auto mode. Kristen gives easy to follow instructions on how to find the appropriate buttons on your specific camera, great insight into aperture adjustments (which I loved since I’m all about adjusting my aperture these days) and breaks down the 3 basic steps to understanding manual mode. If you feel like you have that all under control, Get Focused is the e-book for you. This is the perfect follow-up for those of us who are working in manual mode, and now need an understanding of how to make our photography more creative and unique. Kristen shares 12 of her personal tricks for … continue reading
Well, the shift from vacation mode and acting like I’m on vacation when we have house guests to full-steam-ahead-project-mode has happened. Now … there was a time, not too long ago, where for about 4 years Joel and I both worked full-time jobs and then worked on house projects in the evening. Pretty much every evening … and every weekend day and evening … and any hours in between. We really loved it for a while. We would call a Friday night in the crawl space installing new HVAC ductwork ”date night”. And we did so much drywall sanding at one house that we dubbed the after affect “Choptank nose”. *goggles and a mask are always a good idea when doing any kind of sanding