I am happy to report that I did NOT come in last at the Napa Valley Trail Half-Marathon on March 21. In fact, in a field of 186 runners, I came in 58th, with a time of 2:11. Not too shabby, lady!
Earlier this week, I went to Hudson Street Design in San Rafael to take a look at the windows and doors my husband wants to use in our house.
What did I glean from these little field trips? I’ve got a lot of decisions to make. And I ain’t nowhere near prepared. Time to get cracking! [Read more…]
Wow. All of a sudden we went from this (workers unloading for the first day of work):
What a difference a few weeks — and a few cute little kids — can make. And that “thing” draped in blue tarp is the only thing that remains of our humble abode, our living room. [Read more…]
On Saturday, I completed my very first trail half-marathon. Who-hoo!
Want to know what place I came in?
Dead last. [Read more…]
I’m learning that home construction involves a lot of hurry up and wait. (Duh!!)
Up until a few weeks ago, we were all systems go with our home remodel. We had been offered two apartments to live in, one of which was in downtown Mill Valley and cheap as could be. Granted, one of the bedrooms would only be able to fit a bed and nothing more, BUT … it was downtown! Plenty of restaurants, playgrounds, a bar to which Kevin could escape when the din of living on top of each other got to be too much.
I was busily filling up our PODS, whistling while I worked and dreaming of my master bedroom, and was ready to pull the trigger on a nearby storage unit for everything else. I had even found a place to store Kevin’s wine!
And then … our permit was hung up due to a moratorium on winter grading. The earliest we could start work would be April. April? A full six months away? To say Kevin was upset was an understatement. [Read more…]
The other night, Kevin was busy tapping away on his computer while I watched TV. Suddenly, he looked up.
“So … I’ve done some calculations and we’re going to have to live outside the house while it’s being remodeled for about five months,” he said.
“Which probably means more like seven months, right?”
“So,” he continued, “I think I have a solution.”
I braced myself. [Read more…]
Home Goods has arrived in Marin County! Hallelujah, we’ve been saved.
Or have we? [Read more…]
I’m pretty proud of how our living room looks today, but let me tell ya, it took a long time to get to this point. During our remodel, this will be the only room that remains as is, which is good, because I have a feeling we’re going to do a lot of living in this living room. [Read more…]
I am in the midst of packing up our garage and shoving it into our PODS unit. While I’m trying to upbeat and optimistic, packing is never really all that fun.
The garage is filthy and I keep freaking out at spiders — dead and alive — along with their webs, ancient lint and mysterious muck. My body is sore and I moan and groan every time I pick up the slightest thing.
I’ve made great progress, to be sure, but I’m still several days out from being done. And then I have to turn my attention to the rest of the house! At least I won’t find any rat poop surprises there! (Please, please, please!) [Read more…]
Before I post an official “before” tour of our current house, I thought it would be helpful to show what it looked like when we first fell in love.
Beautiful, right? My brother said it looked like a space station on Tatooine, but what-ev. [Read more…]