When planning our road trip I planned down to a level of detail that some people might describe as unhealthy, but to me it was barely the tip of the iceberg. One of the elements I planned ahead of time (and questioned whether or not I had gone too far) was where we would eat dinner every night on the road. Every night at a campground we would cook our meal, but when we stayed in hotel we would be eating out. Because we were paying to eat out I wanted to take advantage of that and eat something special or unique to a given area. As a result I did a little research and found our dinner locations in advance; making sure they were close to the hotel to limit additional driving.
I never hated wallpaper. I have seen some really nice quality wallpaper. In fact, at one time I had a sample book of Farrow and Ball wallpaper. You could run your fingers down the pattern and feel all the different layers of paint that were used to create the image. No my friends that was no mass produced Wallpaper, instead it was almost a little work of art.
So no, I never hated wallpaper.
Prior to actually owning my house all I knew was that every room was covered in heinous carpet. Which was fine. I wasn’t about to rock a hideous shag carpet, because I knew that underneath the God awful flooring could be nice wood floors. Wood floors that once refinished could shine like a diamond in the rough. There was one room on the 2nd floor where you could pull up the carpet and see wide wood planks. So I was optimistic. Sure it would probably be a softwood like Pine or Fir, but that was fine with me. My whole motto during this adventure has been I’m not looking for good, just good enough.
So I ended up getting a roommate. People kept asking me if I was going too- So I did. She moved in a few Saturdays ago. She’s very sweet. Enjoys the outdoors, has the same taste in shoes as I do, has a bit of a nipping problem – but we’re working on that. She also pays her rent in licks and kisses! Without further ado meet Duchess.
There was a lot to be done to my house. So before closing I started to brainstorm exactly what I wanted out of my house and I came up with Phases. To date there are six of them. My plan was to make sure I knew all my long term goals so I didn’t make any changes I would regret later down the road.
Home Inspections- they are not particularly enjoyable for either the seller or buyer. A person comes and walks around the house and tells you every little thing wrong with it. My house was 150 years old there was going to be a lot wrong… Knob and Tube wiring, Broken Tub Faucet, Sub Par Roofing – Fun stuff. None of those were truly a concern of mine or came as a surprise. I knew there was Knob and Tube and I knew the house was old. As long as it wasn’t at risk of collapsing I could handle any curve balls thrown my way. That didn’t mean I didn’t have any worries. In fact this was a very real conversation I had with the inspector.
“So just so you know, if while you’re looking around you find a dead creature or something, you should probably tell someone. But not me – I don’t want to know, but you should tell someone. Just not me. Thanks.”
Here are some of my favorite toys our little one started out with. They all keep her attention, wear well, and I would recommend them to a friend.
Bath Toy –
This is my favorite bath time “toy”. It might not look like much, but we’ve been using it for over 3 ½ years so that makes it a winner in my book. In fact my little one just asked me to use them to play with her in the bath last night. They are very simple abstract ducks. We started using them as a newborn to give her baths and slowly pour water over her. They now still get used to pour water over her and rinse her hair. Additionally, they are perfect abstract play toys; sometimes they are boats filled with ducks sailing around the tub and other times we use them to create fountains in the tub. They are a great staple baby product and make a great shower gift. – Skip Hop Dunks Stacking Bath Toy
O Kindle, how could I live without thee?
Allowing me to shower without company.
No longer a sweet little baby,
You entertain my never slowing mini-me.
You are there when alone, I wish to pee.
I will always appreciate thee!
O Kindle, how could I live without thee?
You keep high, my level of sanity.
When we drive our little one stays busy.
When we fly you make my job easy.
A moment alone I need, how you’ve saved me.
O Kindle Fire, how I love thee!