4th Anniversary

It all started 47 months ago when we went on our first date. For all you mathmeticians out there, you are right! 4 years = 48 months.  We didn’t go on an actual date until our first monthiversary, if you will. Neither of us can remember where we went for dinner, but we saw the movie Away We Go. It’s a Comedy/Drama/Romance movie starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski about a couple who has an unexpected pregnancy.  They travel across the country and to Canada to try to find a place to settle down before they have their baby. We loved it then and we love it now. Why do we love it? It taught us many important lessons.  For example, babies like to breathe and they are good at hiding it.  We have a tradition of watching it every year on our anniversary, but this year I thought we could make a night of it.

We have been planning on a vacation soon so we are pinching our pennies.  My gift to him is an Away We Go night full of home cooked food from the movie and his favorite activity – watching a movie. There may even be some expletives tossed around for good measure.

Menu

  • Poutine – a delicious Canadian specialty that consists of fries, gravy and cheese curds. There are many ways to do poutine, but we are going classic. A Canadian guy I met at work told me what kind of gravy to use.
  • Steaks – Because that’s what you eat on classy dates.
  • We were going to have pancakes for dessert, but we got lazy and had a pie his grandma made him. 🙂

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We had a nice little night watching our favorite movie and eating terribly prepared steaks. What can I say? Not all my kitchen adventures are home-runs. We had fun.  He even got me an extremely thoughtful gift.

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I have worn a Claddagh ring for years, but my cheap tourist shop ring bit the dust earlier this year. He remembered how upset I was to have to stop wearing it and got me a really nice one!  Plus he got my ring size right…hmmm.

Here’s a bonus shot of Frank, who lays in my arms like a baby.

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Pugalicious

I don’t think I mentioned this before, but we got a new addition to the family earlier this year.  He sneaks into my bed at night.  He hogs my boyfriend. I can’t get mad at him though.

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He is my little baby, Frank.  He is loving like a dog, cuddly like a cat and oinks like a pig.  The perfect companion.

Come on Down!

We’ve started the process of removing all the remaining wallpaper in our house. Before I post any afters or how-tos, I just want to show you what I’ve been looking at for 2 whole years. I don’t know why we didn’t get a wallpaper steamer before.

Embossed wallpaper
Small Bedroom

I don’t really hate the small bedroom wallpaper, but it is badly stained and damaged in many areas.  I don’t think we will have a very hard time getting it down either since it’s already peeling.

Woven wallpaper
Large Guest Room – Thanks, 1970’s!

Again, I don’t hate the texture but some cats got to it and used the walls as a scratching post. It is severely frayed in many areas and has some water stains under the window.

Really stained with nicotine
Master Bedroom

This is the wallpaper in my room. It is really stained by nicotine and looks very yellow in person. It’s also a little frilly for my taste. I can’t wait for some nice clean walls.

Do you have wallpaper in your house? Love it or hate it? Tips for removal?

We’re Going Through Changes

A little more than a month ago, we found out our other roommate will be moving out. He moved out over the weekend, and I’m really bummed.  He is so relaxed and just an all around nice guy (and a stellar roommate).  He will be missed. That leaves us with 2 empty bedrooms. I would love a new roommate but I don’t have any homeless friends. For a while we will just be 3 humans and 2 dogs.  This opens up a whole new world for our other rooms. What was going to be a guest room (the smallest bedroom) will now be transitioned into an office and the big bedroom will become a guest room until we get another roomie. My sister is totally content with her apartment-like basement.

I posted this list for the room I imagined as a guest room (updated):

  • Take down blinds and put up some classy window treatments (maybe just curtains)
  • Shampoo the life out of the carpet (he was very clean, but all the carpet in the house is detestable)
  • Take down wallpaper
  • Paint the room something modern and subtle
  • Paint the trim
  • Add storage and furniture
  • Remove wobbly desk
  • Replace/update light fixture
  • Find/make some fun and light art
  • Pray for better flooring under the carpet (unlikely)

It all still applies but the furniture will be different. We have quite the slew of office furniture so we’ll see how I can make it work.

The big bedroom will be a guest room, but it needs a lot of love. Take a look.

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The big bedroom deserves a list of its own. Thar she blows:

  • Take down blinds and put up curtains
  • Shampoo carpet
  • Determine scale and solution for possible damaged subfloor (previous tenant let the bathroom on the other side of the adjoining wall leak into the bedroom)
  • Take down wallpaper
  • Paint (put in some effort to tie the whole house palette together)
  • Paint/replace closet built ins
  • Furnish the room
  • Paint trim
  • Get some cute art
  • Come up with a lighting solution (the little bedroom is the only bedroom with a light in the center)
  • Check under carpet for wood floors (unlikely)

It’s hard to tell from the pictures but the room has a fibrous wallpaper that some cats scratched to death. I recently found out my brother is coming to town and I would love to have him stay with us for a few days. Challenge Accepted.

Ronald McDonald House

Don’t get me wrong, the concept of Ronald McDonald House Charities is an amazing one. My family has benefited from them and it is not something we’ll ever forget. What I don’t like is that my house has a Ronald McDonald flavor going on and it irks me every time I pull up to the house.  Someone in the house’s past decided that yellow and red blinds would be a smashing idea for the bedrooms. I’ll never understand why. Here is an artist’s rendition of the issue.

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I was living my nightmare everyday when I came home from work. When my roommate moved out earlier this year, his room was left as he left it. Emptyish.  Slowly I started peeking in there (and admittedly throwing extra house stuff in there) and thinking that it would make a lovely guest room.

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Because I’m insane, I made a mental checklist of all the things that would have to happen in the room for me to be satisfied:

  • Take down blinds and put up some classy window treatments (maybe just curtains)
  • Shampoo the life out of the carpet (he was very clean, but all the carpet in the house is detestable)
  • Take down wallpaper
  • Paint the room something modern and subtle
  • Add storage and furniture for guests
  • Remove wobbly desk
  • Replace/update light fixture

Good news! I took down the offensive blinds!

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So now my list looks like this:

  • Take down blinds and put up some classy window treatments (maybe just curtains)
  • Shampoo the life out of the carpet (he was very clean, but all the carpet in the house is detestable)
  • Take down wallpaper
  • Paint the room something modern and subtle
  • Add storage and furniture for guests
  • Remove wobbly desk
  • Replace/update light fixture

The rest of the house had some interesting window treatments as well.  My BF’s mom made all the curtains and I think they were well suited to the previous tenants (a man and his sons), but we needed something more fresh. I can’t even explain the aluminum blinds in the living room. No words.

Any thoughts on the curb appeal of your home? AND does anyone have any advice about bushes or plants I can put in my front yard that my dog’s urine won’t kill? It’s becoming an issue.