Athens Dawg Derby

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What?
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I got back last night from a flyball tournament, the Athens Dawg Derby. It was a bit of a drive so I left on Friday and came back yesterday. Although the team I was on didn’t do very well it was a ton of fun. I uploaded a buncha pics over at Flickr, but many of them are pretty bad. I forgot to bring the good camera so they are mega grainy and terrible. Ah well. One of my favorite dogs to watch this weekend was a Great Dane! Yep, a Great Dane running flyball. It was awesome.

Yertle

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Yertle
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One part of the library has become home to the-stuff-I-haven’t-unpacked-yet. Here we see Bleys and his need to be just a little bit higher. I don’t see how a bag of flyball jumps could be all that comfy, but it is higher than the poofy dog bed seen in the lower right hand corner of the picture.

Do I live here?

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Kitchen
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So the one room in the house that was most important to us in finding a house is the room I finished first. The kitchen. It is looking pretty awesome. We have a new dishwasher, refrigerator and stove/microwave hood thingy. I Murphy’d the cabinets, washed the glass in the display cabinets, and cleaned the granite with some granite cleaner stuff. Cool features I’m excited about – the refrigerator has filtered water (but not in the door – which is better IMO), the dishwasher has a delayed start option, and the stove….well it does it all. It is a convection oven, it has a built in probe thermometer, it has super smooth moving racks, it has a bread proofing function where you can have a climate controlled place for your bread to rise. Seriously. I also like this little area next to the refrigerator that I made for the cutting board and knives.

Dr. Horrible does home improvement

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Where does the time go? I guess its been over a week since I last posted, but I’ve been very, very busy working on the house. We are moved in completely now, handed over the keys to the apartment on the 30th. We are doing pretty well on the unpacking, but there still is a lot to do. I’ve got the guest bedroom pretty much unpacked, but the closet has a lot of stuff in it that isn’t really meant to go there. It was just a convenient place to put it for the time being. Plus I need to make the panels for the closets in there and craftytown. Unfortunately craftytown has had a bit of a setback. One of the piece of the bookshelf/desk I ordered was damaged so they are sending a replacement, but until it arrives I am at an impasse in there. I added some more pictures to flickr if you are interested in the progress. Most of them are after painting etc, and before stuff.

I took this picture a while ago when Roland was working on prepping the master bedroom for painting.

Eureka!

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We have coldness! Our refrigerator and dishwasher were installed today and they are awesome. My favorite feature of the ‘frige is the internal filtered water dispenser and on the dishwasher the delay feature. We are forever getting the dishwasher all ready to run and then forgetting to do it when we go to bed. They look freakin’ awesome and make the kitchen look much better. Now we just need a stove and we will be set. Woot! We also have started the process of moving some of our stuff in, which is super exciting. The movers are coming on the 30th to move the big stuff that we can’t, so I’m hoping to get some stuff moved by myself so I don’t have to have it all packed at once. Somehow it is easier to do a little every day and this time I don’t have to move it all down three flights of stairs. That was tiring. Plus this time Roland has a little more free time and can help which makes a world of difference.

I also purchased some more stuff from Ikea. This time it is the Kvartal rails which I’m hoping to put in Craftytown and the guest bedroom as closet doors. They will replace the bifold doors I took off before painting. I’m a little concerned about hanging them but hopefully it will be doable for someone of my skill level. Then I need to pick out fabric to make the panels from. Maybe Julie will come with me to give me her opinion. I’m sure if I asked Roland would come, but he doesn’t really care one way or another. All in all things are moving right along.

Garage lizard

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Garage lizard
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While my mom was here we went out once and this guy was hanging out on our garage. I think he is a Knight Anole and apparently they aren’t very nice. They turn black when they are upset and will bite. Their bite often becomes infected due to the bacteria in their mouths. I thought he looked a lot like the lizards from the Sobe Life Water ads.

Painting

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Painting
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I am so lucky. My mom called me last week and offered to fly down for a few days and help me with the house! Of course I took her up on it. I picked her up on Wednesday and she left this morning. Together we painted the library, rented a van, went to Ikea and bought 5 Billy bookcases and put them together. Here we are almost done painting the library. It was a big job and I’m glad she was there to help me.

We now have new carpet in the bedrooms. While it isn’t the color I really wanted it works fine and is so much better than what was there. Our refrigerator and dishwasher are supposed to be delivered tomorrow so that will be awesome. It will be nice to have cold beverage while we are working on the house/moving in. Originally I thought we might be able to keep the old ‘frige in the garage or whatever, but it was so bad that we ended up getting rid of it completely.

Clean at last

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A lot of things have come together in the last week, most of it today. There is now new paint in all the bedrooms and the main rooms. I still have to do the trim in the master bedroom and then paint the library. Having new paint really changes the feel of the house to me. The walls are fixed (no holes) and everything is a color I like. I’m also happy about not having white walls…or maybe just not having to worry about getting fined for doing something to the walls. Either way…woot!

We picked out carpet and it will be installed on Wednesday. I’m a little nervous about it because it is not the color I wanted. The color I wanted wouldn’t be available until mid-July and we really want to get it done sooner (we are moving in before the 30th so definitely before then). But I’m hopeful that the second choice will be fine. After that the bedrooms will be totally done. Well, we still need a ceiling fan or light for the master bedroom, forgot about that.

Our washer and dryer were delivered and installed today and they took away the old pee smelling ones. We also ordered a stove and microwave/hood but it wont be delivered until July 2nd. I’m a leery about this, not because it is after we move in (we have a microwave and a toaster over that will be fine for those couple of days), but because if something goes wrong with the order or it doesn’t fit or something then it will be more complicated. Ah well, such is life. We are in the process of getting the refrigerator and dishwasher with thanks to Roland’s brother. His work has a deal thingy with Whirlpool so we are hoping to save some money there. Hopefully we can work it out soon!

We also had our house powerwashed today. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to do it, but the homeowners associated left us a list of things we needed to do to meet code or whatever and powerwashing the roof was on it. So while he was out we had him do the roof, the vinyl fence, the front porch thingy, and the sidewalk. I had no idea our roof was so dirty. It was truly disgusting to watch the sludge rain off the roof. But now the roof, fence, and sidewalk are a whole new color! I’m not sure which thing looks more changed, what a difference! I forgot to take a new picture of the front to show the difference. I’ll try to remember to take one tomorrow.

Color!

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Guess what I’m going to write about today? That’s right! Work on the house. Things are moving along now I think (hope). I picked out colors for paint in the house which is a large deal considering my lack of decision making skills. I sure hope they look nice… Given the vast amount of connected space that will all be painted one color I think I am going to go get one of those tiny jars of paint and give it a try first. Then spring for the giant 5 gallon pail of paint after I see a bit of it on the wall.

Man that makes me nervous. I mean in the bedrooms if I don’t like the color its like a gallon of paint or whatever, but the rest of the house is all one color; the living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, and hallway! Plus we are having someone do that painting for us (I’m doing the bedrooms and the Florida room myself) so it isn’t going to be as cheap as doing it myself. On the up side I think I’m ready to start painting the guest bedroom and craftytown and the painter will be starting on prepping the walls of the main rooms tomorrow. The pressure washer guy will be around either this week or next (depending on the rain). We need to get a move on getting carpet for the bedrooms but we can’t do that until they are painted so that is my priority. So much to do!

Down in the mines

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Feeling a tad overwhelmed at the moment. Its not really how much there is to do so much as how little time I have to do it in. So far I’ve got three rooms washed and I started on the wall repair this afternoon. I probably should wash the master bedroom before moving on to the wall repair, but I need a change of pace. Dave finished mowing the lawn today which is awesome although there are some spots near a couple of trees that I’m not sure how we are going to mow. Probably need a weed whacker at some point.

I found some shoddy workmanship on the walls as I was washing and repairing. Places where they spackled but didn’t sand at all and one place where I think they painted over some left over stickum (from some tape maybe?). It makes my job harder that’s for sure. I started that in the afternoon so that by tomorrow the first layer will be dry and I can start sanding (no shortcuts here). But I think I’m going to have to go back to the Home Depot and get some courser sand paper. I wasn’t expecting to have to go through a layer of paint to get to some of this stuff. Ah well. I think I’m going to start with the three bedrooms and hold off on the Florida room until last because the bedrooms need new carpet. So if I get done painting in those three rooms we can get someone in to do the carpet sooner. Plus the faster we get carpet the faster I get to create craftytown!!!!