Friday, May 30, 2008

Yay for Friday!

I'm so happy it's Friday again. I just love short weeks! To make it even better I found 20 bucks in my pocket this morning when I put my jeans on. Gotta love that!

No big plans for the weekend. I'm sure we'll do something tonight, but I don't know what. Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and thundering so I think I'll stay hunkered down in the house. DMil brought over my remaining china from the apartment the other day so I'll just plan to finish unpacking that. Sunday is supposed to be nice so hopefully we can cook out and do a little gardening.

I'd like to get a outside seating set for the deck. We have a dining table and chairs already that we put on the grass and I'd like to add some comfy living-room type seating on the deck as well so we can just hang out and put our feet up. I'm off to search the net...

Talk to you later! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

One other thing...

You may have noticed a "blessing my heart" link on the side of my blog. Well, I've pulled out my pedometer again and am trying to walk more. Taking the train has helped since I have to walk further to/from my office, but I'm also taking walks at lunch. So, I set the ticker up yesterday with a target of 10,000 steps this week. Well, I blew that out of the water already. In one day I walked 10,005 steps. I guess my goal was off a bit. So I revised it to 30,000 steps this week. Next week, I think I'll raise it to 50,000 steps. Stay tuned.

Oh, and if anyone has any idea of what "step" goals should be, let me know. I'm sure my targets are still off. TIA!

Happy Wednesday!


Hello all,

Nothing too much to report today other than the recipe I want to share. Last night we had the yummiest dinner if I do say so myself. I found a recipe from the Leanne, the Dinner Diva, one of Flylady's friends, on for Garlic Lime Chicken. I didn't have regular chicken breasts, but I did have cutlets so I used those. I served it with a deconstructed guacamole salad (meaning everything was in big chunks over romaine lettuce) and black beans seasoned with Adobo. OMG, it was to die for! Luckily, there was enough left over that I was able to bring some for lunch today. =) I'm a happy girl! I highly recommend it and think the chicken itself would be great with anything and would most definitely make a yummy sandwich too. Michael said this one is a definite keeper.

Oh, one more thing, I bought my June commuter rail pass this morning. I think I am a true convert to the rails. I was kinda slow getting out of the house this morning and still caught my usual train. I thought for sure I'd have to wait for the next one. The beauty of my line, I'm realizing, is that it is always on time and never early so I can count on it being there at 8:01am, not 7:55am or 8:10am. I'm used to riding the subway that runs more frequently, but I still felt like I was always running to catch those trains. It's just a different scene. It's so much more civilized, a smoother ride and none of the trains I've been on so far has been overly packed. I've always scored a seat in the morning and mostly get one on the way home. Very different than the subway. All and all I am very pleased. And, as I mentioned in an earlier post, saving money too! Can't beat that. =)

I hope you all have a great day!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A wonderful weekend!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend. Ours was great. It went just as we had planned. I was able to get out early on Friday and catch a 3:35 train. I called Michael as I was waiting for the train and he was already half way home from work and I beat him by a good 20 minutes! Hee, hee. Anyway, when he came home, we just chilled on the deck and had a few beers. The weather couldn't have been better Friday and for the whole weekend.

Saturday, I went on my errands and Michael worked on the yard. I had to go all over the countryside to find a place to return the beer cans. I thought I could do it at the grocery store, but the one I went to doesn't sell beer so you can't return the cans there. Ugh, anyway, I was able to find a place and did my good deed for the environment. Then I headed over to BJ's and bought the bulk items we needed and then finally went back to the grocery store after a pit stop at home to unload. The house was in good shape so the weekly home blessing didn't take too long. We're living on the first floor for the most part, so upstairs has remained nice and neat, so other then a swish and swipe in the bathroom, I was all set.

Sunday was beautiful. Our first Sunday paper came to the new house so I was able to have some coffee and sit on the deck in the morning and read it. It was terrific! Later, the family came over for a cookout. We did the traditional burgers and hot dogs with mac and jack salad and Julie's yummy potato salad. Everyone was stuffed. I think I made the burgers a bit too big this time. Oh well, next time they should be just right. After our cookout, we went over to C & S's for round two. S's brother and family were visiting. It was nice to see them, especially since I don't think I had seen their boys since C & S got married, almost 12 years ago! We had a nice visit. After we left there, we were going to go to the cultural center, but it was closed so we just went home.

Monday we just had a lazy day. We just hung around, had more hot dogs, watched movies and napped. A perfect day if you ask me!

I didn't get to plant any flowers, but I did tend to my potted petunias and they are looking fab!

Well, it's back to work for me. At least it is already Tuesday! Have a great day!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Woo hoo, a long weekend!

I'm so excited it's Friday! And a long weekend is ahead! Yippee!

I was messed up on my days yesterday and it didn't hit me until I got home last night that it was Thursday not Wednesday. Gotta love that!

We'll be hanging at the house this weekend. Tomorrow the junk guys are coming to get rid of the construction mess and I am going to try my hand at a little gardening in the front yard. Please say your prayers for the flowers I get that they don't die as soon as I plant them. You may think I'm kidding, but I have the worst black thumb ever and even killed my air plant that needs nothing at all! I was thinking of going to the nursery rather than HD to get some plants because I think I may get some better advice from the nursery workers as to which plants will work in our front yard. Also, Michael and I are trying to support the local businesses more and are going to try and avoid HD, unless we need something big. There's an Ace Hardware that's even closer to the house, so we'll go there for the smaller items. We have nothing against HD, but we just want to support our town businesses, rather than go to the next town and support corporate America.

OK, off my tangent and back to the weekend plans...Saturday will be a work on the yard-go grocery shopping-weekly home blessing (that's a Flylady thing if you're not in the know) kind of day. Sunday and Monday are supposed to be beautiful - sunny and in the 70's and near 80! =) We're going to take these days off from any kind of work. We're planning on cooking out both days and just enjoying our yard and being outside. (Note to self: Pick up some sunscreen) If you're in the neighborhood, come on by. I'm sure the grill will be going all day. (Other note to self: check the propane level.) I plan to make up some of my yummy hand packed burgers for you all to enjoy along with the usual hot dogs and all the other summertime fixin's. Yum, I can hardly wait!

It is so dead in the office today. It's a floater holiday for us and there are only 6 of us here so far. I know most people took the day off and I'm sure others will be strolling in late. I didn't take the day since I just came back from vacation. Oh well, I'm sure it will be an easy day and hopefully I can scoot out a little early.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend! Talk to you Tuesday!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Hello all,

As promised, here are some pictures of our new home. I think there are some more I need to add, especially in the afters, but you will get the idea of what's been done since we bought the house.

We'd really like to thank everyone that helped us turn this house into a home. Mum, thanks for all the trim and door painting; Dad, thanks for hitting all those high spots and ceilings =); Mum, Dad and Sarah K, thanks for the lazy lasagna and spaghetti pie to make sure we ate something; Wendy, thanks for your superior taping skills and window and panelling painting in the kitchen; Mike, our little Donkey Apprentice, thanks for your help beheading the rocking horse, dismantling the vintage swing set and of course painting; Eamonn, thanks for my beautiful china closet and our wonderfully fancy digital thermostat - It works wonderfully, even though you needed to use my pink tool set ;); Sarah S, Mary and Sean, thank you for all of your help with all the packing and cleaning up our new yard - it's looking greener already so I better not touch anything ;) and last but not least, thank you Uncle Jimmy for all of your work on the side of the house - it looks amazing.

And of course, I want to thank my sweetie, Michael. You did an awesome job with everything! I <3 you!

I'd also like to give myself some props for replacing all of the door locks all by myself! Yay me!

Without further ado, please click below and watch the transformation! Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I think I'm gonna save some dough!

Hi all,

So I took the commuter rail today for the first time. Wow! What a difference! Since we bought our new place, I had been driving to work and burning through gas like crazy, not to mention the $325 a month I pay for my parking spot at work. I decided that with $4/gallon gas prices looming, I needed to find an alternative. So I joined my fellow commuters on the train today. 23 minutes from the burbs to Boston. Woo hoo! My drive had been taking me 65-70 minutes each morning and about the same on the ride home. It was so nice to be able to sleep until 7, get ready and drive the 4 minutes to the station (it's just a little too far to walk it). I stepped off the train and had a nice walk to my office - it took about 8 minutes. It's a beautiful day so it was a pleasure to walk to work, until, like the klutz I am, I wiped out on some spilled coffee on the sidewalk. Luckily, I'm no worse for the wear and didn't get any of the coffee on me. So all and all, I'm very happy with my new alternative.

I figure I'll save $308.40/month. As I mentioned, my parking is $325, gas is $46.60/week (for now), so that's $511.40 a month. My train pass will be $163/month + parking at the station will be $40/month = $203/month. (I'm not going to count the gas to get to the station since it is so minimal.) That's a nice chunk of change I'll be saving. Yay me! And I know Michael will be happy about it too.

On another note, the side of the house project is finished on the outside so now we have a pile of construction debris to dispose of. We were thinking of getting a dumpster, but that just seemed to be a little bit of overkill since we don't have enough to fill it. Luckily, we got a postcard in our mail from a junk removal service. I called them last night and their prices are based on how much you fill up the truck, so if we fill 1/4 or 1/2 a truck that's all we pay for and they'll take anything as long as it's not a flammable liquid. So, we scheduled them to come out on Saturday for a quote and if it's agreeable, then they'll take the stuff right then. It's great because we can also have them take the old washer, AC and swing set that the sellers left. I hope it all works out.

Well, that's all for now. I promise I'll get cracking on the pictures for you all and post them this week. TTYL!

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm Back!

Hello all!

I'm back at work today. As you know, I was on vacation last week to deal with the move and all the unpacking. I must say, it all went really well! We've got just about everything unpacked, our new fridge was delivered, and it's really feeling like home. We have a few things left at the apartment, but I plan to pick up as much as I can on my way home today and the rest tomorrow if it doesn't all fit in the beetle.

We've got to get our fish over to the house too. I'm not sure how to do that without completely messing up the tank. We've let the water go down a bit so I'm hoping that we can move it over and then just top off the tank with treated water. We were originally going to put the tank in the living room, but I think that it might be a bit tight so I think Fatty, Dotty and Oscar will be living in the office.

We've got most of the before and after pictures taken so I plan to put together one of those montage thingys for you all to see. I hope to do that this week.

We've met a few of the neighbors and they are all very nice and happy to see another young couple in the neighborhood. Slowly the street is turning to folks like us or couples with young children so I'm sure we'll be very happy there for a long time. The house next door is vacant as the owner went into a nursing home, so hopefully that will be occupied/sold soon.

Well, that's all for now. I'm off to catch up on your blogs! =)

Friday, May 9, 2008

7 and 1/2 hours left...

My vacation will be starting st the end of the day! Yippee! Well, sort of. The moving trucks are coming on Monday to clear out the apartment and head over to the house. We're very excited about that, but it means we'll have a gillion boxes to now unpack, ugh. I must say that it will be a relief once this move is complete. It will be so nice to be able to sit on our couch again and watch TV at the end of the day and sleep in our real bed. (We've been sleeping on the guest bed that we brought over.) I hope to get the kitchen squared away as far as the unpacking goes early in the week so that we can have a home cooked meal. All the take out we've been having is getting old, not to mention expensive.

Michael and I are going to go to Home Depot tonight to get the remaining paint we need and also pick out our new kitchen appliances. We were going to wait on the appliances, but have decided to just go ahead since we're already hemorrhaging money. After hearing the vintage copper tone fridge moan and groan and give off heat we decided to go for it. The oven is also a disaster. It too is vintage copper tone and last Saturday when we were heating up a casserole that Mum and Dad brought over, it popped and scared the crap out of us. I had been preheating the oven and the bottom broiler came on with its pilots and it seemed like the top oven was working too. Little did we know that the pilot for the top oven hadn't lit right away so the oven was filling with gas and then when the pilot did come on, it popped and the door bounced open a little. To get to the point, basically, there was an explosion in the oven. Thankfully nothing bad happened except for our hearts skipping a beat. We decided then that we needed those new appliances and figured we may as well get the new cook top too. (We haven't tried that yet, but the way things are going , I don't really want to.)

Well, I've got to get back to work so I can get out of here at 5 o'clock today. I'll write more next week when I have some time (and my desk).

Happy Friday and I hope you all have a super duper weekend! Yes, I said super duper and I am a complete dork and damn proud of it! =)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

We're almost there!

Hi everybody!

We closed on the house last Wednesday! Whoo hooooo! Grumpy played his usual antics right up until the end saying he wasn't going to sell the house. Our attorney, K, told him he "wouldn't put up with one minute of his bullsh*t." *insert thumbs up here* When Grumpy came into the office he was quiet as a church mouse and didn't make any fuss. Michael and I realized later that his antics are completely sexist. He will only make a fuss around women and won't make a peep in front of men. *eyeroll*. Anyway, we never have to see that guy again and we have a house!!!

I can't wait to post the pics for you all to see! The before and afters are awesome! We finished up the living room last night. It went from boring beige with dark wood trim and paneling to a pretty light apple green and marshmallowy white trim and paneling. It looks sooo good and so fresh and young. The room is so much brighter. The dining room is a pretty light coral color with the marshmallow trim. It's almost finished, we just need to finish up around the ceiling and baseboards. The kitchen looks amazing. We painted the cabinets and paneling with the marshmallow and spray painted the hardware with gold. The walls above the paneling are a pale yellow. I haven't decided on a color for our room yet, but I think I'll pick a neutral color so that it will go with my ever changing bed linens. So we're almost there. Just the bedroom and the rest of the first floor hall and we'll be finished! I'm so excited! The upstairs is all white and looks freshly painted, so we're going to leave that alone for now.

Michael and Uncle J made the run to Home Depot today to get the supplies for the side of the house project of taking out the door and replacing the windows and demolishing the wacky stairs. They headed out around 7 this morning so I can't wait to see the progress when I get home from work. (Yes I'm at work this week, ugh.)

I'll be off next week to really work my magic organizing everything and decorating. Ooooooo, I can't wait! We're moving in on Monday. It can't get here soon enough!

Well, I've got to get some work done. Talk to you soon!