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life, long overdue

Eeek. I’ve been meaning to update, composing posts in my head while I’m driving or doing the dishes. There’s much that’s been going on, but yet, so much of spinning wheels and staying in place.

Spring is here, and summer is close behind. I’ve got lettuce, garlic, and potatoes in the ground. Broccoli and carrots are going in this evening, and corn, tomatoes, beans, and peas are going to wait at least another week. At least the unseasonably warm weather has gotten me in gear for eating lots of fresh veggies. I’ve been gorging on asparagus, broccoli, and spinach from the organic section and the winter farmer’s market.

asparagus in a butter and white wine reduction

Speaking of farmer’s market, Saturdays in May start in 2 days! I’m so excited to get down to Phoenix Park while it’s still chilly and browse the tender baby veggies that have been coaxed along by sunny days and cool nights. 

N & I tore down our garage, pulled out the backyard clothesline and invasive lilac bushes, and started tearing up the concrete garage pad and driveway. Our summer reno project is to get this all torn up and hauled away, pour new driveway and a 28×32 garage pad, and build a new garage. My back just hurts thinking about all of it…

I was in D.C. for training last week and am heading to the middle of nowhere for 3 weeks. I hope to focus on my running and reading. Gardening will have to become a weekend warrior task…

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Update #1 on 101 + pictures of the house

I’m making some progress in the land of 101 things to accomplish! I’ve called my grandpa a few times, I bought a grilling plate and pie pan used instead of new, I’ve been gearing up to lose weight (though the traveling is really puttng a damper in things). But two big ones are about to be accomplished:

#13. Host a major holiday for the family
#53. Buy a house

We’re hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow for N’s parents and sister and my parents and brother, in our little apartment. And then on Monday… we close on our new house!!! Now, I’m not going to consider it done until it’s really done, but it is happening, that much is for sure. :)

Here are a few pictures of the place:

It’s a 3 bedroom, 1 bath Cape Cod style, built in 1926. There is a downstairs that is only partially finished, but we hope to finish the laundry/utility room and include a beer-brewing / canning area. The floors are all modern faux-wood laminate or new carpet. There is a built-on garage on the left side of the house that is falling apart; we plan to tear it down and build a bigger garage with the tax credit in the spring.

We are going to have a stainless-steel dishwasher installed next to the sink in December, and we also hope to upgrade to a gas stainless-steel oven and stovetop this winter. The cabinets with eventually be replaced, as these are the originals and are not in the best shape… we’re hoping for frosted-glass fronts and will likely use the existing brushed stainless hardware (very new).

The living room empty, and with their furniture in it. I want to buy a piano in the next year (probably an old, crappy upright!), and we also need a living room furniture set. For now, this room with probably be empty, with the exception of a big Christmas tree in front of the picture window!

 The dining room, as seen from the living room, empty and with their furnishings. Probably going to be set up very similarly to theirs, with a china cabinet on one side of the room and a bookcase on the other.

The one very small bathroom! I personally love the window in the shower. :-p Actually, there is a lot of storage space above the toilet and in cabinets above the bath/shower combo, and we like the colors and style. I’m happy getting ready in the bedroom in front of a vanity, so I don’t think we’ll be too badly off with only one small bathroom. :)

The walls of the basement family room are a mint green, which promptly getting painted over. The room is much larger than it seems from the picture- 12 feet wide by 30 feet long! Behind the photographer is a tiled area, where we would like to [eventually] build a bar. This room with be the home-theater / man cave, with N’s 42-inch HD flat screen on far wall (the tan couch in the picture). We’ll put his crappy plaid sofa and my thrift-store armchairs down there for now. Next to the family room is the utility room and laundry, with ample space for an old stove, fridge, and lots of storage shelves. We’d like to finish the floor and ceiling, add in a bathroom (there’s currently a stub for a toilet and shower), and use the workspace as a canning and beer-brewing room. Talk about living the dream! :)

 I’m not going to even post pictures of the bedrooms because 1) they’re not photogenic, 2) there’s nothing in them, and 3) they’re going to get painted and remodeled, so what’s the point? They currently have fugly wall color and curtains covering the closet doors. Ew.

The lot is quite large, and the backyard includes a wooden patio, fire pit, and large shed. The lot is fenced off, and there’s an additional fenced dog-kennel area. There’s lots of room for my garden, and stone planters in the front of the house for lots of flowers. I can’t wait to get a puppy and start planting this spring!

The finale- the hubs looking at something interesting :)

So, that’s the house! We’re so excited for our own place together: building equity, taking out a large amount of debt, a dozen home-improvement projects to be completed, and packing and moving all of our stuff in the dead of winter.  What else could two newlyweds ask for?!

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Clean Eating: Day 4

Breakfast (7:15): 1 tsp natural PB, 1/4 c. lite Activia yogurt, coffee

Snack (9:30): 1/2 c. natural homemade (NH) applesauce and 1/4 c. 1% cottage cheese

Lunch (12:00): 1 beef brat, 1 c. boiled whole potatoes, 1/2 c. cooked corn

Snack (3:00ish): 1/4 c. 1% cottage cheese and 1/2 c. NH applesauce

Supper (x): not sure yet, will see what the hubs wants! Probably buffalo chili leftovers?

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