quote of the week

"Home wasn't built in a day."
Jane Ace, The Fine Art of Hypochondria

{this picture from the attic in 2006 is proof. this was the beginning of the end for our "finished" attic, and the beginning of our electrical re-wiring project. neither of which are completely finished - but who's counting? i'm going to remember and recite this quote every time one of our family members gives us crap about the status of our house.}


bathroom tile dilemma

so we started thinking about our bathroom remodel months ago. at that time we were hoping to have started and completed the darn thing already. we haven't even started. part of it is we've been distracted by fabulous weather ... thus the landscaping and time spent outside. the other part is my utter disgust with the dust issue ... thus the attic project. the landscaping is probably finished for now (more to come next year) and we will finish our part of the attic project over the 4th weekend.
so here we are back to our bathroom dilemma. the third reason for our procrastination (always must have good excuses, er, reasons for NOT finishing projects) is the tile. omg. i thought picking out items was supposed to be the easy part. the tile is becoming such a burden. we were originally going to order our tile from Mission Tile West. but we have had so much trouble with them that i think that is off the table. i'm going to save my ranting & raving post for later, just in case we need to actually order from them but all i'll say is this: for the amount of money we were going to spend on this tile their customer service is crap. terrible. i highly would recommend not even bothering beginning a conversation with these people.

i'm pushing for us to make a decision on our tile so this weekend we're going to go to a store locally called Architectural Brick & Tile. we're going to check out the Meredith Art Tile line. online this line looks like what we've been thinking about doing. i'm crazy about this color which is way different than the pink we were thinking about buying. it's called 'seaglass'. we're still going to do the 3x6 field tiles but not sure about the rest. i'll update after we look this weekend. yeah!



think that's a weird title for my post? according to my parents that is what i used to call flowers when i was little.
over the past few months we've installed about 1/4 to 1/2 of our landscape plan. some of you may know that chad is a landscape architect and we've also joked that for the past 4 years our neighbors probably don't believe that fact because our yard has been not great. the only thing we've done up until now was tear out whatever landscaping the POs had in the ground. (we did this immediately so as to fool the neighbors when we first moved in. here they thought something was going to be installed in place of the things we tore out. silly.) chad did tear up the entire back yard and re-seeded which has given us beautiful thick really green grass. also, we've planted like 9 trees or something. but now we have flaffoos! yeah!
these pictures are not the greatest but you can get the idea. here are corabells (i really don't know if that is the right name) in the front of the bed, the daisies and in the back are hydrangeas. i am SUPER excited about those.

in the next picture you can see the dead grass where the bed is going to be extended to our future sidewalk. we'll work on this part of the bed this weekend. (and by "we" i really mean chad.)

this is one of the beds i posted about over a month ago. while i was in florida chad planted hostas and corabells in this bed. and finally our dogwood is doing well. that thing has been a wimp for the past few years but i think it is coming out of its slump.

so nice to see some actual progress! also i apologize if i butchered these plant names. plants aren't my thing and i'm really too lazy to go look up the proper spelling and stuff.


happy anniversary

sometime in the last week of may we celebrated 4 years of proud ownership of the irvington bungalow. oh if i had only known then what i know now ...

happy anniversary to us !!

i've come a long way, baby

i really don't know why i used that title on this post. i'm been remiss in writing lately partly because i was in florida all last week and then have been swamped at work this week. but now...ahhh...it is the weekend so i can breathe a little easier now.

oh and both of our cameras are on the outs. i'm going to have to get a new one but just don't have the energy to think about it at the moment. so needless to say, not a lot of housework to talk about or to show which actually renders this post almost totally useless. however i didn't feel right disappointing my one reader (sorry about that tree Brian) so i thought i would post something.

here are some pictures of what i dream our attic bathroom will look like one day. not crazy about that sink, a little too grecian or something for my taste. but you get the general idea.