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Project Problems and the Power of Perspective

I never thought I’d write a thousand words about a fence, but when you own an old fixer-upper, project problems have a way of taking over your brain.

See, we recently decided to replace our old, ugly, and damaged chain link fence with a beautiful new 6′ wooden privacy fence. Here’s why:

*Just look at how ugly our old one was.

Good god that's ugly.
Good god it was ugly.

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Kitchen Renovation Reveal!

Words cannot express how happy I am that we finally bit the bullet and remodeled the house. While I’m happy about all of the projects that we tackled, the kitchen renovation was definitely the most satisfying. It was kind of like breaking up with that long-term boyfriend who’s kind of  a scrub but is perfectly nice and so you just stay with them for waaaaay longer than you ever expected, but then you come to your senses and dump them and suddenly you’re swept away by a partner who actually meets all of your needs, even the ones you didn’t know you had.

Am I a little too in love with our new kitchen? Perhaps.

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Renovation Progress!

Man, life’s been a doozy lately. Just after Bruce died, my grandmother was diagnosed with pre-leukemia. She’s 95 and was given only a few weeks to live, so it suddenly became a huge priority to make the trip out to Cincinnati to see her.

By some miracle of the scheduling gods, all 5 of my siblings and I were able to take this past weekend off to go out there. My sisters and I took a whirlwind roadtrip which was one of the most fun and exhausting 56 hours of my life (check out Kate, Libby, Annie, and Arlene  on Instagram to see all the silly outtakes!).  My bro flew in for a total of 5 hours just so he could be there too.

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Clay was already on a plane home by the time we remembered to take a photo of all of us, but rest assured I do indeed have a brother.

It was really special and I’m so glad we could all make it and it deserves its own post but also could life please just let up for one quick second? I’d really like a chance to catch my breath.

So it’s time to take a break from thinking about serious things by focusing on one consistent source of excitement in my life:

Renovation progress!

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The Remodeling Contract+ Short Hair Don’t Care

We did it! We signed our remodeling contract! Starting on Monday, our house will officially be renovated! I mean, it won’t all be done on Monday. But the dumpster hath arrived and we are ready to begin tearing shit down.

After the panic attack of putting down the deposit passed, I started to get really excited. Our house won’t be garbage anymore! We’ll be able to have legal renters! Maybe we’ll actually be able to sell our house one day!

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Our Experience With a Design Build Company

So y’all already know about our recent disappointing experience with a design build company that came in waaaaaay over budget on our project. As you can imagine, we felt like our deposit was a complete waste of money and we spent $1700 on nothing.

I really really hate wasting money, so I decided to do what I do best and make a fuss about it.

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Someday we’ll get our house fixed, just not by a design build company.

We started by contacting our designer, but after a week and a half with no response it became clear that she wasn’t gonna follow up. Totally unsatisfied, I decided it was time to go straight to the top.

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The Home Remodel: $$$ Updates

  1. Becoming a freelancer has made me acutely aware of just how much time really does equal money.
  2.  We just got the design and cost estimate back for our upcoming home remodel.
  3. Plz excuse me while I go pass out and don’t wake up until capitalism has been dismantled because there ain’t enough time in the world for me to make that kind of money.

numbers-money-calculating-calculationI had a feeling that going with a design/build firm for our home remodel was maaaaaaybe going to be out of our price range, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the final number they came back with. To be fair, I understand that overhauling 2 separate apartments is a whole lot of work. But also to be fair to me, it’s kinda shitty when you make your budget clear and then a company comes back with a quote that’s 50% over what you said you could afford.

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Life Lately: An Infographic

Life latelyLife lately has been just a little bit of a doozie. Like, to the point where it feels like I have completely lost track of time and I seem to blink and suddenly 3 weeks have gone by and I’m not quite sure how I’ve entered this mysterious fugue state, but it looks like it’s going to just be my life for at least a little while longer.

So I decided to make an infographic about it. Okay actually that’s not quite how it happened: Really, I’ve just been wanting to learn how to make infographics because they’re a marketable marketing skill, but I was stumped on what to choose as a topic. I was originally gonna make something feministy about how few women have ever been elected to the senate, but my brain could not process how to represent those (incredibly depressing) numbers in a visual way so I quickly gave up. I realized for my first go around, I needed to choose an easy topic that would be a breeze to write about. What could be easier than

Here’s a rundown of what’s been taking up my brainspace lately.

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