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Five on Friday


I figured that I should start today off with a little update from yesterday’s post. My appointment with the physiatrist went as well as could be expected. She was a wonderful physician with a great bedside manner, and that’s always comforting with you’re inevitably receiving bad news. It turns out that she has been intending to send me straight to a surgeon since she first saw all my notes. It was obvious that she had looked over my past medical history in detail before the walked into the room. It’s so nice when you don’t have to retell your story for the umpteenth time. She just needed to perform and document some provocation tests, which I passed (or failed?) with flying colors. Apparently I’m about as perfect of a candidate as you could find for this surgery.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday – I think they worked in some way or another because usually it takes about 8 weeks to get an appointment with the surgeon but he had one available next Wednesday. Instead of waiting two months, I’ll only be waiting 6 days. 

Just because I’ve been referred to the surgeon doesn’t guarantee that he will accept my case. In the end, the surgeon is responsible for determining if a patient is an appropriate candidate for a procedure. Any responsible surgeon takes that seriously, because they bear the fault if something goes wrong. That said, because my case seems to be straightforward and I’m relatively low risk for complications (especially compared to the more senior population that he’s probably used to operating on…) I suspect that he will have no problem taking on my case. Assuming that’s the case, he’ll present my options. There are three different manufacturers of the rods that are used to fuse the sacroiliac joint, so I’ll have to pick my hardware. Fun, right? This is the point where I appreciate my background in health care, because I can really understand what physicians are telling me and I know what questions to ask. 

So am I still scared? Yes, but not as much as before. Having more of an answer and a clear-cut direction puts me a bit more at ease. Plus, I found out that I’ll only have to stay off my leg for one week, not six weeks like I was originally anticipating! 


Enough about me, let’s get on to some Blogger Love….

All the Joys - Blogger Love

7 Ways to Manage Anxiety by the new wifestyle – Chelsea has some great advice for anyone who has ever struggled with anxiety. I’m a pharmacist, so I understand anxiety and mental illness from a provider and a patient perspective. Being a pharmacist, I’m a nerd and I love drugs, but sadly we don’t have a medicinal cure for everything. Some people can manage their mental illness without medication, while other people require medication(s) to balance the chemicals in their brain and allow them to lead a “normal” life (if anyone actually knows that “normal” is, please let me know). Despite a person’s choice or need to use medication, there are a lot of non-drug therapy options that can and SHOULD be utilized to help control your symptoms. Chelsea’s list is AMAZING and she has some great ideas, some of which I’ve used in the past and some of which I should probably use more often! I would actually add one more to her list to make it “8 ways to manage anxiety” and the 8th way would be animal therapy. Seriously, even if you can’t own a pet, just interacting with animals can be SO beneficial to human health and healing (and that’s a fact, people!). I always loved seeing therapy dogs around the hospital when I was working – I swear they did just as much good for the staff as they did for the patients!

Dear Fashion Industry by Chicken Scratch – Val said what I have been saying for years….the fashion industry needs to bring back flared jeans! Actually, she made the point that the fashion industry apparently is bringing back flared jeans. Hallelujah! If you’re a super model, or you happen to be one of those people blessed with a “stick” figure, skinny jeans are awesome. They look fabulous on you. For the rest of us….not so much. I’ve been trying to not wear pants for the past 5+ years because of the skinny jeans trend, but honestly I’m not always a huge skirt / dress kind of girl. I have hips, and a really big butt, and they don’t tend to fit into skinny pants. Even if they do fit into a stretchy pair, they don’t look too good. I’m also tired of looking at other girls with hips and butts trying to squeeze into skinny pants. Enough is enough. Thank goodness the flares are coming back!

Sharing Pregnancy on the Internet by Sage – This is such a difficult topic, and one I’ve wrestled with a bit myself, even though I’ve never been pregnant. Cassie mentioned about how Meagan handles sharing her kids on her blog – and I also think Meagan does a great job. Meagan refers to her kids by their first initial, and blurs or crops their faces out of pictures for their privacy. It seems like the perfect solution to balance acknowledging the existence of your kids but also maintaining their privacy. BUT – Meagan started blogging well after her pregnancies. That’s such a huge milestone event, and I think every blogger is tempted to share it on their blogs. How far do you go? Do you share their name? Their newborn pictures? No pictures? Do you talk about it at all? I think about it terms of “what would I have wanted?” kind of situation. My parents have plenty of embarrassing pictures and stories about me that they didn’t share on the internet because the internet wasn’t really around when I was that young. Don’t my future offspring deserve that privilege as well? Then again – I know I’m going to be so proud of them that I might just not be able to resist sharing a few pictures here and there! Continue reading Five on Friday

Tile, Hardwood, and Carpet, Oh My!

On Thursday we had our flooring meeting for the house. Flooring doesn’t just mean flooring – it also included the tile for our showers (including the trim), the trim around our tub in the master bathroom, the backsplash for our kitchen, and the material surrounding our fireplace. Obviously there are huge decisions and most of them are pretty permanent. So here’s how it went….


Master Bathroom: daltile Healthland White Rock ceramic tile
Master Bathroom: daltile Healthland White Rock ceramic tile

We started off picking out tile. We have tile floors in four places: our master bathroom, the Jack & Jill bathroom, the basement bathroom, and the laundry room. We started with the master bathroom. We have dark cabinets and our granite in that room has dark and light aspects, so overall we decided to go with a lighter colored tile. In the end our favorite was daltile Heathland ceramic floor tile in White Rock.

We had the option of picking a different trim in the master bathroom that will go around our garden tub. There will also some of the trim in the shower. There seemed to be a million different options but we had a really difficult time finding something. We finally made a decision, but neither Dave nor I were absolutely in love with it. We happened to be walking around in a different area later in the meeting while we were looking at fire place stone options, and ended up coming across a really cool shower display. I really liked the trim on the display, so I asked if we could use that option. At first everyone thought I was still talking about the fireplace, but after I clarified that I liked it in the bathroom we went back and grabbed a sample of our tile….and it ended up looking pretty good! Dave and I liked it a lot more than our original choice, so it was nice that we ended up with something that we loved!

Indian Autumn Slate Tile

Our trim will be in the straight-line pattern, like the edge of the shower base, not the pattern on the floor of the shower. Apparently this is a slate tile called “Indian Autumn.” 

The choice in the master bath was between the daltile Healthland option and Vitromex Miramar ceramic tile in Elegance. We hate leaving an option we really like on the table, so of course we just decided to use it in another location! In this case we decided to put it in the Jack & Jill bathroom. 

Jack & Jill Bathroom: Vitromex Miramar Elegance ceramic tile
Jack & Jill Bathroom: Vitromex Miramar Elegance ceramic tile
Laundry Room: Esta Villa in Garden White
Laundry Room: Esta Villa in Garden White

We had a ton of options laid out on the floor, and there was one option I really liked but it didn’t go very well with our granite. That option was daltile Esta Villa glazed porcelain tile in Garden White. BUT we don’t have granite in our laundry room. Instead we have the Umber cabinets with laminate in a color that’s called Jamocha Granite. The Garden White wouldn’t be a problem with those options, and I really like how light and airy it will look in that room (especially because it’s an interior room without any windows). 

Basement bathroom: American Olean Belmar ceramic tile in Olive
Basement bathroom: American Olean Belmar ceramic tile in Olive

The last option we needed to pick out was for the basement bathroom, which has a completely different granite but the same Umber cabinets as the Jack & Jill bathroom and the laundry room. Dave was thinking of doing a bit of a darker tile option in the basement. We had a really tough time choosing, but the final winner is American Olean Belmar ceramic tile in Olive. 

So here’s the thing about the tile pictures from the manufacturer’s website….they don’t all look exactly like they look when they’re in front of me. The master bathroom tile is not quite that gold, and it’s actually not that different than the tile going into the Jack & Jill bathroom. In the pictures above, the Jack & Jill bathroom tile looks like the whitest, but in reality the laundry room tile is actually much whiter than the Jack & Jill bathroom tile. Go figure. 


After picking out tile we moved on to the checking out options for around the fireplace. We knew that we could go back to the Stone Center if we didn’t find anything we liked. As I mentioned earlier, I found our bathroom trim while looking for our fireplace stone. When I pointed out the trim option, we found out that the slate used for the tile also comes in a stacked stone form that would be perfect for use around the fireplace! Because it comes in the stacked stone and a tile form, the tiles in front of the fire place will be a perfect match to the stone on the fireplace. The colors are absolutely gorgeous…

Indian Autumn Slate Tile

I know this lousy cell-phone picture is of a bathroom, but the tiles on the wall will be exactly what will be on the floor around our fireplace, and the exact same material will be used in a stacked stone form around the fireplace box. 

Kitchen Backsplash

This was the option that I was most concerned about going into this meeting. Why? I don’t like a lot of the kitchen backsplashes that I’ve seen. It seems to be common to use a lot of smaller glass tiles in a variety of colors, and I find that it ends up looking too busy for my personal taste. The model home in our community was gorgeous, and we’ve copied a lot of the design ideas, but the kitchen backspash was the one thing I wanted to do different….big time. So I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find anything I liked for this area. In the end, it turned out to be our easiest choice. I stood up, walked a couple feet, pointed to an option, held up our samples, and we went with it. 

I ended up going with subway tile. It’s a little more modern than some of the other choices in the house, because we tend to gravitate towards more of a traditional or rustic look. That said, I didn’t want our kitchen backspash to make a statement. I don’t want people to walk into our house and say “wow, I love your kitchen backsplash!” unless they’re like me (recently) and are specifically checking out everyone’s kitchen backspash to try and find what they like. This backsplash had everything I was looking for – it was stylish and classy without being too bold. 

Transceramic French Clay subway tiles in Bronzage
Transceramic French Clay subway tiles in Bronzage


This was our last decision of the day, and it was probably a good thing that we did it at the very end because I was getting mentally exhausted and carpet was the mentally easiest decision. It was easier because a) it’s the easiest thing to replace out of all these options and b) we only have it in four locations: the basement, the staircase, and two of the upstairs bedrooms. We started off by deciding to upgrade from the standard 6 lb carpet pad to the 8 lb Spillmaster carpet pad. The 8 lb pad will lengthen the life of our carpet (always a good thing in my opinion) and the Spillmaster pad prevents stains (like doggy vomit or urine) from seeping into the pad, making those messes easier to clean. The fact that I will probably never be without a dog was the reason we put hardware and tile in most spaces throughout the house. But, if you’ve ever had a dog, you know that they like to run to the only carpeted space around when they’re about to be sick. So I’m planning on cleaning up messes on carpets, and if that’s the case then I want maximum-easiness in the clean up process. I’m also pretty sure that I vomited on my bedroom carpet at least once as a kid….so there could easily be biologic messes from human sources in the future

The model home had a really nice patterned carpet on the stairs, and I like the idea of making that carpet a little nicer because the stairs are one of the first thing you see when you come in our front door. I saw a pattern I loved right when we walked into the carpet section. If you know me, you know that I’m a sucker for linear patterns. Especially tartan. Someone’s going to have to stop me from putting tartan decor everywhere in our home. Maybe it’s my Scottish heritage, maybe it’s the fact that I work a tartan uniform to school for 10 years as a kid….I dunno, but I’m a sucker for it! Don’t worry, I didn’t put down tartan carpet on our stairs, but I did pick out this gorgeous diamond pattern. Swoon! It’s made by Dixie Home, and it’s the Ellsworth style in the color “Riddle.” 

Dixie Home Ellsworth Riddle

The carpet on the stairs will be directly adjacent to the carpet in the basement, so we got out all of the samples of our included carpet options (which are just a standard-looking Shaw carpet) and picked the option that was closest in color to the carpet on the stairs. 

So there you have it – all of our flooring selections are done! Next week we have the last two big selection meetings. On Tuesday we’ll be picking our all of our lighting (eeek!) and on Thursday we’re finishing up with our interior trim selections (eek again!). Lighting is pretty self-explanatory, but interior trim will include things like our interior doors and door knobs, shower doors, bathroom fixtures (towel racks and toilet paper dispensers), and interior paint colors (ahhhhh!). You can look forward to a lot of updates in the next week or two!

Until later, Ashlen