I don’t know where this week went. Time flies when you’re keeping busy, I guess. This week we were busy again with house building, so let’s start there.
House Building Update
Yesterday we had our interior trim meeting. I thought that meant we were going to need to pick out all of our interior paint colors, mirrors, and bathroom hardware accessories (like towel bars and toilet paper rolls). Turns out that comes later (like, next week). During this meeting we picked out interior doors and picked the interior trim paint color. That’s the color that will be used on things like our our baseboards and our fireplace mantle. Not quite as exciting as picking out mirrors or paint colors for the walls. The winner was Mother of Pearl by Porter Paints.
We had already made a lot of decisions about our trim prior to signing our contract, which made this meeting super duper easy. We actually might need to take out the ceiling trim in Dave’s office because it would probably look pretty odd with the sloped vaulted ceiling. We decided that it didn’t need to be added anywhere else so….#winning. I was reminded that we had added the 4′ Wainscott around our dining nook area, which made me swoon (again).
Last time I posted we had just discovered that our water heater was installed in the incorrect location, and the pit that contains our sump pump pits wasn’t created large enough. Turns out both of these problems can be fixed, which made me uber happy. I really wasn’t sure if they could make changes to our concrete foundation, but apparently it’s possible…whoop whoop! We had to run out to the house in the middle of the day yesterday because we were told that the electrician would be finishing up and would need a fan that Dave is purchasing himself so it could be installed. All of Dave’s electronic / A/V stuff is going in a closet in the basement, and he’s figuring out how to make it work so it won’t overheat. Apparently that includes installing a super quiet bathroom fan in the closet. The problem? Dave had just decided to add this fan and didn’t actually have it yet….and apparently it was a “special order” kind of product at Lowe’s and Home Depot. So we went out to the house so he could talk to the electrician….who wasn’t there. In fact, the electric work hasn’t been started yet. Whomp whomp whomp. In this case, the apparent delay was a good thing because Dave was able to purchase the fan at Ferguson’s (where we bought all of our plumbing fixtures) and he’ll be able to get it to the electrician when he actually starts working on our house.
When we were out at the house we found out that the soffits were being installed. I didn’t know what a soffit was until yesterday, but apparently it’s the underside of the roof that goes all the way around the house. I think the same crew (or at least the same contractor) puts up the exterior siding, so I’m hoping that’s done soon. I would also love for our front doors to be installed, because they’ve just been sitting in the garage for weeks now.
Today’s #Blogtober14 prompt is the one beauty product you can’t live without. Right now that’s Aquage’s Silkening Oil Treatment. It’s kind of pricey, but you only need one or two pumps at a time so it lasts quite a while. I just rub it into damp hair before I blow dry and it decreases the amount of time it takes to dry my hair and it makes my hair soft and smooth. Love it!
Let’s just talk October in general. It’s turned into a pretty special month. Obviously we celebrated our first anniversary this month, and when we got married last year I was aware that our anniversary would end up being the day after my aunt and uncle’s anniversary. What I didn’t realize was that we were actually adding to an already-existing string of anniversaries all on one side of my mom’s family. It turns out that anniversaries to celebrate every day from October 9th to October 12th. How cool is that!?
October is also a big birthday month for our family and friends. Of my four bridesmaids (aka 4 of my favorite gals in the world) three of them celebrate birthdays in October. The fourth is a July baby, which is the best month to have a birthday (but I’m only a little biased, being a July baby myself). So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Steph, Kim, and Abby, and to Dave’s Aunt Wanda who also celebrated her birthday this month!
We went out last week to celebrate Kim’s big 30th birthday! We don’t live too far away from downtown Carmel, Indiana, and that was where Kim got her friends together. We started off at Muldoon’s, an Irish Pub, and later in the evening we headed across the street to The Pint Room. The Pint Room opened not that long ago (this summer I think?) and whenever we pass by it’s always packed. Now that I’ve had a change to check it out, I can definitely see why. They’ve got an insane number of beers on tap. If you’re into beer at all, you’ll definitely be able to find more than one thing that meets your fancy.
Of course I’m linking up with Meagan again today for some Friday blogger love!
This week I highly recommend that you check Notes from a Newlywed and the florkens for this week’s edition of their “Going Natural” series. Why? This week’s focus was cleaning products. Amanda specifically mentioned Norwex in her post, and Kate talked about Method. Those are pretty much my new “go-to” brands for everything cleaning-related. (Don’t worry guys, I checked, and Norwex doesn’t test any of its products on animals, so it’s also a “win” on the cruelty-free front).
Just within the last couple weeks I’ve started using Norwex’s Blue Diamond product as my all-purpose bathroom cleaner (as much as the Norwex cloths can do for some places with “just water,” that wasn’t going to cut it for places like the toilet). With the Blue Diamond and the Norwex Ergonomic Toilet Brush, I managed to get the bowl clean faster than I ever imagined possible. Don’t worry, I won’t be sharing pictures of our toilet bowl with you, cause that would just be weird. If you’re interested in going green with your cleaning, let me know because I can suggest some Norwex products that will definitely help you out!
Dave is at a conference in downtown Indianapolis today and tomorrow. It’s close enough to home that he doesn’t have to stay in a hotel, which is nice, but it means that he’ll be leaving early in the morning and won’t be getting home until late at night. So what’s up for Katie-dog and me this weekend? I’m going to be checking out options for our bathroom mirrors for the house, finishing up and ordering our Christmas cards, and working on a super-secret project (which is something I’ve been working on almost daily for months now, but it’s super-secret, so obviously you’re not hearing a whole lot about it!). I’m hoping to finish it up before Christmas, so you’ll get pictures once it’s all done. Katie-dog will be spending time snuggling with me while I do all of these things, as usual 🙂
Until later, Ashlen