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Ready for Guests

It’s been THREE WEEKS since we closed on the house – and that seems unbelievable! The house definitely already feels like home (it did from the very first night) but we’ve been busy unpacking and getting ready to show off our new casa.

We’ve already had a few of our close friends over, but this week my cousin and his girlfriend are coming to stay for a few nights! I’m really excited for our first overnight house guests (other than my in-laws when we first moved in). I only have one cousin (yes, only one….I come from a very small family!) so having him come visit is pretty special. The only time he’s been to Indianapolis was for our wedding, and this will be his girlfriend’s first visit here, so I’m really excited to hang out with them and show them around. In anticipation of their visit I’m trying to get us completely unpacked. Trust me when I say that it’s easier said than done! We’ve made some great progress, but there are still boxes and stuff all over our counters that need to be put away. 

It just needs to warm up a bit so we can start USING the lanai!
It just needs to warm up a bit so we can start USING the lanai!

We are so thankful for our friends and new neighbors for their hospitality. Our friends Adam and Lacey are letting us borrow a set of chairs for our lanai, because so far we have nothing but lawn chairs. One of our neighbors welcomed us with a gorgeous orchid, and our friends Leif and Katrin gave us a bottle of wine and a bottle of their home-brewed beer!  Continue reading Ready for Guests

The Last House Update

I can’t believe that I’m sitting down to write what will be my last house update. It’s certainly time – we put down money on the lot 13 months ago – but it still seems surreal. We close on Monday afternoon and we will be moving in right away. That means our lives are crazy busy right now. We had a walk-through with our construction manager yesterday afternoon, followed by a walk-through with our inspector throughout the day today, and finally the closing on Monday afternoon. Right now we’re busy packing up boxes. At least half of our stuff has been in storage in our garage since I moved in almost two years ago (which is kind of crazy to think about….all the things I haven’t seen in so long!) but it still feels like we have a lot of stuff crammed into our tiny apartment. Thankfully Dave has finally started to take the packed boxes down to the garage, so we’re actually able to move around a bit until I pack up another few boxes! 

The house itself is really coming together. Earlier this week we got the paint we’ve been waiting on in our closets, the handle on the door to the lanai, and (drum roll please….) APPLIANCES! Also, a cleaning crew was there ta couple days ago and everything looks so much better without a big layer of construction dust. It’s really starting to look and feel more like a home and like a construction site! 


Let’s get to pictures, starting with the appliances. This was really exciting, because kitchen appliances were the very first selections we made back in September 2014. September. I remembered a lot of the details, but I have one more drawer in the freezer than I was remembering, and Dave found the warming oven to be bigger than he had remembered. Of course, everything looks so much better when it’s actually installed in the house! We still don’t have a dishwasher. Dave got a call about the dishwasher this week – apparently ours arrived with a big dent. They ordered a replacement, but it won’t be here for something like 14 days. We were given the option of picking a out a different dishwasher, or just waiting until the reordered one arrived and we’ve opted to wait. We were less than thrilled about having to hand wash everything for a couple of weeks, but yesterday our construction manager told us that he had got on the phone and told our appliance supplier to get us a temporary dishwasher in there until ours arrives and can be installed. That was fantastic news, and it was an option we didn’t even realize was possible. Woo hoo!

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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

A Little House Update

I haven’t done a post exclusively about our house in a while, although I have tried to put a few pictures in my Five on Friday posts. But….it’s time to give the house some more attention in the form of a “Frequently Asked Questions” post. 

“When are you closing?”

We’re asked this by just about everyone we come across. Sometimes we’re asked five times or more in a day. The answer has changed quite a bit. “Hopefully before the end of the year!” to “Probably the end of February” to “March 10th” to “April 6th!” We’re hoping April 6th is our final answer, and it is currently penciled in as our close date. 

“What’s the hold up?”

In one word: weather. We expect January to be rotten, but February was colder and snowier than anticipated so we couldn’t get a lot of exterior work done. The masonry, exterior paint, and concrete (driveway, sidewalk, stairs, and patio) were all dependent on the temperature. The stone and paint are now finished, and we were told that we might be getting our driveway poured on Thursday. Dave went out to check on the progress this evening and found out that the concrete was all being poured TODAY. Yay!

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Five on Friday


Let’s start with my favorite part of Friday – Blogger Love!

Spring Book List by Sage the Blog – You write about books, and I will come read your post. Blog posts and Goodreads are where I get almost all my book recommendations. I love hearing what bloggers have read and are planning on reading!

A Darker Side – The Last Three Books I Read by Rebecca Chapman – I hadn’t read any of the books Rebecca reviews. Honestly, I didn’t even know John Green wrote a book before “The Fault in Our Stars.” So now I’ve added “Finding Alaska” to my reading list.

Create a Custom Icon for your Blog on your Phone by Love the Here and Now – Anne did it again…another brilliant idea with a tutorial. Check it out. 

The Golden Vlog Series hosted by Life with Mrs. G and the Artist and co-hosted by Wear Flowers in My Hair, Butcher’s Niche and Elizabeth Loves – Not only do I enjoy following the gals who host / co-host this brilliant monthly link-up, but a lot of my other favorite bloggers have been participating as well! Make sure you check out the vlogs at Amanda Moments, The Rambling Llama, and Love the Here and Now. This month was all about favorite books, TV shows, and movies, which was an awesome topic but it had some super difficult questions! 

All the Joys - Blogger Love
P.S. – thanks to Anne for hosting this while Meagan is on vacation! Who’s jealous of Meagan’s tropical vacation right now? (I’m raising my hand here)

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Five on Friday


I’m going to start this post of right with sharing my Blogger Love. Get ready, there were several great reads this week!

All the Joys - Blogger Love


Overcoming Our Insecurities by Melissa from the Rambling LLama posted at Life with Mrs G and the Artist – If you read one post this week, this is the post it should be. Melissa is brave in so many ways, but especially for sharing her story of childhood abuse. 

Journal Swap Creative by Sage the Blog & Love the Here and Now – Cassie and Anne came up with the brilliant idea of a journal swap. This is open to anyone on the internet, not just bloggers! I’ve already signed up, and I’m already looking at different journals. The deadline to sign up is March 9th, so head over to either one of their sites to sign up now! I’m excited to find out who I’m paired with and swap a journal with them – it’s just a really fun idea. Plus there are a million cute journals out there. I’m waiting to find out who I’m paired with and learn a bit about them before I make my final choice!

5 Easy and Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better – Seriously, Sarah? – I love posts like these because I inevitably learn something I didn’t know before or figure out a way to improve the layout or look of my blog. Sarah had several great suggestions and I’m updating my blog accordingly!

Thoughts on Being an Only Child – Cupcakes and Cashmere – I’m an only child. Dave’s an only child. My only cousin is an only child. I’ve had many wonderful friends who are only children. I don’t know if I’ve met an only child that hasn’t loved being an only child. Given that Cupcakes and Cashmere has a huge (gigantic) following, it’s nice to know that Emily is touting the awesomeness of being an only child. Only children have gotten such a bad reputation…it’s actually been used as an insult towards me. Like I had any control over the matter. It’s a stereotype I would love to see come crumbling down.  Continue reading Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Time for another Five on Friday update. It seems like this week just flew by! 


Let’s talk about bathing dogs. 

Katie-dog is generally 90% angel, 10% imp….for me. For Dave, it’s a different story. Maybe 50% angel, 50% imp? I swear she does things just to irk him. She throws bones into his electronics, chews bones on top of his electrical cords, tries to destroy his copies of the Harvard Business Review (thankfully the cover is very durable), gets underfoot whenever possible, and screeches when he tries to cuddle with her. The exception to all this is bath time.

When I brought Katie-dog home for the very first time from the Indianapolis Humane Society, she was in desperate need of a bath. Ok, she was in desperate need of a bath and a haircut, but I needed to get her shots up to date with the vet before I could take her to a groomer. So the first thing I did with her when I brought her home was throw her into the bath tub. It didn’t go very well. She kept trying to escape, which resulted in me getting very wet. She finally did escape, and rolled herself dry on the couch. I haven’t had very much success bathing her ever since.

When I met Dave, he kept making comments about how she needed a bath and that I must be exaggerating about how horrible she was in the bath tub. Despite the fact that she’s generally much more impish for him than for me, she turned out to be a little angel for him in the tub. She doesn’t even try to escape. I don’t get it. So – Dave became the official dog bather. Unfortunately he doesn’t particularly like this role.

I should probably mention that Katie-dog has a condition called atopic dermatitis. She gets really itchy, then she licks. The licking can lead to bacterial infections, which then require a trim to the vet and giving her antibiotics several times a day for a couple of weeks. To try and prevent all that hassle (and make sure she’s comfortable) we have to give her medication, and a while ago our vet suggested that we bathe her with medicated shampoo every two weeks or so. Groan.

Lately Dave’s been trying to hand the dog bathing ole back to me. Sigh. Don’t get me wrong, she’s my dog, I love her, and I enjoy taking care of her….except in the bath. He had been bugging me to give her a bath all week, so yesterday afternoon I grabbed her out of a peaceful slumber and threw her into the tub. It was a general disaster. We have to let the shampoo sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse it off, condition her up, let that sit, then rinse her off again. I tried to take some pictures of her to put in Instagram while we were letting the shampoo sit. She had no desire to sit still because she kept looking for an escape route…

Katie Bath

Katie Bath


Everything changed when Dave got home. He came into the bathroom while I was conditioning her, and she sat still like a little angel. That’s when I was able to get this gem of a picture….

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House Update: Closets

This weekend we headed out to the house and were very surprised to see that the closet shelving and my desk built-ins had been installed. This was something I was really looking forward to seeing, but we ended up having a lot of questions and concerns. 

Our first question was about the paint in the closets. Back when the paint first went up, I was walking around the house and wondering why our closets weren’t painted. Dave was already e-mailing our design consultant about a few things so I asked him to check and make sure that they’re painted the same as the surrounding room or hallway. We got an e-mail back confirming that they were painted the same as the room color. Unfortunately, that was a mistake. Our design consultant intended to say that they were painted our TRIM color, not our room color. So, for the past several weeks we’ve been under the assumption that they would be painted when the next coat of paint goes up. Having the shelving go up in the closets made us very confused. It’s obviously much easier to put paint up when there’s nothing in the room that needs to be taped off. So we asked, and found out about how all of our closets (with the exception of our master bedroom closet, which matches our master bedroom) are supposed to be painted the trim color. Sigh.

The right side of the master bedroom closet
The right side of the master bedroom closet

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Let There Be Light!

I’m happy to announce that we’ve hit a few milestones in the house-building process!

1) We got (almost) all of our light fixtures installed last week. I never knew lights could be so exciting! Today we got electricity. Our lights aren’t only installed, but they all turn off and on! I can’t even tell you what a big deal that is for us. For the last 8 months we’ve made an effort to get out to the house during the daylight hours. At least then we can see most of the main and upper floors with the natural light through the windows. Unfortunately, unless there’s a crew of workers with awesome lights around, it’s pretty hard to see most of the basement. Not having to worry about heading out to the house the second Dave gets home from work is going to be a nice change.

2) Mirrors and bathroom hardware was installed yesterday. It looked a little odd to have all the light fixtures above the vanities with no mirror in the middle, so I’m glad to see them there. However, they’re not done painting yet, so I’m wondering if it was a little premature to go slapping mirrors on the bathroom walls? Also, the builder couldn’t supply robe hooks so we went and bought our own, but no one told us that the bathroom hardware was going up yesterday which is why I didn’t have them out at the house. So yeah – a few little details need to be worked out. 

3) We are finally getting stone on the exterior of our house! I figured the masons would be out there working on it right after the stone was delivered, but that was not the case. I don’t know if they gave up waiting for the weather to cooperate or what, but they started yesterday despite the cold-ish temperatures. They’ve got the area they’re working on tented, which means they’re going to have to move that tent each time they need to work on a new area. It’ll be slow-going, but at least they’re starting! 

Ok, moving on to the pictures (because that’s all anyone cares about!). I took a bunch of pictures the other day and almost had this post finished, but I couldn’t help but take some new ones once I had better light!

Let’s start with my office chandelier. I really liked this chandelier (obviously, because I picked it for my little space) but I don’t know if I would have called it my favorite when we were done with our selections. Seeing it in the house….it’s definitely in contention to be one of my favorites! It’s a toss up between this, the pendents over the kitchen island, or the chandelier in our entryway. 

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House Update: Plumbing Fixture Installation

House progress this week has been slow but steady. We’ve had a few things going on simultaneously. First, we started to get our plumbing fixtures installed. We now have all our toilets, sinks, shower heads and almost all of our faucets. The only faucet we’re missing at this point is the one for the garden tub in our master bathroom. We also got most of our lighting fixtures installed this week. I’ve got pictures of the ones installed on Thursday but not the ones installed yesterday. Once I get pictures of all of them I’ll put them up on the blog. Hint: we’re in LOVE with them. They’re beautiful. The other big thing going on is the installation of our electrical outlets and light switches. Between that and the light fixtures, Dave has been running around trying to get supplies. We’re supplying a bunch of LED light bulbs, and Dave pretty much bought our area out of surge protected electrical outlets. We’ve been running all around the city this week getting supplies!

Let’s get to the pictures of our plumbing fixtures! One of the things I was most excited about was the vessel sink I had picked out for our powder room and the water-pump style faucet. 

Powder Bathroom Sink

I’m loving that faucet! Originally we were looking at a shallower vessel sink, but eventually we decided to with this deeper option. I’m really glad we did, because otherwise water would be splashing all over the place.  Continue reading House Update: Plumbing Fixture Installation