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Distraction Action

2 Aug

I thought about blogging about this whole CFA deal but thought better of it because I am so burnt out. I will say however that the past week or so has really allowed me to see a side of some people I didn’t know existed and really don’t care to know. It’s one thing to be true to your beliefs and say so, it’s completely another beast to be a vitriol spewing hate monger. If I never see another derogatory word for a homosexual person in my lifetime, it will be to soon.

CFA-debate aside, it’s been a good couple of weeks. I have been taking it easy and trying to keep it positive. Tomorrow is d-day, so we’ll see.

I have had two main distractions the last two weeks. The first is the one I share with people worldwide, the Olympics. I have found myself completely captivated with the Games and the athletes. I can tell you tons of factoids and have actually gasped aloud a few times while watching.

Though I am not normally this into the Olympics and assume it’s the needed distraction factor keeping me hooked, the Olympics do hold a special place for me because we moved into our house in late July 2008. I will never forget the feeling of watching Michael Phelps going for gold while sitting on my very own couch in my very own home.

That’s a fitting transition as the next distraction has been house related. We undertook the most expensive Pinterest project we’ve attempted to date last weekend. We took our standard, builder installed fireplace from this:


To this:


To this:


We took the fireplace from 12×12 ceramic tiles to travertine subway tiles. I love it and think it really adds to the room. Next stop are our wood floors (finally!) and some new paint colors.

The women’s all around is back on, so this blog is abruptly over. 🙂 Until my grace is found tomorrow, have a good night.


Get Your Beds Ready!

18 Mar

One of the Ten Before Treatment goals was to work on our front and back yards. I can now check that one off the list. Randall and I hit up Lowes and mapped out a plan for the yard.

Front yard before:


The two smaller green bushes were here when we moved in and have always done poorly. We decided to move them to the backyard and get some new bushes to put in their place.

Front yard after:



We also worked in the backyard.



Two weekends ago, my mother in law came to see us and asked us to take her to a nearby maple tree farm. Although we were only there for her to get trees, this little $20 guy spoke to me so we picked him up. He’s not much now but per the tree farm owner will grow 5′-6′ per year and will have gorgeous bright red leaves.



Needing a home for those green bushes from the front yard, we decided to make a flower bed near the patio.



The plan is to eventually expand the existing patio to the edge of the flower bed, but for now it’s just some nice landscaping. We planted impaitients, salvia, geraniums, a hydrangea on it’s last leg (haha) and I moved three Iris bulbs from pots to the ground.




It took us about six hours to do everything and it was hard work! Our soil is a mix of clay and rocks that isn’t very conducive to digging holes. It was totally worth it for the end result though and I am glad to be able to check this off the TBT list.