Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Long Overdue House Update

I have been living in my house since mid November and I have been meaning to write this post for weeks.  But something always comes up and distracts me from doing this!

In the heat of closing on the house and starting my renovations, I forgot to take a bunch of "before pictures".  Here is the kitchen:


And the bathroom


Gross right?


My mom refinished this antique Hoosier Cabinet for me so I would have more storage.


And we painted the cabinets gray and the walls white.  Say bye bye knotty pine!


I completely gutted the bathroom, moved the tub and the sink.


It is a really small bathroom, so I had to get a little creative with storage but I love how it turned out!

We also ripped up carpets on all the floors and refinished the hard woods.  The rooms look so big now.  Any house is a work in progress and I know I will be working on this house forever.  

It is really nice to be in our own space and to have a home again!  Makes me feel amazing!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter Time Blues

I seriously can't believe the last time I posted was on 10/23.  I have no idea where the time has gone.  The holidays flew by and now I am stuck in what I consider the bleakest part of the year.

I am not a fan of winter.  I hate to be cold.  I hate how short the days are.  And I seriously hate snow.  Worst of all, it makes me a little sad.  Like I want to get in bed and get out on April first.

I wouldn't say depressed because by nature I am not a sad person.  But I definitely have a case of the winter time blues.  I just don't feel like my normal happy self right now.  Maybe it is the dry skin or the frizzy hair or how I look like an oompa loompa in my winter coat, but things just aren't kosher during the winter.  Do you know what I mean?

I would say it has gotten worse since I got divorced too.  Staying home all weekend is really nice when you have someone to spend it with.  When you are by yourself, it just isn't the same.

I am never alone any longer because I always have Max with me but I definitely miss adult company.  Normally we would drive over to my parents house and Max would watch cartoons while I have a glass of wine with my mom.  But my parents are in Florida now.  That is a huge contribution to my blues.

So when the weekend rolls around and I have two days of just Max and myself, I feel like I am drowning a little.  That sounds horrible and I hate to say it out loud but it is true.  It isn't Max at all, though he can be challenging at times.  It is the lack of a conversation that doesn't involve the word why 4,876 times.  It is also how hard it is to do anything at this time of the year.  Try shoving an active toddler, in a winter coat, into a tight car seat and then tell me how much you love running errands in the winter.

In the summer we can be outside or at the beach and the days are great.  I have a million ways to entertain him and myself.  But right now we are trapped inside and I feel like I may go a little insane.  I mean how many trips to Target can one family make, right?

I hate the thought of counting days but that is where I am right now.  I am literally counting days until mid March when the seasons start to change.  In reality, I have 7 weeks till March but I seriously don't know how I will make it through those 7 weeks.

How do you survive winter?