Sunday, April 5, 2015

What-What?! Week of April 4th

Happy Easter!  We had a pretty good Easter, though not a very fancy one this year.  We haven't decorated any eggs or done any other festivities that we normally do.  My kids were still excited, and you better believe that we read Max Counts His Chickens many, many times this week.  Our house is in boxes right now, and so there were lots of places for the 'Easter Bunny' to leave eggs.  It's great listening to the kids questions:
  • "Will the Easter Bunny leave an egg in the oven?" (Why would he leave an egg where you're not allowed to go?)
  • "What about under my pillow?" (Probably not)
  • "What if a monster comes up through the floor and tries to get Dad and he fights it with a sword?!?" (Um...)
(Eventually I'll make a collected works of Corwin's questions).

In other news...

Adventures in Homeownership

Okay, this picture could be better.  Sorry. D:
We bought a house!  Yeah!  We just got possession of it on Monday, and have been crazy working on it and getting things done.  The house is kind of a fixer-upper, and there are things that are wrong.  But we'll fix them.  By the end of the second year, we'll probably have enough fixed/changed that I'll be happy.

That said, Thursday, we went to the house and pulled out the carpeting in the living room.  That was horrific.  It went from "well, this is gross"...
Not shown:  Exactly how awful this carpet is.  The color disguises it somewhat.
Still not that awful.
To "who knows what evil lurks in the heart of carpeting":
The Shadow knows.
Seriously.  This experience has made me question every single carpet that I've ever trod upon.  How many pounds of dirt were underneath them?  We hadn't originally been planning on replacing the carpeting in the rest of the house, but now... now we're not so sure.
The underlayment was bright horrible IBM blue.  Still better than the linoleum underneath.
Friday and Saturday, we worked on putting down laminate flooring.  After we got the underlayment down (which took well over an hour), the living room only took us about 3.5 hours to do, while the kitchen took 2.5 hours.  It looks positively lovely now.  We paid extra for a noise absorbing underlayment, and I'm really glad we did.  The rooms still need baseboards, divider thingies, and to be a trimmed a bit here and there.  We'll take care of those soon enough.
Finished living room, complete with child and toy.
Finished dining room/kitchen, complete with lovely wife. :D
After we finished, we did go outside and enjoyed our new patio and quiet backyard.

I'm really excited for our future here. :D

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