Friday, June 21, 2013

Today, you can see the floor...

Yesterday while I was at work, they cleaned up the space, and took up the paper off the floor and...I can finally see a light at the end of this tunnel, y'all. 
Ignore the white "barn door" that's hanging in that photo. That's the temporary door, until Rustica Hardware can get it's crap together and send us the actual door that we ordered, ooohhh, 4 weeks ago, now? I think it was? Anyway...::roll eyes::

Little finishes have been installed finally. Like the towel hook that I bought from Anthropologie.
 And the knobs on the vanities and the linen cabinet...

 ...also from Anthropologie. (We went with the bubbled glass knob, and they are perfect!)

The shower is just waiting for me to christen it with my soapiness...
 And look! We installed the bubbles drain cover that we got from Designer Drains, too! SO CUTE.
Today, they were putting the furniture back together and all that good stuff.

I think I get to sleep in my own bed tonight. IN MY OWN ROOM! :D

I might cry when I see it all. I just might fucking cry.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Almost to the finish line! (Not in a "running" kind of way. But strictly construction-wise. I never will understand why people run when they aren't being chased by a zombie, or a bear, or something.)

We're almost done with the construction! Yaaay! Pretty soon, it will be just me and Leo and the puppies in the house.

Not that it hasn't been delightful dealing with our contractors. They have all been wonderful to work with. But it will be so nice to be able to walk around naked again without totally offending people.

So I thought I'd do some "before" and "after" photos to show the differences in our bedroom, particularly in regards to the fireplace. This is what our room used to look like, with the brick, and the HUGE hearth, and the ceiling fan...
And this is what it looks like now. I actually initially wanted them to just cover it all up, and give me another wall to put shelves and art and stuff on. But we were talked out of that by our contractor's partner and convinced to just cover the brick, remove the bulky hearth, and we swapped out the old gas log set for a gas insert that's a bit more modern, and which we can run via remote control. AWESOME.
Also, the ceiling fan wasn't a favorite part of the room, so we hung a chandelier there instead. It needs to be lowered about 8 - 10 inches, and then I'll be a happy girl!

Here's a better look at the old fireplace and it's outdated ickiness: fireplace. LOVE the wood trim and shelves. Those look so awesome, and totally fit our style!
The new floor is being protected by paper right now as they finish up the details in the don't think that we chose "brown paper" as our new choice of flooring. ;) This is the new entrance to the room. We have a TV that sits flush with the wall, and we'll likely put a narrow table of some sort under it eventually, just because it kinda looks odd there right now. Just...a TV in the middle of the wall, and shit. If I'd planned better, we'd have made room for built-in shelves there, and had all kinds of pretty drawers and shelves and stuff to go around the TV. But I didn't find that idea until after we'd built the wall. So we just went with a TV, and we'll work around that.'s a little weird when you're looking at that wall on it's own. But we'll get it balanced out, for sure. This is the new entrance to the bathroom. We're still waiting on the barn door to be delivered and then it'll have to be stained. It's taken a ridiculously long time, we think. But, hey! We got the hardware to hang it on! So...that's good. I guess.
I cannot tell you enough how much I love my new shower. I can't wait to be naked in there, dammit! (That's totally normal of me, by the way. You're supposed to be naked in the shower, so don't go thinking I'm all weird for bringing up the naked thing again.)
The vanity cabinets have turned out SO NICE. But it's taken a bit to get them fully installed due to the meticulousness of the carpenter. I can totally appreciate that, but MAN, it has been hard to wait! I'm expecting the knobs to be installed today, hopefully. My mirror should also be installed today...
 This is Leo's vanity area. I'm actually a little concerned about the 2-light fixtures we chose for the wall. They look...wrong to me now, somehow. We have plenty of lighting in the bathroom, thanks to the fabulous electrician and his fabulous pot light installations. So I though we wouldn't need any more than the 2-light fixtures. But maybe we should change them out for 3-light fixtures instead, sometime in the future. We'll see.
 My tub. 'Nuff said.
Lookitallthedeepness! I can submerge up to my goddammed shoulders, baby. It's like I'm Princess Kate, or some shit!
We're going to be moving our stuff back down there this weekend, so hopefully, they'll be really close to done after Friday is over. Once it's all completed, I'll update again. With better pictures that are taken with better lighting. Promise.

Eeeeeeee! So excited to move back in!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Updated pics of the construction...tomorrow!

The construction is still happening in our bathroom/bedroom. It's almost done. Almost. Very close. But there have been a few unavoidable issues that have popped up, and slowed things down a little.

But I'll get updated pics tonight, and post them tomorrow, for sure. It's looking so good, y'all! Can't wait to share!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'd like some time alone, without my body.

I feel tired, run down, and generally icky right now. I don't know why. Maybe I need more rest. Maybe I need more vacation time. Maybe I need more cake.

(Please, God, let it be the cake thing!*)

I've been seeing a hypnotherapist for a while now, trying to learn how to change my brain when it comes to food. It's hard work. I know that sounds stupid, but changing the brain is a really hard thing to do, when it gets right down to it. I see my therapist once a week, and then outside of therapy, I am supposed to listen to my hypnotherapy CDs, work in a workbook, and read through a companion guide to the program.

But I've lost track of listening to the CDs the way I'm supposed to. The weekly appointments are something I still look forward to, but kind of see as a bit of a chore because of the "homework" I'm supposed to do, but haven't made time for.

And I seem to have gotten fatter since I started the program.

I feel mentally fine with this, a majority of the time. Sometimes, I try on a dress that I thought might work, and it doesn't, and I go, "Meh," and get a little mad about it. But I move on quickly.

I haven't cried about being fat in a while. So that's a step in the right direction, in my book.

But lately, I really have noticed that I'm not devoting myself to the changes I want to make the way I planned to initially. And I'm wondering why that is? Because I totally want to make the change.

And that's something I need to talk to my therapist about, now that I see it in writing like that, so I guess it's good that I wrote it out.

I've learned a lot about myself (and others) throughout this hypnotherapy process, though. That's been pretty invaluable to me, overall. My brain is more powerful than I ever gave it credit for. But training it is as hard as it's always been.

I need more power behind my convictions, dammit. Is that something I can find on eBay?

*I don't need more cake.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


::excited screaming::





 I'm trying to calm down, I really am. But HOLY. SHIT. you guys. It is such a beautiful closet. SO AWESOME!!! I highly recommend California Closets, btw. They were quick and easy to work with, and even though their office/showroom location was a little hard to find in the business center it's a part of in Lenexa, I can forgive them that because AAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH....AWESOMENESSS!!!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Where The Construction's At

Here's the latest about the bathroom/master bedroom remodel at The Smith Household!

It's still not done.

HOWEVER, this all makes sense. We aren't mad at our contractor, and he isn't mad at us, and he's acting like a grown-up, and it's SO MUCH BETTER than the last time we went through something like this. So. much.

Anyway, we had a meeting last Friday to discuss the stage we're at, and to find out how much over budget we've gone, and when we should expect to be done, etc, etc...

...and we should be done by next week.

...we are at a good stage, and everything is on track the way it should be at this point.

...and we are a reasonable amount over budget. Which can be alternately labeled a non-heart-attack-inducing amount. (I'd been waking up in the middle of the night, wondering what kind of numbers we'd be looking at once the contractor got it all pulled together for us. He'd promised something 3 weeks ago. And then we went on vacation and I tried to forget about it, and I STILL woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it, and then finally, last week, he gave me the news. And I'm still alive! Yay! )

So a big thing that happened last week was that the carpet got installed in the closet. We picked a reasonably priced option from Home Depot. It was soooo soooofffft. That was key. We'll be walking around in there barefoot, and shit. Carpet must be soft! And then we also added on the more expensive, thick carpet pad. And basically, it's now softer and cushier in there than any of my beds in college were.

The puppies love it, too!
  Here's a shot of the entrance to the closet. That's Leo's vanity by the door. Countertops and hardware were installed last week. You can turn the water on, and everything!
 The tile we picked for the floor turned out GREAT. And that's a pocket door for the entrance to the closet.
 Anyone surprised that we went with a blue color for the bathroom? You shouldn't be. We're kinda crazy about blue. ;)

This is the focal wall above my vanity. It's kinda hard to see it in the light I was taking pictures in, but there it is! It looks great. I'm hoping that with the mirror installed, and the lights and stuff, I will be even happier. Right now, it's hard for me to focus on anything other than the lines that natually occur when you put stone mosaic tile up on a wall. Some of you might be all, "huh?" But then there are some of you that are saying, "oof...yeah." I'm in that camp. I will love that wall, though, if it's the last thing I do!
 I was adventurous, and I put up wallpaper in the toilet closet. It covers a whole 20 sq ft of space. I KNOW! Hold me back! I'm going wallpaper krizazy!!! :P
 Here's a better shot of the design on the paper. It's perfect! The other walls are painted a shade of gray that compliments the darker tone on the paper.
Today, I should go home to a half-finished closet, as installed by California Closets. And hopefully the wood tub surround has started to go in, because THAT is something I am very excited about. I hope this all comes together the way I dreamed it would, y'all. Because if it doesn't? I might just scream a lil' bit!