Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome To Our New Basement!

Clearly, it's been a while since I posted any pictures of the basement progress. Lots of reasons behind that...it wasn't decorated completely, we were traveling a lot, I have lots of insecurity when it comes to using my new camera (new being a relative term, as I bought it last September, and all...), etc...

But here I am, finally in the mood to take photos, edit them, and put them into little collages of "before" and "after" shots, so as to more accurately describe why it took 4 months to complete this project, construction-wise. 

Art has been hung...pillows have been placed...all the games have FINALLY arrived. And so here we go! I don't know how best to caption these, so I think I'll describe them at the top of the photos, and then you can scroll down to see what I mean. (You can also click on the photos to make them a bit bigger...)

This was what you saw as you originally entered our basement...it was The Bar Area, and we had a game table there, along with some sorta useful closets. As you can see in the photos of the construction, we tore out the bar, built a half wall, and tore out the closets in that space. We converted it to our TV area instead, moved our couch over there, and built a seating area at the half wall for additional seating aside from the couch, giving us an area to eat, hang out, use as a nerf gun shooting gallery...
This was the old TV/couch area. Over by the windows. We converted that space into a "game room" area, with the fireplace. We had a small amount of confidence that the bump-out behind the couch there in the top photos had a fireplace hiding in it. We knew we had 3 flues, and only 2 fireplaces upstairs, so it was just our logical conclusion. We were wrong. But, hey, we WERE right about the flue thing! So we just had to knock out some cinder blocks, install a fireplace, hook up the vent, etc, etc... ::sigh:: Anyway, this area wound up being much more labor intensive than we expected.
Quickly, let's look at the changes made to the office...I don't want to shuffle pictures around in this post because I'm feeling lazy, so this is a little break from the other rooms. We didn't do much in the office. Painted the walls, and finished the ceiling, and put in new lighting. It wasn't offensive at all before, but I DO like it better now that it's a darker color, and has better lights. WAY better lights. Fluorescent lights are of the devil, dammit. That said, our desk areas are a mess. So ignore that, and just look at how much nicer it is all around the mess, mkay?
This last area was another huge part of construction. Our utility room was large, and while it was handy for storage, it was usually just in a perpetual state of messiness. We took out the tank water heater, put in a tankless one, and then closed in a much smaller utility room that has our ginormous furnace, our crazy electrical panels, and some other bits and bobs that aren't important or interesting. The new space became the hallway that fits our shuffleboard table perfectly, and where our new bar area is located.
Here are some detail photos that help you see some of my favorite design elements...look to the captions for more info.
This wall came together perfectly. The sunset photo on the left is one I took during our last trip to Hawaii. Got it blown up, printed, and framed through Art.com. I fuckin' LOVE that website!
I finally have my secret bookcase door! FINALLY! It is so cute, y'all. 
This is the view into the office when the bookcase is full open. 
The fireplace area is so, so, sooo pretty! I can't wait until we get colder weather, and I can flip that baby on, and sit there to read a good book/do some needlepoint. Knocking into that wall was well worth the effort!
More seating for having lots of friends over to watch football games? YES PLEASE! The mismatched stools are um... eclectic. Yeah, we totally mean for them to look stupid like that together, and shit. :/ (They are hateful, but they serve their purpose. In the future, when we haven't just spent an arm, a leg, and half a torso on a basement remodel, we'll get ones that all match each other, I swear!)
Our TV wall went through a few different design changes. This one that we wound up with is parfait!
We need to mount that speaker on the wall under the TV, but for now, it sits on a decorative box and does the job. It doesn't take away from the cool-ass panels that are on the wall behind the TV and shelves, and that's all that matters. That was our architect's/lead contractor's design idea. It is fabulous.
Lastly, we have the workout room. We changed the lighting in there, but didn't finish the ceiling because it's under our master bath, and it's just too damned convenient to have access to all that plumbing. We don't want to close that off for any reason. It wasn't worth the cost, either. It's just a workout room/storage room. I can't find any of my "before" photos of this space, but it was pretty much the same, except there was an unfinished wall, and the rest of the walls were painted yellow, which is my most unfavoritest color in the whole world. Paint-wise, anyway. So now it's gray, and the walls are all finished, and it has better lighting. And it's crammed full of my staging stuff for my business. OH! AND it has beautiful new carpeting. It's the only room that got carpet when we redid everything. Softer for yoga, and stuff.


And there ya have it! The completed basement. I love, love, LOVE it. Living in this space is so delightful, and the contractors were so awesome (as usual!), and I am so glad it's all done. Let me know what you think! And if you want better pictures of anything, let me know that, too. I'll be happy to update with more details. Happy Friday, all! Have a great weekend...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Not much of anything...

I need to do stuff that has to do with money. (Budgets, and such.)

But instead, I just want to read things on the internet and eat popcorn. This is pretty much the entire gist of my life. :/

I also need to take pictures of the completed basement to share out here. It's something I think about every day, I swear. Hopefully, that means something...in the long run.

Someone light a fire under my ass, would ya? Geeze!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Update on how the weaning is going/heart rate saga is continuing...

Since I've been weaning off the Propranolol, I've noticed the side effects of the meds a bit more. This is the 4th week that I've been working myself off of the meds, and I'm officially one day on/one day off at this point. Yesterday: no dose at all. Today: one dose of 80 mgs tonight before bed. I had been taking it in the mornings, but I think that exacerbated the side effects I was feeling. (It causes dizziness, excessive tiredness, stomach issues, etc...)

I had a fucking GREAT workout on Tuesday this week, during which I got my heart rate up to 161. ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE, BITCHES! It was FABULOUS. My average during that workout was 122, which has been unheard of for several years.

But. After the workout was over, and we were driving home, I almost thought I was gonna have to roll down my window to throw up. Fortunately, some slow breathing and happy place thoughts saved me from that mess, but still. It freaked me out.

I've had monumentally better workouts these past couple weeks, though, so I'm trying to focus on that magic of it all. I've been tired, though, so I've taken a lot more off days than I had been for a bit. Thursday and Friday this week were off days. Today was a better workout, though. Maintaining an average heart rate of 124 for almost 40 minutes, and reaching a peak of 141. I'm burning more calories in less time, and that is exactly what my goal is, folks.

I can't wait until I'm 100% off the drug. I'm giving it another week of one day on/one day off, and then I'll do a couple weeks of one day on/two days off, and we'll see how that goes.

I'm getting very mild, low-level headaches daily, but I'm just trying to stretch, and massage, and relax my way through them. I haven't had a cluster hit yet, and that is VERY encouraging.

I am at my heaviest weight again, though (219), so that's a bit ugh-worthy. I might go on Jenny Craig or something. I dunno. My goal isn't to be the perfect, skinny chick. My goal is to be healthy and happy. But every once in a while, I think back to the days when I was a skinny chick and remember how great it was. I mean, I was an emotional mess, but I looked so pretty! :/

::sigh::

I'm getting there, I think. I'll figure this whole "me" thing out eventually. But for now, I think I'll just be proud of the steps I'm taking, and leave it at that.