Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Things are looking like they are coming together.  The laundry room has made some progress.  Since you last saw it here, we removed the overhead cabinets, and I added a desk, more lighting, open shelving, and various items of mine.

As a reminder, here is how it looked the day we bought it.  It sure has come along well. 

This is only about 80% done.  I'm planning on adding some art above the Packer helmet, wood blinds, and a screen around the water heater with isn't seen in any of the pictures.  The ultimate plan is to buy a new washer and dryer as well.

It's also beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The tree is up.  I don't know why I was anxious to put the tree up, but Nick made me wait until Thanksgiving to put up.  I have a simple 6ft fake tree, with white lights, and white, silver and clear ornaments.  I thought it would be a good base if I decide to someday add another color to it.  Next year might be a football theme.  

 Nick hates the bird, but it's my favorite ornament.  I'm thinking if I put a football helmet on it, he would like it. 

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!
Saturday, November 19, 2011

BBQing like a fool

Along with a grill, Nick and I wanted to start BBQing at our new home.  Southern style BBQing, with rubs, smoke, and delicious smoke rings.  My godparents got us a gift cards for our wedding, and we knew immediately what we wanted.   We were able to get everything; smoker, chimney starter, chips, thermometers, etc, with the gift cards.  Thanks A&M!

The smoker works great.  We started with a 2.5 lb pork shoulder a couple weeks ago, and then this weekend, had spare ribs, broken down into st louis ribs, and rib tips.  Mmm, it was very good.  Can't wait to try some brisket. 

Side note: I sometimes talk in my sleep (hard to believe, I know), and Nick one night heard me announce, "brisket".  It's a running joke in our house now.  Have you ever heard someone say something funny while they were sleeping? 
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Plumbing done!

Well, Mike the plumber finished the plumbing today.  We've got new PVC pipes from the moment water leaves the building until it reaches the city sewer.  So although were out $4500 for all the new plumbing, its less than we thought it could have been.  

Our plumber was awesome too.  Competent, quick and friendly.  So if you're looking for a plumber in Tampa, or Lakeland, call up Tampa Bay Plumbers.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Snowball Plumbing

So we had some minor plumbing problems.  We decided to finally get the main line cleaned out.  We called up Tampa Bay Plumbing to clean out our main line.  The plumber couldn't find the main line access so he went to the roof to do what he had to do.  He then went to put in an access point to the main line, and saw some poorly done plumbing.

It was dark, so the plumber showed up today to properly plumb around the main line access.  Well, here's the mess that has ensued.  

During the dig, they found that most of the main line was full of gunk.  The line must be replaced.

So what started as a simple, quick and easy main line clearing, has turned into 50 feet or so of new main line. They are doing an excellent job, but we will be tightening our wallets, during the holidays.
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Razorback Office

Nick wanted a razorback office, so we decided that the mystery room would be Nick's office, with a lounge area.  Nick needed a big room for all of his current and future razorback items, so it made sense for us to use this room.  This is a room in progress, probably requiring years to finish.
This is the office side of the room.  Plenty of storage and display.  Art and curtains will be put in soon.

This is the lounge area of the room.  We need to add two comfortable lounge chairs, curtains, and artwork to this area. 

 This is the razorback collage wall.  This will develop over time; making quite a statement when the wall is completely full.

I promise to take pictures as this room transforms over the years.