Living Room Renovation

There is nothing like a remodel to test your strength, endurance, organization, resolve, marriage or home ownership status.  My husband I recently completed a living room re-do.

We started by pulling out all of the Pergo we installed when it first came out.  We thought that engineered wood was amazing when it came out, but a decade of dogs, water spills and kids left it looking worn and tired.  We had built-in book shelves that also went.  The worst part was the fact that when we pulled up the Pergo, we remembered there was some 1970’s glued-down vinyl flooring.  🙁  Back to Home Depot to rent the tile chipper.



We finally got the floor up and started laying our new “wood” floor which is just actually long plank wood-like tile.  I love the look of wood, just not the durability.




My husband, quite the handy man, stained and polyurethaned long boards that he made into new book shelves.  I can paint and tile but making those was out of my apprenticeship league.  He even made me a new bulletin board to hang pictures on rather than the 20 or so odd mis-matched picture frames.  In the age of digital media, I like to simply print new photos and rotate them once in awhile.




Then came my favorite part.  Organizing.  It was a good time to purge old books that for someone reason I think I might read again, however, I don’t think that has EVER happened.  Too many unread books in the world.  Sorted papers, old manuals, old photos and was sure to treat the signed baseballs with care and respect my husband thinks they deserve.



My top shelf: books I plan to read this year.

My second shelf: bin for bill paying, and Etsy.  Things in which to build my calendar empire.

Third and fourth shelf also contain more Etsy binding supplies with the bottom left for my few select cookbooks.  Since came along, cookbooks have kind of gone by the wayside.


IMG_4583I’m happy to report that the new living room  is now light and airy, dog and kid proof and ready to send a new calendar across the US at a moment’s notice.  My marriage survived the ordeal and the entire project only cost about $800.  We kept reminding ourselves what it might cost to have professionals do this.

We did this all over our Spring Break.  We normally like to explore some part of the world during spring break but looking around my new living room, I think it was time well spent.




Philips Wake Up Light

Philips Wake-Up Light

Philips Wake-Up Light

Recently celebrated my wedding anniversary so I sent my husband the Amazon link of something I really wanted.    I am not really a morning person nor  much of a night person either.  I don’t relish the early mornings but as a productive and employed person, it’s a must.  I’d heard about these gentle wake alarms and was intrigued.  This alarm clock starts to brighten 30 minutes prior to the time you’ve set your alarm clock for.  It gradually brightens until the entire room is illuminated.  The first couple of days, only the beeping of the actual alarm sound woke me.  Gradually, I’ve noticed that as the light brightens, I start to wake up and usually look up at the clock.  When the alarm goes off, it is not such a jarring moment.  I’m still incredibly unhappy that’s it’s time to get up but I don’t strain to find the snooze button.  However, if you do need 10 more minutes, you can just tap the light and the beeping stops but the light will remain on full sun.    It’s not cheap, costing more that $70.00.  You can also use it as just a light on your bedside too and adjust the brightness. Overall I’m satisfied with my anniversary present and new method of waking up.  There is one scary problem though, no backup.  If your power flickers in the night it flashes.  I have decided to set my iPhone to go off at the time I normally get out of the shower so that in case of a power failure I don’t sleep until 9.

Sweet dreams.