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A Few of my Favorite Things

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1. Red Starbucks cups.

I really have to hand it to the Starbucks marketing team. I was so happy to get my coffee in a red cup the other morning.

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I admit that I am a sucker for those little things that remind me that Christmas is coming.

2. Balloons.

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They make me so happy! We needed a bunch of balloons for filming this week and I loved picking out all of the fun colors. Just look at the cheesy grin! Maybe I should get balloons more often?

You can watch our video here if you want.

3. Shopping with my Mom.

Wednesday was a fantastic day. I spent it with my Mom going Christmas shopping. Yes, it is very early this year, but we just couldn’t get our schedules to sync up any other day without waiting until after Thanksgiving.

We bought gifts and maybe a few things for ourselves. (I’m going to wear my new shoes today, Mom!) We ate bad for you foods and laughed and had a fantastic time.

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This blurry goodness was from Mom trying to take a picture of me holding this awesome purse that we found. We couldn’t find a mirror so we just took a photo. I’m pretty sure it is so blurry because we were laughing.

4. Girly lunch dates with Midget Wrestler

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I love hanging out with this girl. She is seriously the best. She makes me laugh so hard.

5. Christmas Catalogs

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I ran over to MW’s house the other day and she had left a stack of catalogs for me to go through. She even marked some stuff that she knew I was looking for! I am still trying to make my way through them all. There’s something that I love about curling up with a blanket and turning down pages as I spend imaginary money on people that I love.

6. Thrift store shopping

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Mr. Mister and I went and spent the afternoon hunting for treasures at a couple of thrift stores this Friday. I am still kicking myself for not getting this beauty.

So, there you have it. A few of my favorite things.

What are a few of your favorite things? 

Do you get really excited for Christmas? Only 45 left! Not that I’m counting or anything.

Drunk Mary Poppins and her Minions

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Man, I know how to stay busy and eat healthy.

Case in point:

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Yes, that has been my dinner on at least three occasions recently.

It’s my secret goal to gain back all of the weight that I lost…..sigh.

I’m not kidding about the staying busy part. I have been crazy busy but I don’t feel like I have anything to show for it; no finished projects, no pictures of me working hard, not even a story of how I tackled some giant item on my to do list. Nada.

But, this makes it all better.

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It’s No Shave November! Hooray! Have you seen Better With a Beard? I hadn’t heard of it until I was talking to Mr. Challenge about how excited I was for his beard and he told me about it. It’s a terrific time waster. You should check it out if you haven’t.

Did you have a fun Halloween? I did!

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I dressed up as Mary Poppins! I didn’t end up going out anywhere, but it was probably one of my favorite Halloween nights ever.

Mr. Mister and I sat on the front porch, ate pizza, handed out candy and drank…and drank. I think that’s what my new Halloween tradition should be. I do wish we had more trick or treaters, but the ones that came got handfuls of candy.

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And we still had a lot left over. I know what breakfast will entail for the next week.

The Boss was off with her friends for the night. Doesn’t she make a cute minion?

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I really think that I need minions. I bet I could get loads more done and I promise that I wouldn’t try to take over the world.

At least not for the first three months.

Happy November peeps!

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Did you dress up? What was your costume?

Does anyone what to head up a cheese fries intervention for me?

Party Time! Excellent!

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We must be getting into the party season!

Friday night, The boss had a slumber party with five of her closest friends.

That’s right, six preteen girls…

Yes, I did chase my Advil with a beer.

Since I am always striving for Mom of the Year, we had a Jack-O-Lantern Pizza and made mummy dogs and ghost cookies.

halloweenpizzaThe Pizza developed a rather large zit near his nose while in the oven. Ah well, it still tasted great!

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I didn’t even have a chance to take a picture of the mummy dogs, those things went so fast!

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Since I like to share every little mundane detail about my life on here…check out my new shoelaces! I know, adorable.

I finally finished my plate wall. Yesterday. Yep, that project has been going on for how long now?

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I swear that picture did not look that blurry on my phone. Let’s just pretend that it’s the hazy glow of awesome that hangs around me, m’kay?

Last night I was able to catch up with some of my favorite homeschool momma friends. I know, I can’t believe that they still let me hang out with them now that I am a public school mom! I kid, I kid, but it is a little strange for me. My life is really different now.

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Seriously? More blurry pictures? What is the deal here?

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I did a half assed attempt at the pink power ranger and called it a night. I have a full costume for Halloween but I am still putting the pieces together. I still haven’t tried on all of it together, I sure hope it works or I am going to have to put a sheet over my head and go as a ghost.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What’s your costume? 

Does anyone else want to go watch Wayne’s World now?

It’s About Damn Time

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Seriously sorry about the extended absence everyone.

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I had been thinking about coming back to the blogging world for a while, but it wasn’t until I was called out three times last week by different people that I decided my public obviously missed me terribly.

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It’s good to be loved.

There is no way that I can catch you guys up on the entire mess of things that you have missed while I took my extended mental health vacation, but I will try to hit some highlights.

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The kids are growing up too fast but we still have a blast together.

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I still love to feed my dog ice cream and then gripe because she’s fat and lazy.

photo 4 (83)I’ve rediscovered my love of baking and decorating cakes. My first attempt at using fondant went much better than I thought it would.

firstdayofschoolThe Boss started public school and she loves it. It has taken me a while to adjust to not having her around, but I am so happy that she is happy. She’s thriving and doing really well.

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Can we just take a minute and look at how crazy long her hair has gotten?

editingI’ve taken over the job of editing The Boss’s videos. This is no small feat for me. I am not gifted when it comes to technology, so this was a scary and overwhelming task. She just doesn’t have the time anymore since she’s started public school, so it made sense for me to take this job. It took me five hours to edit a three minute video. I know I will get better with time but I do have to say that I am pretty happy about the finished product.

You can check it out here if you are so inclined.

And then there’s the running…

It has stopped. I haven’t been running for months and I’m okay with that. Wanna know why?

1. I stopped running and lost 20 pounds. That’s right. I don’t get it either.

2. I hated going to bed so early and getting up at the crack of dawn. I missed my friends and doing things.

3. I was constantly beating myself up. I wasn’t fast enough, didn’t do enough, wasn’t dedicated enough…ENOUGH!

I am happier and probably healthier now than I was when I was pushing myself so hard. Yes, this means that the blog will change. I may run occasionally, or even do a few 5k’s for fun, but I won’t be writing a running blog any longer. I no longer consider myself a runner.

The blog will evolve over the next few weeks into just what I want it to be. A chronicle of my adventures and nuggets of wisdom. A place where I can hang out with people like you.

And a place where I can post pictures of me eating all the wonderful things there are out there to eat.

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I love you guys and I am so glad to be back.

Back in Action

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I have finally started to get my groove back and it feels great.

It’s been a while since I posted and I have been terrible about taking photos, but I’ll play along anyway.

The Boss and I have been taking Lola on lots of walks.

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We found a small creek near our walking trail and we have been taking her down there and letting her play around. She still isn’t very sure about it.

Speaking of The Boss, we picked up her 7th grade schedule this week. She is so excited about starting back to school. I am not excited, but it does make me happy to see her so happy. I’ve been making a list of all of the things that I want to do while she is in school to keep myself busy.

Things like getting my state plates up on the wall finally!

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I finished all of the templates and decided where I want them all to go. All that’s left now is to buy all the plate hangers and start getting those babies up on the wall. And then of course, I need to find the 13 that I am still missing. I guess I need to go antique shopping again soon!

I got a secret letter in the mail this week.

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There was no return address and it wasn’t signed but it has made my entire week. Someone knew that I needed a pick me up and they took the time to send this to me. The craziest thing is, I could think of so many people I know who would do something like this. That says a lot about the people I choose to spend my time with, doesn’t it?

I’ve been hitting up the gym daily and my poor body is hating it and loving it at the same time. I am so sore! I curse every time I have to walk up the stairs. I am also doing the 30 day squat challenge with my friend S. She is far ahead of me, but I didn’t want to wait until next month to do it, so I just jumped in on the 10th of the month.

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My bum is so sore.

Oh! I finally went running again!  Wednesday morning I slogged through four very humid and hot miles, but I did it. It felt great to get back out there and I think I want to push on through to 5 on Saturday.

When I got home, I collapsed on the kitchen floor and caught a great picture of Lola giving me kisses and checking on me.

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Yesterday was probably the best day I have had in a long time.

I spent hours at the pool with S and our girls. We just about finished off two bottles of Sangria between us and then we went for ice cream. I swear my abs hurt so much from laughing yesterday.

Last night, I went out with our friends T & A to play trivia and eat wings.

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A has to be the messiest wing eater ever.

The best part of the night was when Mr. Challenge ended up joining us. We didn’t win, but we weren’t last place, and it was so much fun. I can’t wait to do that again.

Today was leg day at the gym and yes, I still came home and did my squats. I may need to call someone for help to get off of the toilet later.

Thanks for sticking around while I was absent.

Do you ever play trivia at bars?

Have you done a 30 day challenge?  Do you have a favorite kind of challenge? I think next month we are doing planks which scares the bejeezes out of me. 

 

Farewell to Summer

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Wow, it has been one wild and crazy summer.

Did you miss me?

It was nice to take a break from blogging but I’m excited to pick things back up. I did absolutely no running at all these past two months. Not even once and I don’t feel guilty. I needed the break.

So, now, I can share some of my favorite memories from this summer.

Our first trip was to Anaheim California for Vidcon. Yes, the giant YouTube convention. This trip was all about The Boss.

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Mr. Challenge treated us to first class airfare which was so cool! The weather in California is amazing, no wonder everyone wants to live there.

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Most days, The Boss took off with her friends so we were able to hang back and have some fun. We walked to Downtown Disney several times.

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I had the absolute privilege of meeting Jen from Red Hair and Running Shoes! We bonded over Mexican food, ‘natch.

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Then we terrorized the Lego store pointing out all of the boobs, butts and poop, like the mature women we are.

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We couldn’t leave California without a trip to Disneyland. I was so excited to ride the Cars ride.

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I am such a goober, but luckily my family tolerates me.

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But alas, California had to come to an end and then we had a two day turn around before we headed to Kansas!

We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast and the decor was straight out of 1986. I am surprised that they actually had wifi.

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But, we actually had an amazing time. My entire extended family was there and I did get to see people that I haven’t seen in years. My cousin’s husband even taught us how to play horseshoes!

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Yes, I did get that ringer!! WHAT?!?! I quit playing just after I rubbed that in my sister’s face.

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We saw the most amazing fireworks show I have ever seen. We were so close that we had ash and debris falling all over us. It was flat out amazeballs.

The next day we went into Atchison and I got to catch up with my homegirl Amelia Earhart.

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P.S. she was standing on a box, she is not that much taller than me.

On our way back, we stumbled upon some old restored steam engines that we got to play on and around and there was even a tiny replica that I got to ride around in.

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I’m telling you, Kansas knows how to party.

Next up was Utah! This was the trip that I was the most excited about.

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Seriously, I think I belong somewhere there are mountains.

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Our favorite part was Zion National Park. I need to go back again to explore even more.

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Can you even? I can’t imagine waking up everyday and being able to see that outside my window.

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The Boss and I had to get some filming done so we found a playground and took about a million pictures. I told her that this was my friend Sam the seal, we like to go clubbing together….yep…still just as funny.

We also got to go see the Hoover Dam.

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I can’t tell you how many dam jokes were flying that day. Mr. Challenge had me in stitches.

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And there you have it.

The summer of The Nuthouse.

Now, maybe it’s time to get to work. I do have a race coming up!

Linking up today with my girl Kels!

 

 

 

Before I Go

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I want to catch you guys up on the happenings here.

No, I still haven’t made it out for a run. I have been feeling better, but not up to pulling on the running shoes.  Don’t worry, I will have to soon. I have another half coming up in October, so I have to start training in July.

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Our sweet friend A brought over fresh eggs, homemade salsa and jams! There isn’t anything quite like fresh foods.

I finally got the curtains up!

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It’s kind of hard to take photos downstairs right now because it’s so bright!

if I ever get the living room cleaned up long enough to take pictures I will post some before and afters. It really is a huge change and I’m in love with it.

These have been making the rounds on Instagram.

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Have you seen them yet? I will admit that they are pretty good, but I prefer the good old peanut butter Oreos.

Speaking of Instagram, I have decided that I am not taking my laptop on vacation.

I won’t be posting anything here for a while. I will try to get a California recap done when I get back, before I leave for Kansas, but I make no promises. If you want to follow me on Instagram, I will do a little Insta-blogging there.

My username is Welcomenuts

I am also beyond excited to get to meet one of my longtime bloggy friends, Jen from Red Hair and Running Shoes. Two redheads meeting up? Be ready!

So, bye for now, come say hello over on Instagram and I’ll catch you on the flip side!

 

Phone Dump

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I’m starting to come back to the land of the living. Yesterday was the first day that I started to actually feel happy again and it was wonderful.

I wanted to do a little phone dump to catch you up on what’s been happening at The Nuthouse.

My birthday happened. It’s always fun to be depressed on your birthday.

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The Boss surprised me with some of my favorite candles. They smell so good and she knows me well enough to pick out candles that smell good enough to eat.

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Midget Wrestler got me the cutest sandals (which I am breaking in today) and an awesome hip belt to wear whenever I decide to start running again.

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I spent a few afternoons by the pool, trying to soak up some Vitamin D. I think it helped, actually. I’m not a huge pool person, but I did feel better after each time.

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Dr. McHottie is not looking as hot these days since every single time I go to see him, he finds something else that needs work in my mouth. I found this picture on my phone because The Boss finished her appointment early and then sat with me, obviously sneaking pictures.

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I went on a mini road trip with Midget Wrestler yesterday and we passed these giant fields of sunflowers along the highway.

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So, of course, we had to stop and take pictures.

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MW has a way of making me feel better and I came back home last night smiling.

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I almost bought this hat for The Boss, but I wouldn’t want her title to go to her head….get it?

Attack of the bad puns.

I’m a little overwhelmed here and I haven’t been working out other than getting in the pool for a bit. We leave for our first trip in just a few days and it seems like my to do list keeps getting bigger.

Thanks for sticking with me! 

I think that if I get back to blogging, maybe I will get back to running, since this is supposed to be a running blog and all. 

 

Depression Era

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I’ve talked about the fact that I deal with depression on the blog before, so it should come as no surprise that when I disappear for a while, it’s because I am struggling.

I started taking some 5htp this past weekend and that is helping to finally pull me out of my funk. It takes a few days, but it does help me. I even went for a run this morning!

Dragging yourself out of bed is hard enough when you are depressed so I am giving myself major props for making it to the gym on Monday as well.

Friday night, I spent the evening micromanaging a different family.

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Yes, every once in a while, I drag out the Sims to play again.  There’s something about it that I find relaxing.

I slept a lot this weekend, including a three hour nap on Saturday. That’s when you know I am bad off, I never take naps.

Monday morning it was storming here, so I made myself go to the gym. I told myself all I had to do was 15 minutes and then if I still felt like leaving, I could.

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I stayed a little longer than that and this is when I first started getting out of the funk.

Monday night, we were supposed to have family over for my birthday, but my poor mother in law was admitted into the hospital in Dallas, so we went and had Mexican food in her honor. Ha!

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My favorite goofballs. Notice the empty basket of chips in front of me…sigh.

Yesterday we went to visit my MIL in the hospital.

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She’s in good shape and there is a rumor that she may get to go home tomorrow. She’s just mad because she wanted to visit us and didn’t get to leave her doctor’s appointment.

Mr. Challenge and I had lunch at the hospital and I thought it was a little strange that they had a Chick-fil-a inside the cafeteria.

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I mean, I still ate there, but does that seem strange to you? A fast food place in a heart hospital? Good for business, maybe?

I’m doing better today. I was able to go for a run this morning, but it was already 8:30 a.m. and about a billion degrees. I got 3.5 miles done, but it wasn’t pretty.

Yes, I’m still painting, but all of the walls are finished, now I am just spray painting some smaller items. I promise that I will take photos soon and maybe I will get a resolution wrap up done this week.

I’ll just see how it goes for now.

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Later taters, thanks for sticking around! 

 

Keeping it Real

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Yesterday was National Running Day and I didn’t run. Nope.

I haven’t been out since Monday. Not to run and not to the gym.

Most of you know that I have taken on the task to paint my living room, dining area and kitchen. This task has grown into a monster of epic proportions.

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You can kind of see the blue in this picture, but what really steals the show is the state of the house. It’s a wreck. I have piles of stuff everywhere.

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There is no usable space in my kitchen, dining room or living room and it’s making me nuts.

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Everything is spread out everywhere.

My goal was to have all of this finished by this weekend, but that is currently looking doubtful unless I get my hands on some cases of Red Bull. However, then, my lines will be all shaky, so even that won’t help.

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I’m really good at painting walls now, but spray painting is a new skill and there seems to be a steep learning curve.

I have so much more to do and I will admit that I am exhausted. My arms ache. I broke my hand a few years ago and it didn’t heal right so my hand hurts if I have to use pressure for any period of time…like using paint brushes, rollers or spray paint cans. I feel like my right hand will never stop hurting again.

I would probably feel better if I could make myself go out for a run or hit the gym, but I am so focused on trying to finish this beast. It’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed at the late hour of 6:30 a.m. There is no chance of me getting up before that right now.

So, I ask that you bear with me for a bit. I will try to get the Resolution Wrap up done soon. 

I am reading your blogs, but I rarely take the time to stop and type out a reply. I know, bad bloggy friend. 

I can’t wait to see the finished result, but I underestimated how much time and effort this was going to take.  I blame all of those years watching HGTV. They made it look so easy.

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