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So as you can see a picture right below this post of our house on Washington Street, I should tell you what we've (and when I say "we", I mean Stefan has actually done the work, but I am the one directing, so I will continue to say "we") done throughout and outside of it. The front really hasn't changed. Other than there is no Easter flag waving proudly in the breeze. That was immediately removed. While we are on the subject of removing, I will tell you about our bathroom floor. We had the cutest retro floor on the planet: black and white checkerboard. I loved it when we first looked at the place, but I should have looked behind me at all the nasty footprints it likes to show just after it's been cleaned. The first year, I could tolerate it. I like to clean other peoples' houses and say to myself, "well, at least my house is cleaner than that!" but it wasn't true of our bathroom. The floor sparkled for close to a minute after I would sweep, mop, and bleach (I'm not kidding) all in vain once Stefan or I stepped foot inside it. So, I ended up just not cleaning it--to spite the room, of course! As the room has no feelings, I was the only one who was upset. I vowed this cute vinyl pattern would go! And so, a few weeks ago, it did. Stefan pulled it up "just to see what's under there..." and there is now a few layers of wood piled on top of one another, mixed with a hill of some sort of cementy-glue (that is the scientific name for it) and a few strips of duck tape (once again, I am not kidding). We have purchased some sea foam-colored tile from a garage sale--150 sq feet of it--for $30 (if any of you are cringing right now because you have tried to work with used tile, please keep your comments to yourself--you clearly never saw our vinyl) and it will look great in our bathroom--if it gets done before next Thanksgiving, which leads me to the next list of things we have updated in the house...

Last Thanksgiving break, Stefan and I painted the house, pretty much 1/2 of it. The dining room is now a blue titled, "Pool House", and the living room is "Ocean Breeze". For those of you in Canada who have never had the joy of stepping into our (somewhat dilapidated) sanctuary, the color themes are supposed to be oceanic: browns, tans, greens, blues. We did the entire living room until we got to the stairway. This stairway wall is quite visible in the living room as one obviously walks from the living room up the stairs and into the second story. There is one lonely stripe of "Ocean Breeze"...and then a white, dirty wall. You see, we ran out of paint. That was November 22nd, 2006. It is now nearing October 19th, 2007. We had a baby, so sue us for not finishing the job in almost a year (it is quite an eyesore)! For those of you reading this and also trying to remodel an old home, this excuse always works.

Oh yeah, and I guess Stefan has rebuilt our deck, painted it, finished shelving units in both his and my closets, and re-arranged our furniture until it looked just right...but I directed!!


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