Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Today's lesson will change my life!

We've had my car since 2003. 
This afternoon, mr. b found a button that releases the glass upper part of the back hatch. 
The one that we thought only opened with the key fob. 
That would've been nice to know about a million frustrating trips back to get my keys so we could get in the hatch open ago. 
Eleven years. 
My life will never be the same. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


After many incarnations, our 'final plan' is in the works.  And no- the one pictured is not it.

After so many years of thinking about what a forever (or 40 year) home would be for us, we had a surprisingly difficult time deciding what we wanted. You know the pictures we tear from magazines. The samples we put in a file somewhere. They just didn't work for us anymore, so we started from scratch.

We had five or six meetings with our home planner & after the fourth one I thought we would be in the planning stage forever. We couldn't really find a plan we liked online for him to work from. We couldn't even draw what we wanted. We just knew what rooms we wanted and kind of where in the lay out we wanted them, but couldn't seem to make it work.

We finally found an online floor plan that had the rooms where we liked, but it was a french country style with a lot of set backs on the front and back of the house. We do not want a french country style house with a lot of set backs. We've had enough set backs. We don't need any on our house.

So we worked with the designer and were finally able to get the footprint squared (or rectangled to be literal) up but were left with a renegade bedroom 'wing' that was causing all kind of design problems.
Like a few weeks of problems and some just make a decision problems and the square footage is really too much problems and could we please get moving on this - it's giving me a worry tummy ache - problems.

Until a very wise woman who is working with us mentioned in passing, 'Why don't you move one of the bedrooms over to the other side of the house?'

And that thought sat in the back of my mind and popped out a couple of days later.

And boom.

Problems fixed. Plan designed. Few tweaks made. Final drawings now in process so we can get this baby out to builder to see how much it will all cost.

The solutions came in passing. She didn't even remember saying it. But it made all the difference.
I wonder how many solutions we come by like that? I bet more than we know.
I wonder if that's part of the plan?

Deliver Me From Donut Day

Again, I haven't written in a while, but I don't want to forget this one. It's a doozy. I work in an elementary school. I teach ...