House Tour: the before

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You might think we are, as the kids say these days, cray after you see the photos of the house we just bought. Rest assured, it was the best one that we saw after meeting the following very important criteria:

-not an hour away from Thomas's work
-not in a shady area (there was one house where we refused to get out of the car)
-within our budget
-the walls were not crumbing (seriously)

After that, pickings were slim. But when we walked into this house after a very discouraging first day of house hunting, we felt like this could be the home for us. We closed a few days ago and it already looks like a completely different house. Today I'm only going to show you a few pictures of the house before we got it (no, that's not our stuff) and some empty-house pictures (of course, all taken in a rush as I'm running around). Sorry, all of the good stuff has to wait until tomorrow!!

I'll try to explain the layout a bit so you feel like you know what you're seeing.

 Split-level home - not my favorite, but it's okay. Tile will eventually be replaced with
laminate, and the carpet on the stairs will be replaced with new carpet.

 This fireplace is even bigger than it looks here. Still mulling over
some ideas for it- and how to make it look smaller.

The rest of the living room.

 Hallway- first left is the kitchen, second left is the master, straight ahead is the hall bath, 
Margaret's room on the far right, living room on the right.

Tiny kitchen! It'll almost be a gut, but layout will remain very similar, if not the same.

Kitchen opens to the dining room (ugliest and most dangerous chandelier ever), 
and sliding doors open to the back deck.

Mid-demo- nasty carpet pad that had been laid upside down. :( Master bedroom.

Weird closet situation. Two closets for this tiny room, but a vanity sort of area in between. 
We took the counter and cabinets out already!

Hall bath. The color is green, but the massive trees we have outside reflect
even more green into the master and the hall bath.

Going down the stairs at the entry, you come to our second living space. 
The bifolds go into a closet and the garage door is to the left of that.

That is not my Corona airplane. For reference, window is on the same side of the room as the stairs.

This bizarre set of doors leads to the guest room (left) and the brown bathroom (right).

Really wasn't kidding about the brown. There are 3 shades of brown on the walls and 
brown tile on the floor. A brown toilet, brown sink, and brown shower complete the look.
Pity you can't get the full effect with the shower curtains in the way.

I promise we aren't crazy. We saw lots of potential in this house and are excited to love on it for the next four years. It's already been a lot of work (grateful to have had my family come to town for a few days to help), and it's only just begun. Can't wait to show you some demo and after pictures tomorrow (I'll pull out the real camera tomorrow)! It's already looking like a different house.

Quick Thought

Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Gah, he's just acting so Bipolar today! Up one minute, down the next!"
"This popcorn is so addicting. Seriously, I just can't stop."
"I'm just so depressed they canceled that show."

We all do it. I've done it innumerable times. Whatever I'm saying is just a touch more funny or emphatic if I add one of those words.

It's not just that it minimizes my experience with Bipolar disorder. (It does, just a little. Okay, sometimes a lot.) Worse, it minimizes the way we react to those things.

Oh, you're addicted to popcorn? Just stop eating it. Oh you're addicted to drugs? Just stop taking them. Just stop.

Having mood swings? Just think about how other people are feeling and calm down. Being happy is a choice.

Except not, right?

Because it's just not that easy or as simple as we make it seem with our words.

And sure, most people probably don't mean any of it. I'm not on a quest to ban these words from existence, barring diagnostic phrases. I won't hate you or think less of you if you mention someone being "bipolar" in a conversation when they really aren't. And I just wasn't thinking when I said "addict" or "bipolar" or "depressed" either. But when I never think about what an addiction truly is, or what it means to call someone bipolar when they're not, when we are faced with those disorders for real, are we truly prepared for how to deal with them?

{And I do mean deal. Not dismiss.}

Your words have power, sometimes more than you could ever be aware.

Choose them wisely.