Kitchen Lighting

I REALLY want to update the lighting in our kitchen. Right now, we have these horrid overhead lights. I really don’t like them. We have the same kind of lighting in Lucy’s room, too. They really don’t seem to give off much light.

I’m thinking about getting some kind of pendant lighting for the kitchen, at least for over our table. I’m not really sure yet what to get to replace the other light in our kitchen. Any thoughts? What kind of kitchen lighting do you have? Do you like yours or do you have something you’d like to replace it with?

Project Roof

We finally have a brand new roof and an intact ceiling. You may recall, our ceiling collapsed on us two weeks ago due to water damage from improper work done by the former owner of our house. The contractors were here all last week. It was crazy, threw off my daily schedule and was *very* noisy, but now we have a roof that should last 10-15 years, well past the amount of time we plan to live here.

Our new roof! It’s so nice and black!
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Our ceiling after the mudding.
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The finished product.
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Crumbling Ceiling

Our ceiling collapsed last Monday night. I was sitting on the couch getting ready to turn on “24” when I heard a crack. I saw the crack from the water damage we’ve had spread farther across and then the ceiling just collapsed. It barely missed hitting me. Luckily, Lucy was on the other side of the room and didn’t get hit either, though some dust did land on her.

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The irony? The roofers were supposed to come out that Wednesday to start working on replacing the roof and chimney. Apparently, the previous owner of the house — who fixed it up and flipped it — used board on the chimney that isn’t supposed to get wet, which one would assume means it shouldn’t be used on the outside of a house. It’s something our inspector should have caught, but that’s a whole other story. So, water has been leaking in from there (and boy, have we had some *rainy* days in the last year), causing two cracks in our ceiling, one above our fireplace and the other by the window. We also had wind and hail damage to our roof, which is why the entire thing is being replaced.

Luckily, the roofers were able to come out the next day to clean up our living room and fix our ceiling. Yesterday, they replaced our entire roof, and today they’re rebuilding our chimney and beginning the cosmetic work on our ceiling. I can’t wait for all this to be over. This new roof better last until we buy a new house!

Goals for 2010

Now that it’s a few days into the new year, I’ve had time to think about what I want to accomplish this year. I don’t like using the word “resolution” because I’ve never kept all of my resolutions. So, this year, I’m creating a list of goals for the year that I hope are realistic enough to attain.

1. Buckle down on finances. I have a time table as to when our credit cards and car loan will be paid off, some of which are this year (hooray!), and while I have that under control, I want to do more on the saving front, such as putting money aside in an emergency account and building our savings up even more.

2. Lose at least 40 pounds. That’s the weight I gained from the IVF and pregnancy, and I really would like to have that gone by the end of the year. That sounds like a long time to lose 40 pounds, but I have a wacky metabolism, and that plus the medicines I’m on work against my weight loss efforts.

3. Work out 4-5 days a week. This will be a hard one for me. I hate exercising. HATE IT. I’m hoping the aerobics shows I DVR and the EA Active we just got for the Wii will help make it a little easier.

4. Paint my house. We’ve been talking about painting the rooms in our house since we moved in, and now that we’ve done the nursery, I’ve really gotten the decorating bug. I really want to tackle this project this year and get all our rooms painted. Then we can move on to redecorating. 🙂

5. Clean on a schedule. I hate cleaning as much as I hate exercising. Haha. This year, I want to really deep clean my house/thoroughly clean out closets, etc, and then do a better job at maintaining it.

6. Be more organized. Part of getting my house in tip-top shape is doing a better job at organizing. I think it’s time to invest in more containers to assist. I’m a packrat, and it’s time to get rid of the clutter.

What are your resolutions or goals for the year?

Bedding Choices

I have a dilemma. I have found another bedding set that I love, and now I’m torn as to which one to get for Lucy’s nursery. I do plan on purchasing a set because, although I do not plan on using the bumper (I’m getting a breathable bumper) and may not use the comforter at first, she will use the comforter as she gets older and the 11 other pieces in the set (diaper stacker, wall hangings, valance, etc) make it completely worth my money.

The first bedding:

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And the new bedding:

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I love the first because it’s so pink, but the second is much brighter and more colorful. I think I’m leaning toward that one, but I haven’t completely made up my mind. I also need to figure out what color to paint the walls if I choose that one. It’s hard to use pink or green because of the backgrounds of the border and wall hangings unless I choose very pale shades.

So now, tell me, which one do you like the best?

Productivity

Boy, have I had a productive night. After work, I headed to the grocery store where, to my surprise, just about everything I needed to get was on sale! I have never had that happen before. In fact, the items I buy are usually *not* on sale. But, you can’t go wrong with 10 for $10 Powerade (for Joe’s runs), 10 for $10 toilet paper and 2 for $5 Morningstar Frozen products.

When I got hom, I unloaded everything, ran a load of laundry, cleaned out the fridge (I always forget to toss the condiments and coffee creamers when they’ve passed their expiration dates), and now I’m about to start dinner so it will be ready to go when Joe gets back from his run. Oh, and I got my car all gassed up for the trip to Atlanta tomorrow. Hopefully, it’ll get me a couple trips to Emory.

I love evenings like this!