Having a nice little day here. Mr. ADT is here installing our system and it’s taken all day (still working!) I just about lost my oats when he told me we would have to have a cord running through the basement OR cut big holes in the walls, but then relaxed when we figured out a great way to disguise it.
He actually had to leave for a part during lunchtime, so I ended up being able to make it to Body Pump Express after all! I don’t really care if a miss a few cardio workouts – my heart gets enough exercise each week and I find endorphins in daily activities like biking to work – but I do really like to get to Pump twice a week because I fear I’ll lose all of my muscles if I miss too many classes! I biked there in the drizzling rain (who am I!?) and it took all of FIVE MINUTE! WAHOO MAJOR LOCATION EXCITEMENT!!
Look who came to visit for lunch!! <3 I miss him during the days.
Post-Pump lunch was two hard-boiled eggs over a salad with peppers and yellow heirloom tomato (I’m going to miss those!) with blue d’auvergne and a side of Figgy Toast. Trader Joe’s Fig Butter tastes just like a fig newton!
Here’s a little bathroom update. Our new house has two bathrooms – one upstairs that is the master and I suppose the guest bath too (not ideal, but if you learn anything from House Hunters + Property Virgins it’s that you can get everything!). But what I am very happy about is that we now have dedicated guest bathroom.
Here’s that bathroom with a super fisheye lens maximizing the view before we moved in:
I immediately fell in love with the uber-modern vibe. This bathroom is in the finished basement – but half of the basement is above ground so it’s still bright and airy.
Here it is now that we’ve settled in [please note the bulb is now replaced too!!]
There was one minor project that needed a major change:
The gross, falling apart, rusty + yellowed shower curtain.
[Which requires a giant lens to capture all-in-one!
I am so not a DIYer! I botch almost every project I do – except organization ones! I’m just not good with paint, drills, putty, etch. I suppose it’s the kind of thing that gets better with experience, but I’d rather not ruin everything in our house before that experience comes. DIY blogs help a lot!
But there is one thing I knew: Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint rocks! It’s what the pros use 😉
I’m sure John and Sherry would have some innovative way to get these up in the air to paint 360 degrees, but I resorted to just putting them on some packing paper and flipping after 30 minutes. I gave them a nice even coat noting to keep the spray paint 12 inches away and that many thin layers are better than one wet layer. What I did not know is that this paint is extremely hard to get off of fingers! I tried to flip them over by hand and had black fingertips for a day 😳
A day later, they were dry and beautiful!! Although don’t ask me how some pieces of black grass got stuck on there – I told you I’m a rookie!
Besides those small errors, the project turned out perfect!!
I used a clear eco-curtain from Bed, Bath and Beyond for a maximization of light and airiness. I like it so much more than the white! I actually showered in it too – it’s pretty fun!
I love the concrete shelf as well as the little built in shelves! I purchased a gray mat to keep on the shelf until guests come and have the trash + TP in there too.
We put up some new hooks for guest towels, and that’s Mom’s Tooth Fairy Toast on framed in the background
Here’s to the old tooth under the pillow.
Here’s to the space that it left behind,
Here’s to the new tooth soon to follow,
Here’s to the tooth fairy, generous and kind!
And lastly, we have a bee hand towel my grandmother gave me years ago – to encourage visits by Buzz! [Mom’s nickname]
The stool was a wedding gift from Matt’s fraternity brother who was stationed in Eygpt, and the little chest was my grandmother’s and is filled with toiletries for guests! Lastly the bottles on the windowsill are from my days in public relations when I worked for the Epsom Salt Council. I got one of those in Real Simple magazine once, so they follow me everywhere I go 🙂
So that’s the bathroom! Super exciting, huh (= sarcasm). More projects to come!