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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
houselife
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We are having the floors replaced in our kitchen, hallway, powder room, mud room, and foyer. The laminate, hardwood and carpet has been removed from these areas a tile has been put down.

It's taking forever. Okay, maybe not forever, but much longer than we thought (we were initially told 5 days, we're on day 9 heading into day 10).

While all this has been going on, I've been working from home -- with the exception of three half days, my parents came to watch the workers. So I've been working from the living room, and relaxing from the living room, and pretty much spending all my time keeping me and the two dogs contained in the living room. And while the set-up may seem ideal to some (who wouldn't want a full size fridge sitting next to their TV? tongue laugh), I'm sick of my living room. Fortunately, Chris is staying home tomorrow.

I think it's coming together nicely.

Berkley is Going to Like the New Floors They Started the Backsplash Today

In other news. Chris started back in sort of his old role with his new company last week. He's been swamped getting things back in order and coming up to speed on what's going on.

Kelly • 10:34 PM • (0) Comments
Saturday, April 28, 2007
houselifedesignphotographywork

This blog has been idle for a while so now there are a bunch of little things to write about.

We've now been in our house for a bit over two years and it's finally starting to look like a home. For our two year house anniversary, we actually hung pictures. And we've finally been putting colors up on the walls (pictures maybe coming soon -- no promises). Our great room is now orange, and while I was at the Web 2.0 Conference, Chris surprised me by painting our kitchen the yellow I had picked out and bought months before. Our latest project is our bedroom which is finally not blue. The bedroom is still in progress, but we hope to finish it up soon.

On the work front, I'm changing positions. I'm moving over to dev instead of just supporting them. Chris thinks and change is in his future, but still working where he's working, just maybe for someone else.

Last weekend, I assisted Kerry with a wedding for a couple hours in the morning. Here are a few shots from the day: weddingImages.jpg

One of my recent design project: Birth Announcement's for Lilly -- one of Kerry's clients. The photos are by K&R Photography: Lilly's Birth Announcement

Kelly • 09:38 AM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
house

I'm probably the last person you'd expect to see blogging about cleaning. But today, that's what I'm doing.

We got our dining room set close to two years ago and had yet to put anything in our china cabinet. Why? because there was this film on the glass and mirrors that countless washings had not managed to remove.

Enter the glass cleaner recipe from my mom's old neighbor (who coincidentally was part of the longest married couple at our wedding):

  1. 1 Gallon Water
  2. 1 Pint Alcohol
  3. 1/2 cup sudsy Ammonia
  4. 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid

Goodbye film! I can finally see through the glass! Oh and I managed to clean all the nose prints off the rest of the windows too

China
Kelly • 08:27 PM • (1) Comments
Sunday, June 18, 2006
house

It's finally up. The new chandelier is in the entry way.

We rented a ladder. Initially we rented a 16 footer, but when we saw it, it was a little bit, um.... big, so we switched it out for a 14 footer. As it was the 14 footer was hard to set up in the entry way.

I hope we don't have to do that again. Chris was up on the big ladder which of course made me nervous and I was up on our 6 foot ladder handing things up to him and taking things back from him.

We finished and raced back to the rental place to return the ladder before it closed. We missed them by a few minutes. So first thing Monday morning, we have a ladder to return.

Kelly • 11:00 AM • (4) Comments
Thursday, April 20, 2006
house

We needed someplace to store all of Chris' DVDs (other than the basement). My requirement was it looked good. Chris picked this out of the Home Decorators catalog after he didn't like what I initially suggested.

Kelly • 11:09 PM • (1) Comments
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
houselife

That's what Chris said when I took the cake out of the oven on Easter morning. Whoops.

We need to back up the story a bit. First of all, I'm not known for my cooking skills. I'm much better known for my cooking mistakes. Anyone who can burn pasta probably shouldn't be baking a cake.

Like the cake to the left. This was probably my last attempt at a cake. This was Chris' birthday 5 or 6 years ago. I had remembered that he said he liked his mom's pistachio nut cake and had gotten the recipe from her specifically to make for his birthday. As you can see, it's not exactly what he had expected. When he saw it, he was laughing so hard he was crying. Not one of my finer moments.

Fast forward to this past Saturday. We were doing our grocery shopping for Sunday's Easter dinner and had yet to decide on a dessert. The prepared deserts left a lot to be desired so our only option was cake. I told Chris that I'd rather make a cake than buy one. The look he gave me was priceless. He reluctantly said okay. I asked him if he was convinced we weren't going to have dessert. He said yes.

So I get up Sunday morning and mix the batter and put the cake in the over. All is going well until I check on it about 10 minutes before it's to come out of the over. Uh oh. Uh oh. What asks Chris. Well the cake has risen into the rack above it. Whoops. Despite that, everything turned out ok. The cake was actually quite yummy (probably could have cooked it a couple of minutes less. And in case it didn't work, the back-up plan was molten chocolate cakes from Let's Dish

And the cake? The recipe is going in the rotation when I need a dessert to bring to a function/event/party/whatever.

Kelly • 09:15 PM • (2) Comments
Friday, March 31, 2006
house

One year ago today we settled on our house. (The picture is a couple weeks before settlement.

We're finally starting to get settled in. We sent in the last bits of warranty repair work this week and they're coming out on Monday to take a look at everything and decide what they'll actually work on.

And a year after we settled to the day, mom and dad are settling on their new place. They'll be moving out of our house and to West Virginia.

Kelly • 11:16 AM • (2) Comments
Monday, February 20, 2006
house

We're replacing the builders special:

With this:

And for the entry way, we got this: Now to figure out how to hang it...

Kelly • 09:12 AM • (1) Comments
Thursday, February 02, 2006
house

Above the chair rail will be the red, below will be the tan, and the trim will be the white (which looks a lot whiter in person). We finally found colors we could both agree on. I'm sad there's no chocolate brown, but I think it'll look nice.

Kelly • 08:25 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, December 10, 2005
house

That was our conclusion after driving around our neighborhood this evening. There are a lot of lights and they're very tastefully done. After our failed attempt at hanging icicle lights on our house (the ladder isn't tall enough to get the peak over the garage and the pitch of the roof is too steep to get it from above), we decided to skip the lights on the house this year until we could figure out if we were going to purchase a bigger ladder (we already have 3, no one needs that many ladders), rent one (apparently Home Depot even rents ladders), or develop magical powers between now an then to get them hung.

As we were driving around tonight, my dad said he was embarrassed to be living at a house with so few lights. So tomorrow, we're going to put some more up. I think we'll use the red and white strands from our railings at the last place in the trees out front, other than that we have no plans.

The great polar bear search has ended for the 2005 season in exchange for our 48" lighted wreath. For those of you unfamiliar with my great polar bear obsession, it all started last year when I saw a big and little polar bear in a yard down the street from us. We did find the big one last year, but without a real yard to put it in, it wasn't worth buying. This year, all the polar bears have scarfs -- not what I'm looking for. The hunt for the perfect lighted polar bear will resume next holiday season.

Kelly • 10:38 PM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
houserandom

Our first snow in the new house. I thought we were just going to get a few flurries tomorrow morning, but the grass is covered already.

Kelly • 09:45 PM • (1) Comments
Saturday, October 22, 2005
housefamilylife

Mom and dad have left Oklahoma. This is what they write:

We're in Nashville - on our way home (finally!!!!) Was able to use the wireless set up provided by Chris tonight - but couldn't locate any wireless networks in Oklahoma!!! Mom will give you a call on Sunday - we'll probably be home late tomorrow.

8 days until the due date for the 2006 Stracensky Family Calendar. Please remind any family members who may have not checked this blog lately (or ever).

And I'm up early waiting for the guys to come back and touch up the stain on the door. It's raining today, so I don't think they're going to get both the stain and the poly done today and I think it'll probably take all day for the stain to dry again. Ugh. Also LoJack is coming out to verify something with my car. They'll be here between 8 and 12. Cisco and I are heading out to help Kathy with an agility demo. Actually I might bring Berkley too, he could use the practice and she might need a dog to help administer the CGC test. Even though they've both passed, Berkley is definitely the better demo dog.

Happy wet and rainy Saturday! Oh and I turned the comments back to letting anyone comment. Hopefully I won't get too much spam, we'll see what happens.

Kelly • 08:58 AM • (2) Comments
Thursday, September 22, 2005
house

Yup, that's right. They're replacing our front door with a brand new one. Yay!

The guy also said that he called the manager of the paint contractor and told him he didn't want those two guys back on his jobsite again.

Now the yet to be resolved issues of:

Kelly • 02:31 PM • (1) Comments
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
house
Yeah, they never came back to put the hardware on. And while Chris was putting in on, we noticed they sanded the finish off of both pieces. I'm not happy.
Kelly • 06:19 PM • (1) Comments
house

I don't know, but if I ever find out I'll let you know.

So there were a couple of spots on our beautiful dark cherry color door that needed to be "touched up." It was on our warranty to do list.

Last Monday I stayed home so all of this warranty work could be done, along with the closet install, and the gas line install. Well the builder had moved offices and in the process they managed to not get the contractors scheduled to come out on Monday like they were supposed to.

So Chris takes off Friday. They come, they spend ALL day sanding down the entire front of our door and re-staining it. Chris gets a call from the supervisor saying that he didn't like the way the door was done and would personally come out and do it again. So it was scheduled for today and I had to take today off while they again sanded down the door. They asked when they got here if both sides needed to be done. I said no, only the front -- that's all that was done last time. Well they started sanding the back, after a half an hour of getting the I guess important people down here, it was explained to me that they had to sand both sides because you can't always get stain to match exactly. I specifically asked if it was going to be the dark color on the back of the door and not the awful color that landed on the front of our door and he assured me that yes, it would be the dark cherry color. I also pointed out the stain finger prints on the walls in our dining room, which he then pointed out to the workers and they said ok, they'd take care of it.

Now we have a door that is the awful reddish oak bleck color on both sides. We've lost two days of vacation to this. and I have stain on the walls in our dining room AND on the white trim outside the house. Not to mention the stain they got all over our hardware the first time and weren't planning on taking off this time until they were told to by the warranty manger. (Which BTW, we currently have no hardware on the door so I'm stuck downstairs instead of upstairs trying to get my closet back in order.)

I cornered a guy from the builder and pointed it out and he agreed that it looked worse than it had before and the job was completely unacceptable. But the supervisor is in a meeting all afternoon, so we won't hear what's happening next until tomorrow. But he is supposed to come back and put the hardware back on for me.

Our front door when we first moved in:

Our now been sanded down to bare wood twice hideously colored front door:

Kelly • 03:00 PM • (0) Comments

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