more house tour photos

A few weeks ago, I shared some photos from our new house – just the first floor though because it was turning into a photo overload. So today I’m here sharing the rest. There isn’t as much to show up here and there’s lots more work to be done, but it’s fun working on everything. And if I’m sharing with you guys, it will keep me motivated to get things done!

Master bedroom – This room is pretty much of a blank slate still. All the bedrooms and the hallway upstairs are carpeted. It’s actually pretty new and cushy, plus I actually kinda like carpeting in bedrooms. In this room, we re-used the dresser (you can see the corner of it) and bedside tables we had in our last house, plus that artwork. But we got a new king (yay!) sized bed and headboard. We have a king duvet on it but I actually prefer longer blankies, so I need to find something else. The headboard is from Target!

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Before – Oh the old owners actually had two pugs too – so I knew we had to buy the house. But this is the pug we brought with us. BYOPug. So before you can see it was just heavier furniture. We also have since changed the light fixture out for a ceiling fan, but you can’t see the new in the photos. And I mentioned this last time, but I hate these vertical blinds. But the windows are so small, I can’t figure out what to do that won’t block out all the light.

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Ensuite bathroom – Woohoo we have our own bathroom. It’s a little dated but it’s a decent size for an older house. I actually don’t mind the wallpaper, but it’s peeling in some places. I’m thinking we might just changed out the light fixture (which you can’t really see), get new fun wallpaper and get rid of the dreaded vertical blinds until we can do a total redo down the line. (No before photo because it looks the same minus different rugs. Oh and we have a hall bath too but it’s ugly and I don’t be showing you until I figure out how to dress it up.)

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Lady palace/office – I just made that term up. But can that be the lady equivalent of man cave? This is the smallest of the 4 bedrooms and it’s right by our bedroom. We have a pretty big closet in our master, but I gave it to Jarrod so I could take this entire room for my dressing/getting ready area. It’s obviously a work in progress. The other side of the room is our office (which is a disaster at the moment), so it keeps me motivated to clean this clean.

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Before – I think they were using this as a TV room. As you can see. I like it better as a girly getting ready room.

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Guest room – So we have 2 guest rooms but the other one looks like hell. So I’m just showing you this one for now. This is our old queen sized bed and extra old bedding that I had. I’ll be freshening this up eventually, plus we need to add a dresser and some art.

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Before – Below first is the before of the room above, with the bed on a different wall. We’ve already replaced that light fixture with a fan. Below that is a before photo of the other guest room. For some reason, they didn’t replace the carpet in that room when they did the rest of the upstairs. Both of these rooms need to be repainted and we need to replace the fan in the other room too. The rooms are good sizes, but I want to change out those vertical blinds too. I need a deal on one million sets of new blinds/window treatments!

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Back yard – This is a photo from the real estate listing because I’ve been too lazy to take photos outside oops. But you can see we have a nice little patio area, which is right off of the kitchen. We have lots of stuff blooming now, so I will need to take photos to share soon!

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So there it is – the rest of our new house! It’s a great house and we were able to move right in without needing to do any fixes. So now it’s just about decorating, accessorizing and making it our own. It’ll be a long process, but we will be here for a long time, so that’s ok. And I’ll be sharing with you guys as we go along!

How was everyone’s weekend? I feel like I’m hitting the summertime lazies with struggling for blog post ideas – anyone else feeling the struggle?

summer reading

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I love reading and I’m a relatively fast reader. That is, when I actually sit down and read. I usually only do that on vacation or right before bed. Since I’m not typically on vacation, that means I average about 20-30 minutes of reading on weeknights before I inevitably fall asleep. Sometimes the Kindle falls on my face and that’s super fun.

BUT with traveling to Korea (14 hour flight each way) and having lots of downtime in Korea (I was sleeping on a floor with no tv and mainly with people who don’t speak English), I had lots of time for reading. So here’s a little recap of what I’ve read recently and my thoughts.

Little, Big by John Crowley

From Goodreads: John Crowley’s masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood – not found on any map – to marry Daily Alice Drinkwater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

My thoughts: I attempted to read this book for awhile and only got about 100 pages into its 562 pages. It was beautifully written but it wasn’t very plot heavy and it literally would put me to sleep after just a few pages. I really wanted to like it but I couldn’t get into it. And then I decided life is too short to read books you don’t want to. If I give this a try again, I’ll let you guys know. Or has anyone else read it and had different thoughts?

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

From Goodreads: The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. […]

My thoughts: I was surprised that I ended up really loving this book. I thought it started off slow and was going to be sorta meandering with no development. But then it really picked up and followed the main characters from teenagers throughout adulthood. The characters weren’t always likable, but that made them more real to me.

The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty

From Goodreads: Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

My thoughts: I really loved this book too. It was a fast read since it was really plot driven. At the end of each chapter, I wanted to read more to see what would happen next. This would be a great beach/vacation read.

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

From Goodreads: Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. (I shortened the description a bit.)

My thoughts: Same author as The Husband’s Secret and I read this one right after. It has a similar feel to it but much different stories. This was also an engaging read and I wanted to see what would happen next. Add this one to your beach list too.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

From Goodreads: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.

My thoughts: I am the total opposite of outdoorsy and would probably pay a million dollars to not have to ever hike for more than a few hours. So this wouldn’t usually be a book I chose. But I saw the movie when it came out and liked it a lot. A lot of the book is about finding herself and reconciling her life and the loss of her mother. Though my feelings and experiences have been much different, it was still really relatable and engaging. A good “I want to think about life” book.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

From Goodreads: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My thoughts: I love some good suspense but hate scary movie type suspense. I read this book in two days (laying on an uncomfortable mattress on the floor in Korea) and didn’t want to stop. The main character is a hot mess but you’re rooting for her and also want to shake her at the same time. And I’m a total dummy with guessing endings of books/movies so I’m always surprised. This is the book everyone is talking about right now and for good reason.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

From Goodreads: Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

My thoughts: I don’t read a ton of non-fiction, so this was a nice change of pace. I love math but am not super science-y so it was nice to read something different and I learned a ton. I was shocked that this woman’s cells were taken from her without her knowledge in the 1950’s. The cells have helped science so much, but much of the book talks about the struggles of her descendants since that time and the fact they don’t even have health insurance. It raises questions of who owns your tissues once they aren’t a part of your body anymore, as well as questions of medical ethics in general. A good read if you’re in the mood for some non-fiction.

Whew. That makes me look like a read a ton, but these are from the last few months. And half of them are from my time laying on the floor in Korea, so yeah. I wish I could read this much all the time!

Did you read any of these books or are they on your list? Did you have different thoughts on any of them? And what recommendations do you have for me or other readers? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

being an 80s baby

My friend just sent me this great article about how 80s babies (and late 70s babies) are different from Millenials. Though we’re only a few years older than some Millenials, there is a big difference in the way we grew up, mainly being on the cusp of emerging technology/the internet. Here’s a few examples of those differences and whatever generation you’re in, you’ll be able to relate to how much has changed in the last 15-2o years.

(First up is a photo that is embarrassing and wonderful on so many levels. Huge cordless phone. Huge boom box. Two huge desks. Huge clothes. Huge computer. Huge tv. And huge Leonardo DiCapario obsession. And a wallpaper border. And it’s blurry and crappy because it was scanned in. Ok, now we can continue.)

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Internet

The biggest thing was when everyone started to get the internet. I think I got dial up internet in 9th grade. It was slooooow and my mom was pissed that I was always tying up the phone line. Yes, the phone line.  I was so sad that AOL wasn’t available in our area but I still was able to use AOL instant messenger. Plus this was the first time where you could do research for your homework in your own house instead of going to the library. Amazing.

Music

When I was a kid, my sister still had records. Then we had a bunch of cassette tapes. I would be cassette singles of my fave songs. Or sit by my boombox (ha), wait for the song to come on the radio and record it. I used to make actual mix tapes. Then we thought when CD’s came out, it would just be a fad. Nope. I had an impressive CD collection, especially in college where I worked at a used CD store. While also illegally downloading music. Then I finally had to break down and get and iPod. And now I listen to music mostly on Spotify. Whew that is a lot of music technology changes in my lifetime!

Videos, DVD’s & DVR – Oh my!

Just like music changed a lot, we’ve seen so much change with seeing movies and tv. When I was a kid, we would tape our favorite movies off of HBO. We’d check out TV Guide to see when movies and shows were coming on. When I went away to college, I treated myself to a DVD player but DVD’s were too damn expensive. I slowly bought a few at the store I worked at (which also had used DVD’s). I grew a pretty good collection, but now I can see pretty much whatever I want through OnDemand, Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV, etc. But I still say that I taped something when I mean I DVR’ed. Old habits die hard!

Answering machines

I remember having my friends’ parents answer the phone when I’d call them. Because I was calling a landline. We even used to have a rotary phone, attached to the wall (!) when I was younger. And then if our parents wanted to use the one phone line, I’d be forced to get off the phone. After being gone all day, we’d have to go home and check the answering machine to see if anyone called. If I was out and about, I would just stop at my friends’ houses unannounced, because how else can you get a hold of them? If I was staying late at school, I’d have to scrounge up quarters to call my parents on a pay phone to let them know. I got my first cell phone my freshman year of college, but no one else I knew had one for awhile, so I didn’t really have anyone to call. Plus we had limited minutes and no texting, so the phone was mostly for emergencies. And it was hideous.

When the streetlights come on

When I was a kid, my parents basically forced me to go outside to play when it was nice out. I was the most unathletic kid ever, but we still rode bikes, playing kickball, swam and did gymnastic shows outside. Since I was phone-less, my parents would have to call around to the other parents to figure out where I was. But all us kids when that when the streetlights came on, it was time to go home. When it was cold out, my friends and I made a mess inside the house, doing crafty projects or played Barbies. I had an original Nintendo but barely knew how to play it. I’ve read so much lately about parents getting arrested for letting their kids play outside alone. My parents (and my friends’ parents) would’ve been arrested a lot back in the 80s.

Are you a late 70s/early 80s baby too? Anything you’d add to this list about how different generations grew up so differently? Wish you grew up in a different time period? Are you suuuuuuper jealous of the photo of 15 year old me? 

korea photo time!

Happy Friday! Today I’m excited to share some more photos from my trip to Korea last month. These are a bunch of random photos from our trip there. And there are a ton of them, so hope that you are prepared for this photo dump.

We went at a perfect time since it was beautiful weather and everything was blooming –

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This is the room where me, my mom and my sister and also sometimes my aunt were sleeping. Two twin mattresses on the floor. It was an adventure.

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Some recreations of traditional type buildings –

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Photos around Seoul. Below are traditional buildings in Bukchon Village.

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The sign below says Chicken Cafe. That chicken is holding a beer and looks so happy. Love.

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Most people don’t have yards/land, so there are lots of container gardens like this one outside my uncle’s house –

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Below is my mom and my aunt walking in the rain. They’re both so tiny and cute.

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Below is when we ordered Pizza Hut. The cheese pizza had mozzarella balls, raisins and walnuts on it. One of the other pizzas has kielbasa and french fries. The last one had Korean barbecue and peppers. They also gave us potato salad, pasta salad, spaghetti, fries, chicken fingers and pickles. So random.

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Money! One dollar is about 1100 won.

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We went to an amusement park called Everland. It was so cute. A couple photos below is on the safari attraction. We were in a bus and the animals were free to roam around. We saw that tiger just climb up onto that SUV – so crazy!

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I saw a woman in my mom’s tiny home town carrying this dog around and was squealing with excitement. So my mom yelled at her to come over. His tail was dyed orange too.

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Sooooo much food and stuff to see at the markets. The first photo below is of all the pretty ricecakes. After that is the best seaweed EVER. They toasted it fresh and cut it for you right there. Then is the random kinda gross seafood. No thanks.

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The photo below is self explanatory.

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Yum! Cold noodle soup. We ate a million times a day.

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This is a big ass aloe.


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We happened to get Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo. Totally not planned.

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And I’ll end this photo explosion with a Hello Kitty explosion. I regret not buying everything.

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Whew. If you made it to the end of this post, I’m impressed. That was a lot of photos. But it was a good time to visit with my family and see some of Korea.

Any weekend plans? We’re having a cookout on Sunday with our dads and families, so that should be fun. Everyone have a fun and safe weekend!!