I'm still alive

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Yikes! Nearly two full months without a blog entry! Eeeegads.

What's new? Basically everything in our house.

For those who didn't know, or may have forgotten, Amy and I are quite bad at decorating, so we simply ignored entertaining any thoughts of painting, refurbishing, refinishing, or introducing any type of color and/or style to our house. Fast forward six (6!) years, add 9 animals, and the house was screaming for some attention... so we caved in.

We started by painting our bedroom yellow. "Cowslip #3 Yellow" to be exact. Two coats of $45/gallon paint, 1 roll of 3M blue painters tape, and a weekend later, we had a "fresh" looking bedroom. The color was great - we really loved it, and it made the room look like brand new. So new, that our bed (sans any headboard) and our "end tables" (old bar stools) looked really out of place in the room.

So, we bought some end tables, a headboard, a new mattress set (which we love), new sheets, new comforter, new bedskirt, and deep cleaned the carpets. The result is awesome. We still need to replace the ceiling fan, but that's a 30 minute job as soon as we find one that fits the look of the room. Here's what it looks like:


The red sheet is over the new comforter to protect it ...and you can see that it's working well, as Monica has left a big "soak spot" from licking her foot on the bed...

We also painted the living room, entry way, and hallway. We used a "chocolate milk" color for the living room, and a complimentary, lighter shade for the entry way and hallway. We then decided that our 36" Sony Trinitron WEGA television was too large for the room (as was the entertainment center), so we bought a 50" plasma TV and a Yamaha Soundbar. I mounted them on the wall, and it really cleaned-up the look of the room.

We then decided that our 6 year old FlexSteel furniture was junk, and bought new couches, and a recliner. We also changed out all of the hardware in the room (celing fan, lights, door handles, stairway hardware). The finished result is:


The color is really off in this photo - most likely due to the flash... sorry about that. Here's another picture, of the entry way, to show the contrasting color and some of the new hardware:


We then painted the kitchen an "Emerald #2" and refitted the hardware/light fixtures with brushed nickel and stainless steel. I hope to replace the range, refrigerator, and dishwasher in the near future, and there's also talk of replacing the countertops and installing a stone backsplash. Here's a quick picture (again, colors are off):


Finally, we updated the fixtures (lighting) in our guest bathroom - they're stainless steel now, instead of cheesy faux brass.

We also installed some low-voltage solar lighting outside along our entry path, and I spent all of last weekend cleaning the yard - cutting down trees that fell due to ice from the winter, clearing brush, etc. I think we'll landscape the front yard this spring, and I'll finish remodeling the basement this summer...

The house definitely needed some attention, and it's actually nice to come home now and spend time in it. We've had a lot of people over to watch movies in the theater, and I always wanted to rush them downstairs to get them out of our crummy upstairs... but now it doesn't look too bad.

In other news, Big Boy had some surgery 2 weeks ago to remove some cancerous tumors. He looks like Frankenstein - he's all scarred and stitched up. We hope that he'll be ok. Here's a few pictures of him:



He also has stitches on his front legs, and may have to have another tumor removed from under his arm pit...

Finally, I've been dieting quite a bit and have dropped about 30 lbs since February 1, and I've started to collect watches and pocket knives. I've got a nice little collection so far. Here's one of my more recent purchases, a Seiko Landshark on a black/yellow leather strap:


So that's what I've been up to for the past 2 months or so... working on the house, working out, and working on building a watch/knife collection. The knives are so handy - I don't know how I got along without them before... working on the yard last weekend, I must have used my Spyderco Caly III about 25 times. It's a great tool.

More to come, soon.... :-)

Oh - today is Amy's birthday. Happy birthday, Amy. And my parents are in town, visiting us. We went to a Razorback baseball game today (we won, 8-7) and had a good time. Weather is about 65F right now.

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