We Go Big! Happy Birthday Brad!

Today is Brad’s birthday! For two weeks, he’ll be a year older than me.

We joke that we go big because something always happens around our birthdays. Last year, right around his birthday was time for Brad to replace his car, so he told people that I got him a car for his birthday. He makes me look like the best wife in the world.

This year is big too. We’ve decided to move.

We sold our house and bought another one in January and now closing is right around the corner. We close and move right between our birthdays. Our last week in our current hour will be Brad’s birthday and our first week in the new house will be my birthday. We’ve been joking that we bought each other a house for our birthdays.

We really do go big!

You know how they say, “Go big or go home?” I guess we’re just going big and going home.

But back to the birthday boy! I am looking forward to celebrating another year of Brad.

We’re upholding his birthday tradition of attending the Cleveland Auto Show and having cheesecake. However, it’ll probably be from the Cheesecake Factory since I’ve already packed everything but the bare essentials in the kitchen (for reference, wine is now served in water glasses at our house. That will soon be plastic cups!).

Happy birthday Brad! There’s no one I’d rather live out of boxes with.

Weekend Snapshots

You know we sold our house, we’re building a new one and just recently returned from vacation, right? (If not, feel free to catch up!)

This makes life very busy. I mention vacation because while we were on vacation, our friend who was taking care of our cats while we were gone called us in a panic. The breakfast nook in our officially sold house was experiencing the heavy rain from outside on the inside. It was the perfect combination of heavy rains, a newly clogged gutter and a worn seal on the balcony floor.

We got a contractor to come out and look at it on Saturday, he gave us an estimate and recommended that we do the demo part ourselves to save time, money and mess. So Brad cut down part of the ceiling and we made sure everything was dry for replacing this week. Thankfully, the only things that need replaced are a small piece of drywall, a small amount of insulation and the balcony floor needs resealed. The gutter has already been cleaned out and the neighbor’s tree has been glared at a time or two.

We also had a little house planning fun, we went back to Ryan Homes and signed a couple of change orders and figured out the hanging fixture in our morning/dining room.

The rest of the weekend was spent packing, sorting through things to donate, recycle or throw away. Continue reading

A little Thursday catch up

First let me assure you that I am okay! I’ve had a very interested couple of weeks and subscribe to the concept of “Live first, Blog second.” Which means at times I end up posting sporadically and now I’d like to catch you all up.

Valentine’s Weekend

Brad took me to lunch on Friday since I had the day off. We went to one of the places near his office that he loves, but is only open for lunch on the week days. It was delicious, but I will save that review for later. I took the rest of the day to run some errands, including a thrift store stop to get two new items to refashion.

The rest of the weekend we opted not the leave the house. It snowed a lot and was cold, so why go outside when you can snuggle up with your Valentine and furry critters? We made filet, roasted asparagus and potato rounds for a special Valentine’s dinner, with Oreo truffles for dessert.

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5 Things Moving Can Do For You

Right now I’m in the midst of a move. This time, it’s not a personal one but a professional one, the company that I work for is moving its office from the suburbs to downtown Cleveland.

This process though is reminding me of the many personal moves I’ve made in my life. By my 18th birthday, I had lived in 12 different houses. Since then I have lived in two different dorm rooms, squatted in three different home during summers, two apartments, a rental house and now Brad and I have been in the home that we own for two and a half years. Bottom line, I’ve lead a very nomadic life.

Packing up and moving to a new place can be stressful, frightening and exciting all at once time. Here are five things moving can do for you:

1. Force you to downsize, declutter and purge. Continue reading

Getting Organized to Move

When we moved into our apartment, we knew it’d be a temporary home, although we weren’t sure how temporary. When we unpacked, we collapsed our boxes and put them in our storage unit (along with the abandoned baby seat and beer that were left for us by the previous tenants). Those boxes had already seen a couple of college moves before going to our apartment then getting a brief vacation from the storage unit for a friend’s move, now they’re out again.

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What else would you store in a unit that came equipped with beer and a car seat?

With my black belt in moving tied in a square knot, I stopped at the store and purchased packing tape, cheap scissors and two black markers. Now we attack and pack. Continue reading