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

Prepare for a Trip

I got back from Seattle a few days ago and am still kind of digging out. The time zone adjustment seemed like it’s be easy the first day back, but we were just exhausted from the trip home. It was a bit rougher this morning… I will share about my trip soon, but for now some tips for preparing for going away in case you need them.

How to prepare for a trip K-couple style:

  1. Make plans in advance to have your pets cared for. (a big, huge thanks to our friends who are fed, watered, scooped and pet for us).
  2. Make plans for the house. Our friends are also taking care of bringing in the mail for us.. otherwise there isn’t much that needs done.

    Basket for mail + Thank you note

  3. Clean the house. I know that some people don’t get why it matters to clean the house before you go away, but a clean house makes returning from vacation a bit more pleasant. No dirty dishes, no overflowing hampers, swept floors… it’s nice.
  4. Pack. Our bags flew for free (whoo hoo!) so packing was not a stress. We’ve gone on week-long cruises sharing one roller bag before so having our own suitcases was a treat! Even though we each had a bag, we split up our clothing so some of Brad’s was in my bag and some of mine was in his, so that if one bag gets lost in transit we at least had a change of clothes. (Packing is easier if you make a list too.)
  5. Eat all of the food in the fridge. The last thing you want to do when you return home from a trip is have expired food sitting around. We plan out meals to use anything that will be bad by the time we get back. Before our trip out o Seattle, I accidentally bought milk that we didn’t need so I gave the new half-gallon to our kitty caretakers.

When I started writing this list, I thought it would be longer… but honestly the hardest part of preparing for a trip is figuring out where you’re going, how you’re getting there and wrapping things up at work before vacation (that proved to require more effort than I originally thought it would).

How do you prepare for a trip?