Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

While the Plumbers handle the rest of the plumbing issues…. We decided to tackle the mirrored wall. Someone – who shall remain nameless – suggested we should keep it because “we’re young….and we don’t have kids…. It could be… kind of…. kinky.”


I suggested that person could take it home and put it on their wall if they liked it so much. As far as my wall was concerned – it was coming down.

I was a nervous wreck through the whole process – since my husband decided to rip it down wearing shorts and flip flops, and with NO eye goggles or gloves of any kind. Finally he relented and put on some sneakers after about 10 minutes of nagging.
It all came down – some chunks bigger than others. It’s just sitting in my garage if anyone wants it for an art project…. Or for a ceiling….

Oh crap.

We have decided to attack everything that has to do with the plumbing. Ambitious – I know.

We started off with new toilets. We brought our 2 “Toilet To Go” boxes home with the best of intentions. “We’ll just rip out the old stuff and pop the new ones on and ta da!” Well…. It didn’t go QUITE like that…
First of all, the bolts were soooooo old they had rusted the toilet onto the floor. So Dave had to literally rip the toilet off of the ground and throw it out the window. I was surprised his skin didn’t turn green and he didn’t grow 5 feet like the Incredible Hulk. And then we were left with this gaping hole in the ground that literally smelled like… well you know.
It was a long smelly process but the toilets are in and looking fabulous. And I ripped up the old linoleum in the process and found this awesome tile underneath! Why in the world would you cover that up? Now I just have to scrape up the glue.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Eu De Toilette

The first order of business is the plumbing.

We have some, yes..... is it working? noooo....

So we're calling in the plumber to get everything working and up to code, and with that we decided to get some new toilets. The old ones are junky and they don't work very well. So Dave decided - let's start fresh! Get some new crappers! Our butts will thank us later.

So we made a trip to Lowes (first of many I'm sure) to check them out. And I guess I've never really looked too closely at the toilet section... but I quickly realized - there are tons of options... each with their own price. Who are these people paying 600 dollars for a toilet? It's still just a toilet! Amazing how much money you can drop (no pun intended) on something you poop in.

So the guy went through his whole rig-a-ma-roo, "This one is top of the line, chair height, wipes your ass for you, yada yada yada."
(Just a little side note here - does chair height mean that every time I sit down on a chair, whether it be at work, at the dining room table... I will now have the urge to go? Does that freak anyone else out??)

We thanked the guy, told him we'd think about it. And then promptly turned around and got 2 of the "Toilet in a box" for 99 bucks.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Embarking on a new adventure...

The Waxes of Jacksonville have some news.... we have bought a new house (Well, new to us. Built 1942!) and we closed on it, so it's officially ours!

No, we haven't quite sold Belmonte yet..... so for the moment we are parading around as Real Estate Tycoons (Dave prefers Land Baron.) It's a lovely 3/2 with a huge backyard and a great deck for some good McAndrew parties! It is a fixer upper, so when you come visit please bring your sneakers, painting clothes, and an extra bed to sleep on.

We'll send pictures of the renovations as they progress... but here's what it looks like from the street. Please try to see past the "flesh toned" paint. That will definitely be going....