Isn’t there something we all just LOVE about being asked our opinion? It gives weight to our ideas that we want to share with others. And when it is a solicited idea - even better!
So, we are gearing up to remodel our master bathroom in our 1950’s style ranch house. Being from the 50’s, the rooms are smaller and this extends to the Master bath too. Technically, it’s only a 3/4 bath: sink, toilet and shower stall. It’s very small & space is definitely an issue. I’ve been in powder rooms that were bigger. Before anyone suggests that we start knocking down walls - that’s not going to happen. We’re on a budget here and we’re determined to not to put any of this on the credit card or a HELOC. We’re
(and by “we” I really mean, me) putting together a Pinterest board of ideas and products we like), have an Excel spreadsheet going to track costs, where to buy stuff, materials/tools needed.
So, here is where you come in. Currently we have a small cabinet base, topped with a sink. Question is: do we get a brand new cabinet bast & sink OR do we get a pedestal sink to ‘open’ it up?
Here is what Option A might look like:
And if the image is not displaying for some reason, you can head over to The Inspired Room to check it out. This is very close to our current layout. Whatever vanity/cabinet we went with would be no wider than 24 inches. The obvious advantage would be storage space. We would also add recessed medicine cabinet, a cabinet that mounts on the wall above the toilet. Right now, the majority of my makeup & other toiletries are in the bath my kids use. I’d like to have everything in one place. If we went with this type, it would not necessarily need to be as bulky & squat as the one in this picture. It could be something along these lines too.
If you were to reverse the location of the toilet & sink, this is pretty much how I pictured it in my head, right down to the tile & beadboard wainscotting. I love the clean classic lines of this pedestal sink. Clearly though the major downside is lack of storage space.
Overall, I realize these are easy, first world problems to have. But, we’ve lived with a lot of drawbacks (no outlets!) & I’m so excited to get started. I want a space that is lovely and functional. Plus, it needs to be attractive to potential buyers when we put it on the market, someday.
So now is your chance to weigh in! I’ll post the results of my informal polling in a week or two.
OK, I get it: “crushing on” is bad grammar. Now that I’ve acknowledged that for you can we move on, please?
I have always loved children’s books. Even way before I had kids or was even married, I collected kids books. I could list A LOT more here, but for the sake of everyone, I’m keeping it to 5 for this posting. Then hopefully, I can follow up with 5 more, for a total of 10. Some are brand new - and some have been around for awhile. They just all happen to be ones I love. Remember that scene from “You’ve got Mail” where Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) is explaining to Joe Fox (played by Tom Hanks) how the books you read as a child become a part of you, a part of your identity - in a way that no other literature at other points in your life do? Well, yes. Exactly. That is precisely what makes children’s books so wonderful.
Yes, these are numbered…but I’m not listing them in a particular order of preference. I love them all.
1. Library Lion Written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
This was a New York Times bestseller when it came out in 2006 and for good reason. The story follows a Lion, who decides to make himself at home in the dusty stacks of public library. He’s allowed to stay - but only if he can follow The Rules. It’s a wonderful tale of loyalty, friendship and when breaking a rule might, just might be justified.
2. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash Written by Trinka Hakes Noble and illustrated by (the great) Steven Kellogg.
I have loved this book for years…bordering on decades. I remember it from when *I* was a kid. It was one of those I bought when I was working for Borders because I loved it so much, I had to have it in my collection. I can spot a Steven Kellogg illustration a mile away too. I love the wild, madcap tale of a girl’s school field trip to a farm.
3. I’ll Be There Written by Ann Stott and illustrated by Matt Phelan
Some books that cover the bond between a Mom and her Young Son, border on creepily obsessive (Love You Forever comes to mind). But this story is just lovely and perfect. It recognizes the bond and tender love…but also acknowledges the growing up part and the independence in moving away from Mama…in those small steps. Best if read with a couple of Kleenexes.
4. Tea Party Rules Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by K.G. Campbell
As most of ya’ll know, I am the Mom of two boys. But I still try to get books that are fun and a teensy bit girly. Mainly, this is just for my benefit…but every once in a while…one jumps out that the Little Man likes too. Cub just wants cookies…and is willing to put up with a good deal to get said cookies. It’s hilarious.
5. Dream Animals (A Bedtime Journey) Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin.
I love, love, love this book! I originally checked it out of the local library as an eBook on my Kindle. (As an aside, why the heck do they not have the hardcover copy? The eBook is just pitiful when it comes to lavish illustrations such as these.) Well, at Alamosa Books (yay for local bookstores!) I picked up the physical copy. It is simply gorgeous. I love the whimsy of the these charming and sweet illustrations. If we decide to have a 3rd kid…I’m buying an extra copy, taking the book apart and framing the pages. Yes, they are that awesome.
Did you know that according to Parade Magazine, that New Year’s resolutions only have an 8% success rate? I think that is crazy. And sad.
I’ve only done one New Year’s resolution and it was so long ago, I don’t even recall what it was.
So, I am not calling this idea of mine a resolution. Rather…it’s a project. To undertake wrapping up most of my unfinished projects. From crafts, to home improvement, to online courses. Things that I bought the supplies for, that have since been gathering dust. Things I got started and then lost steam on and gave up. Tasks that fell by the wayside, because I got sidetracked. Things I said I would master and then gave up because it got too hard and I was too discouraged.
I don’t have answers as to why I do this: not finish stuff I mean. And I fervently hope this does not become yet another unfinished task. But I don’t like this about myself - the giving up too easy part. I think I have a lot of lovely qualities, but this is not one of them.
So, I want to make 2014 the year Completing the Unfinished…and just see where it takes me.
Yes, I’m channeling my inner holiday crankiness.
But there are some Christmas songs that are like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I will turn the station or skip to the next track pronto, if they come on. In no particular order:
1. The Little Drummer Boy.
Can’t stand it. I’m not sure why, it may have something to do with that this particular Christmas schmaltzy story is not found anywhere in the Bible…but seems rather the invention of wild imagination. And a greedy music producer too.
2. Anything Mariah Carey sings. It’s like having broken shards of glass poured in my ears. That pose on the cover of her Christmas album as this Santa-like vixen (not to be confused with the actual reindeer named Vixen) is just annoying.
3. Do You See What I See?
No, no, no. “Tail as big as a kite” ? Yuck.
4. The Christmas Shoes one. I can’t remember the exact title. But it has always struck me as a slightly manipulative, cheerless, tear jerker song.
5. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song).
It doesn’t matter if it’s Karen Carpenter or Nat King Cole (whom I adore). This song grates on me. And roasting chestnuts aren’t big in my part of the country either….
6. Happy Christmas (War is Over).
Really? How the hell does this constitute anything even remotely peaceful or joyous of the season? Peacenik hippie song.
That’s about it. Now it’s *your* turn to vent! What Christmas songs aggravate you to no end?
Thankfully, the list of songs I love or even just like is much, much longer. Maybe I’ll share some of those soon.