My parents are laying down 2,200 sq. ft of new hard wood floors in their house, which is more than half their house. That’s a big project! So this weekend Sam and I helped them rip up the carpet and old wide plank pine floors currently in their home. My parents built the house in 1989 and twenty plus years later they are still making upgrades and design changes! It reminds me to be patient with all the future project ideas we have for our house.

Sam and I will be benefitting from their current project because we plan to refinish and reuse the pine floors from their remodel. The first floor of our house has two bedrooms, and we plan to demo the dividing wall and create a large master bedroom with an on suite bathroom. Before you say it, yes I know it’s pine and it’s a soft wood, but we’re thinking the bedroom is a low traffic area. Lots of area rugs and they will be perfect. We’re planning to use a darker stain and old-fashion cut nails to hold them down. Blog post to follow in the spring when we start knocking down walls and ripping up our floors!

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Coin Money

My dad and I work in the same building, and like me, he gets a sweet tooth around 2-3 o’clock. Today he came over to my desk with a $1 coin and asked me if he could trade it for $1 in paper money because the vending machine upstairs doesn’t take coin dollars. I thought this was amusing because 1.) I’m pretty sure the machine takes coin dollars and 2.) I hardly ever see coin dollars. Where did he even get it? I know they circulate but we don’t actually use them as cash. They area ore of a novelty.
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The Proposal

We closed on our house on August 23, 2011. It was a very surreal day. I can’t even remember what time the closing was, but I had to work in the morning. I was going to go back to work after the closing, but somehow I was convinced that the rest of the day should be spent celebrating our new purchase.

We ended up driving to the wrong law office for the closing, but Sam had picked me up from work early, so it wasn’t a big deal. The previous owner was late and so was his lawyer and consequently so was the listing agent if I recall correctly. I won’t divulge too much of my opinion about the other party on the internet because it’s kind of like talking behind someone’s back to a potential bazillion people. It was interesting to say the least.

After the closing we drove out to the house. Sam and I were both very giddy on the drive over, and I think I at one point we might have been screaming we were so happy.

The previous owner had signed a “hold harmless” agreement a few months before the closing, which basically said we could work on the house even though it was theoretically still his. So needless to say we pretty much made ourselves right at home. We even had our new sectional couch delivered there and we set up our refurbished wicker furniture on the back porch, which overlooks the babbling Tackawasick creek.

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A new post! (gasp!)

I should win the award for most inconsistent blogger and since even Sam has to hear about it from those peeps over at AOA I better start writing!

Here are important things you missed I forgot to mention:

1. We had to put our kitty Jasper to sleep.
2. We finally bought a house!
3. We are getting married!

More to come…

A New Set of Wheels

Remember when I posted about how Sam’s BMW got crushed by a building in Albany this past winter, and I asked if anyone wanted to buy an engine?

Well it’s taken. He found the same exact car with a blown engine. Purchase price $1,900.

For the past few months Sam and his friend Jason (and some other friends) have been transplanting the engine from the flattened BMW into his new purchase. It’s been quite a production and I’ve spent many lonely weekends while he’s off tinkering, but in the end it was worth it.

The chore was a huge project but thanks to his friend Jason he learned a lot throughout the past few months. They both have way more patience than me. Not to mention Sam has two cars parked in his driveway and one is taking up most of the space in Jason’s one-car garage! (God bless his wife because those aren’t the only toys he has parked in the driveway).

This past weekend they actually started it up and took it for a test drive. It needs a few tweaks before he can drive it home, like apparently the steering wheel isn’t on straight (oops).

More photos after the jump.
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Happy Father’s Day

Happy father’s day to the greatest man who ever lived, my dad! He has put up with a lot over the years, especially having three daughters and a wife. Thank you for always being there for me when I need you and thank you for being my support when times are tough. Thank you for giving me my OCD and neurotic behavior. Thank you for always letting me bring home stray animals and thanks for continuing to take care of them. Thank you for letting me live with you now because I wasn’t able to move into my house (even though I’m 26 and well over the age that one should be dependent on a parent). Thank you for all those times you made my bed and washed and folded my clothes. Thank you for all the lunches, dinners, and vacations. Thank you for always keeping me in your prayers and thoughts. Thanks for all the tears and laughs.

And thank you for all the other times I forgot to mention it. There are a hundred reasons why I’m grateful that God made you my father. Everything I have in my life is because of you and mom, and I thank you for giving me so many things that other kids only dream of. Thank you for working so hard to provide for your family. You and mom are so special to me and I love you with everything that I have. Happy Father’s Day!

Winter blues

I’m sure you’ve been on the roads in Albany and know that there are pot holes out there that could swallow your car whole and can do some serious damage.

But that is not what the post is about…

Sam was storing his BMW in a garage around the corner from us on Jefferson, and a few weeks ago the roof collapsed from the snow (a recurring theme this winter). Good thing he kept the insurance on it. The garage owner didn’t have the same luck.

To add salt to his wounds the building was deemed “unsafe” by the Albany Police and fire department, so Sam and I had to stand and watch as the building was demolished with his car inside.
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O-M-G! I have so much 2 tell U P2

This summer Sam and I have gotten very serious about buying a house. We event put an offer on one in Columbia County, but they weren’t too happy with our low ball offer. It turned out to be OK because we have been seeing a lot of great houses that are far better than the one we offered on. The great part is that Sam is a real estate agent, so viewing houses has become quite a hobby. One problem is that we have a tight budget and second we are undecided on living in the city or moving to the suburbs. Lots of people are swaying us both ways.
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