Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bicentennial Post!!!

Kitchen during demolition
Yes this is my 200th post on this blog.   I had 233 posts on the previous blog at so I am fast approaching that number...

Laundry room demo
Well I have been very, very busy recently!!!  With working on Alex's condo and starting up my new job search I have really been strapped for time.  On the condo front,  Tyler has helped out as well when he has had the time and we are slowing knocking out some things to make it move-in ready.  Here's a list of things we have done:
  • Removed all the old appliances
  • Removed the old hot water heater
  • Removed all the old vinyl floor in kitchen and laundry room
  • Laid down ceramic tiles in those 2 rooms
  • Installed/rewired new microwave
  • Installed dishwasher and stove
  • New toe kick and shoe molding in all rooms
  • New faucets in both baths
  • Rebuilt vanity in bathroom
  • New toilet in master bath
  • New ceiling lights
  • New outdoor motion light
  • Located various leaks to be fixed.
New floor and appliances in!!!
We have a few miscellaneous items to go.   The new counters (granite) come in this week along with a new hot water heater.   New Fridge and washer and dryer follow next week!   It's going to look great!   

Thanksgiving was different this year.   For 20+ years we spent the holiday with Chris's family.   The past 3 years the kids and I had packed up and went to Deep Creek Lake which was a nice getaway.   This year, however, we were invited to spend the holiday with Heather's family down in Urbana, MD.   We had a very nice time and had a chance to meet all of her immediate family including her Mom and Dad. 

The week before Thanksgiving Heather and I went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert in Washington, DC.   It was a great show and I scored some really good seats too!   Really puts you in the holiday spirit.

Friday, November 19, 2010

 Well She did it!!!! After a week's delay from the settlement, Alex settled on her condo today.   She is now the very proud owner of a condo here in Spring Ridge where we currently live!!!   It was a foreclosure so there were some things that had to be done with all the liens on the house and all that but that's over and it is time to move in!!!

Well really we have a lot of work to do on it.  Primarily just the kitchen but a little bit of other stuff too.   You won't recognize it when we're done and it begins tomorrow morning.   Here is the before picture... More to come after that.

There will be a huge party once it is done! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time Flies!

Time flies especially when you're having fun!  But I've been busy and that's why I haven't written anything in almost 30 days.  To all my hardcore fans and followers "I am sorry"...   but I do find it harder to find the time to write and really, it's hard to put things down on paper sometimes.   But let me catch you up.

Firstly, Alex is moving out!!!  Bitter sweet for sure.   We happened to stumble across a listing here in Spring Ridge for a condo that she really liked.   It was a bit out of her price range so she put a low offer in.   It was turned down but no counter offer extended.  Hmmm.. oh well.  So we then were able to win a small bidding war for a foreclosure condo in the same location!   Ended up getting that for a steal!!!!   It had brand new carpet and paint all through it.   It is 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  Needs a few things and we plan on getting a new hot water heater, appliances, granite counters, and ceramic floor tiles in it as soon as we get the keys.   She is supposed to settle this Friday.   Should only take a week or 2 to do the work.  I've got plenty of time on my hands now so I should have no problem getting to it!   She's excited and did this all on her own.  She is getting her very own mortgage with no assistance from anyone else!   We're all very proud of her and she is as well.

A couple of weekends ago was our annual (now it is) fishing with morons trip!   My good friend Danny started taking me and a bunch of other guys out on the Bay the fall after Chris passed away.   We did it then and had a great time and have done it every year since.  Here's a link to when we first started.

It was cold but we still caught some fish and had a great time together.  It's a friendship that I cherish.   These guys have been my friends through thick and thin and have stood by my side through it all.  They would do anything for me and HAVE.

Heather and I had a very special evening a couple weeks back.  Styx came to play in the Warner Theater in Washington DC.   We did see a small snippet of them this summer at a concert with 2 other bands but this was all them and they played their Pieces of Eight, and Grand Illusion albums front to back just like you were playing them on a turntable!   It was a great concert.  Beforehand we went to dinner at Chef Geoff's which is right across the street from the Warner.  The food was fantastic and we would certainly go back!

Oh yeah!   Well Heather's daughter Ella is in the 1st grade and this year she had the option to do a Science fair project.  Well once she knew that Mr. Charlie liked science she was all over it.   She did something that compared how fast ice melted based it's shape.   Lot's of fun and she got a blue ribbon too!!!!