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Things are wrapping up at Lot 256. It’s strange to think that in less than a month, we’ll be settled into our new home.
This will be the last set of progress pictures. I know, so sad. The next set will be during our final walk thru when everything is shiny and clean! Lots of dust in the house right now.
The garage is finished and almost cleared out.
The carpet is down in the rec room.
The hardwood has also been installed. All that paper you see throughout the house is protecting our newly installed floors (eeek!)
Look at our kitchen!! I seriously had heart palpitations (the good kind) when I saw how much had been completed! The granite. The cabinets. The BACKSPLASH!
The super ugly pendant lights. I really, really don’t like these shades. At all.
And I also don’t like the mirror in the powder room. I know…I’m a brat. But WHY would you design such a modern home and use all of these NOT-modern finishes??? (NOT-Modern is a technical term). And why did they install a full towel rack in a powder room? And why is it called a powder room? That is definitely not a modern description…I think it’s now called a half-bath.
Carpet is in the office and guest room. Yes, I tried to take the darkest pictures I could.
Tile and finishes are completed in the guest bath. Notice the same NOT-modern light fixture as in the half-bath (it’s also in the master bath). Anyone in the market for a crapton of fluted shades? Anyone??
Master bedroom is carpeted.
And the master bath is almost finished. We just need a shower door.
And the closets are ready for all of our clothes.
So you can see, it’s almost ready to go! They have some touch up work to do on the paint and probably a bunch of other details I didn’t notice…but we’re in the home stretch!
I know some of you have been on pins and needles waiting to hear about the resolution of the deck issue. Well, we went back and forth with Heartland…Jerry stormed out of a meeting with one of the managers and I fired off a very nasty stern email to the same manager and the VP of Sales. Bottom line…they feel bad but still, there is still nothing they can do. Legally, we are stuck because we signed off on the deck as is. The large deck was approved by someone no longer with Heartland. So at this point, we’ve just decided to let it go and move on. But I still clench my teeth every time I see that dumb deck. It’s all good though, because we’re going to build a bigger, more kick-ass deck than the other end unit. So there.
Another recipe?!?! Normally I would try to space out my culinary masterpieces….but this was SO. GOOD! It was so easy too and came together in about 20 minutes. This is from Cooking Light….spicy asian noodles with chicken. Of course I had to mess around with it…my changes are in red.
Update on the deck situation is coming up tomorrow. Spoiler alert: We agreed to disagree.
They are making a ton of progress on Lot 256! Unfortunately, Jerry and I aren’t making any progress regarding the dumbest deck in the history of the world. I have a whole separate post on tap regarding this issue…but that’s for another day.
I’m just gonna bomb you with a bunch of pictures. They’re pretty self explanatory…
The trim and doors are painted bright white and the walls have the first (or possibly second) coat of a warm, almond hue. The stair treads and railings have been stained and this will also be the color of our hardwood. It’s a dark brown with warm tones.
Cabinets have been installed in the kitchen, guest and master bath and you can see what the bathroom granite will look like. We used the same one for both bathrooms.
The light fixtures are in…and are going to be at the top of my list to change once we start on the low priority adjustments. We didn’t have a choice in the pendant shades and they are just not our style. Nor are the ones above the master vanity. I don’t like these at all.
But they are fine for now and we can just sell them on ebay/craigslist when we’re ready to switch things up.
The tile has been laid the the bathroom floors and showers. And we have toilets!!
So things are moving right along. We are @ 30 days out from settlement, which is very exciting! I have no idea how they’re going to get the rest of this done…but I’m sure they know what they’re doing.
After 4 days of eating everything that wasn’t tied down (so. much. food), Jerry & I a) didn’t want to go out to eat on Sunday & b) wanted something lite for dinner.
I had some cod in the freezer so I decided fish tacos would be a good idea. We are both partial to the grilled version vs. the breaded, fried version. It was kinda ugly out so I skipped the grill and just browned them in the skillet.
Here is the recipe I used:
1 lb of cod (or other white flaky fish)
For those of you who are sticklers for details, I defrosted the fish, sprayed it with non-stick spray and sprinkled taco seasoning on both sides. Then I headed a drizzle of EVOO in a large skillet and cooked on medium high for 3-4 min per side. Once it was cooked, I just chunked it up with the spatula and sautéed it around in the pan. Throw it on a corn tortilla, top with slaw & a chunk of avocado and eat. Done & done!
I made a simple slaw out of packaged coleslaw mix (why would you ever buy a whole cabbage for slaw?? Convenience for the win!)
2 limes, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/4 cup EVOO
salt & pepper to taste
Whisk dressing in a large bowl. Add coleslaw mix, 1/2 bunch of cilantro, rough chopped, and 1/2 a bunch of scallions, diced. Toss to combine. It’s better if it sits overnight.
Simple and delicious!
I can’t think of a better way to spend the 4th of July than at the beach! What a weekend!
Despite the threat of Arthur, we were blessed with 2.5 amazing beach days during our trip to Fenwick Island, DE. Skies just don’t get any bluer than this…
We started out our mini vacation with a trip to visit Jerry’s sister near DC. I’m happy to report we had zero point zero trips to the Emergency Room this time around! Jerry’s ulcer meds are working well.
We made a pitstop en route to DC at a rest stop on the turnpike. Heaven on the Highway! Pizza Hut, Starbucks AND Auntie Anne’s all in one place. We were starting this trip the right way!
I reluctantly bypassed PH and Starbucks and headed straight for Auntie Anne’s…only to be told they were out of cheese. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’RE OUT OF CHEESE?!?! All the cheese too…nacho cheese, cream cheese and (my favorite), the cold, pasteurized cheese-product type cheese. I had to settle for marinara. Whatever. I made up for it by helping Jerry house a bag of Munchies (which, for the record, is pretzels, Sun-Chips, Cheetos and Doritos. All the good things).
We made excellent time and arrived @ 4:00ish. We had some guacamole, salsa and chips and then freshened up before hitting Uncle Julio’s for dinner. I don’t know why I forgot to take pictures (probably b/c I feel like a creepy weirdo photographing my food in public) but I had some amazing chicken and cheese & onion enchiladas. #cheeseismyfavoritefoodgroup
We were out the door by 6:30 am the following morning and crossed the bay bridge with little traffic….
I had my feet in the sand by 10:30. Yes, I know my feet look huge and really, who wants to see pictures of my feet? But here they are…with BLUE toenails! I generally stick with old school toe colors…red, coral, pink…but I decided to get funky for the holiday. Don’t worry, I’ll catch up to 2014 by 2026. Always a few steps behind the times…it’s part of my charm.
This is AT. You may remember her from our girls weekend in Hershey. She and her mom were our gracious hosts for the weekend. Mrs. T has an awesome house about a mile from the beach. I’ve known them since I was 15. They’re like my family.
So after spending 4 or 5 hours on the beach, we came home and relaxed for a bit. Then we hit the Crabcake Factory for dinner. We got a seat right by the bay. The weather was perfect!
This place is known to have amazing crabcakes and they ship them all over the country. So much lump crab packed into a perfect little package. Mac & cheese for life on the side.
Friday morning was a washout. It rained all morning and early afternoon. We Jerry and Amy watched some World Cup soccer and by mid afternoon, it had cleared up a bit. AT took a nap and Jerry & I took a walk on the beach. The waves were unreal!
We decided to make the spend the rest of the afternoon poolside. I finally finished Gone Girl. Not a fan of the ending…
Dinner Friday night was steamed seafood heaven from Rippons.
Peel and eat shrimp, little neck clams and some crabby cheese fries (which are as amazing at they sound) from Smitty Magee’s. Plus some local white corn…sweet as sugar.
It was pretty cool in the evening and I was very glad I packed some fleece for the trip. All fleece…all the time…
Saturday morning was picture perfect at the beach.
Saturday was also the day I made my way to Ocean Side Pizzeria for the world’s greatest cheesesteak! I make a point to stop at Ocean Side every time I’m in Fenwick…I’ve been eating these sandwiches since 1989. It’s nostalgia on a bun.
On the way to Ocean Side, I walked past the Stone’s Throw condo we stayed at 26 years ago. They’ve done some updating but it looks the same. Just with a fresh coat of paint. AT & I met in Fenwick when we were 15 and my family stayed in this condo. We also stayed here for the next 7-8 summers…I spent many hours lounging on those decks.
The town of Fenwick hosts a bonfire for the 4th and they do it up right. There is a DJ, lots of activities for the kids and fireworks. It was a lovely end to our holiday weekend.
Jerry and I were up and at em at 5:45 on Sunday morning. We wanted to make sure we were home in plenty of time to pick up Jacob at the Dog Stop (he stayed at the new Sewickley location…he had a ball!). Home by 1:00 with plenty of time to get ready for the week.
Thanks for AT & Mrs. T for a lovely, relaxing weekend!
Yes, you should be singing the title to the tune of this song….
So now we’re waiting to hear back from them. They’re supposed to call Jerry today…I’m much better via email :). I know there isn’t much that can be done now, but they I would like to see them credit the cost of the deck and the cost of the deck removal from our contract. After all, fair is fair.
Chiquita, I’m guessing that you haven’t seen that movie…I’m coming over soon and we’re going to watch it. It’s a classic!
What a great weekend! The perfect combination of relaxing, productivity and FUN! I had Friday off from work so my weekend started on Thursday night. Picture taking was a total fail…I will get better at this!
My friend L & I went to Soba to try out their Vietnam tasting menu. So amazing!
nem nuong: grilled pork, bibb lettuce
spicy meatball lettuce wrap – a perfect bite. Not too spicy but a nice little kick.
banh bèo: shrimp, scallion
steamed rice pancake with diced shrimp and scallion – I actually didn’t remember what this was so it wasn’t too memorable
goi cuon: summer roll, hoisin
shrimp summer roll with cilantro and cabbage – best part of the appetizer course. The flavors were so fresh and bright. I’m a cilantro maniac and it was well represented.
lotus root, chicken, green papaya, nuoc cham
julienned vegetable salad with smoked chicken – I just about licked my bowl clean. The salad was so flavorful and the chicken was very subtle. The veggies were definitely the star. Actually the dressing was the star. Who cares…it was yummy.
crispy bronzino, lemongrass, radish & cucumber pickle, rau muong
marinated, fried whole bronzino with pickled watermelon over sesame spinach – I have never eaten a fish served with it’s head still intact. I’m weird about that kind of stuff so I try and avoid it. But this was some of the best fish I’ve ever had! I’m definitely a bronzino fan. And pickled watermelon is also a new favorite!
cassava coconut cake, lychee, black rice ice cream, mango
That black rice ice cream was out of this world!! The cake was ok.
I had some doctor’s appointments to get out of the way so that’s how I spent the morning. In the afternoon, I settled in at the salon to wash that grey right out of my hair. It was time. My stylist freshened up my layers and cut
22 2 inches off the length. Jerry was pouting about my new short hair. He would prefer I look like Crystal Gayle.
RB and CB home from Charlotte for the weekend so we picked up some takeout from The Flame BBQ…pulled pork, ribs, mac & cheese, cornbread, macaroni salad, baked beans and some collard greens for our southern belle…and headed to Chiquita’s house for the evening. We spent a lovely evening catching up with our dear friends and even though Jerry and I made it until 11:30, our time with them was way too short. Man, I miss those two! But they are thriving in the south and it’s wonderful to see them so happy. Can’t wait to visit!
A much overdue pool day!
Despite my excitement over the opening of the BM pool, I’ve only visited twice. Whomp, whomp. I enjoyed 2 glorious hours in the sun, reading Gone Girl (it’s finally picked up and I’m totally sucked in!) and turning into a bronze goddess. Ha! How bout a less-pasty-white-than-usual goddess. That’s better. But…I have freckles.
We met some friends at Bonnie & Clydes for dinner (yum, burgers!), shopped for a washer & dryer and then capped off the night with some frozen yogurt. In bed by 9:30. We know how to do the weekend right!
Jerry golfed and I took a long walk with Jacob. Then I hit a few stores to stock up on supplies for our 4th of July beach trip (yay!) and watched 15 episodes of Flip or Flop on HGTV. Oh, HGTV, how I love you!!
We had a little early birthday celebration for my Mom at Luciano’s Brick Oven in Mars. #1 I love pizza #2 Kendall no longer bursts into tears when she sees her Aunt Jenny…there are smiles and giggles now. We may have turned the corner with that little peanut #3 All of my Mom’s birthday cards had cats on them.
We got 2 extra large pizzas and our pizza lovin’ crew polished them off with only 3 slices remaining. Overall, I liked their pizza…the sauce was a bit on the sweet side for me but the crust was good. But canned mushrooms…I just can’t. Note to pizza places: stop using canned mushrooms!!!
Jerry and I finished up the weekend by lounging around, watching Big Brother (what are the thoughts on this season? I’m having a hard time getting into it.) and then lights out @ 9:30.
On to Monday and a 2.5 day work week. Bring on the beach trip!
The inside of Lot 256 is starting to look more like a home! The garage is bursting with all kinds of fun stuff. Doors, appliances, trim…all waiting to bring our little townhouse to life.
When you enter the house from the garage, you get a glimpse of the Rec Room in all it’s drywall, mudded glory! Our dishwasher is hanging out waiting for the kitchen to be build
Here is our entry.
Come on in!
I know these pictures are dark…sorry for that. But here is our kitchen/family room.
And the living room.
The guest room & office are looking good…
As are the laundry room and guest bath. Tile is being installed!
The master bedroom
And master bath…tile is going down in the gynormous shower!
Our pre-settlement walk through is definitely set for August 1st. The place should be ready to go by the following week. We’ve extended our lease at Berkley Manor through August 31st. As that’s Labor Day Weekend, we hope to be completely moved out by then. We have a super busy August but at least we’ll have some time to transition gradually.
It’ll be here before we know it!
The siding is up! We are officially the House of Blues. Blue is my favorite color so I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Not so thrilled with the color of the front door…but that will apparently change. The “dirty diaper” brown is just primer. I’m hoping for a black door. And black shutters. No, we don’t get to pick.
We are also officially locked out of the house. Not sure if I mentioned this earlier in the week, but the garage doors and front door are locked at night and over the weekend. No more snooping around when no one is there. I plan to stop by one day next week and take some progress pics from the inside. That’s not creepy, right? I assume these guys are used to home owners wanting to check out things during the construction?