Monday, February 28, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - day 7

I was wrong and Jim was right... the first thing they did was floor, not cabinets. Here is a picture of the old linoleum floor. Yuck, right?

And here is out new clean tile floor! HUGE 18" tiles. They look amazing! No grout yet... that comes tomorrow.

That's all for today... Good night to all!!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - end of week 1

So, on day 5, the mudders came back and sprayed knock-down on the walls and ceiling to match the family room. Do you like all the construction buzz words? I learned another one too... receptacle is another word or outlet.

Anyway after all that activity, two of the ceiling lights don't work anymore.... ah, the fun of construction!

No workers are coming this weekend, so that is the end of the work for the first week! I would expect there to be paint and maybe the cabinets going up next week!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - day 4

The mudder came yesterday at 8am and was gone by noon. He filled in all the holes in the walls. Sorry, no photos this time... I didn't get home from work last night until after 8pm. {{yawn}} then it's a quick turn around and back to work again at 7am!

They asked Jim what color to paint the kitchen, and he told them to paint the kitchen white. Maybe they'll be painting today!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - day 3

Cheryl came home and said... "Nothing changed!"

There was just more behind the scenes work... a new light over the sink.

He moved the telephone jack and the lower outlet to up behind the cabinet.

There was also plumbing work today... He replaced all the lines and knobs under the sink.

... and moved the water line for the refrigerator to be, {gasp} behind the refrigerator! Totally BRILLIANT!

AND LOOK! The lights work! They aren't as bright as our old light which I think is disappointing... but Jim said that once they put the reflectors in there that they will be brighter.

That's it for kitchen remodel day #3... the mudder is supposed to come tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kitchen Remodel - day 2

Day #2 of kitchen remodel day is electrical day...

The soffit is back and the new lines have been run through the walls for the under cabinet lights. The under cabinet lights will be controlled by a dimmer switch next to the sink. The holes are all sealed up too... sort of....

The old florescent lights have been removed. We were going to replace them with 4 can lights.

The can lights were supposed to be in the florescent recess, but Jim thought it looked funny, so he had them seal over the hole and mount the lights on the outside.

AND our cabinets and tile have arrived! That's a lot of boxes!!!

Hmmm... What's wrong with this picture?...

Other than the fact the arrows are pointing down, we didn't order anything made of glass.... What could be in those boxes?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sweet Cupcake Cards

I have a couple of card shares today.

This card was for my SIL's birthday. The cupcake stamps I used are from EK Success (I got them at Michael's). I love that the set comes with cupcake-ready sayings. The cute little girl stamp is from Hero Arts.

I was really styling with cupcakes this week. My brother's card is made with cupcake stamps from Unity Stamp Company. The sentiment stamp from Angel Company is the perfect size for one of the squares. You can't tell from the pictures but the sentiment is set on foam squares, so that it pops out. I've learned that adding dimension makes a more interesting card.

We had a nice dinner at Buca di Beppo... family-style with all the family there! When the lady came around to take our picture. I should have asked her to take one with my camera too. As it turns out the only picture I ended up taking is Cheryl... she's styling the Buca di Beppo tablecloth, lol!

Kitchen Remodel - day 1

After months of planning and waiting, the kitchen remodel has started today. Here is a BEFORE picture of our kitchen.

After much pounding, crashing, and barking (Jena didn't like the kitchen destruction at all!) Here is what it looks like... Good-bye OLD kitchen!

Have you ever wondered what the side of your free standing stove/oven looks like? UH, YUCK!!! That was the first thing I cleaned today!

Do you want to see our NEW kitchen?

Hahaha... as you have already guessed, it's not our new kitchen, but our interim kitchen. Jim setup one gas burner and a microwave. Cheryl and I are making orange chicken, egg rolls, chicken lo mien, and rice... it's so nice having the day off...

Here is what our kitchen looks like at the end of the day...

It looks so much BIGGER and BRIGHTER without the cabinets.

Well, here it is only Day 1 and we have a problem... several actually...

Problem number 1: We were going to have the soffit removed from over the sink. You can see the problem in the picture below:

We can't remove the soffit because the ceiling would run into the eaves.

Problem number 2: If we have to leave the soffit in, the cabinet that we got to fit in the spot, is too tall to fit in there. We will have to buy a new cabinet, and it would not be done for 4 weeks!

Problem number 3: We were going to have the over sink light replaced with a fluorescent can light. They just called and they can't find a can shallow enough to fit over the sink. (I have no idea how they were going to get a can light up there if we take the soffit out.)

So that is our remodel day #1... Stay tuned for more adventures in kitchen remodeling...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Surf City Half Marathon

The results are in!

Here is Chris:
He did Amazing!
Overall: 208 out of 13297
Men: 182 out of 4913
M 01-17: 12 out of 127
3 Mi: 19:56 Pace: 6:39
8.2 Mi: 56:12 Pace: 6:52
Finish: 1:31:47 Pace: 7:01

And me... there are no running pictures of me, but I'm in this picture somewhere:
Overall: 2960 out of 13297
Women: 1124 out of 8384
F 50-54: 44 out of 672
3 Mi: 26:10 Pace: 8:44
8.2 Mi: 1:10:57 Pace: 8:40
Finish: 1:57:23 Pace: 8:58

My pace dropped way off when the calf cramps started at about mile 10. But, I'm still pleased with my time.

Our next race is May 1... Cinco de Mayo Half-Marathon in Irvine!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Joy Captured - Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I love Jim every day, so why celebrate it on February 14th? The reason... two words... chocolate and flowers! I love the flowers that Jim got for me. They are perfect since the stupid squirrel ate all my tulip bulbs in the backyard. I just love tulips. Aren't they beautiful? ... And the chocolate is overflowing at our house today. Gotta LOVE chocolate.

I hope you all had a wonderful day of love!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Jena!

No more puppy, today is Jena's birthday! We picked Jena out from the Orange County Animal Shelter on Sept. 13, 2010. They estimated that she was 7 months old at the time. So today, Feb. 13, 2011... OUR JENA-GIRL IS 1 YEAR OLD! She celebrated with a 5.5 mile run at the beach with Cheryl and me.

Do you love that birthday card she got from the vet? She LOVES it! LOL!

She is such a sweet girl. We love you Jena! Happy Birthday!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!

It was a busy weekend. I spent Saturday at work, and Sunday was my niece's birthday... 9 years old already! Don't you just LOVE that smile? She had a fun party with Super Bowl viewing and a Bananagram championship. Put that together with great food, lots of family and Uncle Dom's super bowl pool, it was a great way to spend the afternoon.

We spent our Sunday morning at the Surf City half-marathon with a group of 16,000 fellow runners (4,000 more people ran the marathon). Jim drove us. I sure appreciate how much he supports us!!! He really knows his way around. Even with 20,000 runners and multiple road closures, Jim was able to navigate us to the downtown parking structure (right across PCH from the starting line)! It stayed foggy all the way through the race, so it was nice and cool; perfect for running. Chris and I both PR'd... I took 1 minute off my PR, finishing in 1:57. Chris took 2 minutes off his PR, finishing in 1:31. I'll post more stats when they become available...

UGH! Sunday's over already! It's back to work and school tomorrow... Have a GREAT week everyone!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happy Birthday - PTI

This week is PTI's anniversary! In celebration, I'm posting my favorite PTI card from last year. When I voted on my favorite stamp set, I chose the Around and About Sentiments. But when I look back at my favorite cards, they all use the Cupcake Collection. I think I voted for the wrong set. Oh well, I LOVE them all!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit!

So, now I have to remember to write RABBIT on my checks instead of TIGER, lol! Okay, bad joke...

Jim was born in the year of the Rabbit. He thinks he's a Dragon because he was born in 1952, but he was born in January before the Chinese New Year changed. So, sorry honey, you're a Rabbit: Timid and attractive, the Rabbits of the Chinese Zodiac tend to act more like bunnies, whether they like it or not! Sorry, Rabbits aren't macho...

Cheryl on the other hand is a Snake! Snakes are diplomatic and popular, the Snake has the sensual art of seduction down. This Sign is an interesting mix of gregariousness paired with introversion, intuitive reasoning paired with savvy business skills. Does that sounds like Cheryl? Sensual art of seduction?!!!

Here's Chris. The Rooster is the strutting peacock of the Chinese Zodiac! These quick thinkers are practical and resourceful, preferring to stick to what is tried and true rather than taking messy, unnecessary risks. That sounds like Chris... he's rock solid!

And there's me... the stupid Pig... The Pig of Chinese Astrology may be the most generous and honorable Sign of the Zodiac. Pigs are nice to a fault and possess impeccable manners and taste. They have so much of the perfectionist in them that others may be inclined to perceive them as snobs. Hey, it doesn't sound too bad being a pig, when it's put that way, lol!

If you want to find out what sign you are, go HERE:

They into account of the fact that Chinese New Year doesn't fall on January 1st. Great if you are a January or early February baby.

Good-bye year of the Tiger... welcome Rabbit!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Joy Captured - Happy Birthday, Jim!

Why is Jim's birthday one of my joys? Well, birthdays mark the passing of time... much like anniversaries. Another year has gone by, with it's all it's joys. {plus, it's Jim getting another year older... not me, hehehe!} He's 59 years old with retirement in sight. I still have years of work left... years and years...

I LOVE you, Jim!