One of the projects on the list when we moved in was to replace the toilet – it worked okay, but it was old, a little ugly and used a lot of water, and it got dirty very easily. Also, it is very close to the wall, as seen below, so when we painted, we couldn’t really reach behind it to get rid of some of the dreadful pink, so there has been a toilet shaped spot of pink there for years. The toilet was so close to the wall that sitting on it was a kind of cramped, despite the bathroom itself being fairly large.
Replacing it was not a high priority on the to-do list, but a couple weeks ago, the flapper started leaking, very slowly at first, then constantly, and then constantly, but louder (it was just leaking into the bowl, so it wasn’t like we had to clean things up every day, but wasting water is, well, wasteful!).
I am bad at sitting in chairs. I can’t sit with my feet on the floor to save my life. It’s partly because my legs are short, so I often have to sit on the edge of the chair to be able to put my feet on the floor, but it’s mostly because I prefer sitting cross-legged, or with my legs folded underneath me. This gets to be a problem when I have to sit in a chair at a desk all day. For one thing, my legs aren’t as young as they used to be, and my knees often hurt after being bent and squished all day. But even worse, cramming all of my legs into an office chair that is only made to hold thighs puts me into some weird and bad postures. This leads to debilitating tension headaches.
For a while, I thought that the solution to this was going to be a Japanese-style floor desk. I thought I might get a really low table, and then just sit on a pillow or meditation cushion, maybe with a little Japanese-style chair for back support. In theory, that’s a great idea, but the logistics are complicated. It would mean getting a new desk and completely rearranging the office. You can get desks that adjust from chair height to standing height, but not desks that adjust from floor height to chair height, so if I got a floor desk, I would be stuck with it. (Actually, there is a desk that adjusts from floor height all the way up to standing height, but you have to manually lift the desktop to do that, and with an external monitor, that’s just not practical.)
We worked with a color consultant to choose the colors in our house. We are really glad we did – she was immensely helpful, and the house looks a thousand times better than it would have if we had chosen the colors ourselves! Continue reading
We have more or less put the living room together! This room looks dramatically different now than it did when we bought the house. Here’s what we’ve done (before and after photos below): Continue reading
In the first 8 days in the house, we had 4 visits from 3 plumbers. Continue reading
We have been joking for months now about “moving to the Arctic North”: Bellingham is a whole 80 miles north of Seattle, and temperatures are typically 2-3 degrees colder than Seattle. The joke’s on us, though, because on Monday we loaded all of our stuff into the Uhaul, and when we got to Bellingham, there was an inch or so of snow on the ground. We woke up on Tuesday morning to a gloriously sticky 3 inches. It then turned into a warm day, so it pretty much all melted by the end of the day. Continue reading
We spent a few days at the house, doing our best to get it ready for Moving Day. There was a veritable swarm of contractors there too – lots of noise and dust and progress and paint! Continue reading
We got to the house on Monday to find an awesome electrician and his equally awesome assistant hard at work.
The house has insufficient electricity for us. We plug a lot of things in. Most of them are even electrical! Continue reading
We had a really ugly faux brick wall in the living room.
So, I decided to use my big hands to take it out!
Here is our house!
These are pictures that we took on our first visit to the house. We were taking these more for our own reference than to share, so they aren’t the greatest pictures ever, but they give you an idea of what the house looks like. Continue reading