Next Chapter

In the past couple months there have been a lot of new chapters beginning. Although one, obtaining a full time teaching position, sadly doesn’t seem to be part of the current chapter, there are still lots of new and exciting things happening in this one.

At the end of June, my (then) boyfriend and I trekked north to upstate New York for UCI mountain biking’s world cup stop in Windham, NY. While we were there for the mountain biking, and Tommy was planning on biking in it himself, it was also our vacation.

Our first day there, he was eager to hike to the top of the mountain for wine and cheese.

And other stuff…

Yes, that’s right folks, he asked me to marry him. It only took him a little over 6 years and 9 months, but he finally asked.

So after spending the next week there we headed home and had another big life event on the calendar a week later.

We bought a house.

It’s large.

It’s got land.

But there’s a catch.

We have no front steps. Or about a million other things that need to be repaired, replaced, or redone.

Yes folks, we bought a fixer-upper. In every meaning of the word. We got an amazing deal, but we now are making up the difference we saved in the blood, sweat, and tears that we are pouring into this house. Yes, we’ve literally put blood (just a little), sweat (a whole lot), and tears (mostly from me, okay, all from me), into the house at this point. And we’ve only just begun. Oh joy!

Basically everything in the house had to go. When all is said and done, the only thing not new in the kitchen will be the cabinets (budget just isn’t allowing for new ones right now). The roof is new, as is almost all the plywood under it. The whole house will have new floors. Every square inch will be primed and painted, after about a third of the sheet rock has been replaced. The bathrooms will be all new. Every appliance type item will be new. We’ll have all new doors, both interior and exterior. The window’s thankfully are Anderson’s that are in good shape. All trim work will be new. And when it comes to the outside, don’t even get me started.

And while yes, it’s exciting, it also extremely overwhelming and stressful. We are doing everything ourselves with the help of Tommy’s father who has redone a house (worse than ours actually, which is tough to beat) and built their current house which Tommy grew up in. I’m very thankful he’s so handy and helpful, as this would not be possible without him.

So as you can imagine, I haven’t been doing much wedding planning. More like scrubbing, disinfecting, demoing, sanding, painting, discovering mold issues, and tossing bottles of water onto roofs for thirsty boys. You know, house stuff.

Eventually, once we get the house in slightly more livable condition, I’ll get going. We’re looking at May or June 2013 right now, but depending on how things work out, it might be next fall.

And while I’m sad that it looks like another school year will pass without me being able to do my dream job, I also realize it might be a blessing in disguise with all I have on my plate right now.

So with that, the face of this blog will also move into the next chapter. While it’s been my personal blog, mostly about crafty things and some crunchy stuff as of late, I’ll be adding stuff involving the house, and planning a wedding. We’d also like to be at least a semi-self-sustainable so you’ll probably see some stuff about gardening, etc. in the coming year, along with married people stuff.

But only time will tell what’s in store for the next chapter.

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