William Perry Has Entered The Building

Good evening and hello to you, wherever you are, whoever you are!

This will be a mini-update of The Nest, and we apologize for the lack of photos to accompany our progress. We have been progressing, and we guarantee you, the train has left the station and is well on its way, full steam ahead.

Last Friday was a good day because we finally got our fridge delivered to the house! And boy, is she a cutie.

Tell me, have you ever seen a moonwalking refrigerator delivery man?

Ah, this feels good!

Izzie had the pleasure of being home for the delivery and made sure to take some really fantastic pics of the drop-off. The delivery man did report a small leak at the water line valve, so we will have to follow up with that and replace the valve. From what we have researched though, it shouldn’t be too difficult to perform. But the ice is cold and everything seems to be running properly. It’s not loud at all and, with about 18.2 cubic feet of storage, will suit our needs just fine. The stainless steel comes through as being fingerprint-resistant and we can vouch for that claim after a myriad of sweaty, oily fingertips have graced its surface with nary a print left behind. If you didn’t know, the house did not come with a refrigerator, so we had to purchase one. There really wasn’t much going on in used appliances on Craigslist in College Station, so we made a trip to Lowe’s and purchased one that suited our needs and made us happy. And we can definitely say that we are happy with it. It sticks out a few inches from the door frame, but we are both skinny so it works out just fine. Today we managed to transport all of our food in our old refrigerator to the new one, but still have a lot of the dry goods in the pantry to bring over.

Lowe’s has become our new favorite place, and we honestly go there almost every day to pick up odds and ends. Luckily we live right by one and usually takes about 6-7 minutes to get there. And with all the change of address business that we’ve been doing, we have been hoarding three 10% off Lowe’s coupons perfect for when the other major appliances enter the arena. For right now we are keeping an eye out on our house budget and will be waiting a month or two before contemplating our next major purchase (we have a few options: stove, microwave, washer/dryer, etc.).

It’s amazing what you find going down the aisles of Lowe’s. What we are learning is that there is definitely a healthy assortment of “things” that make certain tasks easier/more efficient. We bought these great Painter’s Pyramids that allow you to prop up your cabinets for easier painting on the sides, not to mention not sticking to the paper we laid out (we had an annoying problem with the paper sticking to the wet cabinets on the sides, and probably should have went with a fabric if we were to do it again without the Pyramids). There was a very big difference in how we approached painting the cabinets after we got these bad boys set up!

Penny approves of the Painter’s Pyramids

Tonight we went on a painting frenzy in the kitchen and got the first coat of paint up on the walls. Nadia came by again also to help out with that (thank you!) while the American Idol finals were on in the background. We are actually pleasantly surprised with the color and can’t wait to get the second coat on tomorrow night to see what it looks like. And we are happy because our method for picking the paint swatch for the kitchen literally took less than thirty seconds between the both of us, going back a few times between choices, saying “Done” and walking to the counter. We are taking comfort in knowing that some things in life are better when there is less thought involved. Obviously this cannot be prescribed to all situations (that would be carelessness!), but for things like paint colors in a house, if it turns out bad or not quite what we had in mind, we would live with it and love it and laugh because it really is paint, and paint is paint.

Over the past few days we’ve also managed to pick up some much needed lawn equipment (why does grass grow so fast?). If you have seen the movie The Avengers, go back to the theater where you saw it and ask for your money back, because you ain’t NEVER seen superheroes like this!

Everyone’s here…

We ran some numbers and the benefit of maintaining your own lawn as opposed to paying someone else to do it for you was the way to go. We purchased the least expensive self-propelled mower under the assumption that both husband and wife could take the reins if need be (we will revisit this assumption…) ($275), a corded edger ($84), and a cordless trimmer and blower ($130 bundled together). Matt took time to do the works on the front yard and back yard on Monday, and the results are astounding. Astounding. We will have more outdoor posts in the future, but trust us when we say it makes a huge difference to have the yard edged properly. We are still working at eradicating the dozen or so condos the fire ants have invested in on our property, but such eviction takes time, persistance, and many granules of death and destruction bestowed upon their rabid colonies.

So we will finish up painting the kitchen tomorrow. We are still working on the cabinet doors, and will get to those on Thursday and Friday. We took off on Friday and Tuesday (we have Monday off like a lot of folks), so we have a lofty five-day weekend ahead of us to do our packing, moving, unpacking and everything else in between. We will make up for the lack of pictures in the next post…believe it!

Happy Nesting

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OPTIMUS PRIMER

‘Tis been a while since we’ve last updated, we know, we know, but that does not mean the train stayed at the station. Tuesday we started priming at The Nest–finally!

I am ready, I am willing

We too, are ready, master

We had a ball going all-in with two weapons, one for the nooks and crannies and the other being a small roller. We focused on the doors and cabinets; the doors doing them one side at a time, waiting, then going at the other side. This process seemed to work well, but boy, is it exhausting. Something we probably should have done was elevating the workstations higher since it can be such a hassle sometimes trying to get that “prime” coverage. But we worked at it and fortunately, our good friend Nadia decided to stop by and help us for a few hours in the evening. Thank you for helping out with Optimus Primer!

Hey, Nadia!

Mind the toes

So by the end of the night on Tuesday, we managed to pulverize the shell, doors and drawers with one coat of primer (some of the shell we finished up later, but it was minor). One thing though: that primer is the stinky stuff. We made a major boo-boo by not having enough proper ventilation, so tonight we opened up the windows and put on some masks, and that helped out a tremendous amount. You live and you learn.

Wednesday night was a busy time during the day as we had THREE vendors come by around noon time to do what they need to do.

  • Enercon – Window company who came by to replace two windows in the front room that were, at the time of purchase, cracked. The seller footed the bill on that. We had the option to replace the other three windows [that were slightly foggy], but we opted out and will find a later time to replace them. It wasn’t high on the priority list. But the new windows looked fantastic! (Comparison shot down below)
  • Dish Network – We basically needed to transfer this service to the new house, so we brought our receiver and remote with us, and they installed a new dish for us at no charge.
  • Suddenlink – We NEED the interwebz. We had Verizon at our leased residence, but found out on the phone when we called to transfer our service that they no longer supply DSL on its own; you have to purchase a home phone line with it. Forget that. We had a home phone line for the last two years and never used it. In fact, we even unplugged it within a couple months (we attempted to cancel it, but we would have spent more money to take it off rather than just keep it and not use it). It was only for telemarketers calling at  7 PM and College Station High School leaving messages saying so-and-so was not in class again. There are too many other options for communicating nowadays, and with the exception of emergencies when cell coverage isn’t there, landlines don’t really serve a real purpose in our household. Since we were not on a contract with Verizon anymore, we threw up the deuce and went with Suddenlink’s 1.5 Mbps cable internet for $25 a month. Couple that with our basic Dish Network package that includes all the local channels plus a few of the popular networks (AMC, HGTV, etc.) and we are going to be paying only $45 for both TV and internet. Now that’s news worth calling about.

Old window on the left, new window on the right. What clarity! Although it does seem like the old window had a tint on it, which helps with the some of the heat. The window guys definitely had fun coming through the rose bush in the front!

Speaking of the interwebz, Suddenlink supplied us with a modem, but we didn’t have a router. Well, we did, but it was a DSL router. So a trip to Best Buy yielded a great Apple product

Ba-dow

I definitely don’t have to endorse this company, I will just let you that this is far superior than anything else they had, in terms of ease of setup and practicality (and looks, of course). It was worth the extra pennies and will definitely fit right in with the rest of our Apple family.

So long story short, we did take the night off on Wednesday to enjoy a nice home-cooked meal on the floor with American Idol invading our eyes and ears.

Thursday we got back on the horse and worked on a second coat of primer on the cabinet doors and drawers. We also stopped by Lowe’s to grab two gallons of semi-gloss white paint and two gallons of our semi-gloss kitchen color paint.

Izzie approves of the refrigerator spot

We are still in the process of adding a second coat of primer to the doors, but Izzie went ahead and painted the drawers—lookin’ good!

Brr, it’s cold outside, I need another coat

Drawer Me Close To You

Tomorrow around 4–7 PM we take delivery of our cool refrigerator, so we definitely had to get that spot ready! Don’t worry, the rest of the kitchen will get color, we promise!

We used a robin egg as inspiration for the kitchen color, since we love scrambled eggs!

We were still getting the nooks and crannies on Thursday, including priming the baseboard in the kitchen.

Don’t mind the rather dead-looking right arm!

Rest of the shell is good to go for the first coat of paint this weekend!

Scalpel…

We are concurrently packing at our current residence, and making progress. We have set a moving date for next weekend, and need to get with Budget to take advantage of that 20% coupon. We will be painting, painting, painting this weekend and will be trying to finish up the kitchen entirely. At some point we’ll have to order hardware, but on the list higher than hardware is lawn equipment. That grass ain’t gonna cut itself!

We’d like to leave you with this…Happy Nesting!

Meow (this one is definitely staying!)