The Ramblings of Jeff & Gilly...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Back from our vacation!

We spent the last couple of days at Disneyland celebrating our 7th anniversary.

Let me tell you, it was a blast! We were able to ride the "new" Pirates of the Caribbean and see Capt. Jack Sparrow incorporated into the ride. We had dinner at the Blue Bayou on Monday, the day of our anniversary.

Did you know that they have this cool new ride in Tomorrowland that is based off of Toy Story. Buzz Lightyear something-or-other. Anyway, you sit in this little two-man car that has laser guns. You ride around shooting at targets, and if you hit the targets you get points. Yeah, I'll admit, I was deathly afraid that Giliane would win, but I shouldn't have been worried! :) I kicked her butt!! Hey, she was a good sport. It wasn't until the final time we rode it that we tried using the "convenient" car mover-thingy. It's designed to spin you around to face either to the left or right, depending on which targets you want to shoot at. However, troubles arose as I grabbed the controls to spin the car towards my targets, thus moving Giliane away from hers. Then, I was lining up for some good shots when lo & behold, I was turning away from mine. lol Needless to say, for the sake of our marriage, we left the car controls alone.

We had an awesome time. Nothing beats walking through Disneyland with your sweetie, taking your time and adhering to no schedules. Oh yeah, and no cell phones!!

Giliane and I have decided that our all-time favorite ride is the Pirates of the Caribbean. What is everyone else's?

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Kitchen pics!!


Anyone interested in seeing before & after pics of our kitchen? It's so different in there now it's unbelievable!!!

As you can see, this is what our kitchen used to look like. Note the black oven with the (non-working) microwave above it.

Then we also have the black coil cooktop with it's non-working downdraft. Also visible in this pic is the stainless steel dinged/scratched sink.

The counters were light pink, with several burn marks, holes, etc. Also note the stripe running the length of the counters.

In this picture, you can see that we've replaced the wall oven combo with a new white Kenmore double oven. We've also replaced the black electric coil cooktop with a new KitchenAid smooth-glass cooktop with a (working) downdraft.

The stainless steel sink has been replaced with a new white fiberglass sink with a brushed nickel faucet.

You can also see that the countertops have been resurfaced. The burn marks/holes have been filled in and sanded down. The color changed to "white vein", which is a white base with flecks of gray and black in it. Looks great, huh?

Here's a close-up of what the countertop looks like. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Oh, I thought of something else that we've changed. The fan used to have a gold base to it. We've replaced it with a completely white one. However, this fan's blades are a little more curved, so we either need to get one with smaller blades or trim the pantry door 'cause it hits the fan whenever the door is opened. *sigh*

Next up? The kitchen/dining room/hall/laundry room floors. Gonna replace the damaged linoleum with a wooden floor. My grandpa Bill will be helping me with this next task!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Major installs going...

I really do feel sorry for that guy that's doing the install of everything here.

First off, let me just say that I've run up to Ace Hardware. Twice. Then, when I get back, I find out he's already unpacked the cooktop, but lo & behold: the opening is just a smidge too small. So he's gonna resize the hole.

Now he's in the master bathroom installing sink fixtures. I've already heard him say a few choice words when removing the old junk. :)

The behemoth that is presently sitting in the dining room (new double oven) is gonna be a real bear to install. 200 lbs and bulky as hell.

Should be fun!!!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

AZ room photos!

Here's what the room looked like before we did anything to it.

Look at that. Torn down and already looking a helluva lot better! Pic taken: August 30th, 2006.

Ok, now you can see the chunks of concrete that had to be removed so they could dig a deeper hole and pour yet more concrete. Pic taken: September 1st, 2006.

Ok, ready to pour concrete. Pic taken: September 4th, 2006.

The concrete has been poured. And, as you can see, construction has finally, finally, started! Pic taken: September 6th, 2006.

Hey, what do you know?? They finished our AZ room! Now we either need to get it stucco'd or it needs to be painted. Then we'll get it screened with grey 90% screen. For those that don't know, that means this screen will block 90% of the sun! Pic taken: September 16th, 2006.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

We passed the first hurdle...

This is turning out to be such a joke.

The first building inspector was out today to do a "pilings" inspection. Know what that consists of? Glancing at the hole where the concrete is going to be poured, taking 10 seconds to flip through the plans, and then signing & dating the blue permit sheet.

That's freakin' it?? I scheduled my day around this guy taking all of about 30 seconds to give me his approval? There's so much red tape around our house at the moment that I'd be surprised if someone could actually find it.

This is gonna be a very busy week for us. The handyman dude will be here tomorrow to take out the cooktop, kitchen sink, and bathroom sink fixtures. Then, on Thursday, the counter dude will be here to completely resurface the kitchen counters and the counters in both bathrooms.

THEN, on Monday, the handyman dude will be back to install our new kitchen appliances, and put our new sink back in, install fixtures, etc.

Once all that's done, then I'm gonna have my grandpa help me put in our new wood floors in the kitchen, dining room, hall, and laundry room.

I think I need to take a nap.