Good Bones Home

We bought our first home together because it has "good bones." Now we're trying to bring them out, one project at a time.

An update August 31, 2010

Filed under: Home — Stephanie @ 2:10 pm

Lovely readers (all three of you) I know my posting has fallen off. I have a good excuse though!

We bought a house. Inspection pending. I’m gonna be sparse with details here until things are finalized but ZOMG I LOVE IT.

So, yeah, we have been in a whirlwind of putting our current place on the market, attending the first of 4 weddings in the next month, and obsessively looking at the photos of our (almost) new home. It’s gonna be a project.

Two words: Wallpapered ceilings.

I can’t wait to share all the details with you!


Things I love: BUILT lunch bag August 20, 2010

Filed under: Things I love — Stephanie @ 5:02 pm

I love reading recommendations from other bloggers about items they love.   I figured I would share some of that love back into the blog world and tell you about something I adore – my BUILT lunch bag.

Here’s why:

1.  It’s huge!  It easily  holds all different shapes of tupperware, and I can easily fit in an entree, a few pieces of fruit, snacks, and silverware.  And it holds my coffee mug for the trip home.

2. It’s machine washable!  Any other regular lunch packers will know that it’s inevitable that at some point your lunch will leak all over your lunch bag.  With previous bags I’ve had, it then gets all nasty and sticky and even if you scrub it out it still smells funny.   With this 0ne, I just turn it inside out and pitch it in the washer and dryer.  Good as new.

3. It’s super adorable!  I have the dot print above, while Rich has one in basic black (boooooring).  A quick perusal of the BUILT website reveals a whole bunch of other prints, which sadly were not available where I purchased mine…

4. Available at Costco!  My personal place of worship.  I love Costco an unhealthy amount.  I snagged my lunch tote there, with some tupperware included, for under $20.

Is my life somewhat lacking that a lunchbag makes me so damn happy?  Or am I just in touch with the simple pleasures?


Just one reason I am not quite ready for parenthood yet. August 17, 2010

Filed under: Dumb things I've done,Our terrible pets — Stephanie @ 12:50 pm

Although Rich and I occasionally discuss embarking on the crazy adventure of parenthood, usually I do something that reminds me that I am definitely not ready to take that step yet. This weekend’s move was one of my most impressive (or least impressive, depending on how you are judging).

It’s Sunday afternoon, we’ve had a long day of cleaning and running errands. I head down to the basement to move along the laundry.  Our delightfully bad dog, Ren, follows me down there, thinking that while I’m down there, if I could let him out, that would be great.

Tanget – Ren gets to go out from our back basement door, which opens onto an alley. We have a separate yard across the alley, and he’s generally well behaved enough that we can just open the door, let him run across the alley, into the yard, and then open the door to let him back in.

So I open the back door and let him out. Then I notice the fruit flies. We are dealing with a fruit fly infestation in the basement, which is bizarre and untraceable, considering there is NO FRUIT down there. We are searching for the source but right now we are also frequently using a can of Raid.  I start spraying and wiping up the little fruit fly corpses all over the back door, washer, and dryer. I get super involved in killing as many of them as possible. Then I move along the laundry and head back upstairs.

Did you spot the error?

Yup, I left Ren outside. I plopped down on the couch, folded some laundry, talked to Rich as he finished the project he was working on of corralling all the wires behind our TV, and totally didn’t notice the lack of Ren.

Fast forward 30 or 40 minutes, Rich and I settle in to watch last week’s True Blood. We’re just getting started when he says, oh, we should let Ren out before we start watching. I reply “I already did. Wait, where’s Ren? OH SHIT!”

We sprint downstairs where, thank goodness, as soon as I open the door I hear the jingle jangling of his collar. He was exploring the alley (and probably all the neighbors’ trash) having a grand old time. Thank goodness! Even though that monster drives me crazy it wouldn’t be the same home without him.


Front porch makeover! August 16, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Home,Projects — Stephanie @ 1:51 pm

This past weekend two weekends ago (yes, this post has been sitting in draft form for a week) Rich and I finally tackled a home improvement project that has been nagging at us for quite some time – we stained our front porch! We don’t actually spend a ton of time looking at the front of our house, since we park out back and thus don’t actually go in or out of the front door very often. Every so often we discussed how we should really take care of the porch, and how we would do that right after we borrowed my parents power washer, and then forgot about it.

A few weeks ago, Rich came home from a friends house with this:


It was looking like our well of excuses was drying up. As the calendar flipped into August, I realized our free weekends were about to disappear. Starting at the end of August, we’re attending four weddings in five weeks. Add in a bachelorette weekend at the beach the weekend before weddingpalooza starts, and we had two free weekends left before October. I looked at the weather forecast for the upcoming weekend, and once I saw sunny and more importantly, not humid, I was sold. I informed Rich we were staining the porch on Saturday morning.

Thursday night I power-washed everything, and in the process got totally devoured by mosquitoes.  I have some special property that makes me irresistible to these little jerks, and 45 minutes outside at dusk meant about 45 new bites.  I’m still healing two weeks later.

On Saturday,  I had to drag Rich out of bed at 8:15 to get started.  I didn’t even wait to let him get a before picture, so let’s call this one “mostly before.”

Ignore my sad, mostly dead herbs on the steps and the ridiculous amount of crap on the porch itself.

I’m not gonna lie, staining that porch SUCKED.  The whole thing is railing and spindles, which take FOREVER to stain.  We spent 5.5 hours working.  The entire time, our neighbor, who is a professional painter, kept giving us the evil eye for choosing to do it ourselves rather than hire him.  He had given us a list of everything that could and would go wrong if he didn’t get hired, so really it’s a miracle the porch hasn’t collapsed yet from our shoddy work.  Despite our lack of professional experience, I think it turned out pretty well!

Keep ignoring the ridiculous amount of crap on the porch.  Eventually we will get rid of most of that.

I think we should have also stained that little triangle area (gable?) above the front door.  If we can get our hands on a ladder we will take care of that soon.  I love how the red brings out the rust on our front door too!  Note to self, replace that door.  And if you look closely, you can see one unstained spindle on the right side of the door.  That spindle is actually cracked in half and will have to be replaced, so I figured staining it would be a waste of time.

Despite my list of things I am still not happy with, overall I think the curb appeal of the house was definitely bumped up a notch by taking on this project.  Cross another home improvement off the list!


I might be insane… August 3, 2010

Filed under: 13.1/2010,fitness — Stephanie @ 5:12 pm

I just registered to run a half marathon in November.

Why? Well, the short answer is because I like a challenge.

But the long answer is this:
I grew up super involved in competitive sports. From the ages of six to twenty, I was always involved in at least one sports league (softball, soccer, swimming, and field hockey). After my sophomore year of college, I had to quit playing for my college’s softball team. My grades had taken a huge dive due to the amount of time it required and I was suffering from a lot of nagging injuries that just wouldn’t heal. I didn’t realize how much I would miss having that outlet. That challenge of needing to practice and train and seeing results from all of my hard work. After leaving the team I attended a few games, and I sat there and cried, even though I knew leaving the team was the right decision for me.

Six years passed, where I finished college, worked for a while, and then headed off to grad school. The stress of grad school had me wishing even more I had some sort of outlet. Over New Years 2007, during a trip to Miami with six of my girlfriends, someone brought up the idea of doing a sprint triathlon together. I initially mentioned the likelihood of me drowning and brushed it off. But the idea stuck with me, and a few weeks later I ventured into a pool for the first time in years. I think I lasted all of 10 minutes. I slowly started logging miles on the treadmill.  That April I bought a bike and registered for the North East Sprint Triathlon.  And on August 17th, 2008,  I ran a triathlon.

The sense of accomplishment I felt when I crossed the finish line was like nothing else.  I had worked my butt off and I had done it!  I did another race in September 2008 and a third in August 2009.

I lost regular access to a pool when I left grad school in 2009.  Since running a triathlon without regularly training for the swimming part is a recipe for drowning, I announced my triathlon retirement.  I already had another race on my plate and in November 2009 I ran an 8K as part of the Philly Marathon.  I had a great time with that one, and I loved watching all the people who were gearing up to tackle the half or full marathons.  And somehow the idea popped in my head…I wonder if that could be me?  And nine months later, now that I’m through with the time suck that was wedding planning, here I am.  $100 poorer and committed to run 13.1 miles in sixteen weeks.  Holy shit guys, I hope I can do this.