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By Dani:
Wow, September really flew by on C street. Is this really the first week of October? This week we pulled out the last vestiges of the tomato plants from the garden and celebrated Rosh Hashanah. I’ve had my eyes peeled for a living room lamp and a kitchen pendant (over the sink) for while. While we were in Ikea (for frames and frozen yogurt), we stumbled on this lamp. Yay!!
IMG_0598.JPG I’m sure one of these days I’ll get around to plugging it into an outlet under the couch. In other news, I’ve given up the kitchen pendant search. My chandelier and the window shade will have to be enough pizzaz for one room.

Group Gathering

By Dani:

I know you are all on the edge of your seat for a blog post, right? Well, house projects took a backseat this week to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. We hosted the holiday dinner for friends and family. I hope each of you, dear readers, has a happy, healthy, and sweet new year!

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Wedding Fever

By Dani:

Three weeks ago, my baby sister and brother-in-law threw an awesome wedding and to be honest, I’m still recovering from all the fun! There were so many personal touches throughout the day and it was a really, really special weekend. Here are some of my favorite pictures (truth be told, I have very few photos because I was having so much fun, who knows where my phone was?). It poured during the ceremony and was so romantic! Love those two lovebirds and wishing them every happiness!
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By Dani:

This post is dedicated to my big brother who gave me a hard time about not blogging for the past three weeks. You’re welcome.

It took us about three weeks to get the basement back in order. Even though we had covered everything in tarps, our stuff was still covered in dust. Dust dust everywhere. It was like the renovation all over again, except this time, we didn’t have more space afterwards. But we do have a plumbed bathroom, fully functioning sump pump and I can now sleep soundly when it’s pouring buckets outside.

We spent a few hours a day over consecutive weekends taking everything off the shelves, wiping it down, moving the shelves, and returning everything. It’s just as glamorous as it sounds.
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Because we don’t have a garage or attic, we keep everything in the basement: ranging from sports equipment, tools, holiday decorations, and home decor not currently in use. Oh, and we can’t forgot about Brian’s beer brewing stuff which gets a section of the basement entirely to itself.
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Now that the clean up is done, we’ve moved on to the next step: donating and Craigslisting what we don’t need.

Basement Update

By Dani:

The basement now has French drains, a sump pump, and the plumbing for a bathroom. It took a week longer that we thought and kicked up way more dust than we imagined. But I’ve never been so happy to have a working washing machine and dryer again! Here is the process. First, the contractors jack hammered the basement floor:
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And after they carried out all that concrete, they dug out some dirt.

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And then they laid the drains and topped with gravel.

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And finally, installed drain boards to the walls and concreted over the drains. Voila! Here’s my favorite member of the clean up crew:

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Countdown To Thirty

By Dani:

Fifteen months ago, I set a thirty before 30 list. I’m not as far along as I’d like but I’m still pretty happy with my progress. Green=completed goal! Blue=in progress or planned for the future but will definitely be done before the big 3-0. Red=not completed, some of these may get the boot.

Travel
1. Go on a cruise – nope
2. Two more passport stamps yes! Canada, Netherlands, UK
3. Visit a Midwest state fair yep!
4. Explore six new-to-me US cities yup! (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee, Portland, Santa Barbara)
5. Visit four new-to-me national parks whooo! Cuyahoga, Mt Ranier, Crater Lake, and Yosemite! Bonus point for historic national sites: Seneca Falls, Marin headlines, and NIKE missile site.
6. Autumn pilgrimage to New England

Adventure
7. Ride a horse for the first time no
8. Enjoy a proper high tea yes!
9. Attend a live taping of SNL no
10. Get dressed up to see something at the Kennedy Center or on Broadway no
11. Go on a romantic picnic no

Learning/personal growth
12. Read 20 new books per year (note to self: good books only) in progress
13. Learn to make rice pudding yep and it’s not worth the trouble
14. Make Julia Child’s beef bourguignon definitely not worth the trouble
15. Make homemade cheese not yet
16. Learn how to use my sewing machine yeah!
17. Learn how to play the piano um, I’m sort of teaching myself

Health/fitness
18. Finish a full cycle of P90x yes!
19. Learn to take some personal reflection time (TV doesn’t count) in progress
20. Try a new healthy recipe every single week in progress

House
21. Organize the house top to bottom in progress!
22. Attach molding on archway done and done
23. Hang crown in guest rooms halfway there
24. Seal the deck yes
25. Hang artwork in every room yes

Responsible
26. Write our will in progress
27. Itemize items in house for insurance yes
28. Put together an emergency “go” bag yes
29. Clean out and organize all my stuff stored at my parents’ house no
30. Catch up on putting photos in albums no

Alternates
-Take a hot air balloon ride
-Edit my wedding video
-Visit the top of the Washington monument (if open in time)
-Fall asleep in the sand with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other
-Enjoy a girls weekend (without it being someone’s birthday or bachelorette)

By Dani:

We haven’t tackled any big house projects in the past couple of months. Truth be told, we’ve been spending our time planning -and saving- for a bigger project. Granted, it’s not nearly the size, cost, or inconvenience of our addition renovation. Contractors are currently installing French drains and a sump pump in the basement. And since they had to jack hammer up all that concrete anyway (and call in a plumber to temporarily move the hot water heater), we are also plumbing for a full bathroom down there. Finishing the basement is in the five year plan (probably)..but here’s a sneak peak at where the bathroom will be.

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The basement is messy but it will all be cleaned up by next week and the upstairs is completely unfazed. Phew!

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