The Light is Here!

I enter my last semester of grad school tomorrow. I can’t believe it. I’ve had people start asking for interviews at work and I’m freaking out. I don’t feel like I’m knowledgable enough yet to start this new role. But it’s here, the light can be seen!

I started the first floor bathroom reno over Christmas break after having my beloved noir hex tile since last year’s President’s Day sale. The bathroom looks great, though many finishing touches still need to be had. I’m struggling with the hand towel and what that will look like, but more importantly where it will go. I’m thinking a hook between the mirror and door since there is no good place for a towel rack (except for maybe above the toilet) and a towel ring just seems too big. 

I’m envisioning a hanging planter in front of the window. A toilet paper holder under the window. A basket under the sink cabinet. Some art. No rug–I like the floor too much. Plus, smaller tile=more grout lines=less slippery :) Not to mention, in a bathroom that we never use the shower.

I really wanted an olive linen-like shower curtain but couldn’t find one.The graphite one I picked is a beaut, but makes inside the shower super dark., though I guess an olive colored one would do the same.

I wanted a cognac wooden elongated mirror, but couldn’t find one. I feel like I’ve settled, but I had little time and ultimately could return them if my dream piece is reasonable.

I spent more money ($70 a piece) than I ever wanted to on a mirror and shower curtain, but what gives?

The door still needs to re-hung. But I’m enjoying the view from the kitchen of the wood planks too much. Plus my #1 is out of town ;) I’ll apologize for the iphone photos at night now. See you in 5 months!!

Unexpected Wallet Emptying

Late last year I was sick of not being able to clean my shower. The tub had lost its top layer and was looking dirty constantly. It also had a few dents.

The faucets leaked at the handles. I wanted someone to replace these, and clean my shower tile well, then seal it. See the huge dent below the faucet?

There had been tile placed as the baseboards, which I thought dated the entire room. I wanted it gone and replaced with crisp white wood baseboards. I asked for a new toilet for my birthday in September for these reasons:

That is not poop. I like clean things and none of these were helping me achieve a clean bathroom. After living this way for 2 years, I wanted them fixed.

So after having my dad remove my vanity and toilet I hired out to have a new tub placed and removal of the tile baseboards. AKA my first contractor experience. Aside from my uncle who did my roof and skylights last year.

Here’s the new shiny tub :) . What I didn’t know was that he would need to remove some tile to insert the new tub. Enter the unexpected mess: finding matches. The tile backsides were red, same as the floor’s. They don’t make them that way anymore. They may have been Mexican or Spanish tiles. So to find matches to replace around the tub was a nightmare, and then basically ended. I decided over night to rip everything out and replace with new tile, instead of replacing the space with completely different tile, like an accent strip.

I went with standard white subway tiles. I thought it was classic, clean, and cheaper than something fancy.

To save money, I went with chrome instead of brushed nickel. I also only opted to get one shelf for shampoo bottles, and one soap dish per #1′s request. I’m really trying to cut back the amount of “product” I use. I only wash my body about once a week, with Lever 2000 (also my #1′s). We share shampoo. Most recently we’re using Dermorganics, but I also have the Honest Co. My contractor informed me that all of the pink scum that builds up in your shower is from soap and shampoo dyes. Gross. I’ve really been trying to watch chemicals and additives in my daily living. And by watch, I mean, rid.

The grout I chose was light grey, not sure what it was called. The contractor used a grey caulk to bead around the tub and up the corners of the walls. Sorry for the iphone pics.

My dad replaced the new toilet and put the vanity back after he cut and installed the new baseboards. I painted and caulked. Here is the after:

I’m pretty pleased. However, my wallet isn’t. This cost about $2,000, not including the work my dad did or the new toilet. I was hoping to spend about $800. Surprise! Oh, the joy of owning a house. :) I’m a perfectionist and notice the smallest imperfections (like a small hole in the grout that one would need a magnifying glass to see) while I’m showering almost daily. Which is why I’d like to tackle our first floor’s bathroom with the help of my dad. Hey, when I fork out big bucks, I expect it to be perfect.

Who’s with me?!


State Champs

WOW, what a weekend. I over did it, that’s no secret. My baby brother, Kyle plays basketball for Covington Catholic High School. He’s a sophomore and starts JV. He started dressing for varsity near the end of the season. After they won region, the team headed to Rupp Arena in Lexington for the state tourney. SO exciting! I love basketball (go cards!) and Kyle playing high school ball is no different. I begged someone to come in at 3pm for me at work so I could head down to Rupp for the first round Thursday at 8pm.

Everyone was so excited to be here, from the students, to the players, to the parents. This was a text I recieved from my mom at 530pm: 

She cracks me up. I was hoarse after the win from the screaming and cheering. Home at midnight and back to work on Friday, off at 3pm and headed back down to Lexington for the second round at 8pm. We met up with some friends Jeff, Andy, and Sara had cocktails and headed to the game. Another win!

Afterwards, we went to the local brewery, West Sixth, to finish watching the UK game. We got home around 2am. I was exhausted! I had planned a wedding shower for months at my house for Angie who is marrying my favorite cousin, Erik. Johnny and I are both in the wedding. I spent all day Saturday cleaning my house and preparing for the shower on Sunday at noon. Semifinals were held at 8pm on Saturday, and we headed back to Lexington.

Another awesome win. The JV team played for about the last 17 seconds because we were up more than 10 points. It was then back home we went. Sadly, I had to miss the finals as the shower was right in the middle of the 2pm game time. Thankfully, I was able to watch it online. I got up Sunday at 9am to pick up cookies my friend Emily made for the shower. Everyone came over at noon. Shower was great.  Turned the game on at 2pm for me and my family. My mom missed the shower and rightly so. By 4pm, Cov Cath had won their first ever state championship and I cried. A selfie:

These boys just played 4 games back to back on a college sized court. What an effort! A homecoming was celebrated at school at 7pm, and of course we went. The bus was escorted by firetrucks, police, and ambulances back home. It was incredible. Coach Ruthsatz handed each player and coach their state medal back at home.

So proud of those boys and their efforts. Seriously. Their hard work was rewarded on Sunday. I’m hoarse and tired, and way behind on school work, but goshdarnit, it was worth it! Thanks for the memories!!


Days after I post this, YHL (who I just adore) announces they are partnering with Target to sell a new collection of hooks and hardware. Target is killing it and I would be rich if they didn’t exist!


And everyone wonders how I have enough stuff to host garage sales.

My Jam

Two of my favorite things are coming together!

Target Emily Henderson


Seriously, this is amazing. Emily and Target are my jam and I cannot wait.


I bought this adorable hanging planter from Ikea, but can’t decide where to put it! I thought the colors would go great in the office, but with the vaulted ceilings it’s not working out.

RISKORN Hanging planter IKEA A plastic inner pot makes the plant pot waterproof.

Once my generous cousin does my taxes, I’m hoping to re-do the first floor bathroom with my returns. Paying off student loans or redoing the bathroom? Easiest. decision. ever. Not really, but I’m 90% sure it’s happening. Maybe this cute planter could hang from the ceiling in front of the window in there.

The bathroom needs a new floor, paint and removal of the tiled walls. They are cracked and sunken and ugly. We’ve lived with it for almost 3 years. The toilet, sink and tub are newer, and the tile in the shower has been updated. This is what I’m thinking:

Better After | Bathroom Makeover. Love the wall color & board and batten together.

Similar floor, paint and wall coverings. Not sure on the paint, but I’m loving the moody grey-blues. This 2 inch marble hex tile is so dreamy, but would probably cost $500 alone. AmIinsane? I want to tackle all the this with my dad. I’ve been dying to learn to tile, everyone else is doing it!

The paneling will hopefully make it easier to hide the mess we’ll remove off the walls. I’m sure there will need to be some patching of drywall, especially if I want to achieve this desired look:

floor to ceiling board and batten bathroom - Google Search

Lastly, if time and money allow, I’d like to make the ceiling above the shower as high as the ceiling in the rest of the room. Not much light gets into the shower because the opening now is so small. Hopefully this will make the room look bigger and I will be able to buy a longer shower curtain as well. A new mirror will be in order, and maybe a new light. I’d love a pendant… I’ll keeping stalking Pinterest for ideas.

I’m hosting 2 showers at my house this spring. It’d be a miracle if this was complete for at least one of them!

Do you think I’ve exceeded my tax return yet?

The Gap

The Gap by Ira Glass could explain my absence.


Or maybe just grad school.


But damn, so much has changed. It’s been so long. And I’m embarrassed that I thought my master looked good. Ugh, that gap.

New Blog

I found this semi-hilarious blog about nursing. Enjoy.


PS. I witnessed a natural labor yesterday as I was there to assist in administering an IV drug to her for low platelets. I witnessed a sad truth while at her bedside and it’s true: sometimes you poop when pushing. EKK! The doctor looked at me (while she was wiping away her turds with a wash cloth and throwing them away) and asked “do you have kids?” I told her no, and she just chuckled. My face must have shown it all. L&D is a foreign world to me full of poopy and bloody odors.



Radiant Books and A Sleeping Pup

The book self and TV moved to our bedroom from the office a month or so ago, and it’s dangerous. Some days I am tempted to stay in bed and watch the local news all day. Three years of bunny ear antennas will do that. I attempted a rainbow scheme to display our books, but quickly learned it was a gradient I created. Oliver hasn’t noticed. It’s not permanent, but provides the pop of color(s) I was going for in our neutral bedroom.

Yeah, you saw correctly, there’s more than one of Kate Gosselin’s books. They didn’t make the garage sale pile. Murder me.


Office Photo Dump

I’m happy. The office is ready for us to put long hard hours of work in there. But am I ready? It doesn’t matter, it’s coming anyway.

The lamps are dark. I’ve lived with them this way for a couple weeks and they’ve grown on me, but I think I may ultimately change their base color. I borrowed  a spare chair that I used at my desk as a child at my dad’s house. He gave it to me when I moved in and it’s been sitting in the guest bedroom. I haven’t found a permanent chair for my desk yet. I like the wood feel of this one, it ties into the small wooden lamp on my #1′s desk.

It’s a bold difference from the color I’m used to using. But it’s a nice view from the hall. The curtains compliment my hallway DIY art.

This is real life. Used desks and working computers with TWO keyboards and TWO mice mouses?

Those books are for ONE class, and it’s not stats. Yikes. I made the art on the wall near my desk for inspiration. The photo on my desk is more inspiration. It’s a photo of my #1 and I laughing during a card game on spring break when we were in college. It’s inspiration to get through school, which equals increased salary, which equals more money to go on vacations, which equals laughing and playing cards on the beach with the people I care about.

My fig plant (courtesy of IKEA) is struggling. But he’s hanging on. Maybe it’s his cry for needing a prettier pot.

I love these colors and books that speak to my #1′s heart. Surfing, motorcycles, and Hawaii. I may have sneaked “Fix it in a Flash” and “Rules for my unborn Son”.


This lamp and it’s polka dot shade is the

It’ll do, eh?