Monday, January 18, 2010

Met with the designer and other weekend treats...

So, we met with the designer to see what she had come up with for our kitchen and we are thrilled! She came up with some really great options and is going to save us a ton of money over what we had thought it was going to cost. We have all new appliances that we bought in the fall, they are still just sitting in the boxes, with the exception of the refrigerator which we have been using and we are so excited to get started using the dishwasher and range. We picked out quartz counter tops and a tile back splash, now we'll get the estimates on those this coming weekend and then it will be time to place the order and get started on the installation. It looks like we should be able to have everything in the kitchen 100% complete by the end of February. We decided that we are going to have to redo the floor as well since it had a peninsula and will now have an island. We've done all the demo up to this point, so we'll continue and take the floor out too and do the few little electrical moves that we need/want to do before the cabinets go in. We also need to paint before the tile back splash goes in. Ooh, it's getting so exciting. I can't wait to see what it looks like all put back together. And I can't wait to actually cook a real meal in the kitchen, I am so tired of nuked food and eating out.

Speaking of eating out, we had a lovely dinner out with my parents, my brother and his family and my Grandma on Saturday night. A final Christmas gift/get together courtesy of a gift card from other family members who were in town.

And last but not least, we had pretty decent weather all weekend long, not too much rain and we were able get out and about and thoroughly enjoy it. Hope you all did too!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Kitchen remodel is starting to take shape...

We met with a designer today who is helping us figure out our options as to how we can create a new kitchen in our currently gutted space. I am so excited to soon have a kitchen back. We've been without it now since early October and I am really sick of microwaved meals and eating out. I can hardly wait to cook our first meal in the new kitchen and entertain. We'll have preliminary options back this coming weekend and since we have already picked out cabinets that we like, we can get those ordered ASAP. It should only take a couple of weeks for the cabinets to be in and installed since we are going with a local company and most sizes will be standard and something they carry in stock all the time. We're getting so anxious to have the kitchen done and see what it's going to look like all complete. I'll keep you posted on costs once we get our estimates back. Wish us luck!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Great mail day...

I love that the mail is dropped right in to our condo and we don't even have to go outside to get it. Ahhh, the simple pleasures. :) Anyway, I was so excited that there were no bills (that's always a good day!), but there were also 3 survey checks totaling $46 and a wedding gift check for $200!!! Yay! Survey checks are being added to the mortgage payment and the wedding gift is going to the kitchen remodel. Oh what a beautiful day!

Resolution update

So here we are 1 week in to the new year and I thought I would update you as to how I am doing on my resolution to try reducing my consumption of dietCoke. Before the new year started I decided that I wasn't going to completely give it up, but try to reduce it down drastically from my sometimes 6 can a day habit and so far I have met with great success. I have to date had a total of 3 1/2 cans of soda in the 7 days this year. I know I won't have any today as I am at home and I've moved it out of the house down to the garage which I have to go outside to get to. Too much hassle and I'm in my jammies! I'm not going anywhere today, so no soda either. I've also only spent money 1 day this year, last Saturday when I was grocery shopping. Pretty good! I love that I have the same money in my wallet as I did last Saturday. The DH is coming home tomorrow and will be home for the next 10 days, my goal is to try to keep our eating out to a minimum while he's here. He loves to go out to eat and since we don't have a kitchen right now, I know he'll want to eat out. But, I've filled the refrigerator and the shelves with lots to eat that require no prep or only the microwave. Wish me luck! Hoping to continue keeping the spending to a minimum.

How are you doing on your resolutions???

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

2010! Wow, how did that happen? So, is anyone else doing well on their resolutions? So far I am doing pretty good. I have only had 2 sodas in 3 1/2 days and I've had SO much water! Holy moly! I went grocery shopping on Saturday and it was the first time in I don't know how long that I have done my shopping and not bought any diet Coke! I still have some at home, but I've been doing really well grabbing something else to drink and the real test was when I went out to eat and I just had water. That's really where I think I will start to notice big savings. I can't believe how much restaurants charge for a soda these days. Anyway...I just thought I would check in and let you all know I'm doing pretty well so far. Hope you are all too. Oh, and I have only spent money 1 day so far, not bad!