Weekend Update – Haircuts & Settling In

Happy Monday, friends! Things are slowly but surely coming together at the house. We did a TON of work this weekend, and we’re really starting to settle in, which feels great.

After work I headed straight home. Ben had a broom ball game, but not until 9, so we hung out for a while and did a few little cleaning/unpacking projects.

Once he left, I got started on the second coat of paint in the kitchen/living/dining rooms. We got zero-VOC, low fume paint, and the nurses at my practice said it was safe for me to paint, so paint I did. I got a major jump start on the kitchen, and then spent the rest of the evening curled up on our futon watching a movie.

We were both out of bed relatively early on Saturday, and after a quick breakfast we got right to work on painting. I did the cutting in while Ben rolled away, and by the time Emily arrived to help out around 10 am, we were mostly done! We set her to work painting the closet in our guest/baby room while we started replacing outlet covers and removing painter’s tape.


My in-laws arrived shortly after with a few leftover items from their house, and my father-in-law helped Ben install the cat door in our basement door. We plan to put the kitty litter box in the basement so we don’t have to see/smell it all the time.

Everybody was gone by about 1:30, so Ben and I continued to unpack the multitude of boxes still scattered around the house. Eventually we had to shower and get ready to go over to Nick and Nikki’s house, because we had plans for both of us to get haircuts, me to get my balayage freshened up, and then to have dinner and watch a movie.

My hair looks great now. Not really different than before, just fresh highlights and a trim, but it looks and feels a lot healthier, which is wonderful. We had ham, Caesar salad, roasted potatoes, and Parmesan bread for supper, with a cookie smorgasbord for dessert, and we finally saw Get Out. Ben doesn’t like scary/suspenseful movies, so he was kind of irritated for most of the movie, but when it was over agreed that it was really good and he was glad he saw it.

Sunday morning was much more leisurely. We slept in, made coffee and breakfast, then meal planned out our week so we could get grocery shopping done early. After the grocery store, we hit up our local hardware store to grab a few more things for projects around the house. It’s starting to feel like the hardware store is our second home, we’re there so often!

We were done with errands and home before 1 pm, then spent the rest of the day doing ALL THE THINGS. Ben made bread, I hard boiled eggs for snacks, I made a delicious cheesy crock pot chili for dinner, I cleaned the toilets, we did three loads of laundry, hung up pictures, my medal holder, and our giant spider plant, hung clothesline and vacuumed the basement, unpacked the rest of the boxes that had been cluttering our kitchen, made chicken stock, and a dozen other things that I can’t remember right now. AND, we had time to watch a movie together after dinner, which was a relaxing end to a busy weekend.


Today will likely be a short day at work due to the holiday and the fact that both our corporate offices and the US Stock Exchange are closed. If I’m released early, I’m going to hit up Home Depot (yes, again!) and Walmart to grab a few more thing. It’s a damn good thing we’ve been saving for over a year for this, because setting up a new house is EXPENSIVE!

Do you have Presidents’ Day off?


4 thoughts on “Weekend Update – Haircuts & Settling In

    • Rae says:

      It’s a painted canvas that I copied by hand for a Fundamentals of Scenic Design class in college. I’ve had it forever and it’s one of my most favorite things 🙂

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