Office

It’s finally done! Check out the before pictures here.

It took forever to finish, but it’s finally done. The walls are “Luxury Linen” and the trim is white. A friend gave me a gallon of leftover paint from her new house and I decided to add some splash of color to the room and painted one door blue. It’s a dark blue (“Goodnight Moon“) but it looks striking. And I think it really looks nice and compliments the orange rug (that covers the hideous floors).

(Those are Michael’s toys lol).

I got the art back up and made the finishing touches. The window trim is mostly painted white but not entirely because we are having the windows redone in a few months. So once the new ones are installed I’ll finish up the rest of the trim white and we might look at getting new blinds for the office.

I like how light the room feels now. It’s very bright and cheerful. I added plants. Hopefully they will do well in here! I tried having plants in here before but they always died because it was so dark.

I love how it turned out. I kinda wish I’d done it sooner! But it looks really nice and makes me happier. As far as minor house projects goes, this is kind of the final one. Last summer I painted our bedroom and Logan’s room and the office was kind of the last one. The other house projects are more involved–like redoing the master bathroom. That requires hiring someone and not something we plan on doing anytime soon. But we’ve been slowly getting some of the smaller projects off the to-do list and it feels good.

Ice Storm

All week we were preparing for a snow storm. Friday it snowed a little bit. Daycare was closed, Michael and I still had to work. We played out in the snow a bit during the day but it wasn’t powdery snow, it was icy snow. Over the night our power went out a few times but came back on.

Saturday morning I got up at maybe 6:45, came downstairs, Logan was watching cartoons. I started to feed the cats. Was about to make my coffee when BOOM. Power was out. And not coming back on.

We did some stuff around the house, waiting to see if the power would come back on. There were some downed trees on our street. They I checked the PGE website and the estimate was TWO DAYS.

We decided to head over to Michael’s mom’s house since they still had power and HEAT. The temperature was dropping quickly in the house. Our fireplace does not work.

It was nice to be somewhere warm.

On Sunday there was still no update, still no power. Our dog walker went by the house to check on the kitties, feed them, make sure they were ok. They were doing well.

It was 47 degrees in our house:

Valentine’s Day dinner:

Delicious and lovely, even if it was in not ideal circumstances.

Monday morning we got up, I checked the PGE website and it now said they couldn’t give us an estimate! UGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG

We had breakfast, did some stuff and then Michael got a notification on his phone that our power was back on (we have a bunch of “Smart” stuff in the house, like the thermostat) so he was able to monitor it from afar. We packed up and headed home. And saw tons of damage!

Got home around 11. Long story short: we lost most of the food in the fridges and freezers. It sucked. I was expecting it though. I was HOPING some of the freezer stuff would be ok but most of it was defrosted. I cleaned everything out.

We also discovered a leak in the basement! ARRRRGH!!! So then we cleaned up that mess. It’s all cleaned up but I am very worried about what the leak means. No idea where it came from either!

I went to the store and the one by the house had no power and only selling dry goods. I went to another one and they had more things so I could get some essentials. It was quite the rollercoaster of a day.

Thankfully Tuesday daycare finally had power and Logan got to go back to school. I got back to work. Bella and I took a walk in the neighborhood to check out the damage:

We got lucky. Three days of no power, losing all our food, having a leak in the basement, nothing compared to the massive damage some people had. So many lost fences, destroyed trees, damaged roofs. It’s going to be a long time for people to recover. And as I write this, there are still a LOT of people, even if my town, that do not have power still.