Sunday, April 13, 2014

Final push with the kitchen tile: Grouting

This weekend was all about grouting (mostly - we did play too. those pictures later!)

We decided to grout in natural grey instead of white - and we're so glad we did! It's looking really good!

At the start of grouting. no going back now!

messy, messy. 

After wiping it down. 

After buffing the tile and sliding the new stove in. Thor is very pleased. 

Look! With the new hood back in as well - looking very sharp. 

First cooking on the new stove - yum!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Full Speed Till Monday: How to Pack it All In

Another jam-packed weekend at Casa Tingey documented in photos:

It's a miracle! First test of the newly installed sink and what do you know? it works! (and on the first try too)

Sink installation was such a victory we went out to celebrate with ice cream from Salt and Straw - their flavors are so creative! (sea salt with caramel ribbons for Thor, Olive Oil for me)

Saturday morning we were up at the crack of dawn to go salmon fishing on the Columbia with mom. Actually it was more like the pre-crack of dawn - I think our alarm went off at 4:15 and we were on the water by 5:40. 

We trolled until 1pm and fortunately weren't skunked: mom caught a steelhead!

Mom also brought the snacks! Scotch Eggs and her new gluten-free recipe for 'Happy Jack' cookies. These are amazing!!! she needs to dial in the recipe and sell them - they are the best cookie I have ever had!

Did we stop to relax upon getting home? oh no! straight to tiling the kitchen! Here's Thor applying thinset to the first wall

While Thor messed around with trivial tasks (such as measuring where the outlets would fall and precisely cutting tile) I tackled much more important things like decorating the supporting ledge for the tile behind the stove. Good idea, right? it's like a little time capsule for whoever pulls the stove out in 20 years. 

Thor looking happy despite the fact that I've started to 'talk' (or pester) about taking a break for dinner since we skipped lunch. 

I tried to stave off a case of the hangrys with my new favorite treat of macadamia nuts and dates...

But it was to no avail. By 7pm I was in full melt down mode and my stomach had dictated a royal pout on the couch. 

Fortunately at this point Thor realized I was in dire straights, went into high gear, and hustled me out the door to Tabor Tavern. One burger and two ginger ciders later I was ready to hit the tiling hard and we powered through most of the second wall before collapsing into bed around 11pm. 

Sunday was full play day - and boy did we have a great time! We headed to syncline with a group we've never ridden with and made some new friends. Then off to our good friend Stacy's for a delicious birthday celebration - and then finally home for the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 4. Excellent!

Even better - Thor rode the whole day and worked hard on Saturday and still felt good at the end of the weekend! His head is really beginning to feel better and we both feel incredibly fortunate about that. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hidden Gorge Treasure

William came to stay with us for the last weekend of spring break, and we had a GREAT visit! We puttered around and ate a bunch of good food. 

On Sunday we went out to breakfast at SweeDeeDee - pretty tasty - and then we went our separate ways: Thor headed out fishing, and W and I went to the gorge to do a hike I'd never done before. What a treat! We had beautiful views - it was a great day. 

Thor - eagerly awaiting his breakfast platter and morning tea (have I mentioned T has stopped drinking coffee? Pigs are apparently flying somewhere).

Some beautiful nature on the way up. 

Sookie was not a fan of this steep ridge. She did not want to take a picture with William and kept running away. 

We got her poised eventually. 

Snuggling with Sookie. 

I loved the colors up on top of the hike. 

It was like we were in South America - all rocky and mossy. 

Rainbow pup!

W is a great hiking buddy - he goes the perfect pace!

Veeeery steep in places. 

It was so beautiful - like a little hobbit/gnome trail in Middle Earth

Thor and his beautiful coastal steelhead!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One Step Closer

The new kitchen counters are in! Dark grey quartz - and we think they look fantastic. 

New single, deep, stainless sink - and our new faucet. 

Paint, paint everywhere - we're trying to choose a color for the bathroom upstairs. it's tough! we are both bad with color - and neither one of us likes the process very much - so we are looking forward to getting it finalized. Any thoughts?

Next up - subway tile backsplash!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Calm Inside the Crazy: Remodeling Pics

I'm calling this the calm inside the crazy because these still shots don't do justice to how much running around is happening in the background. 

I've had a couple of requests for in progress remodel shots - so here we go:

I'm realizing we did a pretty poor job of taking 'before' pictures - here's the east side of our upstairs after doing the initial demo work. 

The kitchen after removing the offensive lavender-turquoise Easter-Navajo motif backsplash. 

Our new hood - look how much light we have on the stove top!

Upstairs post drywall - this is the closet area with the bedroom in the background

Our kitchen with backsplash and counter top removed. New counter tops go in tomorrow - we should have all the plumbing hooked up by the weekend. 

The upstairs bathroom! This is on our upper floor - and it turned out 85% perfect, but I'm not going into detail about the other 15% because I'm practicing my zen breathing and working on letting it go since the only way to fix it requires >$1K in change orders - and honestly no one else will notice it...right? (lets all take a deep breath together). 

And a photo of our crazy house with all our kitchen stuff sitting in the living room - plus my two favorites in their natural state chilling and totally relaxed in the evening. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nothing is Ever Easy: Drywall Woes

Ah house remodeling. How I love thee (not). Always throwing us curve balls. Today I ran out 'quickly' at lunch to buy a piece of sheetrock (after dragging poor William to two other Home Depot on Saturday in search of the correct thickness - who knew not all HD carry all the same drywall options. hmph!)
Instead of being quick the Sheetrock wouldn't fit in the Subaru (it may look like a 4' wide hatch, but it's not. I promise. I tried really hard). 

AND I ended up covered in powdery white drywall dust for the afternoon - so professional!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mom's First (!) Camo

I'm skeptical as to whether or not this is actually true, but mom swears this past weekend was her first time donning camo. Hard to believe after 20+ years in Alaska, but there you have it. 

The photo evidence:

We had a gorgeous day in Portland on Saturday - so Thor, Mom and I loaded into the boat Saturday afternoon and hit the Willamette for a little springer salmon fishing. We didn't have any luck - but it was beautiful and ate a lot of dried plums, Mac nuts, and scotch eggs. 

relaxing in the sun

clear view of Mt. Hood (fuzzies complements of my pro photography skills). 

it was a little chillier once we got the boat moving and had the wind to contend with. 

we even ducked out to the Columbia to run around with some of the big barges 

Sunday I headed out to Hood River to get some time in on my mountain bike while Thor headed out to the coast to fish. 

Views from the trail have changed at Hospital Hill due to all the logging.  

Overall I had a great day exploring by myself in the sun. 

And Thor lucked out and caught a couple fish!