Kick in the Pants

2014 has brought a renewed desire to blog. The past few years that desired waned and things were pretty quiet around here. Life happens.

I at least try to keep up with my favorite bloggers. It’s fun to stay current with what y’all are doing. As time marched on, I really missed having the progress on this place documented. This is purely selfish & self-serving, of course. It’s really handy to have something on the Internet to quickly reference when you can’t remember what color the living room was painted.

The stagnation here on the blog is not reflective of the progress on the house. The stoop is done! Like for realizes!! That’s hugely exciting.

The kitchen is slowly rolling forward. I’ve only been without a kitchen since June 2012. Yes – as in a year and 7 months. I mean…WOAH; right!?

Who lives without running water on their first floor for a year and 7 months?!?

This girl, apparently. But I’ve been working really hard to change that.

To give me that extra little fire to crack down and get ‘er done, I immediately thought of my friend Sarah’s kitchen renovation. Sarah at Ugly Duckling House has been chipping away at her kitchen for a while too. (Not year-&-7mo ‘while’, normal people ‘while’.) Like me, she had a few unexpected projects (like a laundry room) pop up that diverted her attention away from the kitchen.

When Sarah put out the call for people to do another round of Dueling DIY with, I was all, “Duuuuuuuuuuuude! Our kitchens would be perfect for this!!”

And she was all, “Um. Do you even blog anymore, slacker?” (She didn’t actually say that.)

And I was all, “I would if it meant finally finishing this freaking kitchen and kicking your butt in the process!!” (OHHHHHHHHH, SNAP!)

And then I spent an entire evening taking ridiculous selfies with my iPhone and Paslode so she would have something to use in the creation of this masterpiece –


Oh it’s on like donkey kong, my friend. Donkey.Kong.



So what exactly is this “Dueling DIY” thing?

Every Wednesday, Sarah & I will update on our kitchen progress (if there’s been any) (which there will be).

Nothing like a little friendly competition to keep us focused on the task at hand. For me, that’s finally having running water on the first floor and finishing this kitchen already.

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7 Responses to Kick in the Pants

  1. You guys need the Hump Day Camel to intro your posts. “Guess what day it is?!?!?!”

  2. kmliving says:

    Looking forward to every completed step…. and the stories that go with them. DUELING DIY – clever!! and yes, you do have a distinct “angel” connection Carrie!

  3. guada says:


  4. Hallie says:

    Glad to see you back. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress.

    It looks from the picture that you’ve already considered this, but don’t forget to leave a little bit of room next to the refrigerator door hinges–you need space to allow for the door to open.

    Did I mention I’m excited to see what you do?!

  5. Yay! I am looking forward to following along!

  6. Jilliane says:

    Welcome back!!!!!! So excited to be able to watch you continue this journey.

  7. I feel your pain. I have been without a kitchen for 2 and a half years. I gutted my house before I even moved in and it’s been very slow going putting it back together…

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