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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Mixing Business with Pleasure

Mr. T&C and I work pretty well together, but there is the occasional difference of opinion.  You know, the kind where I'm right and he's wrong?! Kidding.  Really.  Well, a few weeks ago we got a bit crossways with each other, and one of our well-meaning employees (married just over a year, herself) recommended that we go on a date.  Now, honestly, some days I would rather stomp around a bit and turn the thermostat up without telling and eat the last cookie, but there have been times in our union when we intentionally set aside time to be alone and uninterrupted, and it did work out rather nicely, so, we decided we would have a regular Friday date.  Just one hitch.  We have a twelve noon curfew!  So, my date takes Middle and Little to school, and then he picks me up, and we go out.  Some of our dates are more business meeting than anything else--a cup of coffee, a look over each other's calendar, an idea for a clever ad, and it's time to go to work. 

Today, however, we tried to work in a little more date.  We had coffee at home and then browsed through one of our favorite antique malls.  Next, we took a quick turn through the Habitat for Humanity thrift store because you never know what you might find there.  Nothing is what we found today, which was perfect because it's exactly what we could afford! 

We did treat ourselves to an early lunch at The Green Room, which is a new restaurant on Main Street.  We both had a cup of the cauliflower soup, which was quite tasty.  We split an Orchard Sandwich--thinly sliced apples, gorgonzola, toasted walnuts, baby greens, and balsamic vinaigrette on toasted ciabatta bread.   It was really good.  The service was attentive and friendly, and the restaurant is attractive.  After lunch, we did a little window-shopping, and then it was back to our own little corner of Main Street.

If he asks me, I would definitely go out with him again.


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