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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

One Flew Out of the Cuckoo’s Nest

So, the apple-store of my eye took aim at the

target to gather the

staples-store for campus life.  I fear we have gone

bed%20bath%20&%20beyond-1 our budget!

So college.  He’s all moved in.  I was pretty cool that day.  The next day?  Well, let’s just say that if you hold stock in Kimberly-Clark, you may see an increase in your February dividend.

What about him? 

ted's windowWell, you know.  It’s an adjustment.  I’m sure he’ll learn to like it eventually.


(Special thanks to my Facebook source, who procured this photo of Son1 and his roommate’s window for me.)


  1. ha ha! this was very clever and apt!
    if i could have back the dollars spent
    setting kids up in college, i would be
    a wealthy woman!

    he is going to do GREAT!

    eventually, so will you. ice cream
    helps a lot.

  2. I just loved reading this, you are too clever for words. Hang in there darling, I can only imagine how you must feel....

  3. Such a busy time! Great ad for all these stores!

  4. I was just telling my friend whose daughter just left for UGA that you eventually get used to them not being there....I can't really remember when, but suddenly you're not worrying about where they are and what they're doing all the time. She said she's sleeping a little better now that sorority rush is over and her daughter got in the house she was hoping for, but it's still different without the first one in the house. And I know they don't understand how much better it feels to go to bed knowing that all the chicks are safely asleep, all under one roof.

  5. Congrats on this big milestone! I was in a tizzy with my little one starting kindergarten, so I can't imagine what you're going through sending one off to college. :)

  6. How clever are you??? Reading about your son makes me think that my oldest (S) has already lived over half of the life he will live at home. They grow so fast...

  7. so clever! I know how you feel--one more year for me-I'm already a mess! Chin up--he will be home soon-all those breaks!


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