Christmas 2012, New Years and Other Happenings

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It was a busy December for us between our anniversary and Christmas, but we had a nice holiday season full of family, friends and fun.  We spent the Christmas break shuffling back and forth between my parent’s and Adam’s parent’s houses, but it was so nice to see everyone.  On Christmas Day, we headed to Baltimore to spend the day with my sister, brother-in-law and nephew.  It’s always fun to have a little kid to play with on Christmas.  Unfortunately, right after Christmas, I developed bronchitis and a sinus infection, so our New Year’s Eve consisted of sitting on the sofa and watching Downton Abbey until the ball dropped.  Now it’s back to work and back to the normal everyday stuff.

Over the past few months, we have been working on completely finishing the basement.  When we moved into the house, the basement had drywall and a drop ceiling, but that was about it.  Before Thanksgiving, we hired some craigslist painters to come paint over the horrendous yellow color that was on the walls.  Unfortunately, they completely screwed up and in the end, we were down a couple of hundred dollars and had to repaint everything.   Once that was finished, we went about installing some cork floors in the corner that will (one day) be a bar.  Carpet was installed right before our anniversary and we are currently anxiously awaiting the arrival of our furniture. 
Now that the basement is coming together, I’ve been working on a few decorative projects.  Adam’s parents recently remodeled their kitchen and dining room and were getting rid of the outdated brass chandelier.  I casually joked around with them that I could hang it above the table that we were putting the basement.  Well, be careful what you wish for people!  On Christmas Eve morning, Adam’s Dad plopped a black trash bag on my lap with a red bow wrapped around it.   Inside was the old chandelier.  Ever the resourceful repurposers, we zip-tied it to the garage door frame last weekend and I proceeded to spray it with some glossy red paint. Overall, I’m happy with the way it turned out, even though our garage floor, my hair, and the dog ended up with a slight red tint afterward.  I look forward to hanging it up over our old white table. 



More updates to come regarding the basement!  I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2013!