Monday, October 11, 2010
A Working Progress...
We are on day 6 of our home office/studio renovation and we are still not done. The illustrator has worked so hard on making this change over and I have no idea how he is still functioning. Last Wednesday he and I started moving out all of our bedroom furniture. From then, his parents arrived to help out. He and his dad worked on the floors, while I worked on feeding everyone, taking care of the day to day activities and keeping things cleaned up (which with table saws and foot traffic in the house, was a job in and of itself). I am doing a major cleaning on everything too which feels good! By the way, if I never mentioned this before, my in-laws are the best! They are always there for us and we wouldn't be where we are today without them.

Since they left on Saturday morning, the illustrator and I have painted the room and started moving things in. The picture above is just the beginning of the move in. We are obviously lovers of '50s steel case office furniture, so we aren't talking light furniture here. The illustrator plans on doing a post on the room renovation this week, so I will show you guys the whole thing soon. 

Just in case you were interested, we work together on his illustration business. He mostly works in comics now (one of the last completely illustrated industries) and he still does some commercial illustration and logos. The illustrator does all of the illustration (obviously, unless you want stick people then I'm your girl) and I do all of the office stuff. I also work on developing recipes in hopes that will lead to something for me one day!

We did a great job of cooking large quantities of main dishes so we just needed quick sides to go along with everything. For me, that worked out perfectly so I could eat some pretty good stuff with them. I cooked a brown sugar glazed ham for them with a side of black eyed peas and rice.  Everybody loved that meal. I sauced mine up with salsa and a little extra hot sauce! I ate this times two. I was pretty surprised how much I ate these past few days. I think it is so strange how I have gotten to the point where I "feel" I need fuel. I can read the signs that my body is giving off (much like running a marathon - I would imagine) and once I ate some good fuel, I was ready to go again. Let's just say many quickly prepared oatmeal peanut butter waffles were easy and so good!

I also cooked the oven roasted pulled pork and the illustrator made a sauce in the crockpot with the leftovers for dinner last night. I opted for an egg white omelet with sauteed red peppers, baby bella mushrooms, diced tomatoes, garlic powder and onion powder (all while the pasta cooked). This was the perfect fuel for us to work until 9:30pm last night. There was also a huge bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter "fudge" (3 TBSP peanut flour, 1 TBSP maple syrup and a little water mixed together) eaten for "dessert" after a much needed shower.

Now I am off to do some closet shuffle (sounds like way more fun than it is). Hopefully this will be done by the end of the week!

What is everyone else up to? Gosh, I feel so out of it with the blogworld. I know that sounds silly to some, but I actually feel close to you guys and I feel like I have been out of it for way too long!  Have a great week!

Now we have to finish moving things over in the closets. We now have the smallest bedroom in the house, but it actually feels quite cozy. I slept 9 hours last night in our new bedroom!  Thank goodness...I needed it. I still have to touch up paint in there now since we moved huge things off the walls. One thing has definitely led to the other. This week, I am repainting the bathroom the "master"bathroom and finishing our new bedroom. Now I want to paint the rest of the house!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 11:33 AM  
  • At October 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Sounds like things have been pretty crazy there lately!! Good luck finishing up!

  • At October 11, 2010 at 12:10 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Glad you got some much-needed sleep! I love that you spend time developing recipes. I hope that something fantastic comes out of it for you too.

  • At October 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Look at you going to town!!! The room is definitely moving along quickly in my opinion (I will also say I'm a huge procrastinator...). Good luck finishing it up!

    Have a great Monday! :)

  • At October 11, 2010 at 12:37 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Good luck finishing up, lady! I'm glad that you're all hanging in and that you had help! It'll all be worth it (and over soon!).

  • At October 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM, Blogger laura said…

    I'm so incredibly jealous of that beautiful space! I can't wait to see the finished room. Looks like all that hard work is paying off.

  • At October 11, 2010 at 4:10 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    WOW!! You have been busy lady!! You must be so worn out... I know I would be!! It'll feel so good when it's all done soon!! :)

  • At October 11, 2010 at 4:46 PM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I love those old style desks -- but they must be super super heavy. I'm excited to see the finished product!

  • At October 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Sounds like you're a busy bee! It's good to stay busy though.

    Glad you got some sleep too. I need some.

  • At October 11, 2010 at 6:52 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    You have certainly been busy! Renovations are such a pain. And I know what you mean about feeling out of the loop when you can't check in for awhile. I'm sure I'll feel that way a lot soon enough. ;)

  • At October 11, 2010 at 8:48 PM, Anonymous lee said…

    Good luck getting everything done! It'll feel so nice when you are finished.

  • At October 11, 2010 at 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's looking good!! Thanks for the update :) Sounds like you're keeping busy but staying calm, cool and collected. It will all be over soon!
    The work you two do sounds like so much fun. Want to adopt me as part of the group?! :P I'll find some sort of artistic service I can offer. You have no idea how admirable I am of the fact that he does illustration for comics, too. I did one and that was enough for my patience!

  • At October 11, 2010 at 9:46 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I love those old heavy desks! I love the color you guys decided on!

  • At October 11, 2010 at 9:47 PM, Blogger Jolene - EverydayFoodie said…

    I like the angles in that room!! It is really nice!

  • At October 12, 2010 at 2:20 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    The room is looking great!! And some yummy sounding meals there to keep you all going too :)

    I wish I owned my house so I could paint it :( Luckily the owners weren't scared of a bit of colour so it's better than our old house (which was white..with white and some umm.....white), but still. I'd love to put my own colours on the walls!

    Can't wait to see the rest of it come together!

  • At October 12, 2010 at 8:03 AM, Blogger Peggy said…

    I'm sure all the craziness will be well worth it! The office looks great by the way! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  • At October 12, 2010 at 10:06 AM, Anonymous Natalia - a side of simple said…

    Sounds like you two make a great team! I always enjoy seeing "before" and "after" photos of rooms and renovations.

  • At October 12, 2010 at 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good luck finishing!! It'll be a good feeling when it's all finished :)

  • At October 12, 2010 at 2:26 PM, Blogger fittingbackin said…

    Thanks for the comment! I think those pups are cute too! I personally love the maltipoos and shihpoos -the smallest - but those cockapoos are ADORABLE if you're looking for a mid-sized dog!

    Great job on all the cooking - everything sounds awesome. I've never cooked a ham!

  • At October 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM, Blogger Kelsey Ann said…

    at first i thought it was a mirror until i realized it wasent my eyes playing tricks on me, its actually that big! the desks look rad btw!
    when its all done, the room is going to be a thing of beauty!! i can picture it <3

    good job so far!!

  • At October 12, 2010 at 11:59 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    i love that you guys work together!!! abe and i just collaborated on our first project together in a while. it can be challenging!

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