Gettin’ it done

Summer is officially coming to a close. Even though we have had a slightly less face-meltingly hot past 2 weeks, I will definitely welcome cooler weather with open arms. Our new (we’ve been here 2 1/2 months, does it still count as new??) house has a HUGE fire pit in the back yard that I’m dying to make use of it once I can stand to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time.

Josh and I have still been slowly working toward making our space feel like “us”. The biggest project we’ve been putting off for weeks is painting our living room. Neither of us had painted a room before, so the prospect of taking on such a task was pretty daunting. We aren’t exactly your “do it all yourself” kind of people when it comes to big  home projects. We finally talked ourselves into it last weekend, though. When I say finally, I mean the paint, brushes, rollers, etc. have been sitting on the floor of our kitchen for the past NINE weeks. Nine.

Seeing as we didn’t have time for silly little things like paint samples (did I mention the paint sat there for nine weeks?) we had gone ahead and just purchased as much paint as it would take to finish the whole room within 10 minutes of us walking into Home Depot. I knew I wanted a darker color, and chose what appeared to be a medium shade of gray to off-set the stark whiteness of the adjacent kitchen.

So, after an extremely long Saturday of taping, painting, and painting again, we ended up with….

A NAVY BLUE LIVING ROOM.

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Um….What on earth? I stared at the wall for the next 2 days scratching my head before I ultimately decided there was no way I was going to go through the emotional torment of re-painting, so I guess we now have a blue room. Whatever man.

My favorite two things about the house right now are the buffet and the window above the kitchen sink. It may appear otherwise, but aren’t actually alcoholics. Just hoarders. which might be slightly worse.

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Josh and I are both fighting colds right now, but aside from the coughing and sneezing, I think our last days of Summer have been thoroughly lived-up.  I’ve just been feeling so much gratitude lately for the richness of relationships that exists in my life right now. It feels like we’ve been in Austin for so much longer than 2 1/2 years, and I mean that in the best possible way. Also, I decided that the best way to fight negativity is with gratitude. A grateful heart can get you through so much in life.

Give thanks for the little things today, guys! Like blue living rooms and 103 degree Summer days. You won’t be sorry!

Caroline