But still, in order to fix my foot, I couldn't run. So in the meantime I had to find something else do to try and take off weight. In October I started doing Hip Hop Abs. It was fun, for the first 2 weeks. I soon because very bored and needed something else. Then I found some beginner cross fit workouts on Pinterest and began doing them. Mark also got a free yoga studio app on our iPad and I was doing that a few times a week too. I lost the weight I had regained while trying to figure out a new regimen and things were going good. Then the dishwasher mess started.
If you haven't been reading this blog, then you have missed out on a couple of things, like the impromptu kitchen remodel we had to do. In November, Home Depot does a huge appliance sale and we decided that our dishwasher needed replaced because the prongs were breaking off and it didn't clean well. The laminate flooring in front of the dishwasher felt spongy, but after repeated looks under the dishwasher in the year we have lived here, we never saw a leak. We even asked the inspector when we bought the house about it and he told us it was nothing and the dishwasher was fine. So imagine how upset we were when we notice the floor sponginess spreading after we ordered our new dishwasher. Mark took another look and BAM! A new leak.
So we knew at that point we were going to have to pull up the floor. Okay. We hated the floor anyway. The previous owners put it in and the purposely matched the floors to the cabinets to the kitchen table they gave to us. Everything was that honey oak 90's ugliness. YUCK. So okay, we get a new floor. Then we took out or dishwasher and some flooring, only to find that the water had gone to our island and started soaking and staining that. CRAP! So after a great scrubbing or 4 with Clorox, I got the stain kind of off, and the cabinet was fine. Discolored a little, but we didn't have to replace it. Still, if we had the flooring up, we might as well refinish our cabinets in the dark color we always wanted.
We also bought a new microwave because ours we on the fritz. Mark realized that the new microwave was a couple inches taller than our old one. The old one was too close to the stove as was, so we realized we would need to move the cabinet above the stove up a few inches in order for the new microwave to fit properly. It was at this point we called Mark's dad because we were now way over our heads.
|This is after we painted the pantry, removed the old flooring, and installed the dishwasher, but as you can tell, the cabinets are the horrible honey oak. YUCK!|
Saturday morning Mark's parents came to help us with all the grunt work. Mark and his dad took out the old microwave, moved the cabinet, put in crown molding on the top of the cabinets, and started refinishing the upper boxes. Sunday was more work, leading Mark's dad to decided to stay with us a few more days to install the floors and trim work. So Mark's mom left to go back to work while we were working like crazy people to get the doors redone, the floors in, and the trim done. This went on until Wednesday, when we all had to go back to Idaho for the holiday. Mark and I were DRAGGING from all the very very late nights.
We came back and slowly got all the doors done. This is what my kitchen looks like now...
|Kona brown cabinets. Not quite black. I love them.|
|If you ignore the high chair tray and the crooked rug, the kitchen is looking great!|
I still have a lot of work to do, but I have to look at the work I am doing for me as I did the kitchen. Everything I am doing is only adding value to me.