Clean Slate


I decided to start with a clean slate with this blog.
There are a bunch of reasons.

getting rid of the original house
starting over
refocusing my life
resetting priorities

The past 6 years have been a very, very trying times for me. Rewarding, yes, but So. Damn. Hard. During that time I've ignored my marriage a bunch (not tonight honey I have drywall dust in my crack), taken my friends and family for granted (can you come visit me and work like a dog the whole time?) and neglected my kids a bit (please please sleep a little longer so we can finish this insulation and take a shower for once!).

I love my husband. 

It takes a pretty strong marriage to survive 6 years of DIY renovations. It's time I put down my damn phone and play cards with him. (that is not a euphemism fyi)

My family and friends mean the world to me.

My family. I can't even express it. I wish everyone had a family like mine. Recently more than ever, we've banded together as this amazingly unit. Never before in my life have I realized so vibrantly that I stand strong because I have this family behind me. Maybe I should go visit them, give them a big hug and then help them with a project for once?

The girls.

Oh man. I love my girls. It's time to put down the hammer and pick up Mina. It's time to take Franca to the aquarium instead of Home Depot. 

I started this blog just to update friends and family on our renovation progress. I've always been an extro-vert, but when did I develop the need to publish my whole life? 6 years into blogging l I find myself doing stupid filler posts and being bothered by low page views. How did that happen?
Somewhere in those 6 years I joined the Blogher network and started running ads. I've never really done product reviews or accepted freebies, but even the ads seemed a little "un-me" to me.
Plus, I'm not kidding anyone. I'm not a good blogger, and every part of my life is not that interesting. I'm not going to get rich doing this and don't want to. You know what I want to share? Building a house.

So gone are the ads and the filler posts.

I'd like to stop over-sharing. I need to stop living my life thinking about making things "blog-worthy". I'll post when I have something rental/house/lot related to share.

I have also deactivated all the old posts. It might be stupid, it might be blog-suicide, but I just don't give a shit. It's not my house anymore and I don't think it is right to keep all the details of it up on the internet for everyone to see. One of the things that always bugged Marc and I about 86 was how the old owner and her kids would show up, they'd lurk, they'd drive by. It never felt like "our" house. I don't want to to that to the new owners.

That being said...

if you would like any info or have a question about an old post, email me. I can search for it. I'm also keeping the before and after slideshow up there at the top under the original link just because I'm proud of it and I don't think it is too revealing.

So there you have it. Clean slate for the future. We have a solid lead on a ridiculously exciting lot. We are talking building materials and layouts. I'll post it when I have time and get some stuff together. 

One last thing I want to say is I don't want to slight the friendships this blog has allowed me to forge and the creative outlet it has been.

It is just time to step back, reevaluate and then move forward again on my terms.


  1. ew, the last owners sound creepy! the people who owned my house before me came by once, at the one-year anniversary. They didn't come back after figuring out that the "old neighborhood" wasn't going to welcome them back like prodigals (to be fair, no one was inappropriate - I really think that the prev family thought the neighborhood friendships were the kind you could pick up again, like old college buddies. they weren't). good on you for respecting the next peeps privacy. can't wait to read about the fun times ahead - please do keep sharing what you can. cheers!

  2. You can't hear me, but I'm applauding you right now. You have to do what feels right for you and your family. Looking forward to reading about the new adventure.

  3. I "like" this post so much! Good on ya! Can't wait to see what architects plan for their own homes. Take care.

  4. Good for you! Looking forward to watching your progress on your new adventures... no pressure! Hug those babies close!

  5. Fingers crossed for you about the ridiculously exciting lot! Can't wait to see what you do.

    I totally understand cutting blogging to essentials only and taking down the old posts - but I'm glad you aren't leaving your blog friends.

  6. You do whatever you feel is right for you and your family, screw what everyone else thinks and does. You are awesome.

  7. A-f'in-men. Every time I got caught up in the idea of monetizing and getting in on the blogging-for-money thing, something thankfully brought me back to reality. Some of us blog to document what we do. And that is just fine!

    By the way, I found you back when you dealt with a countertop contractor who scammed you. I've followed and unfollowed lots of blogs since, but I keep coming back here for the interesting content. I don't need a daily post. Heck, I don't need a weekly post. I just like to peek in every now and then to see some cool things.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Congratulations on your new blogging perspective! And the redesign looks great - seems to match your aesthetic really well. I'm glad you kept the before/afters though - you all did great work on that house, its fantastic to be able to look back at all you accomplished.

    Can't wait to see how your new home arises from your inspiration!


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