Thursday, November 30, 2006
The awards dinner I was supposed to attend tonight was cancelled so instead I get to be at home out of the weather. This is just fine with me. I wish Lucas could be here, too, but he has a long night of work still ahead of him at the airport. UPS is in it's peak season and to call things there 'busy' is a giant understatement. Unfortunately, the bad weather will make his night more complicated. Even so, he stays upbeat. What a trooper.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Hopefully as you read this you are feeling stuffed, relaxed, and thankful. I know I am. Lucas and I are so blessed and are very rich in relationships. Truly we treasure our friends and family. I suppose I'd better wrap this post up before it gets too terribly sappy...
Saturday, November 18, 2006
As some of you might know (since we've been talking about it incessantly for 6 months) the Dickson kitchen is undergoing a bit of a remodel.
The original plan was to paint the cabinets and put down some new linoleum. We were afflicted with 'scope creep', however and before you could say 'amateur remodeler' we were, among other things, stripping and refinishing cabinets, laying ceramic tile, and taking down a wall.
The picture to the left shows an early stage in the project. The open space on the wall was where the fridge used to spend it's time. Here, Lucas is taking down a portion of the yellow tile backsplash.
Next was the task of removing the upper cabinets from the wall. This took a lot of work. They were very sturdily mounted. Our best guess is that the buiders wanted to ensure that the future homeowner could store his bowling ball collection there. Despite this, Lucas, armed with his crowbar, got them down.
Since we kept to a pretty tight budget, these cabinets were re-used as lower cabinets. Lucas built a platform for them which allowed us to elongate our countertop workspace.
Then the wall came down. Every step along the way has had some combination of improvisation, learning a new skill, buying a new tool, or doing it wrong the first time. Some steps had all of these elements.
Here is a picture of the current state of affairs. As you can see, there is still quite a bit of trim work to do but the kitchen is functional now. The sink and counter tops are installed making food preparation a lot easier than it was for the majority of the summer. Drop by sometime, we'll give you a tour.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Our marriage turned one year old today. We got the top of our wedding cake out of it's storage in our freezer and it still tastes pretty good.
It's hard to believe that 365 days have passed since we gathered with all our family and friends to say our vows and be pronounced 'husband and wife'. It's hard to believe 365 days have passed since the centerpiece caught on fire in the reception hall and the chocolate fountain went berserk and flung chocolate in a 5 foot radius.
We are eagerly anticipating what awaits us in our second year of marriage. There will be lots more adventures to enjoy.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
It was a very fun weekend at the Dickson house. Joel, Kelly, and Ruby flew in from Chicago for a visit. It was great to see them and Ruby entertained us all with her adorable smile and adorable cooing and adorable slobbering.
She is the sweetest, cutest, smartest little girl- you can trust me on this because I am completely biased, whoops, I mean unbiased.
We also celebrated with our friends Kim and John at their wedding on Saturday. It was a beautiful ceremony. Lucas and I couldn't help but reminisce about our wedding which was almost exactly one year ago.