Of wallpaper, basement walls and gardens galore!

The wallpaper work is still in progress…of course, as you expected.  I did finally get all of the first layer off, but we’ll still be working on getting the bottom layer off and sanding it all down.  I hope to get a lot of it done tomorrow and possibly Saturday.

As far as the basement planning, a plan is beginning to take shape. It should be a fun project, but I think it might cost a little more than we expected.  We’ve narrowed down the ceiling tile options to 2 different styles, this one and this one.  I’m planning on reusing the grid that is already there (for the most part), but also might have to add some pieces to make it all work together.  I still have to research the insulation for the walls as that might add some more cost, and we’ll have to plan the lighting as well.  Hopefully, we’ll have a complete plan done here in the next couple of weeks.

Unlike the wallpaper and the basement though, we made some significant progress on the garden.  Pam, our next door neighbor, came over and gave us some awesome tips on our flowers and the existing flowers…such as the lilies, which apparently you aren’t supposed to plant all that deeply (you should be able to see some of the bulb), otherwise they may not flower.  We got all our flowers/plants planted on the south side of the house (where most of the light is all day long), but we still have some weeding to do in the backyard garden, as it has gotten out of hand.  We’re novice gardeners, but we’re learning on the job.  See ya next week!


The Wheat-Free Life is around the corner

Another week has gone by, and I’m getting my mind right on preparing for the new wheat-free era which begins this weekend.  The hardest part, I believe, is getting mentally prepared to say no to bread.  The anticipation of it is kind of hard, but I think I’ll be ready.  I certainly hope that it will cause a big change.  While it may not be dramatic as far as weight loss (although I’d certainly like to see that too), the switch over to eating more fruits & vegetables may cause digestive changes, which could be a shock to the system.  We’ll have to see what happens…it’s exciting, yet scary all at the same time.

I felt a very minor twinge in the bottom of my foot this morning, so I know I’m not completely ready yet to begin any type of running program, but I’m hoping that it will subside by the middle of next month, so I can get going.  I’m itching to begin it, because I think that, of anything, will help me feel better, because right now, I find my energy to be lacking.  I know Krista says she feels better, because she’s been walking more, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for me.  I feel okay, but I don’t want to just feel okay.  I want to feel great.  I think running may be able to do that for me.

Next week’s post will be after the start of the wheat-free period, I’ll let you how it’s going.  I know there probably won’t be any significant results to that point, but I think it’s important to get out my thoughts on it to reinforce it.  Here’s to having a great week!

The snag in the Wallpaper plan…

We ran into a huge snag in the wallpaper plan from last week.  While I did get a decent portion of the wallpaper done on Friday, nothing happened after that.  The power went out on Saturday night and didn’t return until Monday afternoon.  While I could have continued to do it some using the sticky paper method, we spent so much time on Sunday trying to recharge phones, and find battery-operated devices to try and get by until the power came back on, there was no time to actually work on the wallpaper.

Therefore, the plan gets pushed back until this weekend.  I do know that Krista wants to get the garden planted, so I’m going to have to work on the wallpaper some tomorrow after early release (there’s a cool thing that work does in which during the summer months, they let us out 2 hours early on Fridays so we can get a jump start on our weekends…it’s awesome). I’m hoping to get the initial layer of wallpaper all off on Friday and then work on that 2nd layer some on Friday and finished on Saturday, so I can sand the wall on Sunday.

As far as the plan for when the in-laws arrive to help with the basement, even though the wallpaper is not completed yet, Krista and I are beginning to formulate a plan.  I believe, in general, the plan is to pull the carpeting out completely, insulate the walls, put the paneling back up, and then replace the drop ceiling tiles with something different (and raise it a little) and the lights.  That may be all that we’ll be able to accomplish in the span of time they will be here.

So, it’s a busy time here in our house with projects galore.  If we can get some of this done, it’ll be time to relax for a short time on any big projects until maybe winter.

The struggle continues…

Well, the struggle has continued.  Ever since last week, I have been unable to get up at 5:30 again, and the power going out in the house last weekend (and lasting until Monday afternoon) put quite a drag on the plan.  I am going to mention it to Krista again to see if she wants to restart the plan to get up at 5:30, so we can get a move onto better health.

As far as the discussion on what to begin eating in the post-wheat era, I have begun some research into some lunches that I can eat that don’t contain wheat.  The most promising ones generally involve mini-quiches or possibly lettuce wraps.  I’m not a huge fan of soup, although that is certainly an option I can do on occasion.  One such possibility is the Cauliflower Pizza Bites.   While I’m not big on cauliflower, I think I’m going to give it a shot.

On other health-related fronts, my foot is beginning to feel much better, and I’m not waking up with as much soreness on the bottom of my foot.  But, my back has been rather sore, mainly from having to lift the garage door to get the cars out when the power was out.  It was awfully rough on the lower body, and I’ve paid the price.  But, hopefully I should be well enough when I compete in the Corporate Challenge swim meet in a couple of days.  As far as running, my goal is to probably begin running again in mid to late July.  That’s my early goal, because I want to be able to complete the full 5K next year in the Corporate Challenge.


My struggle to finish projects and Wallpaper Weekend

Our home is the land of unfinished projects.  I’ve started several projects around the house, most are small, but some are bigger, like the hallway (I think we’ve been removing the wallpaper from it for about 2 months now).  There’s also a pretty large project looming in the basement at the end of next month, which I need to begin planning.

Some of the smaller projects I started last summer shortly after we moved in, and ran into some snags, so I never finished, and just haven’t ever gotten back to.  There’s the outlet in the bedroom (we swapped out the outlet, and it required replacing the junction box with a larger one and we had to bust some of the drywall to get it in, so there’s a hole there), there’s the motion detector on top of the garage, which has a hole next to it which needs to be filled with foam to prevent other things from getting in, the ceiling fan switch in the family room which still doesn’t work, the sink in the downstairs bathroom which needs to be fixed, the basement floor which needs to be scrubbed, so we can put down the exercise mat floor, the caulking in the main bathroom tub that needs to be redone, and the master bathroom shower which needs to be redone.

Even though I have those projects still left to finish, my highest priority should be to finish that wallpaper in the hallway.  We have about 5 weeks until the in-laws come into town to help do the basement project, so I think I have about 2 weeks to finish the hallway, which will leave about 3 weeks to plan out the basement project and get all the necessary supplies, so we can be ready to go when they arrive.  In order to do that, it’s absolutely critical to finish, at minimum, removing all the wallpaper this weekend and sanding it down so  we can paint it the next weekend.  Time to get it done!  Wish me luck!  I’ll let you know how I did next week.


My struggle to stay focused on my health and….ooh, shiny penny!

It’s been awhile since I last posted a blog here, but as always, I would like to continue, as doing so can help me get my thoughts out and maybe help me pursue my plans.  Since my last post, my wife and I have bought a house and now have a dog…a dog named Ted (named after the Kennedy, as his official name is Edward Isaacs).  He’s a schnoodle and as I write, is now just over 4 months old.

I’m writing today as I’m struggling.  I’m struggling to plan and follow through on the plans that I have.  I participated in the Corporate Challenge 5K just over a month ago, but while doing so, I injured my foot (I actually think I suffered a small fracture, but don’t tell Krista that…she’d call me out for never going to see the doctor).  It’s still a little sore on some days, but think I’ll be ready to get back to running soon.  It also doesn’t help that last Friday, for whatever reason, my hip seemed to have hit a nerve, so I was unable to move a lot on Saturday and was still pretty uncomfortable on Sunday, when the kids and I went walking at Shawnee Mission Park.

As you can see, I’m still struggling…struggling to stay focused.  🙂  There are 2 big things in my life that I want to focus on…my health and my home.  Therefore, I’d like to write to help keep myself on task.  With each post I make, I’m going to discuss one of these 2 main areas of my life with what I’ve done, what I’m doing, and where I’m going.

First off is my health and what I’ve done.  I’m clearly at a rough spot right now.  My hip is kind of off-kilter, I weight somewhere in the 240s, which isn’t morbidly obese, but it’s still about 45-50 lbs more than what I’d eventually like to weigh.  I was at about 225 a year ago, but then hit some rough patches starting just before Thanksgiving with the flu, and then lasted all the way past New Year’s with hemorrhoids (which I never had and didn’t even know what they truly were until suffering from them).  It’s probably the worst stretch of illness that I’ve ever had.

Next, my health and what I’m doing.  I’ve just started walking a little again, especially with Ted.  I just started this morning getting up a little earlier…at 5:30 AM…and it did allow me to get ready a lot sooner.  Krista and I are planning to do that every morning (she couldn’t quite do it as she didn’t sleep well) and take Ted for a walk.

Finally, my health and where I’m going.  Krista and I discussed on what we can do to lose weight and get in better health.  One of the things we’ve come up with is quit eating wheat.  We do eat a lot of bread items, especially at breakfast and lunch and that adds up the calories.  So, we’re quitting bread on July 1, and replacing it with more fruits and vegetables.  With her sandwich that she eats every lunch, it’s pretty easy, as I can just put her tuna or chicken salad in a bowl (or even a lettuce leaf if she ends up wanting to do that).  However, mine is a little more difficult, as it’s often been a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I need to find an alternative lunch meal.  Therefore, in between this blog post and the one I post next Tuesday, I’m going to think about what kind of lunch I will be eating as a replacement.  As far as exercise, my plan is eventually to begin running again, but as I’m still somewhat hobbled, that’s going to have to wait.  For right now then, I’m going to concentrate on eating right and then the exercise plan will be next on the “plate.”