Today Starts Renos

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I know I’ve been talking about them for a couple weeks, but today is where everything really starts. This morning I’m going to the bank to get a loan to start powering through the renovations I have to do. Because it’s this morning that I have that meeting, I’m going to share the verdict and where I’m starting with everything.

No matter what, I’ve got a guy coming in on the second for the roommates door. That’s a definite. After that I should wash all the walls in my place and repaint / fill in what I messed up on last time. I painted and redid about half the place with the help of my roommate and a restoration crew made up of the ex’s family. The closet is the only room I don’t go into much right now. But I’m still going to double check the walls.

So, that didn’t go the way I wanted. Got to pay some debts before I’m allowed to get this loan. Woo… So, starting small, going to do this on my own if I can. Just means the kitchen is going to have to wait for now.

Either way, the new door will be covered, and I’m going to probably need to quit eating out entirely. I can’t do that though, I’ll just cut back hard and save tons. I’m not worried though, I’ve got no reason to worry. My dad used to way, “if you stress about it, you’ll worry twice as much,” and I don’t know if I took that to heart as a kid, or if I just don’t anxiety. But whatever, no complaints.

Sorry there’s no pictures, but I’ve been super busy and have nothing new. That’s it for today, have a good one and be safe out there! Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

That Time of Year Again

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On Friday it snowed. I know, that word. I went back and looked and I didn’t talk about the snow last year? Normally the first snowfall of the year brings joy. I however hate winter and the holiday season. Now, I’m not totally sure if it’s PMS or I’m actually The Grinch, but I am against most of everything right now. Supposedly next week temperatures reach almost eleven on the positive side.

It’s now Tuesday and the high for today is about six, which is nice. That’s more fall weather than what we had for the past couple of days. The snow is going to start melting and walking to work will be much safer. People who don’t, or can’t in some occasions, stop at crosswalks, and ice patches make getting around difficult sometimes. When the weather gets bad, my family starts calling cop cars with their lights on “Christmas Lights”, so there’s those too. I’m mostly just saying vehicles are dangerous.

The view out my bedroom window the other day

Since spending the past couple days in the snow, I’ve been kind of enjoying it. I don’t know what it is, but walking to and from work is kind of super peaceful. My headphones are out for warranty so I’ve made that trip with the background noise of the highway. Watching the road and the snow falling is a lot more pleasant. I’m pretty sure, after a couple more snowfalls, I’ll secretly love winter and whatnot. The snow has definitely been inspiring too. I’ve got a couple shorts I’ve been trying to work on since Friday.

Walking through the snow is also a great workout. You either have to lift you legs like, twenty centimeters off the ground with every step, or drag the snow. By the new year, my legs are going to be so strong. I say that, I don’t really measure my strength ever, and at this point, I’m rambling. My bad. But yeah, snow! I’m also going to go skating this year, I’ve made that promise to myself.

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got for today. Stay warm and safe out there! Oh, and check out this adorable picture of Midna! Thanks!
— Deryn

Bingeing Some TV

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Wow, I am behind on some amazing TV shows. Yesterday, yes, all of yesterday, I watched the last season on Lucifer and watched all of The Mandalorian. Two very different shows I know, but they were both on my list. And then the night was finished with the newest Star Wars movie since I never watched that.

Binge watching TV is something I haven’t done in a long time. Considering I’ve been overworking myself with both renovations and actual work, this was a great way to relax. A couple drinks and some food, it was a good time.

I was already most of the way through Lucifer when we started yesterday. I think we only had a few episodes left, and I’m so glad we finished it! That’s a great show. Tom Ellis does a great job with that role, and it kind of super attractive. Well, he does play the devil, so that makes sense. The season ends with a very DUH DUH DUUUUUHHHH kind of cliffhanger and I’m all for it. With the world being where it is though, I’m not sure when I’ll get season six.

The Mandalorian is kind of amazing. I’ve never watched that through, and my boyfriend suggested we give that a shot since the new season is out soon. Why not, right? I’m not the biggest Starwars nerd, but I’ve heard good things. Plus, I mean, Baby Yoda. The overall show is actually just great and I love the characters.

I’m glad my day was dedicated to relaxing. I really needed that, and I’m glad I got to spend it with the person I did. Plus he knows so much lore, so I could ask questions and actually get answers. I may also start buying Baby Yoda merch, but we won’t talk about it.

Sunday ended with the newest Starwars movie. I hadn’t actually finished that trilogy, so that was necessary. Visually, it was amazing! I’m going to watch them all through again so I know what’s going on better though. I found myself getting lost on certain things. Nonetheless, a fun movie!

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Have a good one, and be safe!!! Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

I had No Idea Apparently

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You’d think with me calling around and checking out prices and whatnot that I would be somewhat knowledgeable with this renovation shit. But no, alas, I know literally nothing apparently. A wonderful and amazing friend of mine actually just bought a condo, so she’s been enlightening me on the whole thing. Today, I’m heading to Home Depot to look at cabinets. So, there’s that I guess.

Remember when I covered my counters in contact paper? I’ve discovered paint for counter tops is actually reasonable in the pricing world. Painting is also fun, so I’m down to do that and rip the contact paper up. When I put it all down the first time, I really should have been more diligent. Ehh, you live and you learn.

November second is when a door person is coming by. Right at eight in the morning I should start to find out what that will run me. The door frame itself is going to be replaced, and then we can start actually looking at doors. Wood to fill in the frame is going to be the only cost friendly part of that I recon. I however signed up for this.

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*Fun magical emoji’s* The Next Day *Fun magical emoji’s*

Home Depot has no cabinet displays right now as they’re renovating. That’s fine because I got a catalog. Cabinets man, they’re actually super stylish! My kitchen is a small space, so I’m thinking deep cabinets that are bright to make the room feel bigger and not compromise on storage space. Or I could just redo the whole kitchen... Counters, cabinets and the floor in one go? I can do that!

I brought up buying a solid door for my lovely roommate, and my boss decided to educate me on how that’s weird. Most inside doors are hollow. I made the argument “zombies” and was again told I was wrong because the doors to the outside should be solid then. Well, fine. That makes sense. I don’t like it, but it does. Although that means I can save a few bucks. Hollow doors are quite a bit cheaper, and they make hollow ones with soundproof, filling? insides? stuff inside.

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Yesterday I was extremely stressed over this, but now that I’ve had some sleep I am ready to conquer this. But that’s all I have for today. Be safe and have a great day! Oh, and stay tuned for more renovation updates!
— Deryn

Calling Around for Renos

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I need to fix my place before I even consider selling it, and with that, I have made a list of things I need to fix. Is that too repetitive, probably honestly. In this list, I’ll also be adding whether or not I’m doing it myself and how much roughly I’m looking at for pricing. Renovations are not fun anymore and I really just want to be done with it.

Roommate went and saw some whales!

First big thing is the roommates room. I’ve been putting off actually looking for things like, an actual bedroom door, or even filling in a piece of her ceiling. Granted that is cosmetic, but it’s still something I want to do for making my place look like it’s worth more. I can fill a ceiling myself and I have everything to do that, I just have to do it. The door needs to happen, and I’ve been calling around looking into it, so far no one installs. Which is ass...

Bought Midna a Halloween Costume

Went and looked at some door prices just as a “what if” and found that HOLY FRICK doors are expensive. I want to have a solid door installed just for noise (Midna likes to bark) and zombie proofing. I know zombies are not a realistic thing to worry about, but I watched Night of the Living Dead and you need a solid door. Maybe a barn door or French door could be installed even. No matter what, I have to wait and see.
Got a response, should hear back soon with actual pricing and whatnot!

More England Pictures

My deck needs some TLC. Floor problems and open insolation are a huge problem if I want to sell. Aesthetics are a big thing with buying and selling homes, and in my current state I’m not getting any extra points. Work like this requires people who do trades for a living. I refuse to continue doing any more work myself. You know, it’s not that I refuse, I just hate it. Wow, I feel aggressive today, sorry about that. I got a little heated over this.

My kitchen is probably going to be the biggest job. Under the stove has a sunken spot in the floor and that kind of really sucks. Besides that, I have, or at least want, to redo that cabinets. 1970’s cabinets just did not age well and I need to update them. Rebuilding walls and cabinets are also going to take time. Revamping the place up will really bring up the value of this trailer though.

Otherwise, that’s really it for renovations. I’m confident that within the year I’ll have my place prettied up and ready to go on the market. No matter what, I’m going to fix my place up, not only for me and the possibility of selling, but also because I have found myself a long term roommate. This year is going to be my year, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop me. But yeah, that’s it for me! Be safe and have a great day!
— Deryn