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

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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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

For the Aesthetic

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I am the worst for wanting everything in my place to match the “pastel” vibe. Being that the internet is getting more soft colours, I have the strongest urge to buy way too many upgrades in technology to complete my dream look. Today, I’m going to unfortunately show off all of the options for upgrades that I am heavily considering. I don’t know when I started loving soft colours, but I am absolutely in love. And being an “adult” that makes money hopefully I’ll be able to start buying this stuff.

Computer upgrades are probably the first on my list. Razer has an “e-girl” thing going on that is both pink and good quality. They call the collection colour “quartz” and I am in love! The fact that everything except my case for my computer can be a soft pink, man I am just so excited! The microphone would probably be the first thing I’d personally grab just for the potential of streaming down the line. Headphones with cat ears? Well ok, now I need those!

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I have a couple Google Home Mini’s around my house, and this generation they, along with Nest, have made new ones that are more the pastel colour scheme. I need like, five of them. My current place holds two nicely, but if I buy a house I could totally get more. Apparently this years model is louder and more efficient, although mine only ever gets used for making timers, because I suck at cooking.

There was a YouTube ad I got awhile back for pastel shells for different things around the house. Switch controllers, phone cases and – now I’m going down the Pinterest rabbit hole of “pastel room decor“. I’ll come back later…
Holy frick, I found paint colours for walls, bedding and actual furniture that I now need. Why is pastel just the best colour scheme ever? My future home is going to look so soft, and I am worried about my wallet. Hopefully my roommate doesn’t kill me over this.

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My lovely roommate is more of a “goth” kind of person. Her “don’t fuck with me” aesthetic while looking super hot is just amazing, and I just started flooding my closet with soft colours. Life in my house is quite the adventure. I remember wanting to be the “goth princess” and have people afraid of me based on my confidence and what I was wearing. These days, clouds look almost as soft as the colour of my sweater. I’m still on this Pinterest page and it’s the best!

I can’t believe I just spent literal days browsing pastel things. Yes I can... I need to redecorate my entire house now or even just hurry and buy a new one. As you can tell, I am a well put together adult who is never distracted, ever. Deryn, you don’t need any of this… Now I have to go and function again and turn off Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and be safe!
— Deryn

More House Shopping

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Eww, am I looking at houses again? Ha, yes I am! There’s a house not far from me right now going for an affordable price (if I sold me trailer) with a full basement suite. It’s within walking distance of grocery stores and work, so that’s hype. And the back yard is perfect for Midna to have space to run and be the cute puppy she is. It’s been awhile since I looked at houses that are for sale, and this listing makes me want to sell my place.

Living in the Okanagan is expensive; the fact that an “affordable” house is just over half a million dollars is bizarre. Granted, this place has a full legal suite to help with the mortgage, but still. I know I complain about moving a lot, but I want to do it. My fear of change doesn’t help with moving either. (Remind me to make a Category for “Moving” so everyone can find these easier…)

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There are still a couple of major things I have to fix in my place before I can sell. My kitchen floor is starting to sink and my deck needs some TLC. In reality, to make my place look nicer (and more expensive) I should replace the cabinets in the kitchen as well as the floor. And the deck could use new screen or a massive window installation. I’m tired of doing renovations and think I’m just going to pay people from here on out. I just don’t have the energy anymore, nor the patience.

The east coast is in the middle of a weird plateau with the housing market. Right now in Eastern Canada, mortgages are going up a tad, and home building as a whole has started decreasing. I live on the west coast so that doesn’t affect me, but that doesn’t mean we won’t follow. It’s a good time to buy right now, so I should consider doing that. For this very moment though, I should call around and ask some questions about everything I can. Already made some calls about new doors on the trailer, so we’ll see.

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But yeah, I’m looking at buying and selling again. Hopefully I can actually make a decision because I really feel like I’m ready to make the change. Anyway, that’s all I have for today. Be safe out there and we’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

 

Visitation

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A friend of mine from closer to Vancouver is on town today and I am so excited! He actually arrives when this post goes live today. With so much time between him getting here and now, I’ve decided there’s a few things I really want to do both while he visits, and before he gets here. I probably should have made this list yesterday, or literally whenever I had more time, but whatever.

Saw some geese yesterday

I have my hiking groups, and I’ve really grown to love the journey over this quarantine, my buddy however doesn’t have the same love as I do. So we are for sure making him come with us hiking places. I need more pictures of hikes I’ve done, and he could use the adventure! I mean, everyone could, there’s something so eye opening about going out and seeing the world through the mountains and trees.

I’m getting rid of my old futon that has seen better days, and putting in a day bed. Granted, the futon is longer, but a day bed will be better for the long run for us. Plus, the decor options are endless. I want to have that done before he gets here, but I am me. Not saying I suck, I just may struggle a tad on my own, plus I’m lazy by nature.

I’ve already rearranged my living room to feel more open, and I did it just in time too. The way I had it before felt like I was trying to make two rooms without the wall, which wasn’t the best idea now that I look back on it. I still have a lot to do before this room is finished but it sure does look better now than it did. I’ve also started drinking Diet-Coke too much, so I could use a recycling in this room…

Pardon the mess. It’ll look great later

Taz and Midna have been really lucky and had the chance to hit the beach at least once every week if we can help it, and I think it would be good to get some miles in the water soon. I used to swim all the time, and even considered being a lifeguard, and right now is a great time to get back into that. Plus, nature shots. (I’ve been super into my photography lately. It’s great!)

That massive cabinet that I got the now ex-boyfriend is taking up a huge amount of space in my living room. Remember the cabinet? It’s way too heavy and I’ll never move it, but it is solid and a really amazing quality, so I’m trying to brainstorm what I should do with it. I cannot move it at all it is so heavy. The roommate had the idea of taking the doors off and having a cute shelving unit. That just means I get more decor which isn’t a bad idea, that or more books. At the end of the day, I’m not set on keeping it anymore, but we’ll see.

All in all, I have a few things planned for both when he gets here, and the future. He’s also a massive nerd, so we may spend a day just watching old nerd movies. I’m excited though, he’s an awesome guy, and the whole reason I have Shadow is because he moved to the Vancouver areas for school so…

Shadow and Percy just chilling

But that’s all I’ve got for today, I’ve got to go meet him soon here. Thanks for stopping by and reading this today! You’re awesome!
— Deryn