Moving In

Blogging is just so hard.

Hahahahahahaha. No it’s not. 🙂

Here’s my hubby taking apart the window frame in our back bedroom.

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He then steps out onto the roof (in a very masculine way) and tosses the old wood down below.

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It’s dirty and sweaty and grimy work. You could say it’s hardened him.

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And then there’s me. Sitting in the AC, blogging and drinking some wine.

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But no wine for the photo…don’t wanna rub it in his face. 🙂

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Screw it…we should just be roofers.

Mark and I have been on this roof so many times, I feel like we should just start a roofing company.

We’ve put down new tar.

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We’ve put in laundry vents.

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We’ve admired the view.

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I’m not a fan of this kind of work. It’s really hot on the roof, and there’s not an SPF in this world high enough that keeps those rays off my pasty white skin.

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We most recently took down the chimney and needed to cover this hole.

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Mark discovered that our roof deck is actually made up of the same wood planks that are our floors. He had a bunch of salvaged wood pieces in our basement and used them to patch the hole.

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Neither of us knew that these old homes had wood pieces as the base roof layer. Kinda weird…kinda cool…fine by us.

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We then put roofing material on top of that and sealed it up tight.

I’m hoping we can stay off the roof for awhile.

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Ya Can’t Catch A Bus On The Roof

I walked in from teaching spin this weekend and before I even locked the car door, I could hear it.

POUNDING. Oh Lord in heaven, I know what that means!

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That noise means 2 things…my husband is working on the roof and he’s still alive. (Bonus!)

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Mark and I decided to down take the chimney (that doesn’t work) because we wanted to salvage the old bus sign that covered it up.

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The bricks fell pretty easily and the mortar broke apart like sand. These old houses, man, it’s incredible what they withstood.

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We love the sign. Not sure how we’re going to use it or what kind of art piece we’re going to turn it into, but there are more pressing matters at hand.

Those would be…the huge hole in our roof…

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The possibility of rain…

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And bats. We don’t have any and I’m not interested in starting now.

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Bucket Brigade

I literally spent several hours filling a bucket with rocks, walking it 12 feet and then dumping it.

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God bless all the people that have to do this for a living because it totally sucks.

Our basement purge continued as we shoveled out all the broken concrete that we smashed to pieces with the jackhammer when we put our sewer line in last year.

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Mark would shovel it out the coal shoot. I would load up a bucket, and then dump it in the very back of our yard.

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Mark says we eventually have to take these pieces to the dump.

I said he better make a concrete art sculpture because there’s no way in hell I’m moving those pieces again.

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Grunt Work

Our latest project was a cleanup.

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A purge of all the leftover construction materials and junk we’ve been putting in our basement.

We knew it was going to be a lot of grunt work and we finally bit the bullet and rented a truck.

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Our basement coal shoot came in handy.

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We used the ol’ assembly line technique. Mark would pass the wood out.

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I would throw it in the truck.

Some pieces were big and HEAVY…like this stair stringer.

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I could hear my dad’s voice in my head, “Lift with your legs!” I hoisted that thing up like it was nothin’. 🙂

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Maybe this is my new thing…I definitely could get a job with 1-800-JUNK.

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Dirt, dirt…and more dirt

One of the joys of living in a renovation is the amount of dirt and dust that seem to cover EVERYTHING at ALL times.

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When Mark did all the dirty work on the firewall attic, you know we tracked that S*&$ through the house no matter how hard we tried not to.

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We are in a constant state of “Swiffering” and vacuuming. We also change our air filters fairly often.

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I hate to gross you out or paint an unflattering picture of our happy little home, but the truth isn’t always pretty.

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I’ll tell you what is ALWAYS pretty…my niece, Lily. She’s the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen!

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Swearin’ up a storm

5/8ths drywall is heavy. Like, REALLY heavy.

I know this because Mark complained when I asked him to hold it up for this picture.

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Note to self…when Mark complains, pretend you don’t hear him…or give him a Snickers bar, either works. 🙂

Our attic firewall is shaped to the pitch of the roof. It’s not nice and square, so we had to cut the drywall in different shapes to make it fit.

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Before screwing it in, Mark put in SafenSound insulation.

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Neither Mark nor I are very tall, but this was still a cramped space and Mark had to lay down to get some pieces in.

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He had to not fall through the ceiling, try not to smash his head against a nail poking through the roof all while balancing the drywall up and then screwing it in.

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It was also like 110 degrees up there. Mark’s favorite word during this project started with an “F.”

And ya know what? It seemed pretty appropriate. 😉

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Vodka Sodas > Firewall Construction

Vodka sodas with a splash of cranberry juice are the best.

And drinking them in your backyard is wayyyyyy better than building a firewall.

(Trust us.)

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This weekend did not go as planned. Mark had a big work deadline and was at the office all day Saturday and most of the day on Sunday.

Y’all know I’m not building that firewall by myself.

So, I busied myself with these Sweaty Bettys.

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My spin studio, Steel Revolution, hosted a #SweatItForward event to raise money for cancer research. We partnered with The Barre Code in Shadyside and rocked out on Sunday morning.

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It was an AWESOME group. We #SweatItForward and backward and to the side (basically we were dripping everywhere.)

We did make a bit of progress with the firewall.

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We bought the insulation for it! 🙂

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Looking ahead…

Mark and I are on a very tight schedule to FINISH our house. Like, really REALLY finish it.

On the agenda this weekend…complete the firewall in our attic.

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We estimate this will take one weekend. (But it kinda depends on how many beers we have and how many naps we take.)

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After that, we will tackle the gross monstrosity that is our back bedroom.

Whoa. Nelly.

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It’s the one part of our house that we haven’t touched. It’s basically our storage room.

We need to fix all three windows.

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Mark also wants to take down this chimney and build a closet.

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It might take a whole freakin’ week just to clean it out.

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We’re giving ourselves 4-5 weekends to get this done. In my head, I know it’s 8-10. 🙁

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Thank God for Mark’s Muscles!

Yes, we picked the hottest day to go up onto the roof and work.

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Every time I’m up there and see the incredible views, I tell Mark that he needs to build a roof patio STAT!

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No patio work right now, just measuring the exact spot to put our two attic vents.

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Thank God for Mark’s huge muscles because it was a lot harder than we thought to cut through several layers of tar to get down to the metal roof.

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We finally got there and our trusty drill bit broke through the metal and wood.

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And then we used the sawzall to cut two perfect squares.

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Let there be light, baby!!

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The entire process went more smoothly and quickly than we imagined.

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I think we might be getting the hang of this.

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