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sheesh. i got better things…

sheesh! you guys were not a fan of the scab post. or so you say. tho i think you’re all liars because it certainly appeared to be the talk of the town for the last few days. and i’d love to give you an update (because it’s better than even i could have imagined) but you’ve made it clear you don’t want to hear about that subject. so i’ll keep it to myself…

the good news for you is, i do in fact have better things to blog about.

like how we spent the last 100 hours in 100 degree weather giving our bungalow a facelift. oh and after that miserableness – we’re only about half-way done.  last night, after summoning all my mental energy to pretend our meager size tub was an ice cold swimming pool, i went to bed cursing whoever invented home renovating. to add stress to misery, if we don’t finish it tonight (not going to happen!?!?!) it’s not going to get finished for a long, long time.

bungalowhutch before her facelift
bungalowhutch in the middle of her facelift…


which brings me to my even better (than the scab & a lack of a nice relaxing holiday weekend) thing to blog about. mr. hutch is leaving me! luckily – not for good. just for a really long time. which in my world is about ten days. that’s right. he is off to the dominican republic on thursday to go hang out with his friends in puerto plata. if you don’t already know my better half – he loves people and has a particular passion for loving on people on a global scale.

this is his third time headed there with our church over the last year. what he loves  most about spending time there is the  ability to continue building relationships he’s started with the people there. that’s what i love about our church’s take on the traditional “short-term’s mission trip.” there is no agenda. it’s not about being amazed by poverty, putting on a VBS routine, building something and then coming home sharing via facebook and photo what an amazing experience youve had only to never talk to or think about the community again. it’s about our church teaming up with their church in a long-term (nothing short about it!) relationship. it’s about loving our neighbors, even our international ones. so – he’s off again to hang out and love on his friends in the DR.

leaving me with the half finished makeover around here…

mr. hutch with his friend sandra – she’s the pastor of the church down there.

which leads me back to the house. if we don’t get it done tonight, we’re not going to get it done for a loooong time. oh well. in the mean time you can say a little prayer that i don’t do what i did last time mr. hutch was in the DR.

i asked if he was nervous about my decision making ability while he was gone.

he gave me the hairy eyeball.


btw – if you’re interested in financially supporting the community and the work mr. hutch (and the rest of the folks headed there) are doing in the dominican, head here. in the scroll down menu  – select dominican republic service journey.


disaster zone

it’s a total disaster zone around here. in an attempt to get ready for our big birthday bash on saturday/housewarming party….i’ve decided to tackle all of these projects… remember how i made that list?

unfortunately, i’ve forgotten the cardinal rule of working on and around the house.

everything takes SO SO SO long. longer than you think.

and sometimes that’s your fault. mine not yours.

case in point.

i refinished a door to make as a headboard (looks great btw, i’ll show you real pics when the house doesn’t look like the disaster zone that it is). then i decided to refinish a hutch that we use as a wardrobe. i’m dumb and used the same technique for both. (and by technique i mean guesswork…). unfortunately real wood (original bungalow door) and fake wood (cheap hutch from target circa 2006) don’t finish the same.

so i did all this work to the hutch (4.5hrs worth! part of which my friend katie was helping!) to basically just end up doing a basic old paint job to the thing in the end. oops. there goes 4 hours of life…let’s chalk it up to valuable learning experience? and a good excuse for a nice glass of vino…

so anyways – i’m mildly discouraged at this point. after a week of elbow grease and rallying to get some stuff done….i’m covered in paint, and my house looks like a disaster zone. did i mention that already?

here are some cryptic pictures to evidence the fact that we have been working. i didn’t want you to see too much of the rest of the house at this point for fear you might be scared to show up on saturday. you are coming right?

oh and by the way i lied. tho i have been productive. i could be more productive if….i hadn’t recently discovered my flute music when going through a few more boxes (that never made the unpack list when we moved in). now after a hard nights work. i scare oscar with a few tunes. and yes, he is scared when i play. mr. hutch says i’m good tho, so i’ll take his word instead of oscar’s. and no, that’s not a first.

and the winner is..

so – like 2 of you placed bets on how much we would get done this weekend. you readers are lame.

i, however, am not. not to toot my own horn or anything, but this was a magical weekend balanced with fun and work. even with a minor (and by minor i mean major) setback – mr. hutch threw out his back and was rendered bed ridden. eek!

luckily, i rallied the usual suspects (actually they just showed up kinda randomly) to come in for support last night to help with a few things. so here’s the list of things that got done around here. it may not sound like much, but i worked around the house for like 10 hours straight yesterday. (balanced perfectly with the 10 hour debry party on saturday if you’re counting)

if you’ve seen my track record, that’s beyond impressive. the work, not the party.

checked off:

painted window sills!!!! tho they may be been painted shut…

finished head board (super excited about this one!)

painted (even the edging!) back bedroom

dog poo collected (it weighed a whopping 47lbs)*

lawn mowed, various weeds wacked/pulled

ugly railing on front porch gone

various metal scrapped (meaning less trash on the dance floor)

wall of dance floor  ardieport carport removed for better visiual of the dance floor.

trim in bathroom touched up and painted

OH and then of course these boys that came over began a new project (tearing down aluminum from the front porch). this project won’t be finished anytime soon and unfortunately made our house look a little lot like a construction zone. so one suggest theory is that we turn our house warming party into a construction/remodel party. bring your hammers?

another thought was – why are you having a housewarming/birthday party when you’re house is not finished? you can thank my saster for that one. she likes to party.

again a special thanks to these guys who keep our butts on track. and for the sister and bro-in-law who like to come over for a nice leisurely sunday family dinner and end up working instead.

so. no time to post pics, but i will ’cause stuff looks great. at least some stuff. oh and mom and aunt deb (my faithful voters) you both can win the grand prize of a free weekend stay at bunglowhutch complete with some fine champagne and unlimited access to our dance floor.

*no we didn’t really weigh the dog poo, but there was A LOT!