Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Years Day - Flooring - Arizona

My life has moved from "fast-forward" to "spin cycle" and here is what has been going on ...


We finally finished Nick's bathroom, after how many years? Nick took down the 1980's full width mirror, painted and put up a new mirror and towel racks. Here are the pictures;

Starting point - long mirror and old light box screams 1980
Nick put sticky carpet runner on the mirror and tried to break it on the wall. It didn't work and we had to call his friends to help take it off the wall and break it up.



Wall repaired and primered
Wall and light box painted to match
Finished product - it looks so nice!
 Next we had a neighborhood party on new year's day then I booked it up to the hill house to get the floor repaired. The initial installation of the floor was so bad that it took 3 months to complete. So I was pretty pessimistic about the quote I got for 1 to 2 days. Well guess what? The guy showed up and turned into the "floor whisperer" and was on his knees feeling the planks and looking at them from ground level. He would tap some and say this is crowned, or this is cupped or this is really straight. Then he removed each one and stacked them in neat rows and he and his helper put back the good ones, replaced the bad ones and were done in 3 hours! Bam! I went out to spray the weeds and came back to something almost finished... needless to say I was "floored" and extremely happy. 
From there I raced home in my rental mini-van to get loaded up to move Nick to Tucson. Yes he has moved out... still trying to get a grip on that. We broke up the drive into 2 days because of my back, but I have to say, the town and country I drove was so comfortable it was a little crazy.
The desert is beautiful but man is it dry! Here are some pictures from the trip, not many because it was a drive down, unload, buy stuff, drive back trip....


This is one full mini-van!
Nick at Nidito's Restaurant - It was sooooo good!
Casey in the hotel

Desert mountains from the van window.
We did eat at 2 restaurants that were featured on the travel channel show "Man vs. Food". A hamburger place called Lindy's on 4th that was really great... especially when Nick's nose starting bleeding everywhere. And at Nidito's a mexican restaurant that has been there since the 1950's is a not-so-nice part of town. The restaurant served Prez Clinton in 1999 and is always packed... the food is so good it is not right! Seriously, the wait was 45 mins on a sunday night,  and we were beaten down and exhausted but man it was worth it.

I am going to put my Moraga house on the market in February. I have to do a few more things to get it finished but it is almost there. I have people already asking to see it and my realtor is pushing to get it on the market, but I have such a busy life right now, it just will have to wait a bit. When it is listed, I will post the listing here... maybe someone reading this would like to live in Moraga? Email me... :)

Julie