Where have I been hiding? My kitchen.

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Well I haven’t written in over a month.

Yikes!

The blogger side of my brain is telling me “bad bad bad” and “shame on you”…while the other half is telling me that “its all good.” (Anyone else experience blogging guilt?)

A quick update on life for you (and to also satisfy the marketing gal inside):

The kitchen project is taking longer than expected. After an incident with the granite (long story, won’t share here) we are finally back on track.  We have installed all cabinet doors, put on handles, installed new dishwasher, refrigerator, under cabinet lighting, installed microwave in the pantry, dimmer on the dining room light, and primed the walls for paint. I don’t have any updated pictures of all this… We got new phones a few weeks ago, and well that’s my excuse. ;)

Installing the new fridge with my tshirt on inside-out. I've been told this happens a lot.

Installing the new fridge with my tshirt on inside-out. I’ve been told this happens a lot.

Next up, apply texture to walls, paint, electrical for island lights/oven appliances, and install remaining appliances.

We are feeling really ready to be done with this project. I’m ready to clean the house and get furniture out/unpack the mess that has been hiding away in our guest room since May. Talk about rough. We should be able to better organize our house once the paint is up. I think that will provide a big sense of relief.  Finishing touches (trim, backsplash,etc) can be done with furniture out.

On a happier note- we just got back from a beautiful trip to Michigan! My grandmother lives in Frankfort which is a little harbor town on Lake Michigan. Weather was nice and cool. We had bonfires, hung out at the local brewery (Storm Cloud) everyday, had a celebrity sighting (Meryl Davis), did some shopping, canoeing, and went for 3 very hilly runs for a total of 10 miles. Considering we were only there for 3 days I consider it a wonderful trip.

My beer flight at Storm Cloud brewery. My favorite was the last one - Whiled Away IPA

My beer flight at Storm Cloud brewery. My favorite was the last one – Whiled Away IPA

Look at that coast line. Sand dunes like whoa.

Look at that coast line. Sand dunes like whoa.

I’m also happy to report that our workouts are getting back on track! I’ve been running about 3-4 days a week again and I am also training a friend for the swimming leg of a triathlon! We are having a lot of fun (well… I think she would say that!) and it feels WONDERFUL to be back in the water again.

Hope everyone has been having a great Summer. I promise we will resurface …eventually.

Happy running!

Adrienne

 

 

Kitchen Renovation Part 4: Granite, Cabinets, Faucet- Oh my!

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Sorry for the long delay but a lot has been happening around our house!

I left you off with Post 3, where the beam was installed and I think we had the template for installing the cabinets.

My oh my- are you in for a surprise! Let’s just jump right in with the photos and progress.

David installing the upper cabinets. Have to make sure they are level!

David installing the upper cabinets. Have to make sure they are level!

Now the cabinets are all installed. We are ready for the granite! (The hanging solo cups are temporary holders for lights....not permanent..)

Now the cabinets are all installed. We are ready for the granite! (The hanging solo cups are temporary holders for lights….not permanent..)

Andrew sanding down the bar platform, getting it ready for the brackets to support the granite. (Again, don't you just love red solo cups for decor?  ;) )

Andrew sanding down the bar platform, getting it ready for the brackets to support the granite. (Again, don’t you just love red solo cups for lighting? ;) )

While Andrew was sanding, Amanda & Adrienne were doing yoga/installing rails for the drawers along the island.

While Andrew was sanding, Amanda & Adrienne were doing yoga/installing rails for the drawers along the island.

The granite in the driveway!

The granite in the driveway!

Granite installed by the sink. (sorry for the finger in the corner, I'm a horrible photographer)

Granite installed by the sink. (Sorry for the finger in the corner, I’m a horrible photographer)

Granite everywhere! (Those cups will come down, I promise.)

Granite everywhere! (Those cups will come down, I promise.)

David building doors for the cabinets! (The easiest part of the Ikea cabinet process if you ask me.)

David building doors for the cabinets! (The easiest part of the Ikea cabinet process if you ask me.)

Drawers are in on the island! Don't they look awesome?

Drawers are in on the island! Don’t they look awesome? The empty space in the center will hold the cook top and oven! The support columns will be getting fixed up next. Thinking wrapped in Cypress & wire brushed? Thoughts?

Close up of the cabinets/granite. What do you think for backsplash? White subway tiles? The counter looks greenish in these photos, but I promise you its more gray/white than that!

Close up of the cabinets/granite. What do you think for back splash? White subway tiles? The counter looks greenish in these photos, but I promise you its more gray/white than that!

These will be the handles for the cabinets. Install coming this week or so.

These will be the handles for the cabinets. Install coming this week or so.

When we got back from Pawleys Island after a lovely 4th of July holiday, David installed our brand new Kohler faucet! We have running water folks- this is huge. Went 7 weeks without a kitchen sink. Cabinet doors are also featured in this dark picture.

When we got back from Pawleys Island after a lovely 4th of July holiday, David installed our brand new Kohler faucet! We have running water folks- this is huge. Went 7 weeks without a kitchen sink. Cabinet doors are also featured in this dark picture.

So, pretty awesome right? I hope to take good pictures one of these days. I think part of the problem is that we don’t have our lights installed yet and most of the work takes places at night.

Next up on the to-do list: ( I think)

1. Install appliances

2. Install handles

3. Hang lights

Our contractors have been busy the last week patching up drywall and wrapping the support beam in dry wall. We have decided just to paint that beam white to help it disappear into our ceiling. Next they will be patching the floor in between the kitchen and the front living/dining room and working on the columns and making them look amazing.

We still have a long way to go, but we are about a week away from having a functional kitchen.

It’s really starting to take shape and I am really loving everything we have picked out.  I also cannot wait to deep clean everything in my house and decorate.

Till next time!

xoxo,

Adrienne

 

Fit Travel

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Happy Thursday!

As summer officially begins this weekend, a lot of my friends and family are taking off on vacations.

It got me thinking how easy it is to not work out when traveling. Unless you are naturally prone to taking vacations where hiking, kayaking, running and other activities are part of the whole experience, its more likely you are lying by the pool or the beach.

Now, I think its absolutely wonderful to let your body(and mind) relax and unwind. Sometimes its just as important to rest as it is to workout to let your muscles recover.

For the majority of us though, there really isn’t an excuse to not stay in shape while on vacation. Confession time: I like to be more active on vacation because I’m usually having more drinks and food than usual. I like to make up those extra vacation calories by getting in some good, long, runs.

Our next vacation will be to Pawleys Island to celebrate July 4th! I always love going to Pawleys for this. They have a parade and its oh-so-fun.  I’ll go run along the beach and let my mind drift away watching the waves and scores of people partying on the beach. And then when the run ends, I will join them. =)

In August, we are headed to Michigan to visit family. I am so excited for this trip because there are so many outdoorsy activities that will keep me in shape. Biking, running, swimming (if i can tolerate the cold Lake Michigan water), and canoeing are on the to-do-list. Exercise? CHECK!

For those of you taking more extravagant vacations to places like Las Vegas (yes, even in Sin City you can stay in shape!) here is a super long list of fun activities to help you break a sweat before you hit the slots.

Other ways to stay in shape when traveling:

1. Take a long walk- Explore!

2. Visit a new yoga studio or spin class

3. Short cardio (walk, run, etc) followed by: 10 push-ups, 50 crunches, 30 sec. plank x 3

What other ways do you stay in shape when traveling?  Where are you headed this summer?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Happy running!

Adrienne

When Life Gets in the Way

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Happy Wednesday!

Hope you are doing just fantastic today. Summer is in full swing, huh?! Hello frizzy summer hair, my how I haven’t missed you.

Today, I mainly just wanted to share a couple of thoughts that have crossed my mind lately.

As I am sure you may know by now, we are in the middle of a pretty serious kitchen renovation.  I would say its going well- Kind of in a holding pattern at the moment as David is out of town for work.

Anyway, this isn’t a post about the kitchen, but about how taking on a project of this scope has affected other parts of our life.  We both love to run, swim and just generally be active and outside. We love to hang with friends. We love to go to the beach. And cook meals at home.

Well, the kitchen has really thrown us off “pace”. None of those things have been happening. (Sorry friends! We miss you, I promise!)

We have gone from working out 5-6 times a week to about 2. It’s sad.  We both need exercise as an outlet for stress. We just feel better when we do it. However, its just been really hard to get out there and run lately.  We both work “9-5″ jobs and then come home and work on the house. Or go to Lowes. Or I go pick up food. We have no kitchen sink, or oven, or anything to make food- so we have been eating out a lot. And I know this is all part of the process, but it’s really hard to be honest.

Mainly, we are frustrated that our exercise routines have taken a back burner to building cabinets, working on electrical, or picking out paint and hardware.

So, what’s a gal to do?

I have found that many times, clients come to me and say “I’m just so busy” or “I don’t have time” or “I meant to work out, and then something came up”. And I get it, I really do. It happens to me too. It’s happening right now.

But enough is enough. Sometimes the only way to get back in the game is to join the game.

So, here we come. Today, I signed us both up for the Onshore Racing 4th Annual Midnight Half Marathon on Folly Beach. It’s not an “official” race, but its enough of a distance to make us train. (I find I won’t “train” for 5ks, since they are so short– I’m a distance girl!)

Now, since it’s only 6ish weeks away, I know it won’t feel great, but having a race on the books will force me to get out on the weekends before the house work, before the chaos, and run.

Check out info about the run here- It’s for a wonderful cause and with a great group of people.

Let me know if you plan on running it too- I’d love to meet new running friends!

What measures have you taken to get going again? What causes your “ruts?”

Happy running!

Adrienne