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Shaenon K. Garrity
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3rd-Apr-2012 02:43 pm - House Update: The Deck
Atagoul

Lately Andrew and I been working on the back yard, which is why it looks like this:





The plan is to kill off the crabgrass lawn and replace it with less thirsty groundcover.  Meanwhile, I'm expanding the vegetable garden all the way to the fence.



Someday this garage will be a detached office.  But not today!  For today we have chosen to focus on...THE DECK!
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20th-Sep-2011 09:58 am - House Update: More Cabinets
Atagoul
While I was out in D.C. this weekend having an awesome time at Intervention, Andrew finished the kitchen cabinets. Check it out!



The kitchen is so much brighter and more cheerful. Andrew also added new contact paper to the shelves and fixed a shaky drawer, because he's generally amazing. We're still trying to decide what to do with the countertops.
9th-Sep-2011 03:45 pm - House Update: Cabinets
Atagoul
So we're finally tackling the kitchen fixtures. As seen in previous posts, our kitchen countertops are Seventies-riffic mustard-yellow laminate, and the cabinets are wood with a dark, lacquered finish. Andrew and I will need outside assistance to replace those countertops, but refinishing cabinets is something we can do ourselves. Which we know, because this week we did.

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30th-Aug-2011 12:49 am - House Update: Athena
Atagoul
Now that the summer's almost over, I ought to post at least once more about the back yard. The big yard project, overseen by Andrew, has been trying to kill the lawn. It's solid crabgrass, and we want to destroy it and plant something else. Andrew has been dedicated in his battle against the crabgrass, but I sometimes worry that he's just encouraging it. It grows tall and green and laughs softly at night.

I'm pretty sure the lawn could beat me up.

On the bright side, Andrew got tired of the strange brick patio arrangement in the far corner of the yard, so he tore it up. Which is how we got this:



Yes. A big stack of bricks.

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16th-Jul-2011 06:00 pm - House Update: The Murder Basement
Atagoul
In all my previous house updates, there's one room I've neglected to show you. Let's visit it now... yes... right through the foreboding red door...



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1st-Jul-2011 05:14 pm - House Update: Vegetables!
Atagoul
It's been a while since I posted house photos, but we've been hard at work on the vegetable garden in the back yard.



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27th-Mar-2011 01:10 pm - House Update: Andrew vs. Tree
Atagoul
The major house project right now is fixing up our terrifying murder basement. I'll post photos on that in the future; meanwhile, please enjoy Andrew chopping down the dead tree in the middle of our back yard. He was extremely manly.



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25th-Jan-2011 11:50 pm - House Update: Project Fireplace
Atagoul
When we bought the house, every possible surface had been whitewashed years ago. It was easy enough to repaint the walls; much harder was stripping paint off fixtures where no paint should be. The living-room fireplace was especially tragic.



We were warned that removing paint from brick is nigh-impossible, and we might as well resign ourselves to a white fireplace. But we said Nay! Or, rather, Andrew said Nay! and I let him go to town.
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18th-Dec-2010 11:46 pm - House Update: Windows
Atagoul
I haven't posted any house pictures in a while, mainly because nothing too picturesque has been happening here. Recently, however, just in time for the Bay Area rainy winter, we (and by "we" I of course mean "our contractor, Mario, while we watched and talked about Doctor Who") succeeded in replacing a bunch of the house's aged windows. Look how much better the kitchen looks with working windows!

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5th-Sep-2010 11:40 am - House Update: Tomato Dinner
Atagoul
Last summer, one of the favorite meals at Maison Shaenon et Andrew was something we called Tomato Dinner: a big salad of sliced heirloom tomatoes with sliced kalamata olives, basil, and feta cheese and a loaf of half-baked bread from Rainbow Grocery on the side. Tomato Dinner was delicious (especially with a bottle of wine) and easy to make, but those tomatoes didn't come cheap.

When we bought the house last year, one of my immediate fantasies was to start a vegetable garden and grow my own tomatoes and basil for Tomato Dinner. Yes, I have some wild fantasies, I do. I clung to this idea through the grueling eight-month escrow process and the nerve-wracking purchase itself. Even when we almost passed on the house, decided to close after all at the last minute while we were visiting our families in Ohio for Christmas, and had to drive out to the nearest town with a notary to sign the final documents from out of state, my mind was on Tomato Dinner.

And now here we are. This:



becomes this:



The roses are also from the garden. Yeah, I know. It'll only be really impressive when I make my own olives and cheese.
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