Pictures of My Grown Up Life

September 9, 2009 at 9:12 am 16 comments

Happy 090909, friends!

Remember yesterday when I talked about being a grown up? I thought I’d show you a few pictures of my grown up life.

First, here are the photos of our bathroom that I’ve owed you for quite some time. In case you forgot, our bathroom looked like this on September 12, 2008.


That’s mold. Ike hit our neighborhood pretty hard. A tree in our backyard fell on our neighbor’s garage and on the way down, a branch punctured our bathroom ceiling, resulting in mold. And this.


So we gutted our bathroom. We played around with the idea of redoing it ourselves since we’re poor. But after about 7 months and no bathroom, we decided to hire someone. We patched up the skylight because we thought it was quite ugly. We tore out the furdowns above the vanity and above the shower to open up the teeny room a bit. This is what we’ve got now.


This is the view from our bedroom. It’s a very tiny bathroom. Just a toilet, standing shower, and sink. And here is the view from the toilet.



So there you go. You waited all that time for those pictures and I’m sure you’re underwhelmed. I make no apologies.

I’m not posting photos of our painted bedroom just yet because we just bought some curtains. Once we hang those, I’ll take some photos and show you how pretty my tissue papered walls look.

Want more pictures of my adult life? This is what we did on Saturday.


Those are our disgusting wood panel walls. Actually, that is one of the built in bookshelves. The walls are real wood and are actually pretty rough so they don’t need to be sanded. But the area behind the shelves and the area around the bay window are super glossy and fake. We sanded them down so that I could prime and paint this weekend. I like how Stephen’s arm is blurry from the vibrations of the sander. That black stick looking thing is the vacuum hose. I was waving it in the air while he sanded so we could try to capture some of the dust. I’d like to think that it helped, even though our house was COVERED in tiny dust particles.

And here is a picture of me taking a sanding break to put Molly in her game day clothes and force her to take a picture with me.


It should be noted that I’m wearing a homemade shirt that says “My Buddy Has Sweet Skills.” Lyndsey and I made those shirts in college. We were in an organization called Diamonds. Long story but we did stuff for the University of Texas baseball program. We were all assigned “buddies” on the team. Our job was to be their #1 fan. I could write an entire post about my mixed feelings on that subject, but I won’t. I’ll just say that my Sweet Skills t-shirt is about 40,000 times cooler than my buddy that year. Although it did speak the truth, my buddy did have sweet skills.

Please also take a look behind me. That is our monstrous fireplace. That is one of the things about our house that I actually love. You just don’t find those in new homes. You’ll see more photos of the living room next week after I paint it.

I hope you enjoyed the quick peek into my life. I’ll leave you with one more photo of how my life is so adult.

Stephen Geese

Sometimes my husband chases geese.

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  • 1. Lyndsey  |  September 9, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love this post my very grown up friend! I really like home imporvment projects. If I lived in the state I would volunteer to help you paint the living room. I CANT wait to see how it turns out!

  • 2. Jimbo  |  September 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    “Sometimes my husband chases geese.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words.

  • 3. Sarah  |  September 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Your bathroom “before” pictures make me even more scared to be a homeowner. Sometimes being an adult really sucks.

  • 4. Ashley  |  September 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Tell the husband to be careful — geese are MEAN, MEAN, MEAN!

    I’m loving the bathroom cabinet thing — it looks great!

  • 5. Lindsay  |  September 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I”m having serious Molly withdraws. I think you should help me cope by posting a Molly pic everyday.

  • 6. Caroline  |  September 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Geese are mean in Tennessee. One stuck its tongue out at me and chased me.

  • 7. Kathleen  |  September 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Our house is a bit older as well (built in 1983) and also has a huge fireplace and a completely wood paneled living room. We shamelessly painted it and I don’t regret the decision one bit!

  • 8. Mommy Maureen  |  September 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Oh Stephen, some things never change…

  • 9. U Rory and A Chris  |  September 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    The bathroom looks great! Enjoy

  • 10. The Husband  |  September 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    First off… I tried to pet the geese like I use to as a kid with Goosie and Queenie (the geese always at my grandpa and grandma’s house), but then they tried to nip my toes so you have to chase them.

    Also… chasing geese is fun, ya’ll should try it sometime!

  • 11. jfowens  |  September 10, 2009 at 1:06 am

    @The Husband: Don’t worry Stephen. I would love to chase geese with you. Sarah can attest to the fact that I am an avid bird chaser… One of the good things about living in Europe is they have these huge squares with lots of birds I can chase. 🙂 Also if it will display the picture for you:

    @Caroline: The idea of a goose sticking its tongue out at me makes me laugh.

    @Chealsea: Your bathroom looks great! You guys did a great job! I can’t wait to see pictures of the bedroom and the living-room once everything is done!

  • 12. osarah  |  September 10, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Awesome work, you guys! Your bathroom is so cute. And, like, John, I can’t wait to see pictures of the rest of your home improvement projects!

  • 13. Gabby  |  September 10, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Our first and second homes were fixer uppers. My hubby worked himself to death removing paneling, scrapeing wallpaper in a wonderful DUCK pattern, sanding, painting, demolishing, and replacing. The rewards are a home you are proud of and invested in!
    I love the bathroom’s extra large shower. Keep us posted on painting. A little FYI, I am not allowed to paint at our house because of an unfortunate painting incident in our first apartment bathroom. At first I was sad, but then I realized, I do NOT have to paint. All better!

  • 14. John Owens  |  September 10, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Well… the stupid link I put up there isn’t working of course… It’s supposed to be a picture of me with two pigeons in my hands and one on my head. Grr.

  • 15. Pretty Robotic  |  September 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    chasing geese is awesome! cute dog, btw!

  • 16. Liz  |  September 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Wow that is one gorgeous bathroom! I bet you’re just happy to have a functioning bathroom.

    And around here, my husband chases rabbits in our yard. So I can relate.

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