Monday, April 8, 2013

A Very Grown-Up Weekend: IKEA and Yard Work

I'm not sure when it hits you that you are actually an adult.  At the ripe old age of 27, I've hit a few milestones---I've gotten married, graduated law school, started a career, and bought two homes--but nothing says "adult" like spending your weekend at IKEA and working in the yard.

Saturday, Dustin and I took a trip to IKEA for some Billy bookcases.  We have something like this mind, but first things first.

I wish this was our "after" photo, but no such luck.  But we did get the Billy bookcases!  So that's a start.

We went to the IKEA near Cincinnati, Ohio so we of course had to eat at the world famous Gold Star Chili.  Heaven on earth--one of my favorite foods in the world.  Seriously, I can't get enough of it and have been known to make ask friends to drive miles out of the way to stop by one.  
A beacon of light



Gift sent from heaven.  When I think of the individual ingredients of this meal (cheese, 
chili, and noodles) I'm a bit disgusted with myself....but then I eat it and that feeling
fades away.
We got home and started unloading.  Taking pictures for this blog
is really helping to get out of some heavy lifting  ;)

Empty corner that has looked like this since November--welcoming.

And now we're getting somewhere....

We still have lots of work to do on the shelves.  We are going to trim them out via the inspiration picture above.  The inspiration photo above also has four shelves, which I thought would be perfect for our space.  I even measured and used a calculator to be sure that four would fit.  You will note from the three that are fitting snuggly as is, as well as the unopened Billy bookcase at the bottom of the frame that I may have miscalculated--AKA, bought one extra Billy bookcase.  Oops. 

Sunday was equally productive.  Dustin and I had talked about a fire pit since we moved into this house, and on Sunday, Dustin delivered. 

We have big plans for that shed in the back---think shutters plus  flower box equalling 
the cutest shed on the planet
Dustin's fine  handy work- he's a stud

I also worked around the yard. We inherited some pretty awesome landscaping from the previous owners, so the work needed is mainly maintenance and some additional aesthetics.  I owe a whole post to landscaping/gardening plans, but the below photos will have to do for now.

We had two rather large yucca plants right off the deck.  I'm not a fan of the look of the plant, but even worse, the plants had grown into the nearby peach roses and were damaging some of the stems.  So they had to go.  (I will note here that I am not a fan for discarding hand me down/inherited plants.  Our first house had barely any landscaping, so whenever I did come across something from the previous owner I always tried to use it---move it, transplant it, prune it, etc.---but this yucca garbage had to go).  Well these plants were huge, and the roots were unbelievably tough, but with a little sweat, I finally dug 'em out.
   Poor plants don't know what's about to hit them

Bye Bye, Yucca plant

This guy was big and heavy, so Dustin carried him away for me.  This might
also be a good time to note that half our backyard is zoysia grass---I've heard people
rave about the stuff, but right now all I see is a wall of brown--We'll see if I fall in love

I don't have any inspiring after photos, of the yard work (or living room progress for that matter), but we'll get there slowly.  I guess at 27 I've learned that patience truly is a virtue.....oh and also that a weekend spent with your hubby at IKEA and in the yard isn't so bad.








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