I’m going to start with the positive this time… I’m convinced by next weekend, or early the week after – we are moving boxes to the house! Really, truly. It’s happening. In the last two weeks, crews started showing up again and things got accomplished — including: The blower door test was completed! When I […]
My guess is that I have 30 minutes before the kid’s wake. So here is a list of randomness by Kari. (I linked to a few products in this post – they are unsponsored) I’ve always wanted to reduce the amount of plastic used in our home and that’s a daunting task. A friend told […]
Home is where the heart will be — in like 100 years when it’s finally built.
Those dang tanks. It’s likely three total hours of work. And here we are, on our 4th week post discovery — and nothing is happening. We hit “bad timing” re: contracting with the state’s tank removal program. And with the chaos that is the legislative session — getting eyes on our contract is not the […]
Back At It
Three weeks in and I’m loving work which is s good sign. I still cried like a baby when I picked the kiddos up after my 2nd work trip. It’s funny – people ask when you get used to it, and the answer is – you don’t. It is always tough. But the work remains […]
A house update – of a different kind.
The dynamics of working in this industry have blown my mind, not in a good way. I think the first sexist treatment I noticed was in the HPC meeting prep when one of our team members suggested the reason we had been denied twice is because I was doing the pitch, not Dave. Mind you, […]
97 1/2 Years Young
I write these tributes about my grandparents when they pass. There is something very surreal about this being my last one. Grandma was about the most interesting person I have ever met. She was the oldest of 10 children, her mother passing away when she was just 14 yrs. old. (Yes, her mother was pregnant […]
The stories about Grandpa Roy… He was a character for sure; and I’d like to think my personality and desire for trouble was learnt from him. There was the time he and his fishing buddies gave ~6th grade me a ride home to Roseau. Grandpa insisted on NO FARTING in the car; no dirty jokes; […]
Apparently the first step in building a house is a thing called “programming.” At least that’s what our architect calls it. Wynne drafted a program and sent it to us right before Thanksgiving break. I’m loving the timing of everything so far. Work and life are busy busy – so getting the program before a […]
Picking An Architect – update 1
There are things I want to say about the world. About Trump. About Hillary. About Bernie. About stupid Heathrow Home Office Security procedures. About my lack of dry ice knowledge. There are things. But I haven’t had time to articulate them, so I won’t say them yet. But I’m overdue for oversharing. So, from the […]
Picking An Architect
It’s been a busy few weeks on the Carbon Zero building front… So many awesome offers from my architect friends and a few game-changing gems from my non-architect friends. Here’s what I know: My neighbor friend (and architect), Rachael, came over. She dropped off her Architecture MN magazine, May/June 2016. As luck would have it, […]