It’s the Little Things

We’re almost 1 month into home-ownership, but I feel like we just moved in this morning. Okay, so I’m over exaggerating, just a bit – but things feel pretty chaotic around here. We’ve made the rookie mistake of taking on too many projects all at once. However, I can’t really blame us because we’re just so eager to get things done! We should probably embrace this enthusiasm while we’ve still got it. I just can’t help but feel like the whole thing is a ticking time bomb. Our wedding is on September 30th, and once that hits, we’re out of the house and away from all the projects for almost 2 whole weeks! A. the thought of not doing a project for 2 weeks makes me super antsy, and B. leaving the house for more than 1 night drives me insane! It’s like leaving your newborn at the hospital. I just hope this time there are no hurricanes involved :-/

Regardless of the chaotic and undone feeling, we’ve managed to get a lot done. As I said before, we’ve bitten off a bit more than we can chew by starting about 495,345,393,534 projects all at once, but along the way we have made several small accomplishments that have made a big difference.

When we first came upon our bathroom sink, it was adorned with one of those faucets that has the drain stopper mechanism that you pull-up (I’m so technical, I know), but alas, no drain stopper! So we visited the plumbing section of our local Lowes and found the stopper part we needed – a quick fix! Andrew slapped that puppy right on and it works perfectly!Bathroom drainWe’ve been less than thrilled about the lighting situation in our house, to say the least. As we were “hurricane shopping” (as I now like to call it), we saw something that really caught our eyes.Wireless light switchIt’s a wireless light switch! Best. invention. ever. I wish I was smart enough to come up with something like this. But then again, if I came up with this idea, I probably wouldn’t be blogging right now 🙂

It took a mere 5 seconds to set this up. I took a command strip and placed it on the back of the light switch, stuck the switch on the wall, plugged the lamp into the receiver and the receiver into the outlet across the room, and voila! We have light at the touch of a button!Wireless light switchWe need to give ourselves more credit – we are getting a lot done! But it’s true that you’re your worst critic; and you’re own worst enemy in these situations. Maybe if I spend less time criticizing, I’d get more done. Or maybe if I just spent less time sleeping I’d get more done, but I’m already hitting rock bottom in the shut-eye department.

I’ll leave you with this. In true Andrew-style, I will stretch that “own worst enemy” reference as far as I possibly can and post this Lit video. Enjoy another flashback to the 90s (or was it the 00s?) Could have also capitalized on the title of this post and made a Blink 182 reference, but that’s just too far!

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Hurricane Clean Up Crew

Well, we survived Hurricane Irene, and so did our house! But if you’re following us on Twitter, you already knew that.

Hurricane Irene Clean Up

Tree down Hurricane IreneWe returned to our house on Sunday evening from Freehold. We were staying with my parents to ride out the storm. Because Hazlet is in a coastal area, we thought it would be better to just self-evacuate since the probability of mandatory evacuation was getting pretty high. So we returned to our house in Hazlet to find the power out and some tree limbs down, but everything was in tact. This 10 footer landed right where I usually park my car, but that was the closest we came to real damage.

Hazlet NJ Stick Pile Hurricane IreneAll in all, I’ve seen bigger piles of sticks. NBD.

Now in the mean time, we’ve been building some IKEA furniture for our kitchen. Duktig!

IKEAWe’ve been tweeting away about our new kitchen furniture, but stay tuned for an upcoming blog post with details and more pictures!

Vacuums Suck

Well not all vacuums suck, in terms of suction that is. Here’s the dilemma: we received a hand-me-down vacuum that worked just fine, but about 5 months ago, it crapped out. There was a burning smell and we just didn’t feel like dealing with it, so we trashed the thing. We went right out to Target and bought the best looking vacuum we could find (and the most affordable, of course). The one we found was the Hoover Windtunnel Rewind

Hoover Windtunnel BaglessSo what’s the deal with this sucker? No pun intended, seriously…the suction was way off. So off, that once we took the thing apart, we found out the belt was broken! After several (and I mean several) phone calls with Hoover, I finally got them to send a new belt. They sent not one, but two, for the inconvenience!

In the midst of all this broken belt nonsense, we ran out to Bed Bath and Beyond with one of our many gift cards (courtesy of my bridal shower) and bought a wonderful, stupendous, awesome Bissell Cleanview Helix.

Bissell Cleanview HelixOnce we got the new belt on the Hoover Windtunnel, it was time to actually put the sucker to the test. Turns out, the Bissell Cleanview was still 10 times better than Hoover Windtunnel. Yes, the Hoover had pluses, like a convenient on/off switch, easy to disassemble when changing the belt, cord rewind. But the Bissell Cleanview just blew all of that out of the water. The Bissell has a very easy to clean container for emptying the dust and dirt, it’s not self-propelled, but it feels easier to push, the hose has a neat little handle for gripping to reach vertically (to clean curtains, even grab cob webs off the ceiling) and most importantly, it is much more powerful. It covers a wider area too. To end this slightly long story (as far as vacuum stories are concerned), we’re selling the Hoover Windtunnel on Craigslist. So we’re about $120 in the hole from that purchase, but because we purchased the Bissell with BB&B gift cards, we’re chalking it up to “no harm, no foul.” Hopefully we will make a quick $75 – $100 bucks by selling the Hoover.

Moral of the story is: when it comes to vacuums, they can never suck too much.

Wondering how we manage to keep so calm and write lengthy blog posts about vacuums while we’re just 3 days away from closing on our first home? Yeah, we were wondering the same thing. Stay tuned here and follow us on Twitter @FreshNestTweets for all the latest updates about our house!