So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu…

Part of relocating to a different city or state or country is saying goodbye. Saying goodbye to friends and family that you love, the people that make up your every day interactions. We say goodbye and share some memories and shed some tears.


We started our goodbyes with a going away party at Monty’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Miami Beach. We invited our coworkers and friends and family. We invited everyone that we wanted to see, that made our life in Miami special and memorable. Several people were unable to attend, but we were grateful to spend time with all those that came out.

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This get together happened to take place a couple of days before my birthday so my sister and niece got me a Snickers pie and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.” And my friends, Renee and Jose, gave me a garden gnome as a going away/housewarming gift! I love him!! (There is a whole long story/inside joke thing behind the gnome.)

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Gnomie made his temporary home on my desk.



Then our friends, Carl and Agi, hosted a small potluck at their house and we got to see a few more friends.

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This past Sunday we got together with some of my scrappy girls for brunch at Perricone’s. Unfortunately, not everyone could make it for one reason or another, but it was still a good time with good company.

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There was also a dinner at the home of one of Christian’s friends and a family dinner at my niece’s house, both of which I forgot to take pictures of.  This Friday we are having dinner with our friends, the Deans, and Sunday I’m having a “Girls’ Lunch” with my dear friend, Tere. It’s a lot of stuff, a lot of events to attend, a lot of people to see, a lot to keep track of. It’s a bit hectic but, to paraphrase Christian, “it should make you feel good and it shows who really cares about you.” 


And I care about them, too. These are the faces that I want to remember. Every single one of them is special to us in one way or another.


Peace out!


Home Sweet Home (or The Totally True Adventures of Building a Home from 3,000 Miles Away) – Part 2

And here are the remainder of the photos detailing the construction of our house.

The exterior siding was completed and shingles were added.

The front door, sidewalk, driveway and garage floor came next.

Drywall went up.

Masonry accents were added to the exterior.

The back patio was completed.

Drywall mud was added to the seams in preparation for paint.

Exterior painting was completed. Interior walls were primed, then painted.


Cabinetry got installed in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Entryway tile was laid.

Kitchen island and pantry were completed and baseboards installed throughout the house. Then the appliances were installed.

Ceiling fans were installed. Toilets were installed in the bathrooms. Countertops and backsplash were added to the bathrooms and kitchen.

Carpeting was installed and all the interior doors hung.

The final step was landscaping the front yard.

And that is how this…

Became this…


The only thing left to do now is move in. That will be happening in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait!


That’s it for now. Peace out!

Home Sweet Home (or The Totally True Adventures of Building a Home from 3,000 Miles Away) – Part 1

We are lucky that our really good friends live about three blocks away from where our new house is located because they were able to take pictures of the entire building process for us while we are in Florida. The total build time for our new house was just a little over three months from start to finish.  We are amazed at how quickly the builders were able to complete the project.  I suppose part of it has to do with the fact that the weather in southeast Washington is very cooperative. Construction in South Florida tends to get delayed often due to the typical thundershowers we experience for at least seven months out of the year.

The first step in the process was to select our lot. We chose this particular lot because there wasn’t a premium on it, the road dead ends in front of our house so there would be no house directly across the street, and we would have a great view of the mountains to the south and west, as well as the nightly sunset.

Then came choosing the floor plan. We selected The Edgewood floor plan, which is a medium-sized (1,408-sq.-ft.), three bedroom, two bath home with a two car garage. The home is the perfect size for the two of us and still allows us to have plenty of yard space on all four sides, so we are not on top of our neighbors. That was very important to us me as one of my issues with apartment living is having to share walls with neighbors.

After that came the dirt work and laying the foundation.


Next step was the framing.




Then came the siding and roofing, and the framing for the back patio.

Insulation, duct work and electrical were added.


Showers were installed in the master and guest bathroom.


I find the whole process fascinating, just seeing it all come together.

(Part 2 coming up in a few minutes.)