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Your classic toilet in the shower situation…

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Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset… what do you mean this isn’t your run-of-the-mill bathroom setup?

Have no fear, this was’t a permanent situation. We haven’t totally lost it, yet.

But you know, in terms of the whole “you’re an adult and when it breaks you fix it” part of life – well, that part has more than overstayed its welcome. First the corroded pipes, then a cracked windshield, followed by a leaking toilet … even Pearl’s like, “smh over here.”

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI won’t turn this post into a “poor us” novella, because even with all these “fun” extra expenses, we’re still awfully lucky to have a warm roof over our heads. Now … we just have a roof over our heads where the toilet doesn’t leak, and the tile floor is free of cracks. There might still be a hole or two in the kitchen ceiling but, you can’t win them all, right?

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset↑ This sight, it’s enough to give my type-A personality a slight panic attack. 😐 Have no fear, Jeff (I know, I know he’s handy. we all get it.) put his skills to good use!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset And when this was all going on, you’re thinking “what’s a girl (or guy. #progressive) supposed to do,” right?

You know me, I just indulged in the fine arts for an afternoon. ↓

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAnd luckily, upon my return, all was right in the Rebori-Simmons household.

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That is, until we meet again …

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What turned into the most expensive dog wash ever…

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… followed by a giant hole in our kitchen ceiling.

Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetSee when we brought Miss Pearl home last Saturday, I decided I would be overly ambitious and bathe all the dogs, because why not? Pearl went first and everything went smoothly. Then Miss Piper was up next and just as I think she’s done with her bath, I notice the tub’s not draining … all that dirt and dog hair decided to stick around for awhile. Oh, joy.

So I call Jeff to the scene (surely he can fix the problem), and after a very diligent try using his drain snake to unclog the pipes, he not so happily tells me it’s time to call-in reinforcements. And for Jeff, that’s saying a lot.

Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetGiven it was Saturday night, we’d just brought a new dog into our home, and our tub was full of dog hair (TMI?) we were limited in our options and needed someone quick. Thankfully, it was Roto-Rooter to the rescue! All the while, I’m still calmly thinking to myself that this will be quick and painless. I didn’t really want to drop a couple hundred dollars, but I was preparing myself for that inevitable fate.

Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetOh, but it couldn’t be that easy. Nope. Those pipes weren’t just clogged, they were very old and corroded. I’ll spare you those photos. And the few hundred dollars I thought we’d have to spend? I took that lovely thought and threw it right out the window, along with the rest of my money.

Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetI kid you not, the night before this all went down Jeff and I were sitting at dinner high-fiving each other for the little financial road we’d mapped out for ourselves over the coming months. You know, like when you talk about how you haven’t seen someone in a long time and then run into them the next day?  Except, replace that with clogged pipes. But … I guess (sort of) all’s well that end’s well? Meaning, we can now shower in our ONLY bathroom without also bathing in Piper’s fur. Yeah, I’d call that a success.

And at least I still had this rag tag bunch to spend the evening with. ↓

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThanks universe. You’re a real charmer.

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I’m starting with the man in the mirror…

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err, I mean woman.

Living Room Mirrors 1Although, I should probably give you a head’s up that this post isn’t really about me “changing my ways” – lord knows I could devote many posts to that – but rather, about adding a few new mirrors to our living room. You know, the one we started decorating in January.

So what was originally the burgundy(ish) accent wall in the living room ended up staying blank for many months thanks to my indecisiveness. However…this past weekend I found mirrors at good ol’ Target I think will work!

Living Room Mirrors 2^^Jeff wanted photos on the wall, but I’ve always been a firm believer we need mirrors there. Anything to make our teeny, tiny living room look just a little bit bigger. As you can see, we went with mirrors, but (!) that’s not to say I “won” the argument, more like I just had a stronger opinion that won Jeff over. That’s all. 😉 ^^

I wish I could say we measured everything in a methodical manner before we started putting holes in the wall, but not so much. Thankfully, I have Jeff – who knows what he’s doing.

Comparing the ‘before’ (like way before), and ‘after’ shots, I’d say overall I’m pleased with the update! Have a look for your self.

Living Room Before and After 4⇓ Or there’s this angle to give you another look at the wall/room. ⇓

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^^What do you all (or y’all) think? I think I like them, but still be open to suggestions!^

Also, I’m still on a never-ending quest to get the perfect frames and trinkets for the shelves, so as soon as I feel like those are nearly complete I’ll share a close-up look with all of you.

⇓ In the meantime, I’m gonna go back to creeping on Cosmo through the mirrors. ⇓

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