Monday, July 21, 2008
Please enjoy this song and video while reading this post.
This post is about our new home in Columbus, Ohio (assuming we close on it, as planned, on Aug. 1). The home is part of a project called "Home Again," through which the city bought run-down properties, gutted them and refurbished them completely. My brother, David, and his family live in a home done by the program and love it. When we were looking for a place, we were first drawn to the Home Again properties, but there was only one left in Franklinton, the area of Columbus where David lives.
Long story short, we got the last Home Again house in the area, only three blocks from David and Megan. Hooray! It is a beautiful home, built originally in 1893, but completely refurbished in 2007. It has lovely wood floors on the main floor and carpet upstairs. It also has three bedrooms, so we can have visitors! You are all invited to visit.
Here are some Before and After shots for your perusal.
The part of it, however, that I am most excited about is the kitchen. It is large, with lots of cabinetry, so Crystal can continue her self-proclaimed "baking problem." To quote Earl Hickey, though, saying Crystal has a baking problem "is like saying Michael Jordan has a basketball problem, or Def Leppard has an awesomeness problem. So ya'll can just pour some sugar on that." Here's the kitchen:
It also has a yard, not huge, but good-sized, and it has parking for our cars in the back, with access from an alley. We are very excited to move in.
As well as being close to David and Megan, it is also about a 5.5-mile bike ride to school for me. I am very excited to commute by bicycle, to get in better shape and to avoid paying for gas.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Here are some random cute pictures of Clara:
This is her Independence Day outfit.
This is her first week going to church
And this is her oh so cute tomato outfit. Isn't she the cutest baby ever?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
This morning I was getting ready to pack up my backpack, so I cut off the tags and made sure all the straps and zippers were ready to go. That is when I found this:
A plastic baggie with eight individually wrapped Summer's Eve Feminine Personal Cleansing Cloths! Inside my backpack! I quickly found Crystal to find out if they were hers and she had begun packing my backpack for me. They were not hers.
So, now my questions begin. Did someone use my backpack already, then return it? Did someone (some lady?) buy it, pack it up, decide to not use it, unpack it and return it? Is there someone out there that is very concerned about the personal hygiene of the general public, concerned enough to leave hygiene products hidden in various places at retail establishments?
Who knows? It is just kind of funny to me, over all.
The one concern I have, though, is that this is irrefutable proof that I bought a girl backpack. I'll be picked on by everyone in school!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The story ran today, making it possibly the last of my journalism career.
The family was very gracious to let me, and especially the photographer, who came up with the story idea, to come to their home and talk about their trials. I wrote two stories, one about the disease itself, and the other about how the family deals with the disease. In the one about the family, I was able to use five verses from the Book of Job and weave them through the story. I think it turned out really well.