Tuesday, January 31, 2006




It's starting to look like home around here. Soon I will have photos of the upstairs.

Hopefully someday I will have stuff to say too other than just posting pictures. No time for the words yet.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

You Know You Live In Milwaukee When:

Your child goes on a field trip to the Miller Brewery and returns with a Beer Bank.


Monday, January 23, 2006

A Day Late, But Still Here As Promised

In case you need a refresher, this is what the house looked like before we moved in.

Now you can check out a few pictures of what it looks now (a work in progress!)

Click the photo below:


Thursday, January 19, 2006


Oh my god is the unpacking/cleaning/painting process slooooow. Thank goodness for all-day kindergarten at least or I'd never get anything done! I still haven't gotten around to the whole taking pictures thing but I pinky swear I'll for sure get to it this weekend. While you wait here's a little factoid for you:

The official weight of the Gessner Family's collective lives is approximately ten thousand pounds.

A few weeks ago when the movers were hauling our stuff up here they stopped at a weigh station and that was the weight of all our junk. Yes, I did say TEN THOUSAND pounds. Mind you this is not including our two cars, all the stuff we had crammed into those two cars and our actual persons. This is also after I spent a couple of solid months obsessed with the organizational show "Clean Sweep". In the words of Keanu, I believe I must say: "Whoa."

Friday, January 13, 2006


We're in the house! And it's BEAUTIFUL! I'm happy as a pig in dirt. (Only there's no dirt in my house anymore-- just gorgeous, gorgeous wood!)

Give me a few more days to unpack and I'll start posting some photos.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Running on Empty

Today is (hopefully) our last full day staying at the hotel. I have been told that the top finish coat on the floor will be done tomorrow and I can get back into my house tomorrow afternoon- although we'll see just what he means by afternoon.

I had planned to go to Cost Plus World Market today while Juli was in school to buy a dining room table and chairs. However, I'm fairly sure that the 40% off coupon I had Jason print out for me is in fact still in his backpack on it's way to Chicago. Bah! Also, it appears I only have 12 minutes of battery power left on my laptop and my power cable seems to have mysteriously disappeared. What am I going to do today if I can't shop or compute??? Steph is working a double shift today so I can't go bother her at her house. Send help!

No, seriously. I have no idea what to do all day today.


Monday, January 9, 2006

I'm Here. Sort of.

We are currently in Day 12 of limbo when it comes to our beloved home and in Day 9 of the floor refinishing project. Basically on moving day we moved everything into either the attic or basement since all the rooms needed to be clear for the refinishing job. Then Jason and I proceeded to tear out some of the most disgusting floor coverings I could ever imagine. I mean, I knew the carpet was ugly, but oooh the utter funk that lay beneath. Do people just not notice when they are living in dirt? Or do they not care? I'm sure the previous owners were nice people and all but seriously: EW. I think I sneezed for two days straight. (By the way, I spent New Year's Eve hunched over on the floor ripping out hundreds of little staples! And how was your night?)

Originally we thought we'd be able to stay in the house while the floors were sanded down and stained. Ha. We also thought the project would be done by the end of last week. Double Ha! The first couple of days we thought it was cute and fun to have the whole family in the attic on mattresses like some kind of sleepover party. But now? Ehhhhh, not so much. We've been staying at the County Clare since last Wednesday and though I adore this place, the novelty of living in a hotel with your two kids wore out about four days ago.

Wah-Wah. Poor me. Truthfully it has been rougher than rough to occupy the kids all day long when there is no place to go and their patience has been running waaaay thin with the not having a real house to live in or any toys to play with and stuff but Jason reminded me that although I may feel like we are in hell sometimes, it is after all, Comfortable-Middle-Class Hell-- which if you think about it isn't really too shabby. "Boo-hoo! I'm stuck in a lovely hotel suite surrounded by helpful friends while waiting to move into my beautiful HUGE new house in a city I love."

Shut up, Tracey.

(I still wanna go home!)