Friday, September 21, 2007

still not doing a countdown....

Well Kirk and I worked a LOT on the house this past weekend. He put up all the bead board in the bathroom and has all the trim up except for the corner pieces. Then he just needs to caulk it and it's all ready for me to paint the other half of it! All of the wall cabinets are up in the kitchen, and I had the joy of installing 15 cabinet doors, all but 3 of which were ones I needed a ladder for. My wrist is still sore. It's almost all of the upper cabinets, but not quite. I'll finish the rest of them Sunday or Monday. On Wednesday the plumber came out and the cruddy bathroom (I don't know what they were thinking when they put 3 different colors of tile in there, none of them match!) that was already in the house now has running water and a working toilet! Yay for the little things ;)

Hopefully the electrician is coming in to start installing all the new outlets, then we can bring in the appliances to install the base cabinets. They are all in place right now, but we don't want to install them and find out the stove isn't going to fit. Then the counter is coming in.... we're trying to figure out how to cut and install it ourselves, should be interesting. The plumber can come back and finish and hook up the new bathroom and our kitchen. I still have to paint sooooooooooo much of the house. Kirk is having to put in the baseboard and trim in for all the drywall we tore out and for all of the addition. I *think* that's the rest of the interior work. As for the exterior- we still have to finish the siding, although his dad and brother in law got a large chunk of the side done, the porches need to finish being caulked and can be primed (AGAIN! That will be the third time I've had to do it) and painted, and the house can get painted when the siding is finished (we've got someone to come in and do it).

Kirk and I are on vacation Oct 1-8 and he's shooting for us moving in during that week. I'm hoping, but not getting my hopes up too high. It will be soon though since I have someone coming to stay with us in mid October.

New pictures up in - kitchen, master bedroom suite, and renovations.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

More Amazing....

Sooooo Friday morning as I'm walking backstage at work, I run into Erin Wallace again. I say hi to her since she's there and made eye contact with me and it's polite.... OMG she remembered me! "Jillian from yesterday right?" Of the five billion people I'm sure she talked to the day before, she remembered me! Very cool!

This weekend Kirk and I assembled all of our kitchen cabinets, did a dry run fitting (we ended up with about 2 feet of extra space we didn't know we had so we ran to get more cabinets!), and installed about 2/3 of the wall cabinets. I am super sore from it, but the quicker it gets done, the quicker it looks like a house and the quicker I can move it.

So since it was a big thing going in my head and 100% of the votes said to break my album into rooms, I have done it.... now shows renovations (to just before the tile was finished) room by room. Yay! :) I'll be drawing and announcing my winner soon!

OMG again.... Jessica Lynn is AMAZING!! If you haven't checked out her stamps you NEED too! She makes all of her own acrylic stamps and she custom made (and RAKed!!!!!) me engagement stamps in the Disney font! Now I need to come up with a cute card design to mail out to family and what not. They rock, and since I haven't finished my engagement album, I was looking through it, and there are 2 spots that look like these stamps were made just for those 2 spots, and she has only seen one page of the album (where I used her stamps). I really need to finish that mini album.... it's really just journaling at this point.

Thursday, September 6, 2007


So today was the last of 3 days of the 2007 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Leadership Conference. It was my first time attending and it was pretty neat. I took 8 or 9 classes, seminars and key note speeches. How cool to see soooooo many of our leaders and executives all in one place. I got so much SWAG it isn't even funny! I'm going to use a lot of it as give aways for the Cast. Today was the only day that I didn't have Kirk there as my "back up person to talk to" and I was promptly "scolded" for calling him as soon as I got out of a class instead of networking. He gave me the goal of going up to someone, anyone, that I didn't know and talk with them. I said "hi" in passing to Meg Crofton (President of Walt Disney World), Al Weiss (President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts), and Jay Rasulo (Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts); and after a session with Greg Emmer (Senior Vice President of Operations, Disneyland) and Erin Wallace (Senior Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World) went up to the two of them and talked with them! (Shy me, and I talked to Senior VPs, yay me!) I talked a bit more with Erin and thought that was pretty cool that they stuck around after talking for 2 hours to talk some more with people. So the last couple of days had a nice bit of "Disney Magic" that will make work a little more bearable until I can take some vacation time. :)

As for the house, we got a lot done over the last few days- the tile is completely done, the bathroom is painted and all but the hallway, dining room and living room have their second coat of primer and are ready to be painted. Kirk and his dad worked hard to get almost all of the front of the house covered in the siding, and got a ceiling put up in our front porch. It's starting to look like I could move in, well just in looks, but at least it's something!

Oh, I have added a poll, I'm thinking about changing the format of the house picture albums, I didn't quite know where demolition and renovation really stopped/started so most of the pictures are going into that one album. I am thinking that I will do room by room albums, what do you think? Vote for me please :) If you vote and post a comment on here saying you voted I will pick a name randomly to share some fun Disney SWAG with!