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Day 120 – Trending Spicy & My Home Improvement Recap

Day 120.

120 days is what, approximately 4 months, and is now the number of days I’ve eaten Chick-fil-A in a row. It’s funny how your palate starts to change over time. I was obviously on a huge Asian Salad kick, but I feel the tide turning. I’ve been wanting to spice it up a little, so I grabbed the Spicy Chicken Sandwich meal again today, same as yesterday. Went without cheese today to save on the 70 or so calories that are associated with it.

I know I’m confusing Colby a little bit too because he had no idea I was in the drive-thru until seconds before the infamous photo op – I’m sure glad he made the pic, though, for the record books:


I have a theory regarding the Chick-fil-A sandwiches. I think the spices they use for the Spicy Chicken requires a bigger piece of chicken, so you’re actually getting a bigger bang for your buck if you go Spicy. Purely speculative on my part, but just keep an eye out the next few times you go and see if I’m not right.

I was deleting and moving pics from my iPhone to an external hard drive earlier today and realized that I hadn’t ever shown the finished product from all my projects I undertook while Liza was in Ethiopia.

So, without further ado, I present to you the before and after pics of the bathroom and bedroom. For posterity’s sake, here is what Jake, his dad (Mr. T), and I accomplished in the 3 weeks Liza was gone, on top of running the business full time and going to Chick-fil-A every day. Just sayin’.

  • Pulled up linoleum in guest bath and laid ceramic tile (first time doing this – thank you Mr. T)
  • Patched two holes with sheetrock from the towel rack dismantling in guest bath
  • Painted guest bath
  • Hung new towel rack (not easy)
  • Fixed leaky toilet with new hardware
  • Put a new wax seal on toilet (2nd time was a charm – you should try to get it right the first time)
  • Cleared and painted the baby’s room
  • Put together the crib and bookshelf (Liza’s mom expedited the room)
  • Hung two fans, one in the baby’s room and one on the porch (okay, Jake hung them; but I handed him screwdrivers when he needed them)
  • Laid laminate in the master bedroom complete with quarter round
  • Mounted new TV on wall

I have to say, that’s a pretty impressive list; all the more impressive when you realize the home we grew up in (sorry for ending the sentence in a preposition – just seemed to flow better.) Pops was good a lot of stuff, but teaching us home improvement skills wasn’t exactly a priority. In his defense, he didn’t have YouTube when we were growing up.

So here are a couple of before and after pics to keep in the record books:

(The very beginning of the project – you can just barely see my “GC,” Mr. T.)

(I learned how to put on a new toilet seal. Not as hard as you might think, actually, but if you do it wrong the first time, prepare for a sticky situation. Jokes, jokes.)


(Hard to believe it turned out so nicely. Must’ve been all those late night runs to Chick-fil-A to keep me nourished.)


(These pics don’t even show wall where I cut out sheet rock to patch two big holes from the former towel rack, and the newly hung brushed nickel rack that took more than a few tries to make straight.)

On to the bedroom, where my buddy Jake and I laid the rest of the flooring I had purchased a long time ago when we did the rest of the house.

(This picture doesn’t really do justice to the mess that was my bedroom.)

(We’ve since moved that lonely piece of artwork – don’t you worry.)

(And, humpty dumpty is put back together again. Please note the wall-mounted HD-TV. Yes, there are cords to be seen, but I’ve since moved the dresser over and let me tell you, I’m just happy the thing is still hanging. ¬†You don’t even notice the cords any more anyhow.)