just wow

SONY DSC SONY DSCThe fantastic work crew from Downeast Homes has been here siding the house for us and it looks amazing. The best day was coming home from work and it was… done! And now I have finally peeled off the LAST OF THE WINDOW STICKERS. And washed the grime off the front door. And yesterday the resident border collie, Mr. Crafty, seeded and hayed the yard with help from the boys and a good friend and owner of Midcoast Site Development! SONY DSCWelcome to the house! The entryway has been finished, with marmoleum on the floor, a natural cork product, also by Mr. Crafty.

SONY DSC The bedroom-level bathroom was Mr. Crafty’s design coup, thinking about a multi-functional space for multiple people all leaving the house at the same time. Right now, no one is using the tub/shower room but me…because there is only a tub there right now! So nobody’s wet towels or dirty clothes are part of my morning bathing experience. Just me, in the quiet darkness. SONY DSCAbove, you might not be able to see it, but I can turn on or off the spigots with my toes from the reclining position. This seems incredible. In our old house, the bathtub was ridiculous, one of those horrible plastic formed things that is about as much a bathtub as a February tomato is like an August one right out of your garden. Just the IDEA of a bathtub, not the real thing. This is the real thing.SONY DSCView from the bathtub out the back window.

{Oh, and you may notice I have given up on trying to make captions below my photos because WordPress makes it supremely annoying to do it how I want to do it.} SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCPictures of the bathroom vanity of our dreams, designed and constructed by Bench Dogs, locally owned by friends of ours. You may recognize those knobs. The beautiful stone counters came from Freshwater Stone (along with the other stone countertops), on their incredible sale day when all stone was discounted, and so all of our countertop stone was $5/sq.ft. And everything was finished by Bryan from Rockport Granite. So elegant and functional, this vanity—I am loving it, the functional simplicity and beauty of this part of the bathroom.

And you’ll notice I didn’t totally blogify these pictures, so you can see our real lives in the background. Like the occasional toothpaste, Goo Gone, or WD40 lurking there… SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCIt’s been September here for us: two teachers, two school-aged boys. Me at a new school and job. And it’s going great at my new job–I’m really liking the work, which is helping teachers integrate tech solutions in a meaningful way into their teaching, trouble-shooting, creative thinking, and working with people. Always always something new each day. Last week I spoke to 3/4 of the student body, gave a parent presentation, and a presentation to 22 teachers. That was a lot of me talking! This week only 1/4 of the student body, one small group student presentation, and another parent presentation. SONY DSC SONY DSCThese last ones are Sunday morning pictures. Pancakes, laundry, lovely light. And that back yard is now covered with grass seed and hay! SONY DSC SONY DSCSundays are Strategy days: meal-planning and shopping for the week, elaborate scheduling of who will take which children to their sports after school (Sylvan/Soccer, Jonas/Rowing), phone calls to various parents about ride-sharing, and also figuring out who will transport the cello to and from school for Sylvan on which days. And today, even with all of this, I got to hike with a friend on a gorgeous autumn day. So blessed.

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