Death to Carpet!!


Damn, a week and a half flies by! Especially when you have about 5 days without a kitchen!

But oh no, there was no starving. There was lots and lots (and lots) of curry!

We also held our typical Taco Tuesday! My guy and his two sons came over, and it was all about the tacos and a movie! I used our garden tomatoes and jalapenos, cilantro, and a salsa spice blend from Penzy’s for some homemade onion-free salsa (my guy hates onions), and also whipped up Terry Hope Romero’s Green Aji Sauce – which is probably one of my favorite condiments ever.

Otherwise it was salads, pizza, subway, and Moe’s.


A couple runs, some yoga, and a whole hell of a lot of home improvement fun. I’m assuming ripping up flooring and staples for days counts. According to my Apple Watch it sure the hell did!


All about dem floors! I mean, other life related things happened (work, school, some community networking), but really….FLOORS.

So a bit of a background. I hate carpet. Always have. Having pretty horrific seasonal allergies and just the fact that it’s ugly, I’ve always preferred not having carpet (except maybe bedrooms).

My ex and I bought our house in Jan 2015, and the entire upstairs is carpet (one big one, as it happens), and the downstairs living room, formal dining room, and study all had carpet. Tan in one room, and blue (yes…pale blue) in the other two. I’ve always despised it. But – he liked carpet, and since we put a ton of money into ripping off hideous wallpaper and painting the house, it wasn’t a battle I was going to fight.

But then divorce happened, I kept the house, and I CAN DO WHAT I WANT. Step one was landscaping (I hated the rocks and now the rocks are buh bye). Now…FLOORS!

Phase 1 was this past long weekend where my guy and his youngest son, me and my youngest daughter did the lion’s share of the work. My good bud M came by for quite a few hours on Saturday to lend his much-needed expertise. Even A got on her hands and knees to rip up staples in the kitchen before going to sleep before working nights.

10-15 hour days, and we managed to get half the downstairs finished, and you know what – it was hell, it was hard, but it’s freaking beautiful! There was some pretty severe water damage by my back door, and that took a full day to repair. And the ripping up of the linoleum (kitchen, eat-in kitchen) took a ton of time. There were literally staples every 1/2-2 inches spaced out over it – which took a long time to rip up. I think whomever put these floors in when the house was built in 2008 were paid by the staple. Ugh.

On a less than fun note I did have a severe allergic reaction. Most likely the wood underlayment was primed with a latex-based primer before the linoleum was put down – and I’m freakishly allergic to latex. So…the sheets of hives all over my torso were just a blast, let me tell ya. It also took me 2 days to clean all that damned dust up. But you know what? Worth it!

And of course Kuma was our foreman and mascot, keeping us on track and motivated!

So behold…FLOORS!!!


Half the house now….

There was severe exhaustion….

Well, with Kuma, she’s always tired…but I did catch the wee one passed out on her bedroom floor one night. Poor kid hadn’t even made it to her bed!

And as inviting as the pool looked, there was just no time!

But – I couldn’t be happier with how it looks. There were a lot of curve balls with oddly shaped areas that needed to have the boards cut to, plus the water damage, so the thought is, other than the bathroom, the rest of the downstairs should be a bit better. That’s our theory anyway!

Phase 2 will commence later in the month. Heading out on vacation on Friday and then R is going to visit her dad in CA. Figure another 4 days of work and the whole project will be done and I can have a death to carpet dinner party!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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