August was certainly stressful for me, and for some reason I decided an excellent way to “unwind” after a super stressful day of frantic writing was to start watching the Walking Dead! Three sleepless nights later, I submitted my PhD dissertation before the deadline!!!!! And we accepted a conditional offer on the townhouse, one day before my deadline. The day after the deadline, we held a yard sale to de-clutter a little, then I made the 1500km journey to the lakehouse to start painting (sans Hubby, who has to work).
Here are the many copies of my dissertation that I had to photocopy, and submit in person. Did I mention my department is on the 11th floor? Feels crazy to see it all ready like this . . .
Because I was so focused on my research last month, this is all that happened around here:
I did manage to sneak in a little DIY (we have to keep that a secret between you and me). Hubby and I refinished the arms and legs on our vintage curbside find (which is currently at Kessels Upholstery, getting a new look).
Eager to start work, I shared photos of the new kitchen, in addition to my plans for a quick and affordable makeover (along with photos of every turquoise kitchen out there, for a little inspiration).
I also started to figure out floor plans, so I can decide what furniture to keep and what furniture to sell from the townhouse. I’ve already sold a lot, including the living room side tables, the living room orange tweed chair, the kitchen table, the dining room hutch, my swirly teak table, Hubby’s desk . . . We are really starting fresh, mostly because the new space requires a new configuration. It was sad to see so many pieces I lovingly picked out or hunted down go (some still need to be picked up by their new owners), but it was also nice to see my vintage finds find new homes!
To make up for the lack of great “Before and Afters” around here in August, I shared some amazing makeovers from a new favorite read.
Next up for me: months of waiting to hear news about my dissertation. My committee needs to review it and will give me a grade of 1 (some revisions), 2 (more revisions), 3 (it needs substantial work, so re-register, pay tuition and try again), 4 (GTFO). If it’s a 1 or 2, I get to defend my dissertation, where I can receive the same grade system. I will likely defend November, December, maybe even January. Luckily I have a house in need of updating to keep me from worrying!! I’ve already primed some of the teensy oak trim and will have updates Monday. Feels good to have tools and paintbrushes in hand again!