Monday, October 26, 2015

TWTW - the one with the shore house

Friday was one of the biggest days of my life as our biggest joint dream came true - we bought a MFing shore house (click here to see that post). After the closing, I grabbed the dogs and headed to the shore. Apparently both of our heads were all over the place because MFD left a book and his iPad on the roof of the car and I took off without noticing. Thank the lord for a kind stranger who rode up on my ass waving his hands in the air wildly to return them.
I did not celebrate with a fat joint despite the first photo - I did sage smudge the house though after we unloaded the random shit I either acquired in preceding months or felt needed to come this weekend. We measured for furniture and I made one zillion lists before I lost my pen and couldn't find it all weekend. One freaking pen between two cars and a house and it's gone. I also ate a bunch of gavescon because my nerves were not kind to my stomach. I ripped through the kitchen, discarding what was getting discarded, and cleaning here and there.
I think I slept about three minutes Friday night. My brain wouldn't shut off and the house was a mess. I don't sleep well when houses are messy and pillows are paper thin. No matter, I was up to see a gorgeous sunrise that I cried through. Sorry in advance for the sunrise pictures I will share many weekends from here to eternity.
But enough mushiness. After that I headed back to Philly to go to the first annual Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival with the one and only Marla of Luck Fupus. We also met Dani from Faster than Forever and her friend, so that was an awesome bonus. Full post on the festival tomorrow.
Before the festival I careened through Ikea like it was an Olympic sport, and after I made my way to the Marshalls and Target in Mays Landing on the way back to the shore. I also may have purchased two t-shirts I don't need but couldn't resist at the festival.
Saturday night I was spent. I ordered furniture over the phone because I couldn't face the furniture sales people in person. I tried to revive with coffee which kept me awake but didn't inspire actual movement. Luckily MFD and Joe put together Ikea purchases for me so I didn't have to throw a major fit trying and failing at it myself.
Sunday it rained, so I cleared up the shore house as best as I could, took stock of what still needs to be done, and headed home. I unloaded the car, dropped shit off to Goodwill, picked some stuff up at Marshalls, and got food for the week at Sam's.
Since I knew I'd be a whirling dervish this weekend, weekly food prep is a mix of prepared foods and stuff from the freezer. Breakfasts are breakfast sandwiches (freezer); lunches are chicken salad on multi grain bread, carrots, and oranges; snacks are power breakfast muffins and bell peppers; and dinners are blackened salmon with steamed broccoli and rice and veggie beef barley soup.

These dogs...they hate both the outside steps at the shore house and the two flights of steps inside. So I got extra exercise making at least four trips every time I wanted to go up or down stairs and had them with me. They're pissed because the floors are slippery so they can't get on the couches and MFD forgot their bed so they used the discarded pillows to their advantage. They also don't like pooping on a leash and Heebie Jeebie is afraid of the slats in the deck. All in good time.
Sunday night ended with a shower, packing lunch, and eating a steak from Jim's...like I didn't have enough cheesesteak already this weekend or something.
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My head is still spinning. I cried like seven times this weekend. LOLOL some of them included
1. On the way down the shore Friday night listening to Tenth Avenue Freezeout live...when Bruce said "this is the most important part" before singing "when the change was made uptown and the Big Man joined the band" because I miss Clarence Clemens. What? I don't even know him.
2. Watching the sunrise Saturday morning.
3. Reading a text from Amanda
4. Perusing comments on FB people had left on MFD's post or mine announcing this life event. We didn't tell a lot of people before we bought this house because we didn't want to jinx it. I get really excited and happy for other people when something awesome happens in their life and when you feel that come back at you and see names that are always encouraging and supportive even if you don't talk to them on a regular basis, it's just really nice. Knowing those people are out there rocks. Good energy always makes me feel sappy and happy and grateful to know who I know.

This is all so good but a lot. I have to slow my roll - I don't relax or sleep well when a house is up in arms and this one will be for a while.

Tell me, how was your weekend?

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

43 comments:

  1. I think your weekend was pretty flipping amazing, lady!!! A new house and cheese steaks, woooohoo!! Have a great Monday!

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  2. I am so very happy for your guys. I know this was a roller coaster ride but it all paid off in the end. Good things happy to good people, and you guys kicked ass to make it happy. To think you get to wake up to the amazing sunsets whenever you want to will keep you going when you get stressed about the place being a mess while you get it together.

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  3. Congratulations on the house - that is so amazing and you guys are going to make so many memories there! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I can imagine how emotional the weekend was, but so exciting because it is ALL HAPPENING!! Very excited to see what you guys do with the shore house to make it your own!

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  5. oh it's going to be so awesome!! it'll be hella busy the next little while as you get things organized over there/rented/putting it up on rental sites or what not but i'll allll be worth it!! friends who have cottages are super busy all weekend as they head up there to check things out/make sure things are ok but they wouldn't have it any other way!

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  6. Aggh I'm so excited on your behalf! I'd definitely have been sobbing throughout the entire weekend, to be honest. That house looks amazing, and I'm impressed at your Ikea skills. I end up losing entire weekends there, I swear. Also that sunrise is beyond pretty. All kinds of joy in this post!

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  7. Ahhhhhhh!!! Congrats on the shore house. I'm SO excited for you!

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  8. So very happy for you both. It's a great investment and a wonderful retreat for you both. So many more wonderful memories are headed your way. Congratulations!

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  9. congrats!!!!! i grew up going to the shore and one of my all time favorite summers was spent in OC! you've got the best of all worlds now, a home, a shore home and a lake home to visit- wooooo!!

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  10. Congrats Steph!! SO happy for you both!! I'm the same way... can't rest or truly relax when a house is in disarray... BUT the good definitely outweighs all that!!

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  11. This is such a wonderful post, Steph! Not that I know you personally, but, I know enough, from your blog, to realize that you and MFD worked hard for this. You deserve it. Much admiration, to you both, for making a dream a reality.
    I wish you many happy years in the shore house! Oh, the summer posts are going to be so awesome.

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  12. I can't wait to come hang at the shore with you! Wait... I mean.... CONGRATS!!!! Seriously stoked for both you and MFD, what a great accomplishment!!! You should be damn proud of yourselves... I'm proud of you! Lovely seeing you and stuffing our faces full of cholesterol. MWAH!!!!

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  13. That is so exciting! I've been to the area because I have family around there and it's beautiful! Congratulations!

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  14. I'm glad you posted the photo of the outside because I wasn't sure how to picture "a shore house" in my head! I'm the same way when it comes to sleeping in a messy/chaotic environment I can't feel calm when my surroundings aren't calm!

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  15. Yayyy for one of the most exciting weekends of your life! I can't wait to see every single one of your sunrise pictures, as you know beach sunrises are my favorite even when the sun doesn't really show up.

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  16. People popping up on facebook just to say nice things is pretty awesome and when the internet is at its best. Love the mean Philly shirt and the entire idea of a cheesesteak festival. Pumped for your shore house tour (in due time) and for the pups to get used to the new place... something tells me they don't have a choice in the matter as you won't want to miss out on time there because they're being stubborn!

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  17. I'm absolutely loving hearing about your new place and it sounds like you had a CRAZY weekend. I hope you can get some rest in this week. :)

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  18. Congratulations again!! I'm sure you've posted this before but how far away is Ocean City from where you live in Philly? I know it's overwhelming but it has to be so much fun to have another house to decorate and add your touch to. Just think of all the time you have to get everything together to fully enjoy it during the summer! I'm really so happy for you guys! It's so cool to see a life's dream happen : )

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  19. Omg, congratulations!!! I love your sunrise pictures and look forward to seeing more in the future. :) (Our dog was afraid of concrete steps and HATED hard floors when we first got him, but he's gradually gotten over it. Like you said, they'll come around!)

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  20. This is SO freaking exciting. CONGRATS to y'all!! that's incredibly satisfying.

    putting together ikea furniture is not anyone's cup of tea but i just can't handle it.

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  21. Ahhhhh congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! What an exciting life moment right there!!! I cannot wait to see all the sunrise pictures, and pictures of the dogs taking over the shore. I bet they could have their own show "dogs of the northeastern shore" or some shit. Thank about it. Entertainment gold.

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  22. Congrats again on your dream coming true! That's sooo amazing! How far is the drive from your house? i would love waking up to those views. The cheesesteak festival sounds fun too!

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  23. Getting happy wishes from all you know and love is the best. Earth Wind and Fire's Fantasy song keeps playing in my head. So many things is our lives have been dreams coming true. We are the luckiest people in the universe. And eternally grateful. The best will keep on coming.
    Love. Your. Momma

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  24. Oh the stories we will be able to read about in the coming weeks/months - I can't wait! Congrats!

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  25. I miss Clarence too!!!
    I totally get the dogs' reactions - it's a dog thing. They will soon love it!
    Sage-ing first thing was exactly the right thing to do!

    Dogs will settle in, things will come together, and in the meantime, HOLY SHIT- YOU HAVE A BEACH HOUSE!!!!! Congratulations and God bless!!!

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  26. I am so excited and happy for you guys that this finally came through because I know the stress you'd been under from it. I can't begin to imagine the depth of the emotion you went through now that it's finally yours. And you know that me and Scott and E and our dogs will be visiting. Yes, I invited myself. And my whole family. We'll bring food and coffee, though.

    I almost cried 100 times this weekend but kept it all choked back because I didn't want to have to explain why I was crying. So I'm a little jealous of your open weeping.

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  27. I'm so so excited for this exciting venture of yours, a dream come true! You guys deserve it.

    I read over on jana's blog over the weekend that I think Gus doesn't seem himself and you're taking him on the vet tonight. Hopefully he's just under the weather and it's nothing serious.

    Xo

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  28. cracking up about the dogs! ha "they're pissed because". They better learn to love it soon!!

    And give me cheese steak all day, err' day.

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  29. How amazing is this news?! CONGRATS to you and MFD! Couldn't be more excited for you guys, and looking forward to more pics as the house comes together and of course your gorgeous sunrise/sunset photos. Hoping the dogs adjust quickly to the stairs and the floors ;-)

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  30. heyyyy congrats!!! that is so awesome!

    so i think i remember seeing on jana's blog that Gus wasn't acting himself? Hope he is better now.

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  31. I look forward to all your sunrise pictures!! I'm sure you will feel a bit crazy for a little while, I love to hear about big great things happening :) The puppies will totally adjust!

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  32. I am still so excited for you!! I saw MFD's post on Facebook and was all WHAT?!?! but I figured there was a post I missed :) The dogs are pissed - hahahaha They're going to have to adjust because shore life is the ONLY life! :)

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  33. What's sage smudging???
    LOLOLOL the dogs look pathetic in ALL of those photos, lololololol I cracked up looking at them and I'm cracking up now just thinking about them as I type this.
    Awww... you got teary... :)

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  34. I also get very anxious in these kinds of situations. I was up the other night, pacing the floor at 4am, trying to make plans/schedules/clean up/etc after Scott left for California.

    How far is this house from your actual house (or did I miss that)? Congrats again!

    Also, glad I'm not the only one who is forever buying dog baskets at Homegoods.

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  35. So, remember a post of yours not too long ago saying that you just weren't feeling like yourself and asking for suggestions to get out of that funk?! I have the answer - buy a shore house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (If I could add a bunch of silly, positive emoticons, I would)

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  36. Tears and all the pug cuteness as they get acclimated! Congrats on the purchase and good luck getting everything set up to perfection!!

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  37. Love that you saged the new shore house. It's going to be filled with so many happy and fun memories for y'all. So freaking exciting!

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  38. It's wonderful that you got your shore house! So exciting! The whole weekend looks like it was just amazing! Hope the pugs get used to the stairs soon!

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  39. This is amazing!! I am so excited for you guys; one day I hope to have a "shore" house (in quotes because I''m not sure if I want a shore house, a house up north to visit, a house in Napa, etc. but want a second house in a place I love).

    The no one likes Philly t-shirt is amazing.

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  40. Oh no, those dogs have a lot of adjusting ahead of them!! I don't blame you for crying through the sunrise, house buying is an emotional thing! I drove by the house we are buying over the weekend and the old man who used to live there was outside. He is too old to be on his own now and had to move in with his daughter. And I burst into tears because he lived there for 50 years and built his life and raised his familyand made his memories in that home. And now he's moving on, and Matt and I are moving in with our whole lives ahead of us. I wanted so badly to roll down the window and say, "Don't worry, we will take great care of your house." But I kept driving. Because I don't want him thinking I'm nuts. But I cried all the way home. Because I am a little nuts.

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  41. CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so, so exciting and I hope that your special pups adjust soon :) Someday we hope to just buy a regular house (damn you, San Diego and your high cost of living!).

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  42. I love this post. I love the pictures and the happiness (and happy crying!) and the fact that you guys received so much love and support during this time. This sounds like the perfect weekend. :-)

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