January in Review

-A quick New Year's Eve trip to Spring
-Back to school for me and Matt (4 weeks off!) after a productive winter break around the house
-A day trip with Matt's mom to the George W. Bush Presidential Library - loved the White House Christmas decorations
-Celebrating Matt's birthday with brunch, art admiring at the DMA, Klyde Warren Park, Farmers Branch Historical Park, Breadwinner's, and a fun clothes shopping trip with my parents
-Fun with family and friends at Sauce, Cadillac Pizza, Savour, Gloria's, The Pub, and elsewhere - glad we're not on a eating healthy kick this year!

Around Downtown Challenge
{LOTS of progress on our "eat everywhere downtown" resolution, don't think we'll be hitting up this many places most months!}
-Bien Salsa
-The Pub
-Spoon's Cafe
-Sauce on the Square
-Cadillac Pizza Pub
-Landon Winery
-Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

Around the House {December 16th-January 31st}
-Deep-cleaned everything, thanks Matt!
-Cleaned/organized garage
-Changed all locks
-Replaced kitchen faucet
-Replaced bathroom switch plates
-Replaced garage door lock
-Bought and hung three stained glass windows at Antique Company Mall for Christmas
-Hung curtains in all rooms (and, of course, every single window is a slightly different size)
-Bought/assembled dining room table and six chairs
-Bought/assembled sitting room chairs
-Changed dining room chandelier and sitting room fan
-Rewired the chandelier, added a ceiling medallion, and replaced the socket in master bedroom
-Removed ivy from house siding and cleaned wood/trash/leaves/junk from behind garage, including a heavy porcelain sink and random yard art
-Took a load of scrap metal from yard/garage to metal yard
-Paid a plumber to repair water main leak
-Organized under-stair closet and hung coat rod
-Hung roman shades in master bedroom
-Installed new antique turn doorbell on back door
-Ordered new den couch
-Cleared 38 cans of paint for disposal - who knew there were so many shades of beige?
-Painted den walls granite gray and ceiling marshmallow white
-Updated den switches from cream to white
-Added weather stripping to den and living room windows
-Installed fan with light kit in den
-Updated kitchen lighting to LED - thanks Dad!
-Installed blinds in master bathroom
-Cleared landscaping from driveway island
-Started painting living/dining crisp linen white
-Removed 24 bags of ivy and yard waste from beds - I'm tired just thinking about it!