Episode #172: Making ready for a Massive Transfer!

This week, we’re sharing extra particulars about my upcoming transfer to Missouri, together with long-distance renovating, getting our Tennessee house able to listing, and what’s occurring with the pink home. 

We’re additionally sharing a e book report for This Time Tomorrow by  Emma Straub.

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Present Notes

Lengthy-distance renovating ideas:

-Get one of the best contractor to keep away from errors

-Do the naked minimal to make it prepared to maneuver in

-Discover a contractor who has labored in your neighborhood

-Allow them to know your expectations within the first assembly

-Ship footage of what you need from Pinterest

Upcoming renovations after Elsie strikes in:

-Add a sunroom to the opposite facet of the home

-Make the porch wrap round

New house temper board:

-A number of bookshelves

-An electrical hearth that appears actual

-Extra inexperienced paint

-Paint Jeremy’s studio blue

-Strive a reddish-pink coloration

-Ceiling tiles

How we ready our house in Tennessee to listing:

-Deep clear and reduce 

-Eliminated private objects

-Up to date {hardware}

The factor Elsie is most happy with along with her Tennessee home:

-Hidden library, bed room makeover, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves

What’s occurring with the pink home: 

-Retaining it for now. We would must dwell there subsequent 12 months for a bit and we’re planning on doing an Airbnb for now. I wouldn’t be shocked if we listing it. At the moment uncertain! 

This Time Tomorrow e book report favourite highlights:


-The time journey author inside a time journey e book 

-The daddy/daughter relationship 

-That it was set within the Nineteen Nineties


-The significance of spending time with these you like

-Father/daughter relationship

-Time journey

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Episode 172 Transcript:

Elsie: You’re listening to The Stunning Mess Podcast. This week we’re sharing extra particulars about my upcoming transfer to Missouri, together with long-distance renovating, getting our Tennessee house able to listing and what’s occurring with the Pink Home. We’re additionally sharing a e book report for this time tomorrow by Emma’s job. Sure, sure, sure. Okay. So thanks a lot on your assist final week. I really feel like my coronary heart is stuffed with love. You guys by no means stop to amaze me along with your kindness. I believe it’s a blogger mind downside, to count on folks to be imply about every thing, after which when individuals are so good, it truly is so reassuring.

Emma: Persons are good. Ooh, most individuals are good. 

Elsie: I’m gonna inform a bit tiny little bit of a narrative about our Disney journey. So, on the finish of January, we went to Disney, and our daughter, Marigold turned 5 whereas we have been there we timed it in order that the day she turned 5 she bought to satisfy Elsa, which is like her hero. She’s just about had one section her complete life and it’s solely frozen, which has been enjoyable for us. She’s been on it for a number of years now. Each single 12 months she needs the identical kind of party, it’s very fascinating. The factor I wanna speak about from Disney is one thing that we’ve been to some instances with the youngsters, however we’ve by no means been to the bi-baity boutique. Have you ever ever heard of this? 

Emma: Oh, no. By no means heard of it. 

Elsie: There’s a bit boutique subsequent to Cinderella’s Citadel in Magic Kingdom, and it’s the place children can get princess makeovers. And that was all I knew about it after we booked it. And I used to be like I undoubtedly wanna get this as a result of clearly, Marigold’s a princess and we should always attempt it. So we have been with one other household, they’d their two daughters after which our two daughters have been there and all 4 of the youngsters did a princess makeover and it was so cute. So let me simply describe it for everybody who’s by no means been there. So if you stroll inside, it’s like this lovely little cottage and the wallpaper, it was like this stunning vintage wanting wallpaper, however there was like little Disney, like little particulars of Cinderella mice, labored all through it. It was beautiful, stunning. And my first impression was, that is nicer than the place the place I attempted on marriage ceremony clothes. That is true, like promenade, every thing. I’ve by no means had an expertise myself this good earlier than. 

Emma: It already sounds nicer than anywhere I’ve gotten my nails accomplished or my lash stuff.

Elsie: Yeah. Step one was, and I’ll say this was like Construct a Bear the place it will probably get very costly, however we determined to only flip our brains off for the day and go along with it. So the youngsters decide costumes and it was so cute. So Nova picked a prince costume, which we knew she was going to cuz she talks about princes on a regular basis and we have been like, we love that for you. After which Marigold picked the Rapunzel costume, she needed to choose the Elsa costume, however I used to be like, oh my God, you have already got like eight of these. So I type of talked her into the opposite one and it was similar to a far more elaborate costume. So I used to be blissful about that. Then they select a ton of equipment, there’s like wands, crowns, and Marigold had these like hair extensions, like this pink ponytail popping out the highest. 

Emma: Oh my God, that hair extension, after I noticed it within the picture, Elsie was sitting pictures that our like sibling group textual content, and I used to be similar to, this hair extension, it’s wild. 

Elsie: It’s wild, yeah I knew she was gonna decide it and I used to be similar to, simply say sure to every thing. Okay, it was like her birthday current, after which we went right into a dressing room and we dressed them of their costumes after which there’s this large gold mirror and I used to be commenting to our associates, I would like this mirror for my house. It was so stunning and I didn’t know that it was about to do essentially the most magical factor I’d ever seen. It type of grew to become a TV and it performed a video of the fairy godmother speaking to the youngsters about their makeover. In order that was unimaginable like I couldn’t imagine it, I used to be very wow. After which they go right into a kind of like a separate salon, like throughout the road and so they sit in salon chairs, they get their nails accomplished, they get their hair accomplished. Marigold and Nova’s variations actually got here out cuz Nova declined each single factor. She was like, no glitter, no nothing, and Marigold had every thing that might be on her. There have been jules glued on her face, glitter make-up, every thing. 

Emma: Her like, would you want extra of this? And she or he was like, extra of every thing.

Elsie: Sure, after which after that they do type of a bit like reveal, which is so cute. After which they’d a bit portrait studio throughout the road and so they bought their portraits taken. And they’re the cutest portraits I’ve ever seen and I’m going to border them. They are going to be in my home after I’m 80. So yeah, the expertise, I might say out of all of the Disney issues we’ve ever accomplished that appear. You recognize, just like the eating places and stuff, they appear overpriced, no matter. This was value it. This was value it, like 20 out of 10, so value it. No less than for our expertise. I believed it was the be among the best issues we’ve ever accomplished there.

Emma: I adore it. Yeah, and if you despatched the pictures, I used to be like, cuz truthfully, more often than not when Elsie sends an image of her two women collectively, it’s like one in all them’s dressed like. Sensible, like beige, you recognize, simply, that’s her model. That’s what Nova likes after which Goldie all the time has a princess costume on. All the time. So after I noticed their makeovers, how Goldie had picked the craziest hair extension I’d ever seen in my life, and it seemed actually good and simply had jules glued throughout her face. She simply seemed wild. After which Nova’s like on this prince outfit and he or she has a sword and her hair’s tied again like she’s prepared to enter battle or one thing. And so they each seemed superb and I used to be like, I really feel like they each picked precisely what they needed and so they look superb. 

Elsie: Yeah, it was nice. They did an awesome job and every thing was so cute. It was simply such a enjoyable expertise. Anyway, I can’t say sufficient good issues. 

Emma: Now I need a spa day the place somebody places extensions in my hair. That sounds good. 

Elsie: I believe we should always have a spa day. Perhaps we should always invent a cause like perhaps it’s our podcast anniversary or no matter. I don’t know, and simply go get a spa day. 

Emma: That sounds good.

Elsie: Okay, so this week we’re gonna do some follow-up to episode two final week cuz final week we dropped the bombs and we all know you all had a variety of questions and I’m gonna attempt to reply all of them. Simply share extra particulars about our upcoming transfer and what to anticipate and perhaps some extra footage within the present notes. So yeah, let’s get into it. 

Emma: So let’s speak about long-distance renovating. 

Elsie: So to begin with, I’ll say long-distance renovating is type of difficult and it’s not our first time to do it. I do really feel like every time we’ve renovated, we’ve realized these life classes which might be constructing blocks for the subsequent time. So one in all my issues with this long-distance renovation is that I’m choosing essentially the most respected contractors. I’m probably not making an attempt to save cash at this section as a result of I don’t wanna have a catastrophe, like after I first moved to Nashville. So I believe choosing individuals who have been advisable 10 instances over, all of the folks that we’re working with thus far are individuals who work in our neighborhood on a regular basis. So I believe that’s a really character take a look at simply because they know everybody and so they know that you recognize everybody and I believe that’s useful. And the opposite factor that I might say that I’m doing in another way than I usually would is that I’m probably not making an attempt to do essentially the most, I’m making an attempt to do the least. I’m making an attempt to be reasonable and sensible, so I’m not making an attempt to renovate the complete house earlier than we transfer in in any respect. I’m simply making an attempt to do the naked minimal that may assist us be extra settled after we are moved in. So we’re undoubtedly doing the flooring, we’re undoubtedly portray and I’m doing a little work to the ceilings. I’m constructing some bookshelves, some issues that. You recognize, like we’ll do it ultimately, but when I’ve to chop something out, I don’t even care. So long as we do the flooring and we are able to transfer in with out ever having to maneuver all that again out once more. 

Emma: Yeah, no flooring is an effective aim to do earlier than all of your furnishings goes in.

Elsie: Yeah, and these flooring are, I really feel actually fortunate as a result of they’re authentic and so they have room to be sanded and refinished once more as a result of you may solely try this so many instances in a lifetime. It’s a variety of instances with flooring which might be over 100 years outdated. It is sensible that if they’d accomplished lots, then they may be coming to the tip of their life and so they weren’t. So I really feel fortunate they, the wooden man mentioned they most likely haven’t been refinished in additional than 30 years, which is sweet. So yeah, I really feel excited to only do one thing fairly traditional. We’re gonna select a darker ground coloration this time, which we by no means do. And I really feel prefer it’s a sign of a brand new period. I’m open to various things. I’m altering my model a bit bit, which I’ve been for a couple of years, however that is larger. It’s one thing that I’ve by no means picked a darkish ground coloration earlier than. 

Emma: Yeah, what made you wanna go along with a darker ground? 

Elsie: I believe I’ve simply been so many books and inspiration from the period of our house and simply realizing that that’s like actually what fits the house greatest. And I do assume that lighter or mid-tone flooring additionally look good in historic properties, however I believe that darker flooring appear like they may have all the time been there. It’s like essentially the most traditional alternative. My husband, actually simply loves darkish wooden, so that is like his likelihood and he’s like, woo, he’s so excited to have darkish flooring once more. I’m excited. 

Emma: So that you talked about you’re discovering contractors who’ve labored within the neighborhood and issues like that. What could be your recommendation for somebody who’s needing to search out contractors long-distance? Like how did you go about that? I do know you’re from Springfield, however I nonetheless assume, you recognize, you haven’t lived right here in like eight years. So what’s the method for locating good folks? 

Elsie: I believe there’s actually just one contractor who I knew from the previous who I nonetheless would name to this present day. Most individuals are model new, who I’ve by no means met earlier than, which is regular. I believe that discovering individuals who work in your neighborhood on a regular basis, that’s a very good methodology as a result of it’s like there’s already established belief, and a variety of instances they like put their little signal out within the yard whereas they’re doing all your flooring or no matter, they wish to be part of the neighborhood, which is nice.

I’ve renovated sufficient to discover ways to be a very good communicator from the start, so I allow them to know the way, quote-unquote excessive upkeep I’m from the primary assembly. I’m truly not essentially the most high-maintenance individual, however I believe I’m within the center. I clearly mentioned I’ll wish to approve each step. I’ll want a transparent iPhone picture, or I might want to are available individual, issues like that in order that they don’t get forward of you. Cuz a variety of instances if you’re out of city, they only wanna full the job, and so they may end the entire thing and never inform you sure steps, after which sure steps might be accomplished, not the way you have been pondering. There are such a lot of issues in renovating that may be accomplished in another way than the way you have been anticipating, and it actually wasn’t their fault. There are simply so many locations to misconceive and the best way that it appears in your thoughts is normally not simply communicated popping out of your mouth or no matter. So I all the time have numerous footage and I rely like closely on sending Pinterest footage and I might relatively say, do it precisely like this than describe it to them and see what I’m gonna get. In order that’s one thing that I might undoubtedly suggest. I simply assume it’s safer. 

Emma: Yeah. And you then additionally point out you’re making an attempt to be a bit extra sensible. So aside from flooring, you’ve gotten different belongings you’re eager to get accomplished, but when a few of ’em don’t work out earlier than you progress, oh nicely. So then are there any massive renovations that you just’re planning on doing after you progress in or simply sooner or later usually?

Elsie: Sure, so since earlier than the primary time I noticed this home, I knew that I needed to do a significant renovation, in some unspecified time in the future the home has a partial wraparound porch. It’s a colonial revival house, which that model of house is thought for its symmetry, however the best way the home appears proper now, it appears like there are sunrooms added to at least one facet of the home after which not on the opposite facet. So the symmetry is off. So I’ve all the time identified that if I had an opportunity to do a giant renovation, I might wish to match the sunrooms on either side in order that the symmetry is again. , and I believe it’s fairly apparent that it was added, the sunrooms weren’t authentic. I might additionally like to have the porch go all the best way round and have a again porch, as a result of proper now it doesn’t have any type of again porch, and the yard is type of underwhelming in comparison with the entrance of the house.

There are a variety of issues I wanna do, nevertheless it’s stuff that we’d like, like an architect and a planning interval and permits and possibly a giant funds. That’s not one thing I might attempt to try lengthy distance or with out dwelling there first. The opposite factor I actually realized from our final house was cuz we moved into the house we dwell in now in Nashville. We moved in right here throughout the pandemic with zero renovations. We simply bought the keys and moved within the subsequent day. And it was a bit bit onerous as an individual who shares house stuff on-line as a result of folks have been imply about our home for a very long time. And I don’t get it for a very long time, however as a undertaking, it turned out higher than something I’ve ever accomplished as a result of I had extra time to assume, like actually deeply take into consideration the choices earlier than I made them.

And I believe that I made a lot better selections than I did up to now after I renovated homes that I hadn’t lived in but. So I stand by that and I believe that having the ability to dwell in a house and actually, I prefer to overthink it. Like, take into consideration each attainable means you might transfer a wall or transfer a door, or like, the place would the dream pantry be? There are normally numerous choices if you’re doing a giant renovation. I undoubtedly need my time to overthink once more earlier than I make these selections. 

Emma: Cool, I adore it. I’m assuming you’ve gotten a brand new house temper board, describe that for us. You’ve advised us that it’s a colonial revival, so we all know it’s an older house and we all know that. However aside from that, are you able to inform us? I don’t know, colours? And we all know you’re getting darkish wooden floors, however what else? 

Elsie: Yeah, having simply accomplished our house in Tennessee, I’m actually proud of it. There have been sure issues from this house that I type of needed to repeat. Like, you by no means wanna do the very same factor once more, but in addition if that’s what I actually wanna do, that’s what I’m gonna do. So the issues I’m gonna repeat are like an abundance of bookshelves. That was one thing that I really like, I really like, love, love, adore it. I’m actually proud of it. The fake hearth scenario, I believe I type of wanna attempt to discover a model of an electrical hearth that appears type of actual. I believe I wanna attempt that if we do like one other bed room hearth. However I undoubtedly am glad that I added the fireplaces and I actually preferred the colours that we used on this house. I do know that inexperienced paint shouldn’t be a brand new pattern. Inexperienced paint has been occurring for years, however I prefer it. So I’ll undoubtedly do extra inexperienced within the subsequent house. It simply feels good. It’s like a feel-good coloration that you just love the sensation of one thing that a lot. And I liked the standard wallpaper, so my favourite a part of our complete house that we did was that little inexperienced nook room by the hidden library. I really like that feeling and would like to do extra of that in our subsequent house. I name it my vampire room, it’s simply type of the other of the sunshine and vivid all-white, every thing, outdated Elsie aesthetic that I was obsessive about, which I nonetheless like white, but when I have been gonna do a white room, I might need it to be like molding on, molding on molding on like texture and like some wooden, not simply plain and easy. So I suppose what I wanna do is take the model I’ve been taking part in with and take it extra historic, extra just like the knives out. I began my factor once more by shopping for all these bizarre little statues and people bizarre, just like the bizarre stuff. I simply bought a brass alligator nutcracker on eBay, stuff like that on a regular basis. That’s undoubtedly the aesthetic after which I’m gonna attempt one a part of the house with blue paint, Jeremy’s studio although, not the principle half however that’s like massive for me. After which I’m going to attempt a bit little bit of a reddish, like a pinky-red coloration, which I’m actually excited to attempt trigger I don’t assume I’ve ever tried that coloration.

Emma: Cool. I adore it. The place’s that gonna be?

Elsie: Perhaps you recognize the room that I preserve saying the puzzle room? I’m fascinated by that perhaps. 

Emma: Okay. Yeah, I adore it. It type of has like the ladies name it a stage. 

Elsie: Yeah. Or perhaps the breakfast room. However yeah. I’m excited, I wanna attempt numerous new issues. Oh, we’re gonna attempt ceiling tiles in our new front room. So these like tin, truly, they’re not all the time manufactured from tin, however the textural ceiling tiles surrounded by moldings. I believe that’ll be actually completely different and I’m actually excited to attempt that.

Emma: Cool. Nicely, in case you’re having an abundance of bookshelves, feels like a variety of the stuff that’s already in your house, is it gonna match within the new house. I suppose perhaps let’s speak about that for a second, furnishings. So what are you holding and transferring? Is there something that you recognize you’re not gonna be holding or something that you recognize you’ll be lacking when you get to Missouri?

Elsie: So we’re not holding as a lot furnishings as you’ll assume. So I actually just like the furnishings we did on the pink home. It’s a variety of flea market furnishings and a bit bit of latest stuff. And I believe we’ll most likely adorn our new house a bit bit extra like that. In our house in Tennessee the place we dwell proper now, we nonetheless have a variety of mid-century furnishings that’s held over from our earlier properties.

So I do assume we’re gonna have an incredible property sale for anybody who loves mid-century stuff, and I believe I might let go of a bit little bit of my wicker, however undoubtedly not all of it. Positively holding the lamps, however yeah, I believe that we simply wish to add extra antiques, that’s actually the factor. So in Springfield, there’s this unimaginable flea market, it’s known as Relics Vintage mall or one thing. I’m just about gonna furnish my complete house from there and Fb market I believe. I believe that the house we dwell in is just a bit bit an excessive amount of Serena and Lily, which I really like Serena and Lily, nevertheless it’s very coastal and it leans a bit extra mid-century and extra transitional, it’s not one thing that goes with like antiques. I needed to have a tiny, tiny, teeny little haunted mansion feeling to it. In order that’s what we’re going for. It’s not a section I similar to love antiques, I really like dwelling with them. I really like being surrounded by them. And I additionally really feel like in case you can have your dream vintage for like half the value of one thing new, and even for a similar value, why wouldn’t you wish to try this? I all the time considered antiques as very costly, however when it comes right down to it, it’s truly not that. That is main furnishings so that you evaluate it to different main furnishings purchases. 

Emma: We was the place our funds just about solely would match for like Ikea, you recognize? And now it’s a bit extra expanded in all kinds of instructions. And though I nonetheless love one thing from Ikea right here and there, I agree, I believe new versus a flea market discover and vintage isn’t, typically the value isn’t actually all that completely different in any respect. 

Elsie: When you can have an vintage mild fixture versus a light-weight fixture from Pottery Burn for a similar value, then in some unspecified time in the future it’s only a desire of which one you want, the best way it appears higher, proper? 

Emma: How did you put together your private home to listing it in Tennessee? 

Elsie: Oh, man. Okay, so to begin with, our realtor is known as Daniel Lengthy and I’m shouting him out. He’s the final word greatest. He’s one in all my shut associates, I really like him. I’m not recommending him cuz he’s my buddy although. He’s an unimaginable realtor. He’s been our realtor for 4 years now and, he offered a number of homes for us and he all the time simply does an incredible job. And one of many issues I really like about him essentially the most is that he is available in and helps me audit what I must do to prep.

And so months in the past, most likely, a 12 months in the past, we had him to our home and mentioned, what do we have to do to get this factor able to promote? It was after we nonetheless thought we have been gonna transfer to New York and he advised me, he’s very sincere and he had me do issues that I truthfully wasn’t gonna do. Like we rebuilt this complete little rotten deck off the again of our home that I didn’t wanna do, however we did it and I’m glad we did now, he inspired us to do some stuff like that. It’s simply sensible, he simply offers his opinion about different issues. So yeah, after I realized we have been going to maneuver, we have been in the midst of our massive renovation with all of the bookshelves and the dwelling areas principally, so we had already accomplished fairly a bit. So with that stuff, I actually simply completed it and I made a decision Like I nonetheless had the selection. I might have canceled all my wallpaper at that time and been like, I’m contemplating it a flip now, however since I used to be already so near the tip, I used to be like, I simply wanna end it the best way I deliberate it, and the best way I designed it and {photograph} it only for my very own private pleasure, the best way that I deliberate it.

After which I felt like there was an opportunity somebody would really like it or an opportunity they wouldn’t. You by no means know, proper? 

Emma: Nicely, it already wasn’t an awesome flip, so that you may as nicely simply do what you’re doing. 

Elsie: Proper. So I simply determined to proceed with that. After which for our kitchen for instance, we by no means renovated it, it’s not a renovated kitchen, so we needed to do some small updates. So he requested me to change out that countertop that we had DIYed. It was completely high-quality for dwelling there, nevertheless it’s probably not applicable for promoting in our market, so we switched that out for a stable quartz counter. I switched all of the taps for gold and I added a backsplash tile, and that’s all I did to the kitchen, and it appears 25% higher. It simply appears prefer it’s up to date. It doesn’t appear like it’s renovated. It doesn’t appear like it ever bought gutted, nevertheless it does look up to date just lately. I switched all of the {hardware} and simply the small issues like that. In order that’s actually what I did. After which, clearly, the cleansing and we had our painter end all of the trim in the home, like issues like that. We tried to make it a completed, renovated house. Regardless that if we have been staying there, I personally would renovate the kitchen nonetheless, I personally would renovate the principle toilet nonetheless, if somebody doesn’t wish to, then they’re one of the best they are often for now. 

Emma: Yeah. And what’s it been prefer to dwell at a home that’s listed and actively displaying? How lengthy have you ever been doing that, as of the time we’re recording? How’s it been? 

Elsie: One of many causes we stored the key of our transfer for thus lengthy is as a result of I didn’t need our home itemizing to be handed round on the web, and that’s probably not in my management and I do know that it has occurred, and can occur and every thing. But it surely was one thing I used to be making an attempt to keep away from or hoping to keep away from. We’ve got had our home listed since final fall. We did it for 2 months within the fall after which we took it down for about two months at Christmas to take a break. After which we put it again up round February 1st. So it’s difficult, I might say it’s irritating, it’s as a result of we’re a household with two children, however we do showings a lot that we type of need to preserve our house fairly near excellent on a regular basis. And as a blogger and an individual who does massive initiatives and stuff, it’s additionally been difficult as a result of I’ve to all the time make certain that I’ve sufficient time to take it again to zero anytime I begin a giant undertaking, which retains me from beginning lots. So I do assume it’s dampened my creativity as a result of I’m usually the kind of one who will depart one desk, is that this undertaking, one other desk is that undertaking, and it’s similar to there are initiatives in every single place on a regular basis. And that’s truthfully how I prefer to dwell and it’s simply not one thing that we’re in a position to do proper now. After which simply holding children’ stuff affordable has been onerous. There was a sure half earlier than Christmas the place we had a heart-to-heart after we have been like, you recognize what? We’re simply gonna let the youngsters make messes and play as a result of I don’t assume {that a} home shouldn’t be gonna promote as a result of there are a couple of child’s toys or no matter, you recognize what I imply? So we’re taking the idea that so long as we’re taking good care of the large stuff like we bought a brand new roof, issues like that, we’re not gonna stress in regards to the magnet tiles and stuff as a result of it’s simply probably not honest to our kids. 

Emma: Yeah. Plus, in case you don’t purchase a home simply because there are magnet tiles on the ground, what’s occurring with you?

Elsie: It’s undoubtedly a variety of work although, holding it that means. But it surely’ll be value it and we’re blissful to do it. I’m making an attempt to have a very good angle and similar to get by means of the season, proper? 

Emma: Yeah, it’ll promote quickly. However yeah, it’s onerous to have showings, particularly making an attempt to maintain a home tremendous clear with children and issues like that. I understand how a lot you’re gonna miss the home. And also you’ve talked about that a bit bit, however what’s the factor you’re the proudest of on this home that you just selected to do, or will miss essentially the most 

Elsie: So I undoubtedly assume so far as one thing sentimental, the hidden library, it’s the highest factor as a result of it was a dream for me to do it. My husband thinks that now that I’ve accomplished it, I don’t must do one ever once more. And that may be a dialog that’s ongoing, for positive. However yeah, it was simply so enjoyable and, very fulfilling, very thrilling. And It’s undoubtedly a factor that we’ve had a variety of realtors posting simply that a part of our home, so I do know that it’s the standout particular characteristic too. However aside from that, I’m so happy with the renovation we did within the bed room. It’s not as photogenic, it’s not as shareable, however the feeling in individual, the distinction that it made with the large paneled ceiling, it’s unimaginable. So I believe that’s most likely essentially the most underrated renovation after which additionally simply that massive part of inexperienced cabinets in our front room, I believe was the opposite best option that we made as a result of the lounge simply didn’t have a variety of vibes earlier than. Do you bear in mind what it seemed like earlier than, it was type of vibeless and now it has a lot persona. So yeah, I believe ground, ceiling, cabinets, after which simply easy paneling, a paneled ceiling have been a few of the greatest decisions I’m very happy with these.

Emma: Yeah, and the folks actually wanna know what’s occurring with the Pink Home. That is most likely the factor folks ask essentially the most. They’re like, is she gonna promote the pink home? Is she gonna preserve it? They wanna actually wanna know in regards to the Pink Home.

Elsie: Yeah, so that is how one can inform that I by no means thought we’d transfer again to Missouri once more as a result of we solely purchased that home like a 12 months and a half in the past, proper? A 12 months, a 12 months and a half in the past. It wasn’t very way back in any respect. So we had no thought and we love staying there throughout the holidays and stuff. I’m very hooked up to it. I nonetheless haven’t completed every thing I needed to do there to replace it, so I’m not actually fascinated with promoting it. There’s probably not a profit to us financially to promote it proper now. I believe we purchased it when the market was a bit extra up than it’s now. So I believe our first alternative is gonna be to make it an Airbnb as a result of then I might use it a bit bit for my footage and stuff. And we additionally nonetheless may want to remain in it after we’re renovating sooner or later. I believe that it’s actually, actually near our new home. I suppose I most likely haven’t defined that they’re two blocks aside. So that’s actually good too. I just like the neighborhood proximity of it, so at this level, I believe we’ll preserve it and lease it out ultimately. I undoubtedly don’t assume we’ll listing it this 12 months, but in addition stranger issues have occurred and I really feel like if I say something definitive, I curse myself, so I don’t wanna curse myself both.

Emma: Yeah. I imply, nobody is aware of the longer term. That will be cool. 

Elsie: Nicely, I hope I answered your questions and we will certainly take you alongside over the subsequent six months as we transfer and settle in and every thing. Have our first Halloween, it’s gonna be superb. I preserve telling Emma all these loopy concepts. I’m like, Emma, I’m gonna get 12-foot skeletons and you recognize, she’s like, okay, okay, okay. It’s gonna be superb. It’s gonna be an awesome 12 months. Okay, so ought to we go forward and do our e book report? 

Emma: Sure, let’s do it. This week’s e book report is about this time tomorrow, and we’re simply gonna discuss in regards to the e book. So in case you haven’t learn it but, you won’t wanna take heed to this, simply so you recognize that. So the purpose of the e book is it’s a lady, Alice is our essential character, and, she’s older, she’s having her fortieth birthday, nicely, it’s probably not older, it’s not older. Elsie’s 40 so I needed to put that in there. I didn’t need her to really feel outdated. Anyway, she additionally has an getting older father who’s within the hospital. And so she’s type of coping with that in her life. She’s additionally at some extent in her life the place she has this profession that she’s type of kind of fallen into, I believe she mentions that she needed to be a painter, however she hasn’t actually been portray and he or she works at her outdated highschool as type of a steering counselor or an admission. She decides on the little children who go to the elementary college, she helps determine that, and it’s one thing that she appears to get pleasure from, nevertheless it wasn’t essentially a profession that she noticed herself doing endlessly, so she’s doing that. She is also in a relationship the place she’s, okay, good man, however she doesn’t actually see herself getting married to him and doesn’t actually essentially really feel settled in that area of her life both. So we type of get the sensation that Alice is kind of her life and fascinated by making modifications, but in addition type of feeling like perhaps she’s at an age the place she’s simply settling in, and it turns into type of clear that the large factor in her life that really issues essentially the most is her relationship along with her dad. And he’s, as I mentioned within the hospital, he appears to be dying and so I believe that that’s kind of the large catalyst of what’s my life gonna be as soon as he’s gone? It’s her fortieth birthday she goes out to have dinner and drinks with a buddy who’s her buddy from highschool and he or she’s a mother. In order that they don’t keep out tremendous late collectively cuz the mother lives in New Jersey and has to return to her mother life. However they’ve a pleasant dinner after which Alice goes out for a couple of extra drinks after which she finally ends up going again to her father’s outdated house, which is faux now as he’s within the hospital. And she or he goes to his gardening shed, which he all the time liked rising up, she mentions that that was an area that was one thing that he simply stored up the gardening shed, and it seems that the gardening shed is the way you journey again in time. So for someday, she travels again in time to her sixteenth birthday. So she wakes up and he or she’s now not 40, she’s 16 and it’s her sixteenth birthday, and he or she relives that day and any decisions that she makes on that day have an effect on her future. After which the subsequent day she wakes up once more and he or she’s again to being 40. However her life’s completely different primarily based on no matter new decisions she made as a 16-year-old on her sixteenth birthday. And that’s type of the premise of the e book and we watch her do that again and again as she type of tries on completely different futures to see what she decides and one in all them, she marries this boy from her highschool who she all the time had a crush on, Tommy, and he or she type of sees what that will be like and it seems it wasn’t the fantasy that she had envisioned, issues like that. However my favourite a part of the e book is when she, as a 16-year-old, tells her dad in regards to the time journey. And her dad is an creator, he’s written Time Brothers and is into science fiction and time journey, and he or she tells him and he or she’s like, he’s gonna perhaps perceive perhaps not. He tells her that he’s time traveled many instances and he is aware of in regards to the gardening shed. I don’t know if it’s actually a twist, however I simply didn’t precisely see it coming. Regardless that they type of inform you as a result of they’re like, he all the time liked the gardening shed, however I don’t know. He’s like I’ve all the time been time traveled. So she goes again to her sixteenth birthday. The day that he all the time returns to, is the day she was born. And later within the e book, he explains that he thinks the explanation that the time touring sends him again to that day was as a result of that was the day that he grew to become one of the best model of himself as a result of she was born. Additionally, he simply talks about going again and seeing her be born again and again. In a means, it nearly feels like a bit little bit of an habit. Like I get extra time, I get extra of this particular time as a result of I believe the older I get, the extra I perceive that there are these actually particular moments in life and so they go by rapidly and there’s nothing you are able to do to carry onto them, it’s like sand by means of your hand, nevertheless it’s so particular. And in a means it’s this like melancholy factor that you just’re all the time dwelling the place you’re like, oh my gosh, that is essentially the most particular second and likewise it’s instantly gone. I believe that this e book actually captures a variety of that. I believe a few of the main themes of the e book to me is like getting older and mortality and a bit bit, and he or she offers with that by means of the lens of time journey and attending to relive sure elements of your life and in a means getting extra time with the folks you like. However I believe it nearly highlights the truth that there’s solely a lot time and that you just received’t get endlessly. I simply thought it was actually stunning and actually candy and actually humorous. It’s a really humorous e book, nevertheless it’s additionally type of melancholy. It offers with loss of life and it offers with, life decisions and various things like that. I liked it. 

Elsie: Yeah, I believed it was stunning. The daddy-daughter relationship I believed was one of the best a part of the e book. The factor that the nerd inside me, the factor that I preferred one of the best in regards to the e book is that I really like a e book inside a e book and this e book has, the character of her father has time journey books which might be like well-known after which it’s like made right into a TV present within the nineties and so there’s lots about that. For me, a e book set within the Nineteen Nineties is sort of a very millennial pleasure. I believe that it’s the right setting for like, that’s after I was a youngster, so I actually loved that. However yeah, anytime there’s a e book inside a e book and you are feeling prefer it’s an actual e book as a result of it’s so in there a lot, I believe that that’s actually fascinating and like a pleasant contact. 

Emma: Yeah, I agree. I additionally like that, you recognize, so Alice tries on a bunch of various futures as she makes small and typically massive modifications on her sixteenth birthday, and I type of preferred that that wasn’t a very powerful factor. I really feel like what we’re imagined to take from the e book a bit bit was a very powerful factor for her was time along with her father and simply loving him and having that relationship and so it wasn’t as a lot discovering the right profession or having the right husband or dwelling in a giant home or a small home, as a result of a giant home is for loser wealthy folks. It’s similar to she tries on all these various things and positive she has opinions about them and no matter, however I actually assume the factor she goes again to time and again is, making an attempt to save lots of her dad. A few of ’em, she like convinces him to give up smoking, and a few of ’em, she’s like, you’ve gotta train extra, you gotta eat higher. She simply is looking for a technique to the place she will get again to her 40-year-old self, he received’t be sick and within the hospital. On the finish of the e book, what we discover out is she’s tried all these various things however the cause he’s actually sick is that he time traveled an excessive amount of and apparently that does one thing to your physique on this explicit e book, on this explicit model of time journey it does one thing to you in case you return time and again and over and he or she realizes that there’s no means that she will change that as a result of, by the point she goes again, she’s 16, so he’s already time traveled lots, however then additionally she understands why he’s doing it, he retains going again, the identical cause she does to get extra time with these particular moments with folks that he loves. He sees her born again and again and he or she type of realizes there are issues value dying for, there are issues extra vital. And you may’t actually take these issues away or ask somebody to. You simply type of see her reckon with, there’s we solely get a lot time, even when we get to time journey, there’s nonetheless solely a lot time that we get to spend with the folks that we love, and we are able to’t essentially change the longer term in order that there’ll be no loss of life and no ache. We simply have to understand what we’ve. And I believe the scene the place she’s like, that is the final time I’m gonna time journey, and no matter occurs, I’m simply gonna settle for my future. She spends a variety of time along with her dad and asks him numerous questions on his life and his cousins. I believe she even data their dialog similar to attending to know him extra and issues that she by no means requested him she needed to ask him. I believe that that makes a variety of sense so far as, in case you knew, all proper, that is the final time, and after I get again to the longer term, most likely my dad’s gonna be sick once more. And so how do I wanna spend this present day? And it’s like simply with them, simply speaking. 

Elsie: Nicely, I hope if anybody learn it, I hope you loved it. I believed it was good too. I believe I used to be distracted a bit bit as a result of I used to be afraid that the endings the place it’s like the one life I would like are those I had initially. I used to be afraid it was gonna finish like that and so because it didn’t, I used to be very glad as a result of I didn’t need that ending.

Emma: I felt prefer it was fairly sure she wasn’t gonna try this, the creator, as a result of she references a variety of completely different, you recognize, like Jenna Rink 13 occurring 30. And all these completely different phrases, just like the ending, is both one thing like, oh, the one life I preferred was my authentic, or, oh, I bought the husband and the youngsters and the profession precisely as I needed. And I believe she type of goes out of her technique to be like, yeah, she tried on all of these and so they have been all good. However the factor she actually needed was extra time along with her dad and he or she couldn’t have that as a result of that’s not how life works, even in case you can time journey.

Elsie: Nicely, I actually loved it. Anytime there’s a e book set within the nineties, you then wanna learn it. I’m down for it. 

Emma: Plus, I’m a giant fan woman of this creator. I’ve learn lots of her different books and I simply thought it was actually enjoyable that she type of takes this little science fiction flip. I really like science fiction. Not that I learn tons of it, and it doesn’t completely really feel tremendous science fiction, however it’s, it clearly has time journey. It is usually like one of many essential characters, Leonard the daddy is a science fiction author and so there are a variety of references to his work and to the TV present. After which he writes one other e book in a few of the Futures Don of Time, and he talks about that. And so it’s undoubtedly in that world, and so I simply thought it was actually enjoyable to see this creator do one thing a bit bit completely different, however nonetheless very very like all of the issues that I really like about her writing have been on this e book plus a while journey, so it was similar to actually enjoyable, I liked it. 

Elsie: Sure. Okay, so additionally I went to her bookstore final summer time in Brooklyn and it was the cutest, greatest bookstore I’ve ever been to. I went with simply Nova by ourselves for a mommy and daughter date and it was so particular. So yeah, if anybody is ever round Brooklyn, her bookstore’s known as Books are Magic and has the cutest free little library outdoors that I believe I’ve ever seen in its very charming little spot with an awesome child part. 

Emma: I can’t wait to see it sometime. I haven’t been but, however I might like to.

Elsie: Okay, nicely we nonetheless have a pair extra books. I believe we’re midway by means of our e book membership for this quarter. Alright, it’s time for a joke or a truth with Nova. That is Nova. Say hello. 

Nova: So hello, so one truth is, do you know that the practice from Harry Potter is definitely actual?

Elsie: An actual practice? The place is it on the earth? Have you learnt? 

Nova: I don’t bear in mind, however I did know. 

Elsie: Good. Okay, we’ll need to look that up. That’s an awesome truth. Thanks, Nova. 

Nova: Bye bye everybody.

Emma: Thanks a lot for listening. When you’ve been having fun with our podcast, we’d actually recognize a sort evaluation, these all the time assist. They assist us develop and we’ll be again subsequent week with a deep dive episode about aim setting. We’re gonna be speaking in regards to the 12-week 12 months methodology.