Thursday, November 29, 2007

So many things

So many things to write about, and so little time, and so few remaining undamaged brain cells, to use to write about them...

For starters there was the whole MizBubs family early Thanksgiving the weekend of the 16/17/18: 20+ people for dinner, at the end of my 80+ hour week, while our upstairs bathroom was totally gutted. Good times. We kept the turkey fryer in storage and instead got a turducken through the mail from Prairieville, LA, which worked out great. Then, after gorging ourselves on turducken and beer, we got up and ran the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot (only the 5k) which has become kind of a tradition with us. Your humble author managed to log his best ever 5k time, but remains humble in the knowledge that, compared to fast people, I still run like I'm carrying a refrigerator on my back...

I was reminded of running because I just got a new set of running tights in the mail, piggybacked onto an order that MizBubs made from Sierra Trading Post. And get this--MizBubs has taken up running too!!!!!! I am a happy hillbilly. We have now become those freaks who you see running around in tights and fleece in freezing weather. Who would've thought?

Getting back to the bathroom...after having to call the installation department at Home Depot TWICE when the toilet backed up after the remodel was done, and finding that the contractors lost not one but TWO rags down the toilet stack, we are now enjoying the new bathroom. When I came in from running last night I finally took my first bath in the new, gloriously deep compared to what we used to have tub.

We have a ridiculously small bathroom, but at least now we have a nice ridiculously small bathroom:

It was very, very soothing. Our eldest now works at Lush, and brings us wonderful fragrant bath products. I myself was wonderful and fragrant by the time I came out of the tub.

While I'm showing y'all pictures of my house, I may as well show you the tiki bar. MizBubs found this on Ebay, and we had a nice road trip to Michigan a couple years ago to pick it up:

Here's a detail shot of the shelves behind the bar:

Ah well. I'm exhausted. Hopefully, in the next couple of days I'll have more.

On Saturday we leave for fabulous Las Vegas, and I plan on taking plenty of pictures and updating everyone from the Las Vegas Marathon.

Now I gots to sleep.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wait a minute. You ran AFTER eating the turducken? You are hard core, man.

Love the sink in your bathroom and the stools from your tiki bar! What a fun house you live in!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You kids are waaaaay cool. That tiki bar is to die for. (Crap, did I just say "to die for?" Yikes!)

Coaster Punchman said...

I think Gumby in a hula skirt and the banjo are both nice touches.

Bubs said...

CP, thanks! Did you also notice the index card-size painting that says "Eat more possum"?

Dr MVM, you're forgiven. Even better is all the hooch we've got hidden behind that bar.

Barbara, not until the next day. If it had been right after dinner...ugh.

I think I might return to regular posting with some before/after remodeling shots, and some food blogging and turducken pictures.

SkylersDad said...

Congrats on the PR on the 5K, and good luck out in Vegas on the run. Think you will have decent weather for it?

Johnny Yen said...

Glad the renovations are done. As you know, we dealt with it this summer as well.

What a great bar!

Grant Miller said...

We're getting our bathroom gutted and remodeled next week. It'd be weird if we're using the same contractors. I guess it wouldn't be weird, but coincidental.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I used to work at the Lincolnwood Town Center. I could walk there from our apartment in West Rogers Park.

Moving on. Sounds like a cool holiday. That bathroom is aces, but the Tiki Bar?

Most excellent.

BeckEye said...

The tiki bar is awesome! You need to have a blogger party, stat. :)

Dale said...

I'd love to fall off those stools after too much tiki fun! And what's that about your refrigerator running?

Mob said...

Awesome pics, glad the bathroom has been made right at last.

Best of luck on the next marathon!

Bubs said...

mob, thanks. It's only a half this time, it should be much more humane.

Dale, any time you want to head south you're welcome.

Beckeye, I agree. We're thinking another mid-winter luau and poker game to beat the February doldrums.

dcup, holy smokes. small world!

Grant Miller, they do nice work but they lose track of their rags easily.

Johnny, I know. I was thinking about you guys--the kitchen AND bath at the same time. Ouch.

SkylersDad, it should be very nice for running, especially compared to the Chicago Marathon--starting temps in the upper 30's/low 40's, finishing temps in the upper 50's or low 60's.

vikkitikkitavi said...

You're right, that bathroom IS tiny but very gorgeous. And that tiki bar has me choking back huge molten chunks of envious bile.

Dena T said...

I am jealous, jealous, jealous, jealous, jealous. Except for the running part, that is.

Bubs, ya gotta win this one for the King.

Did I mention I was jealous? If it wasn't the end of my semester, I would try to tag along.


Doc said...

The Tiki is grand! But who plays the banjo?


Writeprocrastinator said...

Excellent! The Bubs Shack is a sea of cool in the empty sea of suburbia.

Dino aka Katy said...

nice bathroom and tiki bar.