Nov 26, 2014

KC 'Cocks and More

Shuttlecocks, of course.

I was bored silly on my prior three visits to Kansas City.  Kept thinking either I'm doing something wrong or this town got nothin'.  We drove down last month for a 2 day to rub out another and determine if this town can bring it.

Learned I was doing it all wrong before...we loved this visit.

Curls is a hardcore planner.
I'm the opposite and prefer being lightly prepared but making real-time decisions.  Too many variables, and modifiers always crop up that jack the plan.
This opposition drives us bonkers.
She mapped the itinerary, but I messed it with some game time mods.

Sep 28, 2014

DSM to Fran

We visited California this summer, chunking it into a three course of San Francisco, Yosemite and wine country.  Flight was Frontier, a no frills bird with a quick 30 minute stop in Denver.  Peanuts cost extra, naps and drool are free.

Sep 11, 2014

Dueling Thunder Closets

Okay, I get it, nobody likes my idea of combining two small bathrooms into one.  Loss of privacy and pooping people on dueling side-by-side toilets are top concerns.  Resale value drop, too.

Let us talk privacy.

In a bathroom, there are three sketchy zones where you don't want other humans seeing your junk:  toilet, shower and tub.

The two toilets would be completely private, drywall between them, fans to vent that nasty fecal air.  Standing by the sink, you'd see doors.  Sitting on the throne, you'd see walls, door and Car and Driver:

Sep 10, 2014

Blowing Toilets

Waiting for a gray rug to boat in from India, then Pigtails' room is a wrap.

Updated her walls from meconium orange to light lavender.
Removed poorly designed wooden closet compartments and replaced with movable wire racks.
Ripped the carpet and whitewashed the creaky oak floor, added a dresser, mirror and nightstand.
The dresser was Curls' idea, if up to me we'd shove all that crap in the closet.

Aug 19, 2014


Long time no post, here's a quickie on what's new with B&P.

A few of you tracked our California trip over on Facebook.  We visited San Francisco, Yosemite and wine country near Vacaville.  San Fran was nice, but they got nothin' on Des Moines on the foodie front. 

My favorite in the Bay Area was renting a Tesla and driving the electro-beast over to Muir woods to hike 1,000 year old Red Woods.

I'll post more trip pics later, we covered a lot of ground:  Highway 1 drive to the Pacific at Half Moon Bay, a multi-mile hike through Yosemite to Vernal Falls, stealth stop at Lake Tahoe and a ridiculous hilltop vineyard stay near Vacaville.  If you book hotels and have never done, please try it.  Curls did a great job finding rental homes in Noe Valley and wine country.

Pigtails is 12 now and has had the same bedroom decor since poopy diapers.  Speaking of, the walls were meconium orange. 

She wanted to pull the carpet, we found the floor half painted to cover pet stains.  She asked for more fluffy colors and less cat whiz, here's where we're at:

She has volleyball practice tonight, hence the spanx.  Working on installing a modular closet system now.  The box says "EZ 15 Minute Install," the instructions are 30 pages deep and come with a sack full of 50 nuts and drywall hooks.  It'll be a two day project.

Off to pick her up from practice now, leave a comment and tell me what's new!