Kitchen Mood Board #1

I know I need to focus on just one thing, but I can’t.  Haven’t you learned yet that I’m totally crazy?  Well, if you haven’t, don’t worry–you will.  So I’ve started thinking about our eventual kitchen redesign (in addition to our wood floors, half-bath reno, furniture makeovers, etc.), and I put together one of what could be many kitchen mood boards using Kraftmaid’s Inspiration board tool.  The nice thing about the tool is that you can add your own images, so you’re not stuck with just their choices.  Which is a good thing since I had a hard time finding anything I liked in their options.  Oops–looks like we probably won’t be buying Kraftmaid cabinets.  But their design tool?  Yes please.  Only downside is that you have to add at least 3 images from them.  I found that annoying, and I later used Windows Paint to change out two of the pics (I know, I know–I need to learn how to use Photoshop to make my life easier, but when exactly I’ll find the time, I have no idea).  Anyways, on to the mood board breakdown:

1. Dark wood floors.  What can I say?  I just dig ‘em.  Which means that it’s probably the direction we’ll go in the rest of the house, but the plan now is to at least see what they look like au naturel once we tear out the carpet.  (More on our hard wood floor dilemma here.)

These particular floors are the Congo Floors Bamboo Hardwood from Overstock for $107.99 for 31.09 sf (that equates to ~$3.48 per square foot).  No reason in particular that I grabbed this image over other dark hardwood images, although I do like the sustainability of bamboo, and I’m also a fan of wide plank floors.

2. An industrial chic slash restaurant-style faucet.  I just love the look of this style.  Plus, I think it’s handy to have the sprayer right in the faucet.  And at only $155.99, I think it’s a good deal.  Of course, since we’re not actually in the buying stage, I have to add the caveat that I haven’t done any hard-core bargain hunting yet; there very well could be (and likely are) better deals out there.  But for now, this Vigo Pull-Out Spiral Kitchen Faucet is on my list.

3. Subway tiles.  In white.  Maybe with dark grout or maybe with white grout.  I just love the simplicity of them.  And yes, I know they’re everywhere now and kind of predictable, but I also think they’re classic and timeless.  So there–take that you naysayers!  The particular picture I grabbed for my mood board wouldn’t work as a back splash (since they’re only mini versions measuring 1″x2″ available here), but you can buy the regular-sized subway tiles practically anywhere (here are some for 83 cents each; again–probably not the best price, but at least gives you an idea of what a big box store sells them for).

Anyways, I’m thinking I might like to use them for a back splash, but since this is just the first mood board, that could all change . . .

4. Countertops.  Holy decisions Batman!  There are so many options, so many materials, so many colors, so many finishes . . . my head’s spinning.  But for this mood board, I went with Bianco River Silestone (part of Silestone’s quartz River series).  I like that it’s bright with just subtle variations.  And I like that it doesn’t seem overly shiny, but not totally dull either.  Just a really good neutral.  Now, I have no idea how much Silestone costs, but I think it’s fairly pricey.  And I don’t know much about the pros and cons of it as a countertop surface, so definitely this decision will take some more research on my part, but for now I’m just loving the look.

5. Cabinet style.  Here, I think I’m decided–I want Shaker-style cabinets.  Probably a little more square than this version from Cabinets For Less, but you get the idea.  Simple, simple, simple.

6. And since I like these cabinets too (and plan to have mostly drawers anyways), here’s a good combo of the cabinets with a range top that I’m loving:

The image is from DecorPad here.  I love the six burner gas range (the Holy House currently has an electric range, so we’ll have to get a gas line run for the cooktop), and gas is definitely a must for a range top–it just lets you control your cooking heat so much better than an electric range.  However, an electric oven is the way to go since it’s able to keep a constant temperature much better than a gas oven.  Oh, and see the drawer styles–that’s kind of what I’m thinking about.  See how crisp and clean it looks?

7. Pendant lights.  I foresee multiple locations where pendant lights might end up in the kitchen–at least one over the sink, and then at least two over an island.  And I love the combination of modern, 60s-style, industrial radness that this Mega Bulb Pendant Light by designer Sofie Refer has:

But, at $285 each, and the impracticality of having to buy such a specialized bulb, it probably isn’t in the cards.  But isn’t is beautiful?  Sigh.

8. An apron sink.  Sometimes called a farmhouse sink.  This, for me, is a MUST-HAVE.  I’ve always wanted one, and yes, I know that they’re a bit on the expensive side, but I love it.  And it will make me happy whenever I’m the Mr. is doing dishes.  And I’m sure it will make him happy too–right Mr.?  Of course it will.

Now, I don’t recall where I got that picture from, but needless to say there are lots of places to buy farmhouse sinks (Amazon has one here for only $525 and free shipping–not bad really) . . .

My only instruction from the Mr. (since he usually does the dishes) is that he wants one large sink instead of a split sink.  Oh, and he wants a deep bowl.  Done and done.

9. A range hood.  See, while I haven’t totally planned out the layout of the new kitchen, my thought as of now is that the cooktop will be on the island, which means that we need a good-looking range hood.  And one that doesn’t block too much of the site line or become too over-bearing.  And that’s where this guy comes in:

And at only $483.99, I think it’s a steal!  (We went to a local appliance dealer and their similar range hoods were over $1,500!)  It’s the Contemporary Cidade Stainless Steel Range Hood from Overstock.  Basically, I want something that looks good but that also kind of just disappears.  This one could be a finalist.

10. Like I mentioned above, I’m planning on having a kitchen island.  And I like the idea of it contrasting a bit with the rest of the kitchen, probably with a different countertop.  Maybe a countertop like this concrete one:

Or even this one (yet another concrete option from here):

Again, I’d have to do some more research on how durable a concrete countertop is, but one thing I know: I definitely love the look.

11. Open Shelving.  I know it’s risky–sometimes it’s nice to be able to shut in all your schtuff inside cabinets; but the flip side is that it just makes everything more accessible and allows your schtuff a moment in the spotlight.  And I kind of like my schtuff.  I kind of want it to have its moment.  To have its chance to say to the world: here I am!  And here I shall stay. Okay, too much?  Sorry.

Image from here.

12. Random accessories.  Yep–I had a hole to fill in the mood board, so I chose this:

I think it was the 60s style of this Modcloth mug that made me want to include it.  You know, so it would make the Holy House feel more like its old 60s self.  Of course, the Mr. and I aren’t ones to spend $12.99 on a mug, especially since we aren’t card-carrying members of the Caffeine-Crazy-Club, so this will likely not make the final mood board.  But, alas, a hole had to be filled.  And filled it was.

Okay, so that basically sums it up.  What do you think?  Any countertop suggestions?  Anything that should definitely be stricken from the plan?  Anything we’re missing?  Any kitchen remodeling horror stories you want to share?

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Good Luck Eating

No, I’m not wishing you good luck in your eating endeavors (I’m guessing since you’ve got reading down, then you’ve probably mastered chewing and swallowing).  Nope–this post is all about a great eating discovery that the Mr. and I made (well, I actually made the discovery, but I’ll share the limelight with my Mr. B): Good Luck Restaurant in Rochester’s Village Gate (an artsy area with restaurants, studios, and shops).  The restaurant itself is in an old warehouse . . .

We liked the vibe right from the beginning–no sign (good thing we knew the address or we might have not been able to find it), low-key, unpretentious.  Just check out the candles lighting the stairs . . .

Love the Ball jar!  And then the bulletin board upon walking in the front door . . .

Pretty rad vintage pictures, don’t you think?

Luckily we made reservations since it was a Saturday night and it was B-U-S-Y.  The place was bumpin’–no joke.  They have a large bar, a chef’s table in the kitchen (um, yes please?  Of course, you need a minimum of 6 to reserve the chef’s table–any locals interested?  Just let us know . . . ), and then a good-sized dining room.  All the tables were different, but rustic; each chair was wood, but a different shape.  Kind of like Monica’s kitchen set from Friends, except not painted . . .

Oh, and check out the dark wood floors–sort of raw and unfinished with just stain thrown on haphazard-like.  Love them!  Which of course means I’m still confused about what direction we should go with our floors.  Oh well, more food for thought, right?  (Yeah, that was a pun.  Deal.)

I bet you also noticed the amazing chalkboard menu wall too, right?

Totally amazing, right?

Much better than my attempt at Big Guy’s back in Boston, but oh well–this gives me something to aspire too in case we ever go down the food road again . . . never say never, right?

The tables were set simply, with all the tools you’d need to serve a family meal . . .

. . . which was a good thing since the food all came family-style.  Yep–everything on the menu comes out of the kitchen whenever it’s ready, and everything’s served to the center of the table for passing and sharing.  Like I said before–totally unpretentious and low-key.  And yet the menu is anything but just your standard simple fare . . .

The most difficult thing about Good Luck was trying to decide what to get.  But we managed.

First up?  Drinks.  Duh.  The Mr. had himself a cold one . . .

. . . while I opted for a glass of wine.

We could have brought our own bottle for a $10 corkage fee (or you can bring a bottle on Thursday nights when there’s NO corkage fee), but the Mr. wasn’t feeling wine.  Next time.  Then we placed our order for food and got the warning from our waitress that things come out when they’re ready, not necessarily in the order that we ordered them.  We said, “No problem.”  After all, we were in no rush.  And it kind of made the meal exciting–what was going to come out next?!  Yeah, I know–not that exciting for most, but for us, it was right up there with the Royal Wedding.   We’re talking edge of your seats exciting :).

First thing to make it to our table? The Mesclun Greens with avocado vinaigrette . . . can we say ridiculously yummy?

And of course, that’s when the serving tools came in handy.  Up next?  Well, we opted for the chef’s choice small charcuterie plate–two meats, two cheeses of the chef’s choosing.  With accompaniments of course.  Ours ended up being Manchego (a favorite from our honeymoon in Spain), Camembert, Duck Confit, and house-made Chorizo (bonus!  another fav from our honeymoon).  Oh, plus some honeyed blueberries and a roasted onion jam.  Mm-mm-good!

My favorite combo?  The creamy Camembert with blueberries on a baguette.  The Mr.’s?  Manchego, Chorizo, and Duck Confit on bread.  Basically, it was all fantastic.  I could have just eaten another Charcuterie plate, but we had more goodness on its way . . .

Any guesses?  No?  Okay, I’ll spill it–that’s the Braised Oxtail with Tripe and Tomato Sauce.  Yeah–we ate tripe.  And it was good.  How’s that for exciting eats, huh?!

At this point, we were pretty comfortably full, but we had one more item on its way . . .

I forgot to take a picture of it before we attacked it served ourselves, but it’s the Grilled Lamb Sausage with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes.  It had quite a kick, but that didn’t stop us . . .

Yeah, let’s just say we were Gold Star members of the Clean Plate Club that night.

So there you have it!  Gourmet dining in Rochester?  Check!  Of course, we’re definitely going to have to go back before our big move to Buffalo (let’s just say we were drooling over some of our fellow diners’ food–you should’ve seen the 1 pound burger served family style!) . . . maybe even on a Thursday?  Good Luck finding someplace better (get it?)!  Ha!

Flying High

This isn’t the most timely post, but better late than never, huh?  Thanks to the Mr.’s mom, we took in the Air Show in Rochester for the Mr.’s Birthday.  It was pretty fantastic.  And I’ll admit–I had my doubts.  I’ve never been one for going all ga-ga over planes.  But this was actually FUN.  Yeah–that’s right.  I capitalized it.  That means it was F-U-N.  They had planes doing all manner of crazy tricks . . .

Yeah–this one flew straight up until stalling out and then came straight down.  Gulp.

But there were also a ton of planes all over the airport that we could tour around . . .

Yeah–like I said.  LOTS of planes.  We walked straight through one . . .

. . . and right to the next one . . .

Of course, we got frequently distracted by things like this dropping out of the sky . . .

Crazy, huh?  Nothing like some good ol’ fashioned love from our Canadian cousins.

Oh, and there were helicopters too!  Pretending to rescue people.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

But the star of the show?  The BLUE ANGELS!  Look how shiny they are!

We saw them the day before flying around when we were at the fair, so we didn’t stay out this time and bake in the sun for another chance to see them (see Mom–not only did we have our sunscreen on, but we totally limited our sun exposure . . . aren’t you proud?).

We did partake of some sweet treats though . . .

That’s the Mr.’s What the Heck?! look when he finally notices that I’m taking a ton of pictures of him doing everyday things like eat an ice cream cone.  But he’s just so dang awesome . . . how could I not take pictures of him, right?

Okay, but back to the show . . .

There may or may not have been a lot of this happening:

Me: “Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby.”

Mr.: “Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.”

and this . . .

Me: “Talk to me, Goose.”

Mr.: “We’re getting awfully low on fuel Mav.”

Yeah–we’re awesome.  Totally awesome. :)

True Value Treasure

Got any DIY projects planned in your future?  Well, if you want some free money to get ‘em done, you should apply to True Value’s DIY True Stories Contest and win $2,500!  Since the Holy House has about 734 projects that need to get done (give or take), you can bet your sweet booty that I applied to the contest.  Fingers crossed, right?

The contest asks you to identify one DIY project that you want to tackle, and making that decision was pretty tough (how do you pick one out of 734?).  But since I’m a relative novice when it comes to DIY, I figured I’d start small . . . that is, in the smallest room in the house: the half-bath.

The wallpaper, tiles (not asbestos, thank goodness!), tan-colored low-rider toilet, faux-wood vanity, and Superman-shaped mirror have all got to go!!  Luckily, that’s the only wallpaper in the entire house (a true miracle considering the home doesn’t seem to have been updated since the 60s, and those hippies were crazy into their wallpaper back then), so hopefully removing it won’t be too awful . . .

Here’s one last shot from the front hallway (the entryway to the house is to the right).

So what’s my inspiration?  Again, I’m not totally sure.  I loved the bathroom at the Cosmopolitan . . .

But maybe more for our master bathroom?  Since the half-bath is such a small room, and has no windows, I think it might be fun to do something dramatic in there.  Maybe a large-print wallpaper?  Something like this perhaps . . .

Image from YHL

With some old-fashioned hex tile and a streamlined vanity?  Here’s a little mood board I made up over at OlioBoard to start the thinking process . . .

I’d like to maybe try using a wall stencil (Royal Design Studio has some nifty ones), or maybe I can DIY my own like Kathryn over at Little Nanny Goat:

That way it’s less permanent (and more DIY-friendly) than actually hanging wallpaper.  What do you think?

Alright, that’s all I got.  So go on and start hunting for your own True Value Treasure (by applying here–hurry, you only have until August 15th), and good luck!!  Oh, and if you want sources for any of the items in my Olioboard, just click over and they’re all listed right under the board.  BTW–I just discovered the Olioboard tool and it’s a pretty rad way to try out different room ideas (although be warned: it’s a major time suck).

No Goat for You!

That’s what the Mr. said to me.  In his best Soup Nazi voice.  So if you’re upset with my little hoax from Monday, I’m sorry.  I wish we could have a goat, but that would likely necessitate some type of farm or wide open yard, neither of which we have just yet.  Turns out goats can’t be house-trained either, or so I’ve been told, so that was just another little truth-stretching I added in–again, my apologies if you’ve now gone out and bought your own goat in order to join the Mr. and I in the Cool Kids Club (you know you want in–don’t kid yourself).

So again, my sincerest apologies for identifying those of you that don’t read entire blog posts (ahem-Olsen-ahem) getting you excited about Ashley H (the goat, not the Bachelorette–she’s almost too annoying to get excited about, but I digress).  And for those of you who would like to see more goats, we did just that for the Mr.’s birthday this past weekend, so you’re in luck!  Where pray tell?  Why, at the Monroe County Fair of course!

Except this time, they were in costume!  The 4H kids had a costume pageant  . . . so adorable!

I loved that this little girl was in full control of this cow!  And then these little kids (they couldn’t have been more than 4 or 5) were totally working it with their goats . . .

I meant to ask that little girl where she got the rockin’ pink cowboy boots . . . love her style!  My favorite costume was the bumble bee, but the judges gave her 3rd place:

And the winner?  Well . . . . . it was SUPER GOAT!  (Sorry for the blurry pic, but she was so fast . . . I guess that’s why she’s called SUPER GOAT!)

She kind of reminded me of the Greatest American Hero . . . Believe it or not, I’m walking on air.  I never thought I could feel so free-ee-ee!  Flying away on a wing and a prayer, who could it be?  Believe it or not, it’s just me . . . (and yes, I knew those lyrics by heart without even looking them up.  That was just a great show.)

Back to the fair though.  The Mr. got right in there with the prize cows–those things were H-U-G-E.

And we also checked out the birds.  There were some crazy pigeons that I’d never seen the likes of before . . .

And some pretty rad chickens . . .

Laying some pretty rad eggs . . .

Oh, and did anyone know that tidbit about the color of a chicken’s eggs?  You learn something every day . . .

There were competitions for everything, including flowers.  Check out these gorgeous winners . . .

Oh, and did you know this is how pineapples grow?  Blue Monkey Mike knew . . .

But, we didn’t just look at animals, eggs, and flowers all day.  Heck no–this was a FAIR for crying out loud!  And you know what that means . . . CARNIVAL GAMES!!!

The rules with this one were that whatever quarters you won had to be replayed.  So the goal was not to get quarters, but to get blue plastic chips–three chips and you won a prize.  We actually had a great time with this–there were so many quarters that poured out, that we ended up playing for a looooooooong time, and it only cost us $1 of our own money.  Of course, we didn’t actually win any blue chips, but oh well.  The Mr. even developed a strategy–two quarters at once:

It totally worked.  Well, sort of.  I wanted that keychain in the worst way!!!

Isn’t it funny how something that costs a quarter at Wal-mart can suddenly seem so enticing when it’s just out of reach?  ;)

The Mr. also tried to win me some bigger prizes . . .

But he had no luck.  The closest he got was groping Scooby.  No comment.

And on that note, I think I’ll end this post.

Underfoot Dilemma

With the closing on our new house looming in the not-too-distant future, it’s time to make some decisions.  First up: FLOORING. Underneath all that carpet in our new home lies beautiful oak floors, so our plan is to rip out the carpet, and get the floors refinished and all dolled up before we move in.   See those floors peeking out in our master closet?

And all uncovered in our walk-in cedar closet . . .

Well, there’s no sense moving all of our stuff in only to get it covered in sawdust and have it be in the way throughout the process, right?  Right.  And since that ‘s the number one project on our list (besides fixing the garage wall and patio which we mentioned here), it means I have to decide what I want (the Mr. has graciously left all home decor decisions to yours truly) . . . oh, and I have to try to not get paralyzed by indecision in the process.  So here goes: do I go with . . .

White and bright . . .

Image from Pinterest.

Dark and moody . . .

Image from Pinterest.

au Naturel . . .

Image from Pinterest.

or Wacky and wild . . .

Image from Pinterest.

I’m already becoming crippled by indecision.  I can feel. it. creeping. up. on. me.  ACK!!  There are just TOO MANY choices.

So how do I decide?  I’m not sure.  But, lately I’ve been hooked on watching Sarah Richardson on HGTV (she has quite a few shows: Sarah 101, Design Inc., and Sarah’s House to name a few) and she made the point that it’s best to go with a neutral choice when refinishing hardwoods–that way you don’t end up going with the current trends (which seem to be both really dark and really light; basically everything except au naturel seems to be on trend), but instead stay safely in the middle with a timeless look that will outlast the current design mags.  But do I want to stay safe?!  I don’t know!!!!!!  The Mr. definitely votes for safe, plus he just likes the  more traditional look of lighter wood floors.

What to do, what to do . . . hmm.  Well, luckily, with our exhaustive house hunt, we did manage to see almost the whole gamut of styles (minus the wacky and wild).  Want to see a for instance?  Well, here you go . . . For instance (hah!), this house was going to be our runner-up if for some reason our offer wasn’t accepted on the Holy House.

Isn’t it just darling?  I loved how bright and airy it felt–the owner was definitely a minimalist and almost everything was done in a shade of white or pale blue, and that included the floors.  He’d refinished the oak floors in a white wash treatment . . .

Pretty, right?  But I think it would almost be too beachy for us.  And let’s face it, as much as I’d like to dream, Buffalo is most definitely NOT the beach.

So then there’s the au naturel look, which we saw in some homes, although not many (Buffalo seems to be the land of carpet–good for the Mr.’s business, but not so much in my wheelhouse) . . .

(Those are from two different homes btw.)

And then, of course, the dark hardwood option which we came across in only one home along our hunt . . .

But, of course, since dark hardwood floors are all the rage at the moment, there are countless images meandering around the Internet (can images meander?) . . . just check out this one of newly refinished hardwood floors in Dark Walnut stain (almost the same as the American Walnut stain I used on the dresser):

So what am I leaning towards?  Well, I initially was all about refinishing the floors in a dark stain, maybe even one of these (isn’t it nice when other bloggers do the work for you?):

But, after listening to Sarah Richardson’s advice, and my sister’s advice (she has dark hardwoods in part of her house and noted that they don’t fair so well with hiding dirt, pet hair, or children droppings (like Cheerios–not the other kind, jeez–her floors aren’t toilets for crying out loud!)), I’m leaning a bit more towards au naturel.  Plus, with the massive chocolate-brown sectional we have, dark hardwoods might be overkill?  It might make the whole space seem really dark?

To better help me visualize, I found a pretty outstanding flooring tool on Armstrong Flooring’s site, called Design-a-Room.  It lets you pick the room (I chose Living Room), the style (none of them really matched my style, but for purposes of this, I chose Contemporary), the wall color (you can pick almost any color from Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore), and then the flooring (here’s where it became somewhat daunting since there are SOOOOOO many choices).  Here are the images from the Design-a-Room tool, from lightest to darkest (all in oak):

Okay, so now it’s your turn to decide.  Take this poll and tell me what you think.  Of course, I’m not promising that this is a democracy and the winning choice will be what we go with, but you should still vote (I think we all know that this is a monocracy, but don’t let that make you think your opinions aren’t worth anything . . . because they are–really, they are ;) ).  And also because I like seeing how many people make it to reading the very end of my posts (judging from your reactions to yesterday’s post, there are clearly quite a few of you that don’t).

We Got A Goat!!

Can you believe it?!?!?!?!?!?!  Yep, the Mr. finally caved and let me get the pet I’ve been dreaming of . . . a little baby goat!  It was actually an early housewarming gift from him–isn’t that sweet?  He totally surprised me.  Sigh.  I love the Mr.

My plan is to house-train her once we move into our new place.  And then hopefully learn how to milk her and use the milk to make homemade goat cheese (just like the Tipsy Baker).  Such a good idea, right?  Isn’t she just the sweetest?  We’ve named her Ashley H after the one that got away . . .

So how did this happen?!  Well, it all started Saturday morning–the Mr. woke up bright and early with lots of surprises up his sleeve (unbeknownst to me).  First up?  He made me breakfast!  Yep–fresh eggs from Fountain of Youth Organics (the Organic Shop right in Brockport) scrambled up with organic chicken sausage (also made locally), peppers, onions, and goat cheese.  Yum!  Little did I know that the goat cheese was a hint . . .

It was out-of-this-world good.  Especially because I didn’t have to make it :).  And then he told me he had even more surprises planned, and we had to head out . . . to where?  He wouldn’t tell!!!  Cheeky Monkey.

But I found out soon enough–the Mr. took me to a local joint: Springdale Farm.  It was AAAAAA-wait for it-DORABLE! And FREE to boot!  Only the petting zoo cost money . . . guess how much?  ONE DOLLAH!  That’s right.  Cuz that’s how they roll in Western NY . . .

So there I was, totally just thinking that the Mr. was taking me to experience yet another of his growing-up-in-Brockport memories (apparently all the area schools take the kids there for field trips).  And it was great–I love me a good ol’ fashioned farm any day.  We saw sheep . . .

. . . and pigs . . .

(the picture doesn’t do that big guy justice–no joke, he was the size of me and the Mr. put together!)

(doesn’t that new mama look like she has a smile on her face?)

. . . and we saw roosters . . .

(I’m a little bit in love with the effect the chain link fence had on those pictures . . . pretty rad, huh?)

. . . and some peacocks (noisy little buggers that they are) . . .

. . . and even some horses . . . check out how much Mr. B has grown since moving west–those are regular riding horses!  I swear, it must be something in the water out here . . .

Okay, so maybe they’re miniatures . . . too cute, huh?

But the best part of the farm?  The goats of course!!!!  There were itty-bitty baby ones . . .

. . . regular grown-up ones . . .

. . . and THEN . . . the toddler ones that were up for ADOPTION!!!!  That’s when the Mr. sprung it on me–I had my pick!  But of course, Ashley H stole my heart right from the get-go.  Just look at how cute she is, and she kept following me around!

And she even had some love to spare for the Mr. . . .

Of course, it wasn’t the easiest decision.  This little guy stole the Mr.’s heart . . .

He even started crying when we left (the goat, not Mr. Bunches) . . .

But we could only take one goat home (for now . . . I’m hoping the Mr. will soon let me get another–fingers crossed!).

So are you so excited for us?!  Are you shocked?  Did you see it coming?  Want to see pics of Ashley H at home?  Well . . .

Okay, so we didn’t get a goat, but wouldn’t that have been AMAZING?!  If you don’t agree, then apparently you’re in the Mr.’s camp.  Boo on you.  For the past few years, I’ve really wanted to get a goat–not quite sure what my fascination is or why I love the dang things so much.  Maybe because I see my own goat as my own personal goat cheese supply?  And I love me some goat cheese–you can put that s%@& on everything!

Happy Monday kids.

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