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 dwelling able to listing, and what’s taking place with the pink home. 

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

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Present Notes

Lengthy-distance renovating suggestions:

-Get the very 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 aspect of the home

-Make the porch wrap round

New dwelling temper board:

-Numerous bookshelves

-An electrical hearth that appears actual

-Extra inexperienced paint

-Paint Jeremy’s studio blue

-Strive a reddish-pink shade

-Ceiling tiles

How we ready our dwelling in Tennessee to listing:

-Deep clear and decrease 

-Eliminated private gadgets

-Up to date {hardware}

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

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

What’s taking place with the pink home: 

-Retaining it for now. We’d have to stay there subsequent yr for a bit and we’re planning on doing an Airbnb for now. I wouldn’t be stunned if we listing it. Presently not sure! 

This Time Tomorrow ebook report favourite highlights:


-The time journey author inside a time journey ebook 

-The daddy/daughter relationship 

-That it was set within the Nineties


-The significance of spending time with these you’re keen on

-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 dwelling able to listing and what’s taking place with the Pink Home. We’re additionally sharing a ebook 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 together with your kindness. I feel it’s a blogger mind downside, to count on folks to be imply about every thing, after which when persons are so good, it truly is so reassuring.

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

Elsie: I’m gonna inform somewhat 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 had 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 part her total 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 yr she needs the identical sort of celebration, it’s very attention-grabbing. The factor I wanna speak about from Disney is one thing that we’ve been to a couple 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 somewhat 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 once we booked it. And I used to be like I positively wanna get this as a result of clearly, Marigold’s a princess and we must always attempt it. So we had been with one other household, they’d their two daughters after which our two daughters had 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 while you stroll inside, it’s like this lovable 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 attractive, stunning. And my first impression was, that is nicer than the place the place I attempted on wedding 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 finished or my lash stuff.

Elsie: Yeah. Step one was, and I’ll say this was like Construct a Bear the place it could possibly get very costly, however we determined to simply flip our brains off for the day and go together with it. So the youngsters choose 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 had been like, we love that for you. After which Marigold picked the Rapunzel costume, she needed to select the Elsa costume, however I used to be like, oh my God, you have already got like eight of these. So I sort of talked her into the opposite one and it was identical to a far more elaborate costume. So I used to be completely happy 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 images that our like sibling group textual content, and I used to be identical to, this hair extension, it’s wild. 

Elsie: It’s wild, yeah I knew she was gonna choose it and I used to be identical 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 mates, I need this mirror for my dwelling. It was so stunning and I didn’t know that it was about to do probably the most magical factor I’d ever seen. It sort 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 unbelievable like I couldn’t consider it, I used to be very wow. After which they go right into a type of like a separate salon, like throughout the road they usually sit in salon chairs, they get their nails finished, they get their hair finished. 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 could possibly 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 sort of somewhat like reveal, which is so cute. After which they’d somewhat portrait studio throughout the road they usually 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 finished that appear. You already know, 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. At the very least for our expertise. I assumed it was the be among the finest issues we’ve ever finished there.

Emma: I adore it. Yeah, and while you despatched the images, I used to be like, cuz truthfully, more often than not when Elsie sends an image of her two ladies collectively, it’s like one in all them’s dressed like. Sensible, like beige, you recognize, simply, that’s her fashion. 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 regarded actually good and simply had jules glued throughout her face. She simply regarded 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 regarded wonderful and I used to be like, I really feel like they each picked precisely what they needed they usually look wonderful. 

Elsie: Yeah, it was nice. They did a fantastic 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 desire a spa day the place somebody places extensions in my hair. That sounds good. 

Elsie: I feel we must always have a spa day. Possibly we must 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 numerous 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 sort of difficult and it’s not our first time to do it. I do really feel like every time we have now renovated, we’ve realized these life classes which are constructing blocks for the subsequent time. So one in all my issues with this long-distance renovation is that I’m selecting probably the most respected contractors. I’m not likely attempting to save cash at this part as a result of I don’t wanna have a catastrophe, like after I first moved to Nashville. So I feel selecting individuals who have been beneficial 10 instances over, all of the folks that we’re working with to date are individuals who work in our neighborhood on a regular basis. So I feel that’s a really character take a look at simply because they know everybody they usually know that you recognize everybody and I feel 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 not likely attempting to do probably the most, I’m attempting to do the least. I’m attempting to be lifelike and sensible, so I’m not attempting to renovate all the dwelling earlier than we transfer in in any respect. I’m simply attempting to do the naked minimal that may assist us be extra settled once we are moved in. So we’re positively doing the flooring, we’re positively portray and I’m doing a little work to the ceilings. I’m constructing some bookshelves, some issues that. You already know, like we’ll do it eventually, but when I’ve to chop something out, I don’t even care. So long as we do the flooring and we will transfer in with out ever having to maneuver all that again out once more. 

Emma: Yeah, no flooring is an efficient purpose 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 unique they usually have room to be sanded and refinished once more as a result of you’ll be able to solely do this so many instances in a lifetime. It’s numerous instances with flooring which are over 100 years previous. It is smart that if they’d finished lots, then they is perhaps coming to the tip of their life they usually weren’t. So I really feel fortunate they, the wooden man mentioned they in all probability haven’t been refinished in additional than 30 years, which is good. So yeah, I really feel excited to simply do one thing fairly basic. We’re gonna select a darker ground shade 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 fashion somewhat bit, which I’ve been for a couple of years, however that is greater. It’s one thing that I’ve by no means picked a darkish ground shade earlier than. 

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

Elsie: I feel I’ve simply been so many books and inspiration from the period of our dwelling 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 feel that darker flooring appear to be they may have all the time been there. It’s like probably the most basic 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 can be your recommendation for somebody who’s needing to seek 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 feel there’s actually just one contractor who I knew from the previous who I nonetheless would name to today. Most individuals are model new, who I’ve by no means met earlier than, which is regular. I feel that discovering individuals who work in your neighborhood on a regular basis, that’s technique as a result of it’s like there’s already established belief, and numerous instances they like put their little signal out within the yard whereas they’re doing all of your flooring or no matter, they need to be part of the neighborhood, which is sweet.

I’ve renovated sufficient to learn to be communicator from the start, so I allow them to understand how, quote-unquote excessive upkeep I’m from the primary assembly. I’m really not probably the most high-maintenance individual, however I feel I’m within the center. I clearly mentioned I’ll need to approve each step. I’ll want a transparent iPhone picture, or I might want to are available in individual, issues like that in order that they don’t get forward of you. Cuz numerous instances while you’re out of city, they simply wanna full the job, they usually would possibly end the entire thing and never inform you sure steps, after which sure steps could possibly be finished, not the way you had been considering. There are such a lot of issues in renovating that may be finished in another way than the way you had been anticipating, and it actually wasn’t their fault. There are simply so many locations to misconceive and the way in which that it seems in your thoughts is often 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 somewhat 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 positively advocate. I simply assume it’s safer. 

Emma: Yeah. And then you definitely additionally point out you’re attempting to be somewhat extra sensible. So apart from flooring, you could have different belongings you’re eager to get finished, 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 simply’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 serious renovation, sooner or later the home has a partial wraparound porch. It’s a colonial revival dwelling, which that fashion of dwelling is thought for its symmetry, however the way in which the home seems proper now, it seems like there are sunrooms added to 1 aspect of the home after which not on the opposite aspect. So the symmetry is off. So I’ve all the time recognized that if I had an opportunity to do an enormous renovation, I might need to match the sunrooms on either side in order that the symmetry is again. , and I feel it’s fairly apparent that it was added, the sunrooms weren’t unique. I might additionally like to have the porch go all the way in which round and have a again porch, as a result of proper now it doesn’t have any sort of again porch, and the yard is sort of underwhelming in comparison with the entrance of the house.

There are numerous issues I wanna do, nevertheless it’s stuff that we’d like, like an architect and a planning interval and permits and doubtless an enormous price range. That’s not one thing I might attempt to try lengthy distance or with out residing there first. The opposite factor I actually realized from our final dwelling was cuz we moved into the house we stay in now in Nashville. We moved in right here through the pandemic with zero renovations. We simply bought the keys and moved within the subsequent day. And it was somewhat bit laborious as an individual who shares dwelling stuff on-line as a result of folks had been imply about our home for a very long time. And I don’t get it for a very long time, however as a challenge, it turned out higher than something I’ve ever finished 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 feel that I made significantly better choices than I did prior to now after I renovated homes that I hadn’t lived in but. So I stand by that and I feel that with the ability to stay in a house and actually, I wish to overthink it. Like, take into consideration each potential means you possibly can transfer a wall or transfer a door, or like, the place would the dream pantry be? There are often numerous choices while you’re doing an enormous renovation. I positively need my time to overthink once more earlier than I make these choices. 

Emma: Cool, I adore it. I’m assuming you could have a brand new dwelling temper board, describe that for us. You’ve advised us that it’s a colonial revival, so we all know it’s an older dwelling and we all know that. However apart 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 finished our dwelling in Tennessee, I’m actually proud of it. There have been sure issues from this dwelling that I sort 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 like, I like, love, love, adore it. I’m actually proud of it. The fake hearth state of affairs, I feel I sort of wanna attempt to discover a model of an electrical fireplace that appears sort of actual. I feel I wanna attempt that if we do like one other bed room hearth. However I positively am glad that I added the fireplaces and I actually favored the colours that we used on this dwelling. I do know that inexperienced paint just isn’t a brand new pattern. Inexperienced paint has been occurring for years, however I prefer it. So I’ll positively do extra inexperienced within the subsequent dwelling. It simply feels good. It’s like a feel-good shade that you simply love the sensation of one thing that a lot. And I liked the normal wallpaper, so my favourite a part of our entire dwelling that we did was that little inexperienced nook room by the hidden library. I like that feeling and would like to do extra of that in our subsequent dwelling. I name it my vampire room, it’s simply sort of the alternative of the sunshine and brilliant all-white, every thing, previous Elsie aesthetic that I was obsessive about, which I nonetheless like white, but when I had 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 assume what I wanna do is take the fashion I’ve been enjoying 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 positively 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 somewhat little bit of a reddish, like a pinky-red shade, which I’m actually excited to attempt trigger I don’t assume I’ve ever tried that shade.

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

Elsie: Possibly you recognize the room that I maintain saying the puzzle room? I’m excited about that perhaps. 

Emma: Okay. Yeah, I adore it. It sort 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, really, they’re not all the time manufactured from tin, however the textural ceiling tiles surrounded by moldings. I feel that’ll be actually completely different and I’m actually excited to attempt that.

Emma: Cool. Effectively, when you’re having an abundance of bookshelves, appears like numerous the stuff that’s already in your house, is it gonna match within the new dwelling. I assume perhaps let’s speak about that for a second, furnishings. So what are you preserving and shifting? Is there something that you recognize you’re not gonna be preserving or something that you recognize you’ll be lacking when you get to Missouri?

Elsie: So we’re not preserving as a lot furnishings as you’ll assume. So I actually just like the furnishings we did on the pink home. It’s numerous flea market furnishings and somewhat bit of recent stuff. And I feel we’ll in all probability enhance our new dwelling somewhat bit extra like that. In our dwelling in Tennessee the place we stay proper now, we nonetheless have numerous 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 feel I might let go of somewhat little bit of my wicker, however positively not all of it. Positively preserving the lamps, however yeah, I feel that we simply need to add extra antiques, that’s actually the factor. So in Springfield, there’s this unbelievable flea market, it’s referred to as Relics Vintage mall or one thing. I’m just about gonna furnish my entire dwelling from there and Fb market I feel. I feel that the house we stay in is just a bit bit an excessive amount of Serena and Lily, which I like Serena and Lily, nevertheless it’s very coastal and it leans somewhat 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 part I identical to love antiques, I like residing with them. I like being surrounded by them. And I additionally really feel like when 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 need to do this? I all the time considered antiques as very costly, however when it comes all the way down to it, it’s really not that. That is main furnishings so that you evaluate it to different main furnishings purchases. 

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

Elsie: Should you can have an vintage mild fixture versus a lightweight fixture from Pottery Burn for a similar value, then sooner or later it’s only a choice of which one you want, the way in which it seems higher, proper? 

Emma: How did you put together your own 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 last word greatest. He’s one in all my shut mates, I like him. I’m not recommending him cuz he’s my good friend although. He’s an unbelievable 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 like about him probably the most is that he is available in and helps me audit what I have to do to prep.

And so months in the past, in all probability, a yr 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 once we nonetheless thought we had 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 entire 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 provides his opinion about different issues. So yeah, after I realized we had been going to maneuver, we had been in the course of our massive renovation with all of the bookshelves and the residing areas mainly, so we had already finished 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 way in which I deliberate it, and the way in which I designed it and {photograph} it only for my very own private pleasure, the way in which that I deliberate it.

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

Emma: Effectively, it already wasn’t a fantastic flip, so that you would possibly 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 nice for residing there, nevertheless it’s not likely 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 seems 25% higher. It simply seems prefer it’s up to date. It doesn’t appear to be it’s renovated. It doesn’t appear to be 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 dwelling. Though if we had been staying there, I personally would renovate the kitchen nonetheless, I personally would renovate the principle toilet nonetheless, if somebody doesn’t need to, then they’re the very best they are often for now. 

Emma: Yeah. And what’s it been wish to stay 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 not likely in my management and I do know that it has occurred, and can occur and every thing. Nevertheless it was one thing I used to be attempting to keep away from or hoping to keep away from. We have now 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 sort of need to maintain our dwelling fairly near good 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 ensure that I’ve sufficient time to take it again to zero anytime I begin an enormous challenge, 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 that will go away one desk, is that this challenge, one other desk is that challenge, and it’s identical to there are initiatives all over the place on a regular basis. And that’s truthfully how I wish to stay and it’s simply not one thing that we’re in a position to do proper now. After which simply preserving children’ stuff cheap has been laborious. There was a sure half earlier than Christmas the place we had a heart-to-heart once we had 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 just isn’t 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 speculation 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 not likely truthful to our youngsters. 

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

Elsie: It’s positively numerous work although, preserving it that means. Nevertheless it’ll be value it and we’re completely happy to do it. I’m attempting to have perspective and identical to get by way of the season, proper? 

Emma: Yeah, it’ll promote quickly. However yeah, it’s laborious to have showings, particularly attempting 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 somewhat bit, however what’s the factor you’re the proudest of on this home that you simply selected to do, or will miss probably the most 

Elsie: So I positively 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 finished it, I don’t have to do one ever once more. And that could be a dialog that’s ongoing, for positive. However yeah, it was simply so enjoyable and, very fulfilling, very thrilling. And It’s positively a factor that we’ve had numerous realtors posting simply that a part of our home, so I do know that it’s the standout particular characteristic too. However apart from that, I’m so pleased 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 unbelievable. So I feel that’s in all probability probably the most underrated renovation after which additionally simply that massive part of inexperienced cabinets in our front room, I feel was the opposite best option that we made as a result of the lounge simply didn’t have numerous vibes earlier than. Do you bear in mind what it regarded like earlier than, it was sort of vibeless and now it has a lot persona. So yeah, I feel ground, ceiling, cabinets, after which simply easy paneling, a paneled ceiling had been among the greatest decisions I’m very pleased with these.

Emma: Yeah, and the folks actually wanna know what’s taking place with the Pink Home. That is in all probability the factor folks ask probably the most. They’re like, is she gonna promote the pink home? Is she gonna maintain 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 might transfer again to Missouri once more as a result of we solely purchased that home like a yr and a half in the past, proper? A yr, a yr and a half in the past. It wasn’t very way back in any respect. So we had no concept and we love staying there through the holidays and stuff. I’m very connected to it. I nonetheless haven’t completed every thing I needed to do there to replace it, so I’m not actually focused on promoting it. There’s not likely a profit to us financially to promote it proper now. I feel we purchased it when the market was somewhat extra up than it’s now. So I feel our first alternative is gonna be to make it an Airbnb as a result of then I might use it somewhat bit for my footage and stuff. And we additionally nonetheless would possibly want to remain in it once we’re renovating sooner or later. I feel that it’s actually, actually near our new home. I assume I in all probability 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 feel we’ll maintain it and lease it out not directly. I positively don’t assume we’ll listing it this yr, 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 long run. That might be cool. 

Elsie: Effectively, 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 wonderful. I maintain 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 wonderful. It’s gonna be a fantastic yr. Okay, so ought to we go forward and do our ebook report? 

Emma: Sure, let’s do it. This week’s ebook report is about this time tomorrow, and we’re simply gonna discuss in regards to the ebook. So when you haven’t learn it but, you may not wanna hearken to this, simply so you recognize that. So the purpose of the ebook is it’s a lady, Alice is our predominant character, and, she’s older, she’s having her fortieth birthday, nicely, it’s not likely older, it’s not older. Elsie’s 40 so I needed to put that in there. I didn’t need her to really feel previous. Anyway, she additionally has an getting older father who’s within the hospital. And so she’s sort 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 sort of type of fallen into, I feel she mentions that she needed to be a painter, however she hasn’t actually been portray and he or she works at her previous highschool as sort of a steerage counselor or an admission. She decides on the little children who go to the elementary faculty, she helps determine that, and it’s one thing that she appears to take pleasure in, nevertheless it wasn’t essentially a profession that she noticed herself doing perpetually, 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 sort of get the sensation that Alice is type of her life and excited about making adjustments, but in addition sort of feeling like perhaps she’s at an age the place she’s simply settling in, and it turns into sort of clear that the large factor in her life that truly issues probably 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 feel that that’s type 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 good friend who’s her good friend 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 previous dwelling, which is pretend 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 at some point, 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 sort of the premise of the ebook and we watch her do that again and again as she sort 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 sort of sees what that may be like and it seems it wasn’t the fantasy that she had envisioned, issues like that. However my favourite a part of the ebook is when she, as a 16-year-old, tells her dad in regards to the time journey. And her dad is an writer, 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. Though they sort 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 ebook, 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 the very 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 appears like somewhat little bit of an dependancy. Like I get extra time, I get extra of this particular time as a result of I feel the older I get, the extra I perceive that there are these actually particular moments in life they usually go by shortly and there’s nothing you are able to do to carry onto them, it’s like sand by way of your hand, nevertheless it’s so particular. And in a means it’s this like melancholy factor that you simply’re all the time residing the place you’re like, oh my gosh, that is probably the most particular second and likewise it’s instantly gone. I feel that this ebook actually captures numerous that. I feel among the main themes of the ebook to me is like getting older and mortality and somewhat bit, and he or she offers with that by way 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’re keen on. However I feel it nearly highlights the truth that there’s solely a lot time and that you simply received’t get perpetually. I simply thought it was actually stunning and actually candy and actually humorous. It’s a really humorous ebook, nevertheless it’s additionally sort of melancholy. It offers with demise and it offers with, life decisions and various things like that. I liked it. 

Elsie: Yeah, I assumed it was stunning. The daddy-daughter relationship I assumed was the very best a part of the ebook. The factor that the nerd inside me, the factor that I favored the very best in regards to the ebook is that I like a ebook inside a ebook and this ebook has, the character of her father has time journey books which are 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 ebook set within the Nineties is sort of a very millennial pleasure. I feel that it’s the right setting for like, that’s after I was an adolescent, so I actually loved that. However yeah, anytime there’s a ebook inside a ebook and you’re feeling prefer it’s an actual ebook as a result of it’s so in there a lot, I feel that that’s actually attention-grabbing 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 generally massive adjustments on her sixteenth birthday, and I sort of favored that that wasn’t an important factor. I really feel like what we’re speculated to take from the ebook somewhat bit was an important 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 residing in an enormous home or a small home, as a result of an enormous home is for loser wealthy folks. It’s identical 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 again and again is, attempting to save lots of her dad. A few of ’em, she like convinces him to quit smoking, and a few of ’em, she’s like, you’ve gotta train extra, you gotta eat higher. She simply is looking for a approach 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 ebook, 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 specific ebook, on this specific model of time journey it does one thing to you when you return again and again and over and he or she realizes that there’s no means that she will be able to 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 sort of realizes there are issues value dying for, there are issues extra vital. And you’ll’t actually take these issues away or ask somebody to. You simply sort 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 will’t essentially change the long run in order that there’ll be no demise and no ache. We simply have to understand what we have now. And I feel 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 numerous time along with her dad and asks him numerous questions on his life and his cousins. I feel she even data their dialog identical to attending to know him extra and issues that she by no means requested him she needed to ask him. I feel that that makes numerous sense so far as, when you knew, all proper, that is the final time, and after I get again to the long run, in all probability my dad’s gonna be sick once more. And so how do I wanna spend today? And it’s like simply with them, simply speaking. 

Elsie: Effectively, I hope if anybody learn it, I hope you loved it. I assumed it was good too. I feel I used to be distracted somewhat bit as a result of I used to be afraid that the endings the place it’s like the one life I need are those I had at first. 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 do this, the writer, as a result of she references numerous 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 favored was my unique, or, oh, I bought the husband and the youngsters and the profession precisely as I needed. And I feel she sort of goes out of her approach to be like, yeah, she tried on all of these they usually had 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 when you can time journey.

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

Emma: Plus, I’m an enormous fan lady of this writer. I’ve learn a lot of her different books and I simply thought it was actually enjoyable that she sort of takes this little science fiction flip. I 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 predominant characters, Leonard the daddy is a science fiction author and so there are numerous references to his work and to the TV present. After which he writes one other ebook in among the Futures Don of Time, and he talks about that. And so it’s positively in that world, and so I simply thought it was actually enjoyable to see this writer do one thing somewhat bit completely different, however nonetheless very very like all of the issues that I like about her writing had been on this ebook plus a while journey, so it was identical 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 referred to as Books are Magic and has the cutest free little library outdoors that I feel I’ve ever seen in its very charming little spot with a fantastic 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 feel we’re midway by way of our ebook 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 planet? Are you aware? 

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

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

Nova: Bye bye everybody.

Emma: Thanks a lot for listening. Should you’ve been having fun with our podcast, we might actually respect 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 purpose setting. We’re gonna be speaking in regards to the 12-week yr technique.