The Adventures of Monique

The Adventures of Monique

a career break journal


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Ceiling, Floors, Paint: Part 2 – Secret Phase A

Ceiling, Floors, Paint: Part 2 – Secret Phase A

Our neighbors had warned us of Secret Phase A when we purchased the house. After inspection, we identified a list of projects, big and small, to modernize, customize, and secure the house.  The list of projects was planned into a series of phases ending in Summer […]

Ceiling, Floors, Paint: Part 1 – Just the Floors

Ceiling, Floors, Paint: Part 1 – Just the Floors

At closing, after all the papers were signed and everyone congratulated one another, the sellers asked if we planned any renovations for the house. “Just the floors,” we said. “Ceiling, floors, paint!” responded the seller’s agent.  “Those are best projects to do before you move […]

That’s What’s Up: New Homeowner Edition

That’s What’s Up: New Homeowner Edition

Um. So. Yeah… … It’s been two months since I’ve posted to this blog. TWO MONTHS! In the blogosphere that is a total sin as the first rule of blog posting is: post regularly and post often.  So I may have lost some readership along […]

Nothing Changes. Everything Changes.

Nothing Changes. Everything Changes.

Our first day as homeowners was unremarkable. In fact, it reminded me a lot of our first day as a married couple… …Fury and I got married privately on a Friday afternoon. It was just us and the pastor along the backdrop of Boston Harbor. […]

Under Contract: The Final Days

Under Contract: The Final Days

The last week under contract is less chaotic than the first two, but probably the most stressful. Everything gets really REAL. You are so close to home ownership that you can taste it, but you’re not in the clear yet, so you have to be […]