{Hannah} How Do You Know…

…if someone’s run a marathon?

Don’t worry–they’ll tell you!

still smiling for my fans after 23.5 miles

Last Sunday, I ran the TCS New York City Marathon!

I got tired around mile 16 after going over the third bridge (there are five), and started walking through the water stations at mile 18.  Since I started out faster than I should have, I was still able to finish in 4:28:08, which is under my goal time of 4:30.  For my first marathon (and one of the toughest marathons at that), I’m pretty proud of myself!

My name was even printed in the New York Times–check out about a third of the way down the first column below.

I celebrated post-race with my parents and friends, and with lots of pizza and cake.  I was pretty sore for a few days, but I’m mostly back to normal now.

I printed off a few pictures and put them in a frame from Michaels to commemorate my accomplishment.

I’m not sure if I’ll run another marathon, but like an “inspirational” quote had said: there’s a lifetime of knowing that I have. 🙂


{House} Kitchen Inspiration

When I moved into my apartment over a year and a half ago, I knew I’d renovate the kitchen (and bathroom).  The new layout would be pretty straight forward, as I can’t change the location of the sink or range.  But the aesthetic took a little longer for me to develop.

I’ve always liked the look of white kitchens, as they’re timeless and versatile.  Since this is a starter apartment with (by some standards) a small kitchen, I decided to go with white high gloss cabinets to help bounce light around.

At some point, I stumbled upon an NYC coop kitchen renovation that also used Ikea’s high gloss white cabinets!

Photo by Pablo Enriquez

I liked the clean and modern look of her kitchen, though I’m not fond of some of the details. I then found other kitchens with glossy white cabinetry that I felt were more my style.

Photo by Croma Design Inc

Photo by Natasha Habermann Studio

Photo by JAX Builders Ltd.

Photo by Basic Builders, Inc.

Even though the craze for herringbone tile is mostly over, I’m drawn to this herringbone tile every time I walk into Lowe’s.  In person, it’s much more white and grey than the yellow-ish tone it has online.

For counter tops, I’m going with a light to medium grey quartz.  It’ll tie in nicely with the veining in the marble.

a quick “mood board” with the marble herringbone tile, grey quartz counters, and high gloss white cabinetry

Though I’ve had a tough time finding a place to get the counter tops!  Lowe’s and Ikea both have minimum requirements for square footage (25 square feet), and since I don’t meet that requirement (I’m estimating I’ll need about 17 square feet), I have to pay a penalty (to the tune of $250).  Home Depot just has a minimum charge ($1200) regardless of square footage needed, and the price per square foot for their grey-colored counter tops is about $1200 anyway.  I’m still planning on talking to a few stone yards to see if they’re able to help me out.

In the mean time, I’m still meeting with contractors and sub-contractors to satisfy the board’s requirement of me not doing it alone.  Right now, it looks like I won’t be starting on demo and construction until September.

{House} It’s a Learning Process

I was young, eager, and green at the beginning of the year when I declared this the year of the kitchen.  Even though I had grand plans to do most of the paperwork before my exam, I didn’t get in regular contact with the property manager until June.  Since then, we’ve talked every week, and she’s been my go-between with the co-op board.  While I believe I have the skills, know-how, and can-do spirit to renovate the kitchen myself, the board is not so optimistic.  Now I’m on the hunt for a general contractor to supervise the job.  I’m hoping to find a GC that will allow me to work alongside them.  Then, fingers crossed we’ll be able to start the project sooner rather than later!

As part of the process (both for me and the board), I created a major to do list for the kitchen!  I even published it under “The List” for safe keeping.  I marked it with items I expect to purchase, as well as approximate costs.  I’m budgeting $15-20k for the whole remodel, but it will probably be on the higher end, given that I need to hire a GC now.

In the mean time, I’ve ordered my cabinets!  After some research, I’ve decided to use Ikea’s high-gloss white cabinets, as they’re DIY friendly, and cost effective.  Ikea’s summer kitchen sale ended this past weekend, and after confirmation from the property manager that the cabinets were fine, I plopped down a few grand on half the cabinet order.

I’ll be back soon with more details on the kitchen!

{Home} The Longest Project

When I was moving to New York, I wanted a more collected look for my apartment. I picked out these bentwood back chairs on eBay, and coincidentally was in the city where they were located to pick them up. I brought them home, where I spray painted them red, and replaced and upholstered the seat in a coordinating fabric.

However, the seat circles weren’t perfectly round, so they didn’t fit snugly into the chair, which meant I never attached them together. To solve both issues, I bought some cording at Joann Fabrics (which involved multiple trips to multiple stores).

But some four years later, I finally completed the project! I bought a glue gun from Home Depot (thanks to a friend for the gift card!), which indicated it could be used for fabric and wood.

It took a little finesse to attach the cording, but I got it to stick.

Then, I had to act quickly to glue all the way around and squish the seat cushion to the chair.

I repeated the process on the second chair.

I’ve even already used one chair, and it held up! Technically, this project isn’t over yet, as the seat for the third chair is broken. So I need to cut a new circle and upholster that one before I can use the remaining cording to finally have a complete and matching set of chairs.

{Home} Umm…Yeah…

I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been writing. Yes, I’m still alive. Yes, I’ve done a few projects. Yes, I can catch you up!

First, some sad news. Remember the phone I worked so hard to connect to the building’s intercom?

Well, it doesn’t work anymore. Not because of me, but because the building joined the 21st century, and got a new intercom that calls your cellphone! It even has a Bluetooth option, so you can unlock the door with your phone!

Now, some exciting news: I’m a trend setter!

Better Homes and Gardens did a piece in their April 2018 issue on using color to influence the feeling of your home, and one of their “Calming Hues” is the same color I used to paint the living room: Silver Satin!

In other news, I’m still hoping to get my kitchen renovated this year, and I submitted my proposal to the co-op last week. Fingers crossed they approve it quickly, and I can get that ball rolling!