The Move

by Koko on May 27, 2015 · 0 comments

in Army, Clarksville, Georgia

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Or a better title would be “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Movers: About two weeks ago, we selected dates for movers and submitted those to the Army. The Army then offered up our dates to moving companies who could then pick up our contract. A few days later, we were contacted by a company who got our contract. They confirmed our moving dates with us and I thought “Wow this is all going to go so well!” With those moving dates in mind, we set our closing date on our Columbus house for the day after the movers were set to finish. A tight schedule, but if all went well, we would be set.

A week later, the moving company called and cancelled our contract leaving us in the lurch. Q and the transportation office worked as best as they could to find us movers, but as of this Thursday, we didn’t have any. Knowing we had to close on our Columbus house next week, we rented a U-Haul and starting at 5PM, we packed up half of our house. Q and I packed, loaded and hauled half of our home to Clarksville in a truck. He drove the U-Haul and I followed with Carl in the Prius. We had to leave at 4AM to make our closing on our new Clarksville house.

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Clarksville House: We got a call Thursday evening as we were loading the U-Haul that the sellers of our Clarksville house were running late on moving out. We were assured they would be out by 1PM the next day, even though we were closing at 11AM. We arrived for a walk-through of our house at 10AM to find a house completely filled with clothes, furniture and a fridge full of food and no movers in sight. We were not pleased. We proceeded with closing at 11 even though the house was not vacant. Skip to 4PM and they had finally moved out. We had to unload to U-Haul and get to work.

That night it felt very warm upstairs in the house. We didn’t think much of it until the next morning when it was still warm. We called an AC repairman and sure enough their system had a leak. $400 later and 4 hours later, we were up and running. (Yes, we sent the sellers the bill).

We spent the whole weekend painting, removing wallpaper (which I am now hiring someone to finish for me), and moving in the big furniture items we brought with us.

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Some good news: on Friday, we got a call that we DID have movers to help with the second half of our things. They are coming today to pack up, tomorrow to load the truck and we will be out of Columbus by Friday afternoon!

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Memorial Day Weekend Style

by Koko on May 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Weekend Style

Hi friends! We are in the middle of a BIG move, so I thought I would do a quick style post this weekend before giving you the deets on what is happening on the move front next week!

I love a good non-cheesy America tee (I’m an Army wife, what can I say). These two are some of my new favorites. Simple jean shorts, sandals or mules, and a cute blue bag and done.

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USA Tank: Tipsy Elves  / Fun Run Tank: Tipsy Elves / White Shorts: J. Brand  / Jean Shorts: Genetic Denim  / Glasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs  / Sandals: Tory Burch  / Mules:  Vince / Backpack: Tory Burch / Tote: Kate Spade / Bangle: Rebecca Minkoff

Enjoy your weekend. xo

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When we found out we were moving, we debated redoing the master bath.  Redoing it was definitely in our 5-year plan, but not necessarily in the 1-year plan. So we decided to do a half remodel without getting rid of the majors (shower, tub, vanity) and really just working with what we had.

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If we had had more time we certainly would have gotten rid of the shower insert replacing it with tile. We also would have gotten rid of the jacuzzi tub and gotten a stand alone tub. But instead we reglazed both to a bright white, which made a world of difference.

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We repainted the vanity, which was originally beige, to a nice dark gray and also reglazed the top to a bright white. We updated the hardware also. Obviously we would have liked to replace the mirror and lights, but thought it wasn’t worth it at this time.

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We took out the beige/green tile and put in long gray tile, which immediately made a difference. That and painting the walls a light gray and all the trim white. We also put in lighter shades around the tub. The original owners had blackout shades which made the room much darker than it needed to be.

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Overall, this redo cost about $400 for new paint, tile and reglazing kits. We think it made a huge difference and definitely was worth it.

 

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Bourbon-Glazed Shrimp

by Koko on May 18, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Main Course, Shrimp

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I always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer for last minute meals. Defrosting chicken or turkey can take a whole day, but defrosting a few handfuls of shrimp can take 5-10 minutes. I put the shrimp in a colander, run hot water and voila: good to go.

This meal takes a little prep, mainly just marinating the shrimp for 30-60 minutes, but is totally worth it. Once it gets cooking, it is a super easy 20-minute meal. I served mine with this Edamame Ginger Rice and it was a perfect combination.

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Bourbon-Glazed Shrimp

Serves 4 to 6
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Minced Italian parsley, for garnish
  1. Combine brown sugar, bourbon, olive oil, soy sauce, green onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the shrimp and stir to coat. Chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour, turning occasionally.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, pull the shrimp out of the marinade, and shake off the excess. Reserve the marinade.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer. Cook the shrimp until pink on one side, about 2 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until almost completely pink, but still a little translucent, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the reserved marinade to the skillet. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened and glossy, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Add the cooked shrimp and toss to coat. Once the shrimp is warm, stir in the parsley and serve immediately.

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