new server - Adventures, ponderings and day-to-day of Cheryl! Tisland - Part 5

Island Install (finally)

Now that the electric is run in the slab and the island cabinet arrived and the top to the island created by the counter top guy (Valley Renovations), we finally were able to get it put all together and have a nice island in our kitchen with an electric outlet.  Woo Hoo!!  It is another one of those pivotal moments for sure!

Cutting Into Slab For Island Electric

My electrician arrived today to cut a valley in the concrete slab in the kitchen for the electric to the island that we will be installing next week.  It was quite loud and quite dusty!!

Easter 2011

We had a wonderful Easter day cooking, eating, drinking and being together!  Lucas made a fantastic dessert and all of the food was spectacular.

Butterfly Exhibit @ Phoenix Botanical Gardens

Risa, Jeff, Mom, Lucas and I all spent the day that the Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.  The exhibit for this month is the Butterfly Exhibit and that was super cool.  Butterflies flew around everywhere and even landed on us.  The colors were amazing.  Afterward, we walked around the rest of the gardens and you know Mom and I were thinking of all of the cool things we wanted to do in our backyard.  So, of course, we took a ton of photos.  It was a nice family day for sure.

Indiana / Chicago Trip

I was sent on a business trip to a small town called Winamac, Indiana.  I flew into Chicago and drove to Winamac and spent a few days there.

While there, I saw the most awesome old buildings with the kind of architecture that I love.  I took a photo of the courthouse.

After my time in Indiana, I was able to spend an extra night in Chicago and spend some time with my wonderful friends Christine and Blake.  We had a nice dinner and laughs.

Great Room Ceiling Lights

Finally, the ceiling is ready for lights.  We have been living with wires hanging out of the ceiling for many months now as we get everything with the ceiling ready and it has been quite a long journey.

I think the lights and fan all turned out wonderful.  I also spray painted the vents a nice dark gray for a more sophisticated look.

Chandler Ostrich Festival

Mom, Lucas, Risa, Jeff, Greg and I all went to the annual ostrich festival today and it was quite fun.  The ostrich burgers are the best!

New Kitchen Patio Door

Today was such a pivotal point in the home renovations!  I hated that awful old door that came with our house.  It was not energy efficient and it was ugly not to mention the fact that it opened inward and conflicted with the dishwasher.  Today we got a new door that opens outward with the blinds between the glass and it just feels sophisticated!!  Mike and Keri and Brian came over to install it for us.

We just keep staring at it in awe and complete happiness!

Popcorn Ceiling Scraping Finale

Today I planned on completing the rest of the popcorn ceiling.  I haven’t done too much in the past month or so as I was trying to catch up on stuff at work, but we accomplished what we set out to do and at the end of the day, the popcorn was completely gone!

Approaching A Plateau

It is 2:30am and I cannot sleep.  I had a very productive day ending a very productive week.  Throughout this week, I realized that my plans and goals are starting to come together once again and there are many pivotal moments approaching in the coming weeks.  I am constantly amazed by my accomplishments and always striving for that next goal.  Now I am getting close to another triumph where I can walk easy for a bit on a plateau before gearing up for the next climb.  Everything I have worked so hard to achieve over the last 16 years has been steps toward where I am heading.  Often I have tripped over myself to achieve goals and often I made the wrong choice at the fork in the road and found myself having to backtrack.

Next week I am paying final payments on two debts.  In March, I am paying off another and in May two more and then one more in July.  There is almost nothing left of my past business debt compared to where I started three years ago when I shut the businesses down.  I have approximately $12,000 left which may sound like a lot but is so relieving considering where I was when I started.  I still have a ways to go, but I can’t help but feel an eagerness to have these mini celebrations over the coming months as each debt starts dropping off.

I have been diligent in keeping a spreadsheet of goals and debts and income and planning.  Now I can finally feel more of the reality of what it will be like to free up available cash and have only manageable debt remaining such as house, car, student loan.  And then to work toward clearing all of those as well.  Is it really possible to be completely debt free and what might that be like?  I can’t help but become excited about that possibility and thinking about how I can make it a reality.

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