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This week is blessedly normal.  School every day, workouts, normal work and housework.  The exciting snow storm we were supposed to get went around us so we have a dusting but nothing special. Here I am on Thursday feeling pretty good about what I’ve done in the week but none of it is worth typing about.

The notable item that compelled me to write today is the results of our builder meeting.  Did I mention that the reason we are not yet actually building and still in planning is that we had to eliminate our finished basement?  Apparently some time in the course of history there was water three feet below the surface of the land so no basement for us.  I’m ok with that, I don’t want a flood, I don’t want to fight for a permit so back to the drawing board (or cad board) we went.  The builder is really great with going back and forth with us and in the end, I like this design better.  Without using hundreds of words, we basically turned what was originally a 3 car garage into house space where we can put Lars’s office, utilities, a guest room, and a family room.  The winters in this state make garage mandatory so we added it to the back left corner of the house.

In the meeting today we joked that there is only one room we have not changed a ‘den’, in the front of the house.  I think I cursed it because with all the changes to create square feet, the house looked really unbalanced and flat.  Totally a first world concern but any guilt I had about it was erased when the builder said he thought it was off too.  Want to know how we can fix it?  Eliminate the den and have a more open front hall with a more centered door.  Now there are officially zero rooms we have not changed from our original design, including garage and porch. We are also playing with some roof details to make it more interesting and changing some windows to be more balanced from the outside.  We are really excited about the project (if you couldn’t tell).  Oh!  best random surprise?  Since we went to a slab the builders put in-floor heat into the plan.  That is great for energy and comfort, however, we can’t have hardwood.  Not a bad trade though.

What else?  Well, we have the first science fair project starting.  Niamh actually choose to type up her method last night instead of watching tv.  I have to say that school is teaching her how to use google docs quite nicely, she has a presentation with pictures that I have no compulsion to redo.

This weekend is an SCA event so there is prep for that including finding what we want to wear and setting up food and stuff for after.  We actually don’t have houseguests for this event so extra easy.  Tonight I’m doing a bunch of baking, including a batch of thankyou brownies for the builders because I feel like we have been a bit of trouble, and, I’m really glad we have in-floor heat.

Kids are due home so I need to go be an active mom 🙂

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