Monday, September 27, 2010

Linky Love for Elissa

My friend Elissa is having a Blogaversary contest!

So go over and say hi and tell her I sent you.  She 's been on sub for a long time and needs some love. (((((hugs to E)))))

As for me, the no internet thing sucks.  A lot.  I'm at work right now, but I have to go.  This is literally all I had time to do!  AAAHHHHH!

In happier news, there will be a super awesome online auction for some fantastic critiques in a few weeks, so start savin' up!

Talk to you all soon!  Miss ya!

Larissa :-)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Awesome Contest at The Bookshelf Muse

The amazing Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse is having an awesome contest!

Go check it out and enter!

Oh, and if you don't follow her, you totally should.  Her Emotion and Setting Thesauruses (Thesauri?) are AMAZING resources. :)

Still internetless here.  Not crazy yet, but getting close...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Warning: Sporadic Blogging Ahead

So ... remember when my laptop died? And then the replacement laptop had a virus?

Well guess what?

Now Replacement Laptop won't start.

Yes, I'm serious.

Oh, and I had spent at least two and a half hours revising the day before. I have been backing up, but not every day, and unfortunately, that was one of the days I skipped. *HEAVY SIGH*

So, between that and the fact that we're finally going to be moving into our house, blogging will be sporadic. I have also recently been informed that we will be cable and internetless for a while upon moving in (yay.), so that adds even more complications.

Anyway, I'm still collecting donations for the FWF Silent Auction. If you'd like to donate anything let me know!

And, to kill two birds with one stone, I give you The Broken House: A Story in Pictures AND my entry into Kiersten White's PARANORMALCY Contest!

June 2008

What's that? Oh, it's a tree. ON MY HOUSE.

They came to take the tree off the house. The guy took one look at the tree and said, "I'm gonna need the bigger crane. Be right back."

Sorry that one's sideways, but you get it, right?

About three months later, after much arguing with insurance company, the house smelled mildewy, so we decided to move out (October 1, 2008). After all, if the insurance company has to pay for a hotel and food, they'll get their butts in gear, right?

Our first Christmas out of the house (this is in the Residence Inn, our home for 4 1/2 months):

We had packed all of our Christmas stuff in the POD, so we had to make ornaments for the little tree we bought.

I don't know why that one's sideways...*shakes head*
Anyway, shortly after we moved out, my kids coined the term "the broken house" for our house. We still call it that, even though it's not so broken anymore...

So, in February, 2009, the insurance company decided we were wasting money living in the hotel. We needed a rental house! And they found one. Right next door to the broken house! YAY!

This was also the time my husband contacted the Insurance Commissioner about the lack of movement on our claim. Things finally got rolling in that regard in June 2009.

The roof came off.

The new trusses went up.

Oh, look! A new roof! And it's wrapped! Woo!

And there will eventually be an upstairs!

Second Christmas out of our house (this is in the rental house):

And now, finally, it is done enough that we can move in. Because we upgraded some things, the insurance company thought we should have been done in November 2009, so that's when they stopped paying for the rental house. So, even though it's not completely the way we want it (the upstairs won't be done for a while, so we'll be sharing two bedrooms between five of us) we're moving in, baby!

Look at my AMAZING new kitchen! The floor will eventually be tiled, but it's still awesome!
OOOOH! AAAAHHH! (Hubby is going to build columns around those supports in the front).
My soon-to-be dining room! Evie from Paranormalcy thought the accent wall should be pink, but my hubby disagreed. Sorry, Evie.
Evie is also super-impressed with my ginormic new refrigerator. I am, too, to be honest.

So there you have it! The Saga of the Broken House. Hope you enjoyed!

Larissa :-)

P.S. My hubby did most of the work himself, which was how we were able to afford the upgrading. And he's an artist, too. It's okay to be jealous--I would be. :P