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Matt and I have never been to San Francisco… It is definitely on our vacation list though!

This week, I had the chance to visit for a business meeting, and I thought I’d share some of the exploring I did this evening.

Frist, I took the trolley to Fisherman’s Wharf.







Boudin Bakery does some really creative things with sourdough….




I didn’t try anything this time, but they will ship them to your house so they are there when you return. Also, if you’d like to take a bakery tour, they will do that as well, but you have to schedule ahead of time.

After that, I headed back to the trolley and back in the general direction of my hotel, which is in the financial district.

The wait for the trolley was ridiculous… and COLD!

Trolley line

I was dropped off right in front of my hotel, The Sir Francis Drake, and then I walked passed some of the downtown shops (including Macy’s) which I hope I have time to visit tomorrow!



It was a bit of a hike, but I had dinner at the Wayfare Tavern, a delicious Tyler Florence restaurant. It was wonderful, and I would highly recommend it! It reminded me a lot of The Henry in Phoenix, just more compact because… well, everything is in San Fran.

Don’t worry Matt, I haven’t seen 1/4 of what there is to see here! We will still have an amazing time!

Now, if this saxophone player would tone it down just a notch, I might get some sleep before my 8am meeting.


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Our lives these days....

Just a glimpse into the lives of Matt and Sarah Wharton on a Sunday at midnight. Hopefully it gets better soon. 🙂

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Finally, the master closet is finished. Baseboards and all! 

Here are a few shots of the progress. We installed the flooring ourselves, and we hired a contractor for the rest. 















This week, the guest bathroom will be the main focus. Hopefully we can get it all finished up so we can move on to the master bathroom. 

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It’s been a while…. About 9 months it seems.

We took a break from the house. Admittedly, we were dragging our feet. After about 2.5 years in a state of constant construction, we decided we needed a break, and we chose to just live with what we had for a while… i.e. concrete floors, no baseboards, no doors etc. It was crazy to say the least, but we just wanted some semblance of of a normal life and routine for a while.

After the busiest part of this session passed, we came to our senses and decided to just buck up. lol… Now, things are moving at a rapid pace with the goal of having a finished house in July! Just in time for Matt’s birthday! 🙂

While we’re very excited about the prospect of new floors, doors, and everything in between, we do plan to put the house on the market as soon as it’s finished, and that’s bitter sweet to say the least.

Anyway, now you’re up to date and you can expect to see lot’s of pictures of the progress.

After several visits from contractors, we were told that my idea for a front door with side lights and a transom could not be done without serious structural modifications, so we opted to replace the existing door with something that was the same size. It has not been painted yet, and the hardware isn’t on, but here’s a sneak peak!

Entry Door

Front Door

We’ve also been working on the flooring, which meant that I had to empty out the hallway closet. If you need any holiday/entertaining items, I appear to have a one-stop-shop! lol

Closet Stuff

More to come! The only downside is that the mess seems like it will continue to get worse before it gets better.

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Garden Update

Well, it’s almost July and its so hot here that it seems like everything is wilting… especially me. Luckily however, my garden seems to be doing very well, and that always makes me smile.

I think the garden cover that we installed a few weeks ago has really helped. The area that we planted inis not very shady, so the extra UV protection really perked up my seedlings.


… and now my seedlings are not seedlings anymore. They are full grown plants! Here’s how they look now:







Snap Peas:






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Entry Door Options

I have been collecting pictures of various entry doors for he past few days. This is the next project on our list…

We are just in the beginning stages of planning the project, but I do have a general idea of what I want. It has to be white, have sidelights and a transom with glass divisions that are similar to our french doors, and it needs to “feel safe.”

I haven’t decided which company to go with yet, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them! I will say that were are very hesitant to go through Lowes again though. That’s where we purcharsed french doors, and they were extremely difficult about installation.

Here are some of the pictures I have collected so far.





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Well, I’m back after a long hiatus… I apologize, but this session got the best of me, and I’m just glad it’s over.

Regardless, I am determined to have a productive interim. (For those of you who don’t know, I work at the Legislature and interim basically means that my busy season is over.)… and Matt and I started this year off right by cleaning out the garage on Friday.

After 2 years of constant construction and furniture projects, our garage was in a sorry/scary state… so much so that just getting to and from the car meant you could potentially lose an eye, or even a limb.

Here’s what it looked like before:


And here’s what it looked like after a trip to the Phoenix City Landfill, Goodwill, and a “FREE – take me!” post on Craigslist.


There’s still a bit of work to do. I need to re-epoxy and repaint the walls. We need another set of cabinets on the left side and the bar in the corner needs some wheels before we can put it on the back patio. (More on that later.)

Regardless, I can now park my car in the garage, and I don’t have to worry about anyone’s safety on their way to the the vehicle. 

So, thank you Mr.  Speaker  for giving us the day after Sine Die off!

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