Friday, April 18, 2008


On Saturday, April 12th, I participated in
Spin-A-Thon for the Tour de Cure.

6 hours, 110 miles!

My awesome spin instructor, Tracy Shivone, organized this event at Gold's Gym to raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. She will be cycling in the 2-day 320K Extreme (thats 100 miles each day!) for the Tour de Cure. We were spinning (indoor cycling) for 7 hours to simulate the road race that takes place in Cary, NC on June 7-8, 2008. I was only able to sign up for 6 hours because the first hour was completely filled. The group raised close to $1000 for the day and I personally raised $160! Please visit the links above to learn more about the event, see our fundraising progress, and take time to learn more about diabetes, treatment and prevention.

Monday, April 14, 2008

new and improved

Here are the pics from the home improvement!

Brian and Rob worked 40+ hours from Friday morning through Sunday evening and the floors look great. I spent the following week dusting everything and vacuuming at least twice a day...the dust never seemed to settle!

Before, we had carpet in the living room, hallway and dog room and there was tile pattern laminate in the kitchen. We looked at flooring, flooring, and more flooring and finally decided on the Heirloom Hickory Hardwood Laminate from Armstrong. The finish looked the most like real hardwoods and it is really durable with the dogs (and daily living). We were a little concerned about the floors blending with the cabinets, but the end result is better that I could ever imagine. I can't believe we waited this long to replace our floors! What a difference!

Before pics

well, I guess these are working pics

Here you can see the pile o' carpet, the hallway post-demo, Brian beginning the flooring in the dog room, and Brian and Rob deciding where to start in the living room.

After Pics

Here is the finished living room

the hallway

and the kitchen!