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8.31toilet2

Today there has been a (gross) toilet on my front porch.

8.31kitchen

And I emptied my kitchen cabinets and gave them a thorough scrubbing.

Over the course of the last couple of weeks BOTH of the toilets in my house decided to quit working properly (they were ancient) and my AC died for the fifth time this summer. The company that has been coming out all summer told me it was time to bite the bullet and buy a new HVAC unit o the tune of over 5K. I decided it was in my best interest to get a second opinion and more quotes. I was THRILLED (seriously, I could have thrown my arms around the guy) to receive news yesterday from a different technician that he would recommend replacing one part for $290 and seeing how it goes. He thought my unit probably has another couple of years in it. My house is now 70 degrees and cool again and I am so grateful to have more time to budget and prepare for a new HVAC unit…because apparently all of my duct work needs to be redone too and we’re looking at a pretty major project.

My home was built in 1955 and there is so much that needs to be done to it. I could literally dump tens of thousands into improvements and it’s so overwhelming. I am trying to prioritize and do the big stuff that’s causing me the most anxiety first. I am so appreciative to own a home but it is a major responsibility!

Okay, enough of that.

8.30pizza

I went to a little celebration get together at a friend’s house last night and brought a BBQ chicken from Whole Foods. I love this pizza and highly recommend everyone try it!

8.31tomatoes

I worked at the CrossFit gym this morning and then swung by the produce market to stock up on fruits and veggies. I got so much good stuff today including heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, baby purple artichokes, squash, peaches and more.

8.31bat

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the tomatoes…bacon, avocado and tomato sandwiches! I picked up some super thick cut bacon and sourdough bread at the grocery on my way home and made an herb mayo with basil and parsley to go with it all.

8.31lunch

The sandwich was perfection! It was kind of a sad lunch because I hate to say goodbye to tomatoes soon but I did pick up my first mountain apples today and sliced one to go with my sandwich and it was so amazing.

8.30nails

Back to the home stuff for a little bit before fun tonight. My nails are red and I’m ready to cheer on the Dawgs!!!

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  • 1
    She Rocks Fitness August 31, 2013, 6:00 pm

    High-Fives to that awesome sandwich! Those tomatoes look beautiful! As far as the home ownership, my power to you for remaining somewhat calm during all of this. I still rent and have no desire to buy at this point, because I am so not handy and literally despise going to Home Depot. Hope it all gets resolved soon. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

  • 2
    Michelle August 31, 2013, 6:08 pm

    I am so loving your red nails! That sandwich looks so delicious!

  • 3
    Angie August 31, 2013, 6:42 pm

    I seriously made the exact sandwich for lunch today, except I used 11 grain bread instead of sourdough. Delicious!! Found out yesterday our AC needs to be replaced too. Ours leaked and saturated our wood floor and ruined it overnight! So now need to replace the floor as well as the AC:(

  • 4
    Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 31, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Aw I’m so sorry- that’s awful! (Although I have to admit the toilet pic made me laugh a little). We just bought our house a year ago, and it’s in good shape, but every time something breaks it is totally overwhelming- I feel your pain! I usually just take whatever price the repair person gives me (stupid, but I just want to get it over with!), so good for you for getting more opinions!!

  • 5
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 31, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Oh wow – that bacon, avocado, and tomato sandwich looks incredible!! Love the nails!

  • 6
    Linda September 1, 2013, 9:19 am

    Have you looked into seeing if insurance will cover any of the HVAC repair? My husband works for an HVAC company and I know in some cases insurance will cover at least part of it.

  • 7
    erin September 1, 2013, 11:29 am

    We owned a 1955 ranch and had to replace a 6-year-old hvac system last summer. Then we moved and just had to replace the a/c in our new house last month–exactly 1 year after replacing the hvac in our old house! My stomach still turns thinking about it! So it could be worse 🙂

    I stocked up on tomatoes yesterday and am so sad the good ones will be gone soon.

  • 8
    Ja @Ja on the RUN September 1, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Oh sorry to hear about the chaos in your home! Hope you get all things fixed soon!

    I love your red colored nails by the way! 🙂

  • 9
    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com September 2, 2013, 12:51 am

    So sorry about your home-ownership woes! So glad that you do get some more time to budget for HVAC and anything else that maybe needed – my Realtor gave me some advice once, he told me to ALWAYS get 3 opinions/estimates before going ahead with a repair or anything related with the house. His advice has served me well over the past few years.
    I am loving the sound of that sandwich – what an interesting combo of avocados and bacon!

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