5 Years Ago Yesterday

Category: Daily Diary

...I was writing this while crouched in the loft of Aaron's parents guest room and trying not to fall apart from excitement and fear.

We should have cracked open the champagne or something, but I was glued to CNN and MSNBC all night in our PRETTY NICE (still unfinished) LIVING ROOM.

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Which, five years ago this week, looked like this:


See this woman? Do you see the stupid grin on her face? That is ignorance, folks. She has no idea what she has gotten herself into.


You'd have thought the bathroom wall behind her would have been her first clue.

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I've been looking at and falling in love with "tiny living" lately and found your blog through one of my searches. I would like to ask you if I could do a short interview, perhaps 5 or so questions and a picture or two of your choice, for some "Tiny Lifer" profiles I'm planning for my blog.

You can see the referencing post here if you'd like to see what I'm talking about.

Each profile is intended to give people who are living in conventionally sized homes (1500+ square feet) a look into what it's like to downsize, whether for ecological or financial reasons, or simply a desire to simplify their lives.

If you'd be interested, please email me at greenplantDOTblogATgmailDOTcom with the name of your blog and your square footage. I'm hoping to keep most of the profiles in the 1200 square foot or less range.

Thank you!

Congrats on how far you have come! I know all too well what you've been through. At least the paneling in your living room looks like it was real wood. Ours was fake. And our bathroom looked strikingly and frighteningly much like yours.

I still canĀ“t believe all that goodness was lurking behind those wood panels. That is such a beautiful room now. I love it so much.

And hey ignorance is an important factor in home renovation, otherwise who would be brave enough to go through it! Happy five year reno-versary!

Long-time reader, rare commenter here, with one thing to say to you:

You are gaining so much good karma for undoing years' worth of abuse to that gorgeous house.

Thank you, and congratulations!

Amazing, incredible, awesome ... both the house and the blog.

And if you ever get sick of that fireplace, you can always just panel over it again!

Congratulations! What a wonderful transformation! :-)

I've been reading your blog almost for five years now and have to say that I'm impressed and completely jealous of HIP's progress thus far! Keep up the good work. Btw, I found a pic of my husband and I in front of our house right after we bought it and thought the same thing: if I REALLY only knew what I was getting into. :)


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