November Superlatives

So yeah… it’s suddenly December? Guess that means it’s time to take a moment to look back on all that we’ve done in the past month at a glance (and gather all the links in one handy place for ya). And of course we tossed in some never-before-seen stuff to keep things spicy. This month we were all over the place as usual, from doing some exterior, nursery, office, ornament, and place-setting stuff to a bunch of kitchen things. So let’s take a walk down memory lane, with yearbook-esque superlatives (you know, just for giggles).

Oddest Couple: Little ol’ Sherry and this tall built-in that we made to give our fridge a more finished look in the new kitchen. It’ll look even more finish once we get around to adding doors and painting it…

Cutest Couple: Me and the giant 7 (actually an L from a Dollar Tree sign) that a reader picked up for us in Maryland after we lamented leaving it behind. Best $25 we ever spent. Thanks again Lesley!

Most Shocking: The fact that our grass looked this green (and leaf free) just one month ago when we did a little mum-ification to our mailbox area. Let’s just say everything is looking a lot more “wintery” (aka: faded and brown) these days.

Handiest: The newest member of Sherry’s ceramic animal collection (Henrietta is rocking eight hands, which makes her the envy of all DIYers).

Most Pin-able: The results of our Pinterest Challenge, Fall Edition. We’re not talking about the 38 DIY ornaments that we made, but rather the awesome 800+ projects that folks linked to at the bottom of the post. Wow.

Easiest: Painting a few test swatches on our front porch… and then not doing anything else about them all month (we fear that it’s now getting too cold at night to paint until spring). Oops. At least we picked a color.

Strangest: Pictures from posts like this one about choosing a contractor. It’s so weird to see the opening between the kitchen and the dining room as just an idea outlined in green painters tape. Now that it’s done, we can hardly remember the room without it.

Creepiest: My Dexter impersonation whilst (yep, I just whilst-ed y’all) prepping our house for wall demo.

Awesomest (it’s a word, okay): This.

More Awesomest: This.

Less Than Awesome: This little hiccup in drywalling the doorway. Don’t worry, it worked out okay in the end.

Okay, Now We’re Back On The Awesome Train: Installing trim around the doorway so it really started to look finished.

Most Likely To Die Happy: Me, since I accomplished a fair amount on my high school “Things to Do Before I’m 30” list before turning 30 last month. You know… important things like living to see a Real World: Washington DC.

Most Likely To Say “Thanks”: Anyone who printed & shared our free Thanksgiving card download, which included one to fill out yourself and one to pass along blank (so the recipient could pay it forward).

Most Likely To Procrastinate: Our last minute table setting ideas for Thanksgiving… just in time for us to pack up and head to New Jersey for Turkey Day.

Most Mischievous: Burger, aka our resident baguette robber (as seen in our lil Thanksgiving greeting).

Most Likely To Be Misread… With Disgusting Results: Our post title “We’re Now Officially Sinkless” which was apparently seen as “We’re Now Officially Skinless” by many. Shudder. Let’s hope that never gets blogged about (or happens). Ever.

“It’s The Little Things” Award: Small touches to the kitchen, like filling some gaps next to the stove and putting a panel on the back of the peninsula, so that our counters could be accurately templated.

Least Accurate: Clara, at least when it comes to measuring for counters. Thank goodness the real professional showed up from the fabrication company to make sure our counters will fit.

Most Musical: Our ceramic pig speaker from West Elm (just one of the random things that we covered in a roundup of four little finds).

The “Here We Go Again” Award: Just when things were starting to get put back together in the kitchen, they came back apart as we removed our upper cabinets in preparation for our new counters (which are hopefully arriving sometime next week!).

Class Crybaby: This (sarcastic) tear-jerker of a video bidding farewell to the tile we had to demo, along with the plywood walls behind it.

Most Awkward People In A Checkout Line: Us, while buying a giant piece of throwback wood paneling. Let’s just say people looked at us as if we were committing some sort of decorating sin. But we had to install that new wood paneling to match some missing pieces where our tile and cabinets used to be (and can’t wait to paint it to match the rest of the room). Whatever it takes to inch closer to a finished kitchen…

Most Demonstrative: Burger and his superb posing skills in this play-by-play of how our book deal came to be and the progress that we’ve made on it so far.

The Daddy’s Girl Award: Doesn’t go to Clara, I guess. This post about some updates to our nursery frame collage turned into an overwhelming consensus that Clara looks like Sherry (which is funny because both of our families are on The John Train). It’s music to my ears since I love the idea of a mini Sherry. And I don’t think I’d make the prettiest lady…

The Momma’s Girl Award: Continuing the theme of being a clone of Sherry, Clara LOVES pickles (which I detest). In fact, on a recent dinner out she devoured an ENTIRE PICKLE. Like, not just a spear – a whole, oblong oversized uncut pickle. Sherry was seriously impressed. And I (predictably) was disgusted.

Woo-wee, so that’s what November looked like around here? What about in your neck of the woods. Did you guys accomplish any major projects or have an especially awesome holiday? We’re hoping to enjoy more of both in December. Happy (almost) holidays everyone!

Psst- You can check out July’s superlatives here, August’s here, September’s here, and October’s right here.


    • Abby says

      Haha. That’s what I thought!! Also, know I know what my face looks like when I’m enjoying me a pickle. Yum yum.

  1. says

    I was going tell you my personal fav for this month but now that you have this rundown…well I loved it all! :-) I’m still hyped about the kitchen and the wall demo and those ornaments are gorgeous, Clara and Burgs are still stealing my heart, and well you two are amazing!

    • KathyG says

      We have a theory about Geller – and I know you guys are theorists too! You have a theory too? (we prob. shouldn’t discuss for those who aren’t caught up yet)

    • says

      That totally threw us for a loop. Hmm, dying to know your theory but agree that I don’t want to ruin it for folks who aren’t caught up. Just have to wait and see I guess!


    • Kim says

      Yeah – I’m not the only one who loves the Walking Dead!!! My hubby and I got hooked on it this season and were blown away by the 2nd season ending! Now I want to read the comics too.

      BTW – my 4 year old daughter just LOVES pickles too and proceeded to eat a whole one in the supermarket while I was still shopping! Gotta love it!

  2. Christine says

    “I love the idea of a mini-Sherry…”

    awwwww! How sweet is that.

    P.S. – I’ve been meaning to congratulate you on the book! I hope that a book tour that includes NY is in your future!

  3. says

    What a list! Busy month for you, which made a very entertaining month to read. Last night we FINALLY finished our basement guest room and office. We were lucky enough to win True Value’s DIY True Stories contest, which gave us all the money and supplies we needed to transform the room. It is an amazing difference and we are equal parts exhausted and excited.

  4. says

    I am still amazed at how much you guys accomplish in a month! I have to say that building in your fridge was definitely our favorite post this month, though! Kevin and I are already making plans to do the same thing to our poor little stand-alone fridge!

  5. jess says

    Congrats! You guys got SO much done in November. We finished up our patio project (sheers are hung and looking lovely, farmhouse table is built, gutters re-routed) and I have all our Christmas decor up! Happy Holidays!

  6. says

    We closed on our first house in November! We’ve been busy but not as busy as you guys! And…I could eat pickles for breakfast! I lurve me some pickles so I really like that last picture of Clara!

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