Some Update-y Odds & Ends
The Purge (Yellow House Style)

Parahousenormal Activity

Hello! And welcome to my home. 


Please ignore the demonic horror-movie sludge growing through the wall in the bathroom. It's not yet fully sentient so you should be okay.

So siggggghhhhh and bleeeeeearrrrgh and welcome to homeownership. The shower door in the master bathroom started leaking over the summer and like good responsible adults we immediately did the following:

1) Ignore it.

2) Google it.

3) Caulk it. Just...caulk the shit out of it. 

4) Watch it.

5) It's getting worse, isn't it?

6) Like a lot worse.

7) Honey, I don't think the caulk did the trick.


9) Ignore it some more.


We're about 90% sure the leak is limited to the shower door frame (and there's no mold, for the record, just mildew and run-of-the-mill water damage that hasn't spread beyond that spot). But since there's really no way to know for sure without ripping out all the drywall and wall tile (and since replacing the door isn't exactly cheap on its own and wow, that would suck to replace it and then be all, OH LOOK THE DEMON SLUDGE IS BACK), we are redoing the whole shower. It's being smashed to hell right now as I type this. BOOM!

We actually wasted more time thinking we'd go ahead and do a major remodel of the entire master bath -- new sinks! knock down some walls! smash all the floors! get a fancy new tub! -- but then when the price estimates came in we were like, "Okay, we are 100% absolutely not doing any of that, thank you."

Instead, we're using up the leftover tile from the foyer/kitchen remodel because I love the woodgrain tiled shower look am cheap as fuck. Jason won't even tell me how much everything else cost because I will get hives and our Benadryl expired, but I did talk him out of a $700 shower head with a built-in sprayer attachment because 1) I would probably only use a built-in sprayer to bathe the dogs and 2) probably then only Beau and 3) probably then only if something super dramatic and gross happened, like if Poppy barfed on him or he rolled in poop and 4) SORRY, THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE A $700 SHOWER FIXTURE, I ALREADY GOTS ME A HOSE.

I have also cried uncle about the carpet and we are putting in hardwoods. I gave the carpet two years but I am sick of it and all the pet stealth-peeing I am pretty sure is happening way more than we realize. Puddles, I can deal with. Sitting on my freshly-vacuumed-and-shampooed floor and randomly realizing it still kind of smells bad, I cannot. So once the shower is put back together we get to rip up the rest of the house and my soothing* work-from-home environment will transform into a VERY LOUD construction zone. 


*lololol sure I've got both dogs with me in my office along with all their chews and toys and Poppy still managed to destroy my nice laptop sleeve the second I took my eyes off her. She was very, very sorry after I scolded her and then tried to crawl and sit on my lap, which: 




You love her because she has the delicious face!!!

Sue W

It's because of the eyez! It's always teh eyez!

We did a complete master bath remodel about 15 years ago when our shower did much the same as yours. We put in a Pearl jetted tub. We used it about 6 months. Wish I would have just made the shower bigger. Smart move on your part NOT to go with the $700 shower head.


We went with the sprayer attachment. I have lost the ability to bathe in showers that do not have sprayers. Like if we stay in a hotel, I am annoyed that I have to turn my body to try and get all the soap off of me. The rainhead in my shower is unused though. We should have skipped that and put in more sprayers.


Our rescue (of a completely different variety) used to chew stuff up that wasn't his to get attention. Sometimes he would literally prance in front of us with the forbidden object as if to say "look at me being very naughty!" GOOD NEWS! Now that he is more settled (i.e. about a year out) he doesn't do that anymore. He has learned to only chew up: his toys, rawhide, and food wrappers that he pulls out of the children's garbage or (ahem) off the table.


Oh man. I have six cats, three of whom are in constant turf wars so that means constant marking. (All are long ago fixed btw.) So yeah, I wish I could rip up all my godforsaken carpet for hardwood. I also wonder why I put up with this until one gets in my lap and starts purring, and making bread, and twirling around so I can rub their tummy.


We did a complete remodel of our master bathroom last year. My husband had the demo done two days before I gave birth to our second daughter and it wasn't totally finished until AFTER I went back to work (and I took a full 12 weeks off). It was the longest 3 months of my life but it is SO nice and doesn't look like a 90s bathroom anymore. And the mold in the shower is gone. Win, win!

Kim S

Wasn't it your mom who neeeeeeeeeded a shower sprayer a few years back? Or am I getting my bloggers mixed up?
$700 seems a little proicey though - pretty sure ours ran around $20-30 at Kmart. Although now I think about it, it should probably be upgraded.


Destructive Ball of Awkward makes for a great band name. "Hey, have you heard the latest DBOA?"

Laura in Michigan

Didja ever realize you would love dogs so much??? Me neither!!!

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