We did accomplish a lot of to-do list items in our Seattle house before we moved. Interestingly, making storm windows was the one thing that I didn't even start! After completing our work bench, I signed us up for woodworking classes with the goal of being able to make storm windows and instead got started on a night stand that involved way too many joinery methods. Jose chose a more practical, beginner-friendly project and has a nice storage cabinet to show for his efforts. My night stand remains unfinished and is now waiting in the basement for me to get around to loving it again. We did update the kitchen appliances in our Seattle house, redid the bathroom, and now have it rented out to a 4 guys who seem to be responsible (pay rent on time) and take good care of the house (it hasn't burned down yet).
Because we're renting a place here in Newport, we plan to enjoy many non-house related activities this year and luckily for us, this is the perfect place for fun. Not so luckily, the house we're renting seems to be falling apart at the seams, so we might have more trips to the hardware store this year than we would have liked. At least we won't be financially responsible for them- a condition that makes things decidedly less stressful :)
Things I hope to accomplish during our stint here:
- Enjoy lots of good food- cook most of it myself, the rest from great restaurants
- Spend a least an hour a week on a horse (Already tried polo- fun!)
- Learn to sail
- Learn how to do a good Rhode Island accent
- Get to know New England
- Read about local history. Book on Anne Huchinson is sitting on the shelf, waiting to be opened....
- Take at least one more MPH course
There. Now it is written. Now it must be done.