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Marstiller in the Making

I asked Chris if he wanted to try to recreate my parents look on their wedding day for our own wedding day, but he politely declined. I’m not sure if it’s because he doesn’t know where to find baby blue pants or if he doesn’t think he could grow a mustache that quickly, but I think we could come close to pulling it off!

Ray & Angela circa 1987

Chris & Brittney circa 2017

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Chris and I bought a house! It’s in a local community, surrounded by golf courses and lakes, and by default, retired people. Actually, I think the retired people came first, then built the lakes and golf courses. Either way, it suits both of us perfectly.

I love the house, it was built in 1983, so it was celebrating it’s seventh birthday when Chris and I were born. It’s a little older and probably a little wiser than the both of us, and I imagine it’ll teach us some pretty good life lessons over the next few years. It’s got some retro finishes, so we are updating a bit. Chris decided he didn’t like the dining room light fixture too much, so I think that’ll definitely go, if anyone is looking for something along these lines.

As much as I like the house though, I really like the neighbors. We haven’t even moved in yet and I am already getting so much entertainment. The day Chris and I went to look at the house, we walked down the (very steep) driveway to take a look at the bushes that block our view of the road out front. As we were down there, our neighbor from across the street came out to introduce herself.

She approached us and immediately said that anyone wearing Birkenstocks (which I wear about 90% of the time, with and without socks) was good in her book. She had on the same pair. Confirming that either she is pretty hip or I am a grandma. She and her husband had lived there since the early 90s and she knew all about our house. She told us the best way to back out of our driveway. She told Chris that he needed to trim the grass (much to our amusement since we hadn’t even officially closed on the house yet). And, she invited me to a weekly ladies luncheon meeting that she and the other ladies in the neighborhood meet for on Wednesdays at noon.

I thought about telling her that I have a day job and am not retired and therefore will not be able to make it, but I may wanna drop by sometime, so I left the invitation on the table. Jean and I might become good friends by the time it’s all said and done.

Along with the tips from Jean, we got an aloe plant and a St. Bernard’s lily from another lady in the community. And, the previous owners even left us a nice surprise, in the top of the closet, that Chris found while he was scraping our very 80s popcorn ceilings.

A used pregnancy test, positive in case you were wondering.

Let’s just say that maybe I am more amused by all of these happenings than he is, but he’s signed up for it: nosy neighbors, popcorn plaster, and me!

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Architecture, Asia, Travel

I Gotta Go!

My hair smells like peppermint. And cilantro. And my skin smells like rum. So basically, I smell like a walking Mexican cocktail. Which is actually not bad! I kinda like it.

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I read about this mall in Bangkok a few weeks ago and decided we needed to go. (Side note: Asian malls, in general, put American malls to shame. They’re huge.) We met a friend here for a little beauty business consult. She’s making a line of all organic, herbal beauty products. She literally picks the herbs and compounds them herself into the formulas she needs. She also introduced me to a bunch of tropical fruits I’d never heard of before.

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Anyway, I didn’t have much time to look around when we met her. So, we came back. Let me explain the concept of this mall to you. You enter on the ground floor and the ladies at the information desk are dressed like flight attendants. There’s a big board that looks like you’re at an airport and it has departures and arrivals on it. As you step onto the escalator, it says departing for Rome. When you arrive at the first floor, everything is Rome themed. The ceilings are painted like in the famous cathedrals, there are fountains and pillars. It’s really cool. This mall is seven floors and each floor is themed like a different city.

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On the third floor (Istanbul), I came across the bathroom and decided to stop in. If you know my general curiosity with bathrooms, this should come as no surprise. As I went in, I realized not only the floor was themed, but the bathrooms on each floor as well. So, obviously, I came out and told Jake we had to go back and look at each one. Begrudgingly, he consented and we took off back down the escalator to floor #2 (Tokyo). And this is where it began.

Arrival in Tokyo!

Arrival in Tokyo!

I went into the first bathroom on Tokyo and it was different than I expected. So, as I was washing my hands (because I had to do something besides just walk in and take pictures), I did some deductive reasoning. I figured there might be different themes for each bathroom on the floors. I came out and told Jake we had to find the other one on that floor and it was worth the search. It was a completely different aspect of Tokyo culture. So, 7 floors with 2 bathrooms per floor meant we had some ground to cover. And, I had a lot of hand washing to do.

Sinks in Tokyo's first bathroom

Sinks in Tokyo’s first bathroom

Sinks in Tokyo's second bathroom

Sinks in Tokyo’s second bathroom

These sinks were so cool. I had to ask the attendant (see her in the mirror) how to use the sinks, but once I figured it out, they were really neat. They also had some cool pop art. This bathroom was in my top three.

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London: Another favorite. It was all subway themed!

Hall leading to the bathroom

Hall leading to the bathroom

Subway car replication in the bathroom

Subway car replication in the bathroom

Stall subway map

Stall subway map

We also saw some other interesting things on the London floor. They seriously left no detail out in this mall.

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The Caribbean: They had a Jamaican theme bathroom and also a Pirates of the Caribbean themed one. And, a life size palm tree, just for some added flavor.

A child's sink like a Jamaican drum

A child’s sink like a Jamaican drum

Stall doors in second bathroom

Stall doors in second bathroom

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Rome: This whole floor was decked out. To take in all of the details took awhile.

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The fountain was the sink

The fountain was the sink

Just riding a Vespa through Rome

Just riding a Vespa through Rome

San Fransisco: San Fran had the top two floors dedicated all to it. One was more of a pier/ocean theme. The other was bakery themed. Another of my favorites!

Swabbing the deck

Swabbing the deck

Just a lighthouse, no big deal.

Just a lighthouse, no big deal.

The bakery themes were a lot more than I could show in a picture. One of the bathrooms had a big window overlooking the city and a lot of art and recipes on the walls. Oh, and a huge rolling pin hanging from the ceiling.

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And in case you forgot where you were.

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I’m sure I’ve shown you more pictures of bathrooms than you ever wanted to see. So, sorry about that. There were two floors that I didn’t picture: Paris and Istanbul. I’ll just leave those to your imagination. Needless to say, Jake was less than enthused about the whole process of covering every bathroom in this place. But, I think we can all agree: it was totally worth it. And, my hands were extremely clean at the end of it all. That’s a win win situation if I’ve ever seen one.

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