but I'm still excited, and how sad is it that I have nowhere to bubble over about it but here? And wasn't that a run-on sentence? Finally, after two years, I'm completely redoing the master bedroom and bathroom in my house. When I get done, it won't look even a little bit like it did when my ex and I were together. It hasn't been easy, since I'm paying all the bills for two on one income, but I saved a little bit each month and watched my budget and blew it all in the last 30 days. New wood floor to replace the carpet, new paint (in colors that I never would have been able to use before), new furniture, new light fixtures, new lamps, new curtains, new curtain rods. The only thing that will be the same will be (most of) the light switches. I did splurge on one and bought a remote control dimmer switch for the main lighting in there. I've also found the bright spot to being single again: no committee review cycle to get approval for changes. I found colors I liked and bought them. I found furniture that I almost liked, bought it and took it into the garage to change it to be exactly what I want. I'm doing things the original designer would never have approved, and I don't care. I like it, and that's all I care about. Today was spent ripping out the old carpet, masking everything off, repairing all the old holes and making the walls perfect again, and getting the main color (Beach, an Eddie Bauer color sold at my local Lowe's). Tomorrow I'll mask off the bathroom and paint the main color in there (Vintage Gray) and get the accent color onto the common wall between the two rooms (Cranberry). The day after that I'll paint the new baseboards and leave them in the garage to dry while I start laying the new floor. I figure shortly after Christmas I'll have given myself the best present - a fresh, new start.