This is what got the bowl rolling...
If you don’t know my wife (Kristi) and I had been saving up money for a kitchen remodel. We projected about $20,000 for the cost of labor and materials. We hadn’t quite hit that 20k mark, but we were bored and went to check out granite counter tops to get some better pricing. This was the beginning of the end! Our budget for granite was around the 4-5k mark. We went to several different places where there were just slabs and no prices…yeah not buying that. Went to a store selling pre-made 2M granite counter tops for about 4,000 installed. We ended up going to another store since it was basically next door and found a slab we absolutely loved. We go up to see how much it is, but to our dismay it is sold.
The guy at the store then told us that their fabricator had bought a similar piece so we drove to where he was and found a similar slab that we liked as well and it was even cheaper since it was already with the fabricator! Wow, couldn’t believe it. We ended up settling for $2,800 including installation and the edges.
Well now that we have a piece of granite we HAVE to go look for cabinets right? This was a palm to the forehead moment…what have we gotten ourselves into?
Okay so I have an update on my Crohn’s disease. Two weeks ago I had a colonoscopy and it didn’t show the damage that the doctor thought it would. So today I got to do an endoscopy. Basically swallowed a pill that was a camera that will show my digestive tract. I had to wear an apparatus that recorded for it. Not exactly sure if it will be actual footage or not, but if I can get a copy of it I will definitely be posting it!
Luckily, the past few weeks have been pretty good with pain so I am hoping it stays that way. Should find out more next week after the report is done on the endoscopy. BTW we are still needing some donations so please check out our site and spread the word!
Just to give you some background on this, I was diagnosed with Crohns back in September of 2009. I am still dealing with and trying to get it somewhat under control. The pain can be serious at times but I do feel I am one of the few lucky crohnies who can still manage most day to day activities.
Team Challenge is a program created to help raise funds and awareness for Crohns and ulcerative colitis. I have been feeling lately that something has been missing out of my life and that I should be doing more with it. I went to one of their recruiting seminars and instantly wanted to join. So here I am! A little nervous about tomorrow, it is our first group workout to help train for the 13.1 run in Las Vegas on the strip. Fortunately, I have been running a little bit so I shouldn’t be a complete bust, but only time will tell.
I am going to try and keep things updated on the blog to let you know how everything is going and hopefully get some money raised out of it. Cross your fingers and say a prayer…Kristi and I are trying to earn $6,500 dollars towards the cause. It is a lot of money, but I feel it is needed and that it can be done. Just the same as the run, hard work, patience, and persistence will pull us through!