Game Room {Before & After}

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Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

The room we are using as a game room was built to use as a master bedroom. This room is located behind the kitchen and breakfast room, and we converted one of the closets in this room into a really great walk-in pantry (see the house floor plan). This room has a nice size bathroom off of it and part of that bathroom is what we call the guest half bath. This is another room that we finished last year, but I’m just now getting around to writing about it.

The room was originally painted light blue with off-white trim, crown molding, and doors. I painted the walls gray using Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Anonymous (Behr – 780F-5) and the ceiling was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Full Moon (Behr – 780E-2). The trim, crown molding, and doors were painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra satin Ultra Pure White. The interior of the closet was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Ultra Pure White.

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

This room had carpet, but we wanted to have wood floors in here like in a lot of other areas of our home. So, we had the carpet ripped out and new flooring installed. It looks great!

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Other improvements were:
– Hired someone to remove the popcorn ceiling.
– Replaced the ceiling vent register.
– Replaced the return air vent grille.
– Placed LED light bulbs in the ceiling fan and the closet light fixture.
– Replaced the pull chains on the fan.
– Replaced the bronze door knob on the game room door with a Baldwin satin nickel knob.
– Replaced the bronze door knobs on the closet doors with Baldwin satin nickel hall/closet nnob.
– Replaced the bronze door hinges on both doors with satin nickel hinges.
– Installed new doorstops for the game room door and closet door.
– Replaced the windows.

We hired an electrician to update the electrical work in our house. For this room, that was:
– Replaced the ceiling fan.
– Replaced the outlets with white decorator outlets and wall plates.
– Replaced the toggle light switches with white decorator rocker switches and wall plates.
– Replaced the cable outlets with white decorator coax cables and wall plates.
– Replaced the phone jack with a white decorator jack and wall plate.
– Had hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide alarms installed in the house – one alarm was placed in this room.

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

We replaced the felt on the pool table when we set it up in this room. When we’re not using this room, we keep the pool table covered.

It’s great to have it finished and the pool table finally set up and ready to use! This is a fun room to have! We haven’t been using the game room much lately, but it’s great to have when we want to relax and shoot some pool.

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Game Room {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Books Read in March 2017

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I’ve been making a lot of headway toward my 2017 reading goals. I should be finishing some of my goals earlier in the year than I originally expected. That’s awesome… because I’ve got hundred of other books on my to-read list! Below are the books I read in March. For more info on what I’m reading and how I rated books, click over to my Goodreads account.

MARCH

Gilmore Girls Season 2 books – FINISHED!
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
Dawn Powell: Novels 1930-1942 by Dawn Powell – This book contains Dance Party, Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel, Angels on Toast, and A Time to Be Born.
Six Plays by Lillian Hellman by Lillian Hellman – This book contains The Children’s Hour, Days to Come, The Little Foxes, Another Part of the Forest, Watch on the Rhine, and The Autumn Garden. The Children’s Hour is on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
The Portable Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

The Twilight Novels – FINISHED!
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Quest of the Missing Map by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene
The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery of the Tolling Bell by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Old Album by Carolyn Keene
The Ghost of Blackwood Hall by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Leaning Chimney by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
The Martian by Andy Weir – A book recommended by a librarian.
Missing by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox – A book with multiple authors.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Chelsea Sedoti – A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti – A book that’s published in 2017.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A book with a title that’s a character’s name.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – A book with an unreliable narrator.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – A book set in two different time periods.
Tenth of December by George Saunders – A book with a month or day of the week in the title.
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – A book you got from a used book sale.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Fun
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able.
The Beach by Alex Garland – A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet.
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave – A book about a topic or subject you already love.

Growth
The Art of War by Sun Tzu – A book published before you were born. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 3 book list.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters
Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Humans, Bow Down by James Patterson
Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

March 2017

Happy Spring!

We’ve been enjoying this beautiful weather. Since it has been so nice outside, we’ve been to the park a few times lately. With everything in bloom, it’s fun to walk around and look at the beautiful plants. Plus, Gavin enjoys climbing on all the rocks and playground equipment. We’ve also been playing outside more around the house.

Gavin at the park | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the park | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the park | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the park | rainerlife.com

Gavin playing outside | rainerlife.com

Gavin on his ATV | rainerlife.com

Early in March, Gavin ran his first race! Ok, it was more walk/run than run, but he did great. It was a 1K for kids, and he walked/ran the whole race. I thought we would need to carry him part of the way, but he was a trooper and finished the race. So proud of him!

Gavin & Michael in a race | rainerlife.com

Gavin with his race medal | rainerlife.com

Gavin finished his first session of soccer classes. He did well with it, so we enrolled him in another session of classes. Hopefully, he continues to enjoy it and learn a few things.

Gavin at soccer class | rainerlife.com

Gavin at soccer class | rainerlife.com

Gavin ready for soccer | rainerlife.com

Gavin at soccer class | rainerlife.com

Gavin at soccer class | rainerlife.com

Gavin and I went to the Discovery Science Place. We had been before, but it had been a long time. Gavin loved it! He had fun with a lot of different exhibits, but his favorite was the space exhibit. He loved it! He’s very into space stuff, and didn’t want to leave. He had a blast!

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place | rainerlife.com

Gavin at the Discovery Science Place | rainerlife.com

This time of year is the Azalea Trails. The azaleas in our yard were looking good this year, and they seemed to be looking good all over town. There are different events held in conjunction with the Azalea Trail… one of these events is a quilt show. Gavin and I went to it with my Mama. We go every year, but we didn’t stay long this year. As you can see from the photo below… Gavin looks like a little boy that was dragged to a quilt show and isn’t having much fun. He did well, especially considering it wasn’t exactly that exciting for a two year old.

Azaleas in our yard | rainerlife.com

Tyler Quilt Show | rainerlife.com

Darinda, Gavin & Beverly at the quilt show | rainerlife.com

My Book List for Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenge

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Last year I did the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge, and now I’m working on this year’s challenge as one of my 2017 reading goals. This year’s reading challenge includes two lists, each with 12 book prompts. One list is about reading for fun and the other is about reading for growth. The reading for fun challenge is for 12 books and the reading for growth challenge is for 14 books… one prompt is for three books instead of one. That’s a total of 26 books to read this year for this challenge. For info on books I’ve read and books I’m currently reading, check out my Goodreads profile. Below are the challenges, plus my book(s) for that prompt. I will update this list with a checkmark by the prompt as I finish reading books.

MODERN MRS DARCY 2017 READING CHALLENGE
READING FOR FUN
✓1. A book you chose for the cover – Looking for Alaska by John Green
✓2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
✓3. A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. A book you’ve already read – Divergent by Veronica Roth
✓5. A juicy memoir – The Dirt by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx. This book is also on the Gilmore Girls Season 2 book list.
✓6. A book about books or reading – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
7. A book in a genre you usually avoid – All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
✓8. A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read – Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
✓9. A book in the backlist of a new favorite author – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
✓10. A book recommended by someone with great taste – In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
✓11. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet – The Beach by Alex Garland
✓12. A book about a topic or subject you already love – Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

READING FOR GROWTH
✓1. A Newbery Award Winner or Honor Book – Holes by Louis Sachar
✓2. A book in translation – Candide by Voltaire
✓3. A book that’s more than 600 pages – The Host by Stephenie Meyer
✓4. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
5. A book of any genre that addresses current events – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
✓6. An immigrant story – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
✓7. A book published before you were born – The Art of War by Sun Tzu
✓8. Three books by the same author – The Games by James Patterson, Hope to Die by James Patterson, and Zoo 2 by James Patterson
✓9. A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
✓10. A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending – Atonement by Ian McEwan
11. A book nominated for an award in 2017 –
✓12. A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner – Ironweed by William Kennedy

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

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I loved Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. Now I’m rereading the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories books. This is the original series that gave Nancy Drew her start. These books started getting published in the 1930s, and continued into the early 1980s. The first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930 and the last book, Captive Witness, was published in 1981. The books had various authors, and starting in 1959, the earlier books were revised to portray a more up-to-date story. All 64 books were published under the pen name Carolyn Keene.

Reading these Nancy Drew books is part of my 2017 reading goals. For a peek at what I’ve read and what I’m currently reading, click over to Goodreads. I will update this list as I finish reading the books.

NANCY DREW MYSTERY STORIES
✓1. The Secret of the Old Clock
✓2. The Hidden Staircase
✓3. The Bungalow Mystery
✓4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
✓5. The Secret at Shadow Ranch
✓6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm
✓7. The Clue in the Diary
✓8. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
✓9. The Sign of the Twisted Candles
✓10. The Password to Larkspur Lane
✓11. The Clue of the Broken Locket
✓12. The Message in the Hollow Oak
✓13. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
✓14. The Whispering Statue
✓15. The Haunted Bridge
✓16. The Clue of the Tapping Heels
✓17. The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
✓18. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
✓19. The Quest of the Missing Map
✓20. The Clue in the Jewel Box
✓21. The Secret in the Old Attic
✓22. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
✓23. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
✓24. The Clue in the Old Album
✓25. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
✓26. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
✓27. The Secret of the Wooden Lady
✓28. The Clue of the Black Keys
✓29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump
✓30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
✓31. The Ringmaster’s Secret
✓32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
✓33. The Witch Tree Symbol
✓34. The Hidden Window Mystery
✓35. The Haunted Showboat
✓36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
38. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
39. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
40. The Moonstone Castle Mystery
41. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
42. The Phantom of Pine Hill
43. The Mystery of the 99 Steps
44. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
45. The Spider Sapphire Mystery
46. The Invisible Intruder
47. The Mysterious Mannequin
48. The Crooked Banister
49. The Secret of Mirror Bay
50. The Double Jinx Mystery
51. Mystery of the Glowing Eye
52. The Secret of the Forgotten City
53. The Sky Phantom
54. The Strange Message in the Parchment
55. Mystery of Crocodile Island
56. The Thirteenth Pearl
57. The Triple Hoax
58. The Flying Saucer Mystery
59. The Secret in the Old Lace
60. The Greek Symbol Mystery
61. The Swami’s Ring
62. The Kachina Doll Mystery
63. The Twin Dilemma
64. Captive Witness