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What’s the Deal with Men and Their Underwear?

Warning: sponsored content below. Also beware of violent behavior in the video. My husband thought my treatment of his underwear was very aggressive, but I’m sure your opinion will vary.

It’s not that I need everything nice and new and all matchy-matchy in our house now, but after more than three years of living with my parents, we’re making a bit of a fresh start. What better way to start off fresh than with new underwear?

Apparently there’s one in every couple, but in a male/female couple my research indicates it’s almost always the male. The man who cannot part with his ratty old undies. The guy who looks longingly at a limp gray pair of what used to be tighty whiteys and cannot toss them* aside.

“We went through college together,” he sniffed sadly as I ripped the seams apart.


What’s the deal with men and their underpants?


As we were preparing to transition to our new place, I met someone from the Jockey team and shared my vision, my dream that my husband’s old skivvies would get “lost in the move.” Moved by my passion on the topic, the kind soul passed along a gift certificate so that I could set my husband up in style. Well, as noted in the video, I invited my husband to choose the new undies with me, but apparently he would have felt like a traitor to his current stock, so I did it alone.

I went on my virtual shopping trip earlier this week. I was surprised by the variety of styles available for men.

jockey underwear

Uh, no.

Yeah, I skipped the bikinis and thongs, but I didn’t go all tighty whitey, either. My shopping haul included boxer briefs, sporty things, and other styles. Okay, I may have snuck a pair of women’s exercise pants in, too. What? They were on clearance.

Nothing says “fresh start” like new drawers in your new drawers. After I return from the Blissdom conference it’s out with the old and in with the new. I can’t wait.

And tell me, does your partner have an underwear thing, too?


*It? Them? Why do we call a single article of clothing a pair?

 Thanks to Jockey for partnering with me on this very special project.

Revealing More in the Master Bedroom

Here’s the rest of the “master suite.” For the first video I had to move all my piles off to one side so they did not detract from the room’s natural beauty. Once that was over, I had to shift them to the other side of the room, so I could make this video.


(Sort of.)

Anyway, here’s yet another sneak peek into my bedroom.


Closet systems are wonderful! We had several in our previous house. They make the closet space so much more efficient; I highly recommend then. Our closet system was designed and installed by Roger from Fix My Closets. (No relationship to disclose; just a nice small biz worthy of a shout-out.)


I Got the Renovator Blues- Now with Video!

I am exhausted. I had no idea that given the number of workmen in and out of our house, I would be so tired and achy. This might be due in part to the fact that I stopped taking one of my arthritis meds prior to my surgery and it’s finally catching up with me. Or maybe it was the midnight shopping spree after Thanksgiving dinner (a supposedly fun thing I will never do again).  Or perhaps it was the days of nonstop fun with my kids, nieces and nephew over the holiday break. At any rate, I made a video last week but never managed to post it here. See below for even more updates!

We expected a few slow days around the house after Thanksgiving, but it’s been anything but. The tile guy that was supposed to show up this week decided to start the job early. (OMG, tile guys; I could write an entire blog about the many guys we had out to quote us–another thing that was keeping me busy in recent weeks.) And the floor guy showed up to lay down new hardwood in the bare spots.

Today the trim guy replaced our old kitchen door and trimmed several windows. The tile guy (his helper, really) laid out the kitchen floor, the drywall guy came to patch a few spots and…

(drumroll, please)

Our kitchen cabinets arrived!

There was a bit of drama when it appeared the corner unit would not fit through our front (and largest) door, but the issue turned out to be the large box, not the cabinet itself. That said, I’m not thrilled to have that piece unprotected while there’s a lot going on and a lot of workers coming and going around it.

I’ll be back soon with tales of paint colors! And tile (installed) that might not actually match our cabinets (uninstalled, but not returnable)! Stay tuned for this and more!

Week Two Progress Report

Last Friday I mentioned that our builder made excellent progress and now you get to see for yourself. This video provides a walk through of the kitchen, main floor hallway, den and the master suite (my, that sounds fancy) You’ll also get a peek at the upstairs laundry room. It’s all framed up, but the drywall won’t go up until after the plumber, electrician and HVAC guys have worked their magic.

Take a look!

We also ordered our kitchen cabinets last week. It seemed like a never-ending process (our first meeting with the planner was on July 4), but we know we’ll be spending a lot of time in that room and wanted to get it right. Hopefully all the right pieces will come in and they’ll all be in good shape. It can take 4-8 weeks for our order to arrive, so the cabinets can really make our break our construction timeline (which right now is ahead of schedule).

We also picked out kitchen tile, found out we don’t need it for the hall outside the kitchen after all (did you watch the video?), and I think we settled on bathroom tile. We have our bathroom fixtures on hand (FTW!), but we still need need to find a vanity. Oh, and for the laundry room tile, we’ll pretty much be scouring the clearance aisle; we’re not too picky about the overall look of that room.

The biggest challenges ahead are lighting and electricity, but I think we have at least one week before the electrician stops in, so we have time to do a bit of research.

Thanks for following along; we really appreciate your feedback and advice!

Irony Noted

Funny how I’m not doing any of the work, yet I’m exhausted by the end of the week. Our two-man crew continues to rock! The demo is almost done, just a bit more carpet and linoleum to scrape off the old floorboards. The bump-out is built and wrapped, the laundry room, master bath and several closets have been framed.

Best of all, the guys clean up at the end of each day. Nobody’s going to eat off of our floor, but I’m impressed by how neat and orderly they leave the house each day.

Learn from them, Kim! I imagine DH shouting over my shoulder.

Have a great weekend. I’ll be back next week with pictures and video.

Building Up and Out

Between the demo, work projects and family events, last week was incredibly stressful. I can’t believe that I’ve barely posted since D-Day. Our builder, Rick, and his trusty sidekick, Dennis, completely hit it out of the park. They not only got our kitchen down to the studs, but they were gentle with my vintage cabinets, which are now on the way to their “forever home” in Virginia.

More importantly, the bump out of the dormers, the part of the reno that made me most nervous, was completely framed by Saturday afternoon. All this from only two men. Two focused, hardworking men, I should say.

Take a look at the progress with this video. You can see how the roof line, once that of a sloping Cape Cod, has been bumped out and squared off. I’m actually hanging out on the old roof.

Note the special appearance by Maureen of Wisconsin Mommy and our new theme song, courtesy of DH.

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Edited 10/11/11 to add: This video is part of my 7-day Video Challenge through Digital Megaphone’s Social Media Master’s Summit taking place October 25-26 in Chicago. I’m proud to be speaking on the blogger/brand panel at the Summit. See my YouTube channel for some of the other videos which haven’t been posted on the blog just yet.