Basement Remodel

We got the basement remodel/upgrade started last weekend. Wainscoating has been removed from the walls and both the walls and the ceiling have been skim-coated (the popcorn ceiling was removed a few months ago).




The doorways are being doubled in size and will have double, sliding barn doors installed. Carpet will be replaced with ceramic flooring and the fireplace will be re-done with a smaller, simpler mantel. The bar will also be replaced with a slightly smaller version as well.




Here are some photos from when we purchased the home a year ago.




New beams installed over the larger door openings.




Where Have You Been - WTF?

Ahhh - need to get better at putting some update here. What can I say? It's been a busy year so far. Here are some things that are either funny or interesting to me that have happened in the last week or so. Headed to Chicago tomorrow for a couple of days.







NFL Conference Championship Weekend

Here we are with two weeks to go until SuperBowl LII which will be held at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

AFC Championship
Jacksonville @ New England

I think this one depends a lot on which Blake Bortles shows up today - if he doesn't through more than one interception today I think Jacksonville has a real good shot and beating the defending SuperBowl champions and punching their ticket to Minneapolis. The Jacksonville defense is going to get some pressure on Tom 'Pretty Boy' Brady but the dude has ice in his veins and the Patriots definitely have playoff experience - I would love to see the Patriots lose this one.

My prediction:
Jacksonville 24
New England 17

Update:
The Patriots came back to beat the Jaguars 24-20. Jacksonville led the entire game until the Brady touchdown pass to Amendola with 2:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. There isn't an adjective strong enough to describe home much I dislike the Patriots. I'd like to see the comparison of penalty yardage by quarter - I know they were even after the first quarter since the first penalty in the game wasn't called until the second quarter - that isn't something a Seahawk fan is familiar with.




NFC Championship
Minneapolis @ Philadelphia

If Carson Wentz were playing - I'd say there would be little doubt that Philadelphia doesn't end up representing the NFC in SuperBowl LII in two weeks but he's out and Nick Foles has done a decent job getting them this far. On the other side, Case Keenum has done a better-than-expected job of getting the Vikings to this point and after that win last week over the Saints - who is going to stop Case and the rest of the Vikings. As long as Case doesn't crap his pants, I think that the Vikings could very well be playing for a SuperBowl ring in their home stadium in two weeks.

My prediction:
Minneapolis 24
Philadelphia 20


Update:
The game started off like it was going to be a street fight but the Eagles ended of handling the Vikings pretty easily to punch their ticket to Suberbowl LII with a 38-7 win. I hope they left some for TB12 and the Patriots!