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Sunday, August 01, 2010

My Bathroom's Demise is Your Unexpected Surprise!

Last week, I noticed that the wall next to the shower in our master bathroom was "squishy." I told Jerry to take a look and, sure enough, that part of the wall had water damage. No problem, he figured he needed to replace about 6 inches of sheetrock, re-putty, and paint. A few days' worth of work. So, yesterday morning he tells me he has about "45 minutes worth of work" to do in there to finish up, but then about 15 minutes later, he calls to me: "Can you come here a second?" And this is what I found: Ummm, clearly this is gonna take more than 45 minutes, isn't it?
Turns out, upon further inspection, the ruined 6 inches of sheetrock were just the tip of the iceberg, and water must have been dripping down behind the tile, because while the tile looked fine on the surface, Jerry discovered rotten sheetrock behind it and some mold on the cement behind that. No bueno.

So, we figured, hey, if we're replacing that tile, why not just re-do the entire bathroom? Yeah, that's how we roll. Actually, we had planned on remodeling this bathroom -- just not quite yet; we'd actually hoped to remodel our guest bathroom first because it is in more dire need of it, but sometimes life just doesn't work out how you plan it.

The downside to this is the timing -- a big project that just falls into your lap always feels more stressful than a big project you had been planning for. But the upside is that we have the money for it, and the end product will be a new master bathroom! Just may take awhile; turns out, remodeling with a kid around isn't very easy.

However, this remodel works to YOUR advantage as well! Because, this morning, I had to clean out the bathroom cabinets and drawers (good lord, there was a lot of stuff in there for such a small room!), and I got rid of a lot of expired aspirin, etc, but I also discovered that my "running drawer" had some superfluous items, items that I haven't used at all, and I figure I'm not gonna use them. Thus...a giveaway!
The giveaway includes: 1 Honey Stinger gel, 2 Clif Shot gels, 1 bottle of Nuun, 1 Peppermint Cooling Leg Gel by The Body Shop, 1 Peppermint Leg and Foot lotion by Burt's Bees, 1 shoe wallet, 1 Bengay patch, 1 Nike sport towel, and 1 pair of Nike shoelaces that say "Shut Up and Run."

The items are one packaged giveaway, so if you want one item, you want it all. If you'd like your shot at winning Jess' "running drawer leftovers," you need to do just one thing:
  • Leave me a comment in THIS POST indicating that you want it.

That's it. No need to be a follower or to become a follower or to be my best friend on Facebook. Just leave me a comment on THIS POST telling me you want it. All comments desiring this giveaway must be left by midnight, August 6th. That's this upcoming Friday.

Then, early next week, I'll randomly choose a winner, and I'll notify that winner here on the blog and will then request further contact info from the winner. So, you want this stuff? Tell me so.

53 comments:

WannabeRunner said...

Yay free stuff! I want it :)

d.a.r. said...

Yikes!! Unexpected expenses like that always hurt more than planned expenses, even if you have the money. Somehow it just seems more insulting, ha!

I don't want to enter the giveaway, but did want to say good luck on the remodel! I hope you post pictures of the finished product!

Charbelle said...

Yay for a new bathroom, I'm sorry it's stressful though! I'm looking forward to the "after" pictures!! The package sounds awesome I would totally love to win :)

ajh said...

I'll take it! Could use the towel for sure and I can share what I don't want with running friends!

Charity said...

I want it! :)

Adam said...

gimmie, gimmie!!!!!!

Lisa said...

me, me, pick me!

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

Love it...the peppermint leg and foot lotion sounds amazing! I wanna win!

Laura@Run_Eat_Date said...

Sorry about the unexpected bathroom remodel! The giveaway sounds great...especially those shoe laces!

hmb said...

I want! The leg gel especially! PS-Congrats on the 100 miles in the next post :)

desertrunnergirl said...

I love the shoelaces! Have fun with your bathroom remodel. We just did that and it's so beautiful I want to sleep in there!

Sarahsota said...

Yay stuff! I love stuff!

James said...

I am always in the mood for free stuff.

Badgergirl said...

Yikes! Sorry to hear about the unexpected bathroom remodel. But I bet it'll be great when it's all done. And free stuff? Toss my name in the hat, I'd love to win :)

Elizabeth Arentz said...

I want it...

It'll come in handy this cross-country season.

Christine said...

Wow- it sucks that you are Forced to remodel, but it will be great when you are finished! Get rid of that mold! I'd love to help you out and take the extras off your hands!

Abigail said...

I'm all about free stuff. Send it up here! : )

Nicki said...

Love your go with the flow attitude! And I also love your blog... definitely one of my favorites! :) Thanks for this giveaway... looking forward to the chance of winning.

Oz Runner said...

i want the nuun...love that stuff...

Agate Lake Girl said...

I have a feeling that's what is behind our master shower as well. But a new master bath is exciting!

I'll pass on the running stuff. :)

lee said...

Do you ever look at the website younghouselove.com? It has tons of info about remodeling.

Ashley said...

I need those shoelaces badly. I'm trying to come back from an injury and totally lack proper motivation. Maybe those will help! Thanks for the giveaway.

Nobel4Lit said...

Wow, that's a lot of cool running gear found randomly in a drawer! I want in!

eep said...

I need an unexpected surprise!

Heather Forcey said...

I want it!

Jen said...

I want it =)

Jamoosh said...

I don't want it, but damn - that sucks for your bathroom. I hope the remodel doesn't impact Norah's college fund!

Mary said...

I would totally say, "I want it!!!" However, I am clearly not the early bird here! Yet... just seeing your goodies makes me excited at the prospect of getting back out and running. I've been struggling with Plantar Facia in my left foot since April... long story short... kept playing in two co-ed softball league, but stopped running, no bueno. Had a "come to Jesus" moment last week, when I hit a great line drive, and proceeded to sprain my ankle coming out of the batter's box. The MD thinks I sprained the ankle because I've been over-compensating for the plantar facia crud for about four months. DONE ... I'm done with softball until next year... no running until the end of September... and a weekly appointment with an ultrasound machine for three more weeks.

KEEP RUNNING JESS... I'm running vicariously through you.

LynnZMommy said...

I want it!

Caitlin said...

I'm always up for a giveaway! I'd love to try that stuff out! Good luck on the remodel.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Count me in! Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

nrmrvrk said...

Thank you for hosting a giveaway that doesn't require all of the 'friend me on Facebook', 'follow my blog', 'allow me to advertise stuff you don't want more directly to you' requirements.

That said, I'm not interested in the free stuff. Keep us updated on the bathroom remodel.

Dixiechick said...

Pick me, pick me!!! I would love to try Clif Shot blocks...and, I am a sucker for anything free! Love your blog by the way! (Yes, I am sucking up...lol)...

Tiffany said...

I am always a sucker for giveaways and this is stuff I will use so I will be more than happy to help you clean out your bathroom!

You have inspired me to focus on running for x number of days straight. I was up to 17 but I decided to take a couple of days off because I was having lots of leg cramping while running and even with short 1 mile runs it was not going away - so I gotta stop - just for a couple of days and then I will try again to hit 21 days of running.

MCM Mama said...

Ooh, pick me!

Bummer about the bathroom, but you'll love it when it's done.

Jess said...

Ohhh me me pick meeee!! :)

Katie A. said...

I knew where your story was going! My hubbs is in construction, you wouldn't believe how many of his clients start out like Jerry did - tee hee :) Glad you're scoring a new bathroom!

And...free stuff, nice! I guess thrown my name in the hat :) Maybe we could do an exchange of some sorts if I win - you tell me your fav running item and we'll see where we go :)

Sarah Woulfin said...

I always want Nuun and schwag :)

Blaine said...

Of course...free stuff is always good.

RunningLaur said...

Oh no, I hope the remodel goes smoothly - it's as if your bathrooms are fighting for attention: "remodel me first", "no, me, I have more mold!"

Marlene said...

Yikes, sorry about the bathroom troubles. Can't wait to see the makeover. Hope it all goes smoothly from here on out.

Count me in for the giveaway! :)

Mushi said...

Good luck with the bathroom! I can't wait to see the sparkly results! :) That peppermint leg stuff sounds amazing...

Jessica Rhea said...

I want it! I'm new to your blog and have realized that I need to do exactly what you did- give myself 21 days to fall in love with running (again). I became so obsessed with my times that running became a chore that I slowly stopped partaking in. You're blog is a great inspiration :)

Henrie said...

Love the shoelaces!!!

I'm not from the US but I can shoulder the mailing expenses.

P.S. I follow your blog almost everyday. Your daughter is adorable.

Happy running :)

Laura said...

want want want!!! all of it looks great!!

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Ohhh I like free stuff!! The peppermint lotion sounds great! Love the laces! And one can never have enough workout towels...

Good luck with the reno!

Erica W said...

Yes I want free stuff!!

CathyK said...

Congrats on your running streak, Jess!
Hope the toe is on its way to TOE-TALLY feeling 100% (sorry, couldn't resist!)
Fingers crossed that you PICK ME - and that you would ship to Canada?! If not, no worries...just keep on blogging!

Lily on the Road said...

Jeeezzz, I go away for a long weekend and there are swollen toes, wrecked bathrooms, adorable Norah in sunglasses and give-aways...

Woot!!!

Please throw me into the mix, thanks Jess, hope the toe and bathroom get better soon!!!

Adrienna said...

Ooh, I want it! I also want a remodeled bathroom, but I don't guess that's up for grabs.

Bathroom Vanities said...

this makes it look so easy!

sRod said...

I know I'm totally late for this, but I find it hilarious!

Allon said...

fine demo along with pictures for the work.You can save the cost of hiring a designer by doing your own bathroom remodeling plans.

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