Approaching Half Way

My first chemo infusion I came ready for battle.  I had my Fuck Cancer shirt on, I ate Dicks with abandon and repeated my mantra, ‘you got this’.  Number four is right around the corner and I’ve lost a little bit of my spunk.  I still repeat my mantra and flip the bird to cancer daily, but I can’t fathom ever eating another Dicks cheeseburger again and the mere thought of the infusion ward makes my mouth water with nausea.  I receive chemo every other Tuesday and the first week is typically filled with body aches, nausea, headaches and an overall feeling of ick.  The feel good week following I feel more like myself (just a tired version) and can almost get excited about another infusion because that means one more down.  I’m on a feel good week now and next Tuesday is half way, 4 out of 8 done!  In addition, it’s the end of the Adriamycin/Cytoxan cocktail.  The following 4 will be Taxol, which I hear isn’t quite as bad….we’ll see.

Two days after my second infusion, exactly when my oncologist said it would, my hair started falling out.  I could run my fingers through my hair and my and pull out handfuls.  Perhaps at a different time in my life or if I was going through this decades ago the hair loss would be an issue for me.  I think the empowering photos of bald confident women kicking breast cancers ass (and Charlize Theron in Mad Max) made the hair loss for me a non-issue.  I kind of like it.  Not that the buzz cut is staying or anything but I don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed of my new do at all.

The night of the shaving.  Face Timing with your best friend, as you do.
Casey did a pretty good job!
Someone else got a haircut too.  Unlike his Mom, he was pissed about it.

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One Down

First Chemo infusion and aftermath is in the books!  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good either.


Dicks and chemo. 

The highlight of the day: When I met with my oncologist, I was greeted by a new nurse, Cathy.  She told me she had requested to be my nurse that day because she had something she wanted to share with me. Cathy put her hand on my shoulder and said, “I was also diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 34 years old and I had a small baby at home too.  That baby is now 23 years old and about to graduate from college.”  I instantly burst into tears, along with the entourage I had in the room.  As we continued to chat we also found out her daughter and I share the same birthday and I noticed Cathy and my mom were both wearing the exact same necklace, one I gave my mom on my wedding day.  It was a good start to the day!

Tears dried, the crew met with the oncologist, got labs and headed upstairs to the infusion ward.  It’s pretty much how I’d imagined, a big chair and lots of tubes going into me.  The infusion took about 2 ½ hours.  We ate some Dicks, laughed about my really quirky infusion nurse and asked a ton of questions.


All the way since 3rd grade!


All the way from Vegas to keep me company!


The Adriamycin going in.


Nurse Ratchet


My dad brought his fishing lures to work on. 


The days following went from shaky (from the steroids) to achy (from the Neulasta shot) to pukey (from the chemo) and after that I’ve just felt like I’ve have a hangover.  Something I’ve occasionally (:)) dealt with in the past so I can manage that.   Now I have a week off and we do it all over again……


I also got a new haircut!



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Back on the blogging waggon and a big Neuzel Update

Anyone still out there?

It’s been right around a year since my last post.  If anyone was holding their breath for house update pictures, I truly apologize for your death!  It has been a busy year of remodel projects, travel & raising a baby tornado.  Things were shaping up to be a great 2015!  Then, in October life cocked back and kicked me squarely in the balls with a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Yep, cancer.  Fuck.

I’ll get to some house update pictures at the end of this post, but let’s recap the cancer part first.  October 28th I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.  November 24th I had a mastectomy to remove my left breast.  After surgery I found out I am stage 2, I had a 3.3cm tumor and the cancer has spread into my lymph nodes.  I start chemotherapy on December 15th for 16 weeks followed by radiation for 6 weeks.

How am I doing?  Some days I’m super positive and say to myself I’m tough!  I ran a marathon and gave birth naturally and I’ll kick the mother fucking shit out of these mutant little cells!  But then there are some days when I’m really scared and look at my adorable little dude and thing holy shit, could I actually not see him go to kindergarten?  Those are bad days.  The bad days are getting less and less as I learn more about my diagnosis and I move forward with my treatment.

There you have it, that’s the newest Neuzel Project, tackling and killing cancer.

Now let’s look at a couple house updates…These are just a few peeks of the finished rooms.  I want to get someone with actual knowledge of how to use a camera to help me take proper pictures of each room.







And how about a few updates on this little stinker.  He’s a wild tornado that is exhausting to be around.  He will cause a diversion in one room to escape through the front door any chance he gets.  He climbs on everything, runs everywhere and loves people and pets to the point of injuring them.  He keeps us laughing and sighing on the regular.




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Move in Month

We’re certainly no where near being done with this project, but December is here and I’m moving in no matter what!  We’ll have a toilet and heat so that’s better than some of the situations we were in with the last house.

Here’s where we are at today – and we’re starting to move in this weekend.  We have a busy week ahead of us!

These cabinets!  So in love.  Obviously still have a long ways to go on the details (counters, backsplash, glass fronts, window, nobs) but oh man I’m already in love with this kitchen.  The painted tongue and grove ceiling was a total pain in the ass, but was worth the chronic kink in my neck and achy shoulders.




Bathroom is all tiled, but hasn’t been grouted yet.  The herringbone floor took some some serious convincing to get Casey to agree.  It was not easy for him, but totally worth it.  I think he’s pretty proud of his tile laying skills as well.




The vanity wall



And last, a sneak peek at Levi’s new nursery.  Pretty happy I get to design two nurserys in 1 year!


Busy week ahead – new windows, lighting, grouting, bathroom vanity and toilet, cleaning and move in!   We’ll be in without counters, sinks and interior doors, but who needs those minor details? :)



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Not So Mellow Yellow Update

We’re about 3 weeks into this renovation and we are on track to be moving in by December 1st.  It may not look like it by the pictures below, but starting next week this mess will start getting put back together.

Living Room
Completed: removed carpeting, removed trim and window casings, tossed those awesome drapes, installed can lighting
To Do: Install tongue and groove ceiling, refinish floors, new window, paint, install doors and trim.





Completed: Gutted. Electrical, plumbing, framed out new window, installed can lighting
To Do: feather in hardwood floors, drywall, install new window, install cabinets, install appliances, counter top and back splash, paint.





Upstairs Bedrooms & Hallway
Completed: Removed doors and trim, removed window casings, dry walled Levi’s wood paneling room, removed carpet, painted ceilings (not pictured)
To Do: Paint bedrooms, install windows, refinish floors, install doors and trim, install lighting





Completed: Gutted, plumbing, electrical, tub installed
To Do: Install cement board and drywall, tile, window, install vanity, fixtures and mirror.

Whatcha think, can we get this done in 35 days?

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Meet the New House

During our Real Estate search and rescue mission we were referring to this property as ‘The Poop and Pee House’ for what I thought were obvious reasons until my friend Karen said, “Oh no, does it smell like poop and pee?”  Now that it’s ours and I’m kind of in love with it, I feel it deserves a better name than The Poop and Pee House.  Yellow Submarine?  Mellow Yellow? (except there is nothing mellow about that color) Project Sunshine?

Indeed a paint job is in her future, though not until next summer, but I think this color will be forever burned into this house and our minds.  Also because there is over spray on the foundations.  Thanks for that.

imageLet’s take a gander on the inside.  I was on top of my blogging game when I brought the fancy camera with me on demo day 1 but alas, Casey had removed the memory card to upload pictures of Levi.  Damn.  Sorry for the crummy iPhone pics.

The living room.  There are hardwoods under everything and we’re planning on putting tongue and groove on that sweet vaulted ceiling.  Fireplace will eventually get refaced.





living3Dining Room.  Pretty easy.  Replacing the fixture and a portion of the wall on the right is coming down to open into the kitchen more.


Kitchen.  Everything must go!  The hardwoods aren’t in this room, so they will need to be added, new cabinets, big 6 foot picture window, new appliances and all new pretty fixtures.  Can’t wait for this room to be done.  I’m going in a different direction on this house so I’m nervous and excited to see how it’s going to turn out.


kitchen1How hot are those blinds.

kitchen3Upstairs hallway.  Hardwoods here too, score.

hallwayThe three bedrooms.  Needing new windows, refinish floors, doors and trim.  The first room has wood paneling that needs to go.

levi roomguest



Bathroom.  Again, everything. must. go.




All these rooms are phase one of the remodel.  We’ll get to the basement, 800 square feet of unfinished space and the yard at a later date.  I think we have enough to work with here.






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The Neuzel Project Part Deux

Sorry for the absence if anyone is still following….In the months since my ‘For Sale’ post we’ve been busy busy busy.  In addition to keeping this little mister alive and happy…


…We sold our house FSBO which was a really great experience.  Then, I put my shiny new Real Estate license to good use and we bought a new fixer upper!  It’s a little hard on the eyes at first (mainly due to the high gloss yellow paint) but it has tons of potential and I already see it being a gem!

homeWe get our keys today, so I’ll be back very soon with all the glorious interior pictures.   Unlike the first house, we will be doing the majority of the big projects (kitchen, bath, floors and windows) prior to moving in so we’ll have lots of updates in the coming two months.

Thanks for joining on round two!


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