Yes I am alive and well. I have had quite a relaxing summer (hardly any house projects with lots of relaxing). Scott finished his Postdoc at Penn and had a couple of months off so he worked on some of the bigger projects like removing the wallpaper on the second floor hallway. I bought a few things (outdoor lamp, and shower curtain rod to name a few) but I was generally uninspired to do any major work. Recently I have been feeling like tackling a project or two. Much to Scott's dismay (and sort of mine) the one major thing that I have finally decided that must be done is to paint the house. Yes we did only paint the house in 2007 when we bought it and it looks perfectly fine. The only problem is that I really, really want a white house! I am not going to get rid of all the colorful things instead I just want all white walls. I think that all my colorful bric-a-brac would look fabulous against a white background. Don't these rooms look so uncluttered and charming? I especially like the juxtaposition of the vintage furniture and mirror against the stark white walls.