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  1. Chad's Crooked House
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Funny, I saw this same listing. I’m glad you got it instead of me though; you have a good use for it. Also I’m drooling over the brickwork on that house it came from.

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  2. Neci
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    That is pretty impressive, seeing as how the marble outweighs you by at least 100 lbs! You are my heroine!

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  3. Kevin Carney
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Your blog posts are such a kick! Thanks!

    My question is one of the video technique.

    How did you, while by yourself, file this so effectively from two different camera angles. Do you have two cameras with tripods and you then edited the two sets of file after?

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  4. robin
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    That was fantastic. Thank you for making me laugh and laugh and laugh.

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  5. Jackie
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Lol! Lol! Lol! 🙂

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  6. Cheapdiva
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Ah, a girl after my own heart! I wrestled a 100# filing cabinet up a big flight of stairs yesterday – pushing it with my thighs!!

    And I’m with you on the exciting part is the chase! Though I DO end up doing the work since I have no Paul, only a Jeff (and as mentioned previously, Jeff’s are of little use on the home front!).

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  7. Tina
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out. You are superwoman.

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  8. Laurie
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    It looks like you did all right to me. You know, I’ve found that having a slab of marble about is pretty handy. I saved one from an old sideboard and it’s been great as a fancy gardening table, a kitchen island, and an impromptu bar for a party.

    Who knew marble could be so versatile?

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  9. tammigirl
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    We are idea people, not execution people.

    Good lord, how much time and mental energy gets wasted when we must actually toil?

    I drove around with a piano in my van for days. And many, many other things.

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  10. Helen
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Paul should be thrilled that you at least wore gloves and safety goggles! (Those were safety goggles, right?)

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  11. Tara Bradford
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Hmm, this sounds suspiciously like the dialogue I have w/ my husband, w/ each and every new treasure I discover that will improve our house (it WILL, but a certain amount of imagination is required to envision same. 🙂 I am SO on your team! And hooray for you for sorting out the marble on your own! Impressive. I lugged a huge marble bowl back from London and thought that was doing well – you’ve just surpassed all expectations!

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  12. Janet
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Did Paul watch the video????

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  13. Leslie
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Yes, you are right, I was supposed to be working, but I took time to read your post! I always do! You are the highlight of my workday!

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  14. Sue J.
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    fabulous!

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  15. TKraft Art & Interiors
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    Too funny. I get you on soo many levels. Girl power rocks!

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  16. Jennifer
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    Awesome find and great technique fro removing them from the van! I would have forgotten the trolley until I really needed it! For my own rough backed slate chalkboard cum countertops, my hubby edged them in beech wood butcher block type trim to match the counters that were all butcher block. It looks good but it on the more rustic side of things. We are in an old farmhouse though. Keep up the great work and the fabulous posts.

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  17. Mary Anne
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    That was hilarious! Almost as funny as the kingdom mirror post, which was my all-time favorite!

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    • Yvonne
      June 11, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

      Right?! But, I also REALLY liked the video of hauling the BF bed up to the second floor bedroom.

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  18. Connie in Hartwood
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    I think there is a direct correlation between husbands out of town on business and the likelihood of finding awesome things on Craigslist (or Facebook … more on this in a second). My husband is out of town a lot. Last time, I found a perfect crystal chandelier for our living room. Texted him the photo of it ahead of time and got his blessing … which is the way I know I’m supposed to handle these things.

    In January, with him out of town, of course, a friend shared the photo of a geriatric Chihuahua who needed a home and was being fostered at her vet’s office. The little voice in my gut was screaming about that being MY dog, and my brain didn’t want to waste the time having the conversation with my husband about it … so I drove 45 minutes toward a threatening snow storm to retrieve the dog and bring her home. Fortunately, when I told him what I’d done and that we were now the proud parents of a tiny, elderly dog, my husband didn’t hesitate to agree with me that I did the right thing. Whew!

    Great buy on the marble, by the way.

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  19. carole@rusticartistry.com
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    The video was the topping on the (marble) cake. So glad you frittered away more time shooting and editing it. And that I frittered away time watching it. Now back to work, blah 🙁

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  20. judy
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    A. Am I absolutely convinced that you removed 600 Lbs. 0f Marble from that vehicle and transported it to a secure place in the rear of your Manse? Without damage….that would be to you and not the Marble( I don’t care fiddly squat about the SWT(small weird things). but if I lose your communiques I may lose what’s left of my mind!) VEB! Let us be very protective of that intellect of yours, it is irreplaceable! (unless you have made prior provision for its preservation by cryogenics) in which case Sally forth! My pathetic attempt @ humor aside-you have done what I thought was impossible-write something that was even funnier than previous reports on Life as Lived by VEB. GET an Agent! Get a Manager! Think of the Kitchen you could have with your own TV show. Carol Burnett did it and she didn’t have a Paul.

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    • judy
      June 12, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

      Correction: I just watched the video again because someone had commented on the music and I see that the pieces are way too large to serve as a pedestal for the gorgeous Urn-I know you’ll forgive the mistake when I tell you I was laughing so hard that I had my eyes half closed.

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  21. Toni
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    Only YOU would find marble in this fashion! So will you use the rough side up just to be different? :o) Seriously……are you thinking counters…..take it somewhere to have it cut evenly…..or can Paul do that with his skill saw?! I love your fearlessness when it comes to having a vision for something…..plus I love your humor. Gotta love Paul who must love you for all the challenges you bring to his life! Tell Paul you could just as easily be hit with a can of baked beans on your way home from a grocery shopping trip (happened to my sister)….somehow bungee cording down all the groceries seems a tad over the top!

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  22. Gayl
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    You go Girl! Love it that you figured it out yourself! Looks like some of the predicaments I get myself into, only I don’t have anyone to stop me. My sister afterwards will say “what were you thinking?” And then I need her husband to help bail me out. But the journey is always fun.

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  23. Diana C.
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    That is me!!! Except a whole lot skinnier… like when I was four. Anyway, I now know it was totally unnecessary for me to unload and move an entire bedroom suit (Found on Craigslist, and stood in front of the seller’s house fencing off other potential buyers with a Samurai sword until they finally opened the door) into the house all by myself – I needed a hand truck! Next item I will be looking for at yard sales; that is, until I convince a team of Navy SEALs to remain on stand-by for my next moving project. Many of them aren’t any bigger than you are, but man! they’re strong!

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  24. Wesley
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    As someone who moves a lot of things I shouldn’t when my husband isn’t home, I loved this video! You looked very elegant moving that giant thing, I love the dancer leg in arabesque!

    I’m thinking of ideas for that marble in case it doesn’t work for your kitchen … what about your future large beautiful greenhouse as countertops? The level-ness wouldn’t matter as much.

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  25. Linda
    June 11, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    Victoria…..you slay me. I can no longer have such adventures. Smaller house, too much stufff already. This will be my last stop unless, God forbid, I have to move to the nursing home. Oh, I pray not. My husband died recently and I want him, as I know he is watching, and watching over, me to be proud of me. Plus, my wonderful talented designer, when I have money to spend, lives directly across the street. I can’t sneak anything in. He has always tried to get me to focus, use my resources wisely. Focus has never been my best thing. Going on tangents is my best thing. At least I can live vicariously through you.

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  26. Lori B.
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    Your blog is one of my favorites. You make me LOL for real! Please don’t stop!

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  27. Janet
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Really? I thought my husband was the only one who wanted everything tied down so it wouldn’t be thrown hurling into my head in the front of the car. Where DO they get that type of husband training? You did exactly as I would have done (and have done with a large solid hard wood secretary desk…) Can’t wait to see what you end up doing with those slabs. I laid the remnant pieces of granite countertop in the garden for “mulch” here and there. Hey, at last, something that keeps the weeds down!

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  28. Garden, Home and Party
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    I loved the video, especially the music. I’m very impressed you were able to move those slabs by yourself. You’re getting closer to having to get started on your kitchen, if for no other reason than you may be running out of storage space. What a great find, congratulations. Paul must have been so proud of you.
    xo

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  29. Corinne
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    If you’re anything like me I imagine Paul drove up 5 seconds after the last slab was hauled away. Can’t wait to see how it comes out!

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    • Jenny
      June 11, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

      Lucky Corinne. MY husband drives up 5 seconds after I START.

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  30. LesleyB
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    hey Victoria, I am impressed although I have done a similar thing myself. With a marble slab. Which is up for grabs because after hauling it painfully home I never used it. It would be great for your kitchen if you’d like it. I live in England. Collect whenever you like. xx

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  31. Catherine
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    This is fabulouso!! My motto (besides, “keep on swimming…”) is “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. It is true! I used to drive a suburban…it was a tank and I could haul ANYTHING home!! When it died, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised my husband insisted on something smaller. Spoil sport. Can’t wait to see what you do with that lovely marble!!

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  32. Shar
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    My hubby is big on tie downs in the open truck, but has never said a word about my van(I have packed it till Im just in cased in my seat alone with stuff all around me and drove 6 hours on several occassions) So I would be scattered all over the fwy with all manner of things. But people would say “She died doing what she loved”. My issue and one I discussed with some other gal fancy thing and craigslist shoppers, is we find things and go get them without telling the hubby for fear of his unsupportive fancy attitude. So we get them and hide them in our vans for several days before uttering a word, and then we have to find a way to get them indoors, because many of our hubbys dont even notice a new item(I had a huge clock, taller then hubby sitting behind his seat at the dinner table against the way, he didnt see if for 2 days!)

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  33. Karen
    June 11, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    I just need to know….does Paul (or did Paul) ever work for the large chemical company, that starts with a D? Or perhaps he is the offspring of one of those employees. Coming from a similar background myself, this is the thing that is overemphasized in my life too. They all have visions of unsecured objects flying to the front of the vehicle in case of an accident. I just try to avoid the accident.

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  34. My Crappy House
    June 11, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    No, really. What are you going to do with it?

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  35. Kim W.
    June 11, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    You’re the best.

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  36. Kay
    June 11, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    How did you know I was watching this video while at work! 🙂 Love your blog!

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  37. Dianna
    June 11, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old that loved the music and my commentary of what you were we’re doing.

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  38. Pat
    June 11, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    Hey, I’ll be 70 next year and I’m still doing stuff like this. It’s a wonder I haven’t been decapitated by “unsecured” flying objects by now. Fortunately, and unfortunately, I don’t have a Paul, but I do have a hand truck, bungee cords, rope, and in a pinch, charm. Stumbled on this blog a few weeks ago…love it! Soldier on.

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  39. Cecile W. Morgan
    June 11, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    I am so incredibly JEALOUS of what you find up there on Craigslist, or on trash day. And, yes, there are zillions of things you can do with odd marble. A backsplash behind your kitchen sink? Garden table top? (On my Pinterest board, you can see one I used on an upside down Crape Myrtle stump that is wonderful. Search Cecile W. Morgan) In the bathroom behind the sink? Who cares if it looks old? I want it to look old. I buy every piece I find that is reasonably priced, but they are nothing like that! I wish we had trash days and Craigslist finds like that in Alabama.

    I always love your posts. I totally understand and I also have a patient and handy husband who enables me in crazy situations.

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    • Catherine
      June 11, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

      I’m in Alabama, too. Good Craigslist finds are few and far between. Mostly just another advertising venue for pricey antique shops.

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  40. Cynthia @herlovelynest.com
    June 11, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    you were so wrong. that was *way* more interesting than the work I ignored in order to watch it. my clients may have a slightly different viewpoint. bonus: Paul has to give you mad props for wearing gloves for the slab retrieval mission. can’t wait to see what you do with these beauties!

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