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  1. Roberta
    December 20, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

    Thank you for doing all my kitchen research for me. I got the hand free faucet thing and it’s amazing! Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. Happy holidays to you and yours!


    • judy
      January 19, 2019 @ 11:18 am

      Scientists Now Say Owning A Cat Might Cause Mental Illness And The Evidence Is Scary
      By Maggie Watson I saw this and thought it would give you a chuckle. Also I forgot to note your beautiful rings and bracelets -so pretty and totally unique just like you or self?


  2. Sandi with an I
    December 20, 2018 @ 12:45 pm

    We had to go home and unlock our front door like the Neanderthals that we are.
    I itched my fleas.
    Paul gnawed his toenails.
    We grunted at each other in recognition.

    Crying. You could write about paint drying and it would be hillarious.


  3. CH
    December 20, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    “BRYAN feels that this is the sort of thing that degrades our quality-of-life on a level we are not conscious of…”

    THIS!!! Loud noise is physically painful to me. Our apartment is surrounded by other apartments and houses that, collectively, have noisy gardeners with leaf blowers driving me INSANE 6 days a week! Meanwhile, at work, I am in an open-plan office where everyone around me is speaking to each other noisily and CONSTANTLY. Sound (or lack thereof) is SO so important.

    I ended up getting professional musician-quality custom earplugs that I now wear basically every waking hour. You can swap out the filters for varying levels of noise reduction, and no, they do not just make it impossible for you to hear people talking. They make it EASIER to hear the sounds you want to hear by cutting down distortion. Wearing these + Bose noise-cancelling headphones is the only way I can get any work done in my office, and they also help in situations where you might encounter unexpected piercing noise (like shrieking kids).

    If you’re sensitive to sound, I highly recommend asking an audiologist about professional ear plugs!


  4. Naomi
    December 20, 2018 @ 1:01 pm

    Wow. I am waiting to do my kitchen remodel until yours is finished. I am learning so much about things I had no idea I need in my life.


  5. Linda D.
    December 20, 2018 @ 1:42 pm

    “Unless your pants were made out of metal.”

    I literally just snorted coffee through my nose.

    I have to remember *not* to drink anything while reading your blog. I’d read it for the ridiculously useful info alone, but add in the fact that I LOVE your writing and YOU love cats, and I am dancing with happiness. …Except for the fact that while you may envy Bryan’s toys, I envy that you have a live-in handyman who can *dance*.

    Ah, but I can dream…
    Happy Holidays!


  6. Deborah
    December 20, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

    sent this post to my designer who is clearly not worth the money I am paying her. you should see the hulking range bs I nearly ended up with. thank you. get a paypal donate button.


  7. judy
    December 20, 2018 @ 1:47 pm

    Is your home decorated for Christmas or have you been so busy in hot pursuit of hot in all its’ cooking variations that you have let your duty to faithful readers slide? We understand and just shoot us a shot of fantabulous Christmas’s of yore and we will bask in the glow of “DISCO BALLS” ,Paul ribbons and general glitter and glam. I am smiling. HooRay! This was a fascinating post,and youse guys are geniuses. Have a wonderful Christmas and a glorious Holiday and thank you from an old lady,you are like a glowing fire, a cup of tea with honey-and a snuggly lap robe- comforting and comfortable.


    • judy
      December 28, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

      I saw the wonder of Christmas past,I can’t believe how quickly we forget. The disco balls on your porch is one of the prettiest effects I have ever seen. Magical! Those huuuuge mirrors – I am so deep into upcoming kitchen reveal that the wonder of Wonder Mirrors had completely slipped my mind. I must say as spectacular as they were all GFthingys since then have been more than equal to replacing them. Onward to 2019 and happiness for one and all.


  8. Michelle
    December 20, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

    What I need is some magic that will prevent me from hearing the neighbor’s power tools but still let me hear if my own children are making an ungodly amount of noise in the front yard.


  9. SJF
    December 20, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

    OMG this was a tour de force. If I smoked, I’d need a cigarette and a cocktail after this.


  10. Shelley
    December 20, 2018 @ 2:45 pm

    whoa, I mean, just WHOA. This could be a total game changer.
    How completely cool. First off, everywhere I go now, I look for/at super huge, over-the-top-gilded-frame-mirrors….and old grand pianos that need to be turned into something else,…and NOW you introduce the world’s coolest stovetop…
    oh, but my husband is going to die/rollhiseyes/doalotofheadshaking… 🙂

    Neanderthals….tee hee…


  11. Karen
    December 20, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

    Standing in line at Target, I showed the woman behind me. I think you’ll have a new follower now. I told her to start with the one about the mirror:)


  12. Andrea
    December 20, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

    that’s AMAZING


  13. Alexis
    December 20, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

    I made have made this comment here before (I know I did somewhere) but I have both gas and induction stoves in my kitchen (as a deliberate choice, tldr: I live in Africa, the electricity is unreliable).
    I cook
    Side by side, induction is better than gas.
    Easier to control, quicker to heat up, easier to use and clean up and the handles of the pots don’t get too hot so I don’t burn my damned fingers.
    If anyone has doubts, get a small portable one and try it.


  14. Gail
    December 20, 2018 @ 4:31 pm

    I’m so glad you’re going with induction, we did too! There is a learning curve for sure, it heats up tons faster and you don’t need to turn it up very high to get maximum results because….efficiency! It truly is the best, I didn’t know you could hide the burners into your countertop, nifty stuff!


    • Marianne in Mo.
      December 20, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

      Well now I know I can never have induction; my husband shares cooking duties with me and he MUST have the gas at least on medium, no matter what! I constantly sneak by the stove to turn the burners down, so we don’t have burned food/boil-overs!!! If I didn’t like not having to cook every day I would ban him forever from cooking! He would NEVER get the hang of induction. Pooh!


  15. Bernie
    December 20, 2018 @ 5:08 pm

    Being the sad voice of reason here……what about repairs? Hopefully these would NEVER break, BUT I can see the under the any type of stone being easy (?) to get to, but when you say there are ones that are “integrated” into the counter tops (the ones with crummy colors) are they easy to get to? I ask because that is all my husband would care about. (He chose our last fake Christmas tree by which box would be easiest to store) Sigh. I do not like noise canceling headphones…..I need to hear the life going on around me….even leaf blowers, the neighbors putting in a brick patio with the saw going all day, the sandhill cranes flying overhead, the UPS man pulling up….you get the idea. It would freak me out to be on a jet and not hear the engines……


  16. Donna L Asbury
    December 20, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

    Not often do i literally laugh out loud. This post made me. Neanderthals – hilarious .


  17. Marianne in Mo.
    December 20, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

    Integrated induction sounds so lovely. But husband would never learn its new-fangled style of cooking. He would burn the house down, leaving us to truly become neanderthals, living in an earthen cave. And this Bryan you speak of must be a brainiac to have all his knowledge of so many subjects. Who knew you needed certain speakers, and that you can avoid noise? I am a quiet-lover, do not like driving with the radio on, shopping in stores with high ceilings, visiting my daughter who has 11 ft. ceilings and screeching children without much sound absorbing textiles around. And when my across the lake neighbor is taking the entire day to beautify his yard with various noise-making equipment, I want to sneak over and damage said equipment. But I know he would just replace it! UGH!


  18. Laura Rakunas
    December 20, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

    I have photos of a shower drain like that in a hotel in Salou, Spain. I have coveted one ever since. Also the bathtub, which is a size not available here, alas. I am fascinated with your induction countertop and can’t wait to see it installed in your kitchen. Then you can tell us all about it! Thank you!


  19. Gaylin
    December 21, 2018 @ 11:29 am

    This post is why I never read one of your post while drinking coffee!
    I LOVE your words and what you do with them! You are awesome on so many levels! Therefore I do believe Pauls the other plant theory rings so true!


  20. Lesley from NE
    December 22, 2018 @ 9:14 am

    You make me smile. I love reading your posts, they are fun. Keep up the good work!!


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