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The Bathroom Finally Has A Door! (Plus, An Awesome Update On My Insomnia)

I have a very short but exciting (at least for me) bathroom update for you today. I’m still trying to get all of the trim finished in the main part of the room (it’s almost finished), but my brother came over this past weekend and helped me install the bathroom door!

It’s a 15-lite pocket door that separates the master bathroom from our home gym. I used to purchase these doors at Home Depot, and they were about $150 each. Now these doors are virtually impossible to find at a reasonable price. I ended up purchasing mine through a seller on Ebay, but I contacted the seller directly to get a price on just the door since I didn’t need a prehung door, and he sent me an invoice directly. The price, with shipping, still came to almost $700 for two 36″ x 80″ doors. That was a bit painful considering that just three years ago, these two doors would have cost me less than half of that from Home Depot.

But anyway, these are made of MDF instead of pine like my other ones, so there was no way I could install this door by myself. Once my brother got here, it literally took us less than five minutes to install. I’m so excited to have it installed because (1) now the bathroom finally feels like a separate room and not an extension of the home gym, and (2) I can finally install the rest of the trim.

These types of doors generally come with plastic covering the glass panes so that you can paint it very easily without taping off the glass. Once it’s painted, you just cut around the edges and then peel off the plastic. Since this door came primed, the plastic is covered in primer. The glass panes are clear, but I’ll want to find a way to add privacy to this door.

I still need to install a door lock, which means drilling a large hole in the door. That makes me a bit nervous. 😀

So the bathroom is totally enclosed as its own separate room now. This doorway into the home gym now has a 15-lite pocket door…

And directly opposite that door is the exterior door that goes to the back yard.

That exterior door will eventually be a doorway that leads into our new master bedroom once we build the addition onto the back of our house, and that current exterior door will be replaced with a 15-lite interior pocket door identical to the other one.

I hope to have all of the trim and the two doors finished today. Of course, when I say “trim”, I mean all of the trim minus the wainscoting. I won’t be able to install the chair rail and wainscoting until the vanities are built and they have countertops on them. I’ll be using quartz, and hopefully I can find a quartz that the local company has in stock so that they won’t take a long time. But if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t done anything to the bottom part of the walls yet, that’s why. Everything about the wainscoting hinges on the vanities, and it has to be precise, so they have to be installed and finished first.

But as for the rest of the trim, I’m hoping to get it all finished today.

In other news, I’ve slept through the night for the last three nights straight!! It’s been AMAZING! I read all of your suggestions, and then implemented a few of them, and it has worked. Here are the things I’m doing:

  1. Melatonin seemed to be the #1 recommendation from so many of you, so I’ve started taking two Vitafusion Melatonin Gummies about 30 minutes before bed. I chose gummies because they’re a tasty little treat that I look forward to, so I’m less likely to forget them. If I buy pills, I’ll forget to take them.
  2. I drink a cup of MUDWTR about an hour before bed. I’ve seen this advertised for a while now on Facebook and YouTube, so I decided to take the plunge and try it out. I’ve grown to love it. My very first cup was underwhelming because I just mixed the powder in hot water and drank it. I was disappointed. But the starter kit comes with samples of their sweetener and creamer (neither of which I was impressed with), but I thought if they sell sweetener and creamer for their drink, then I should just prepare mine like just like a cup of coffee, with the same sweetener and heavy whipping cream I’m used to. Once I did that, I loved it! The way I prepare mine tastes similar to a spiced chai latte, but with a more subtle flavor. And it contains stuff like valerian root that are supposed to be very calming, and I really look forward to it every night now.
  3. So many of you recommended CBD and/or magnesium. I didn’t have either of those to take orally, but a few months back, I did purchase some magnesium cream that contains CBD for Matt to use when he has muscle aches. So I started using some of that on the bottom of my feet each night before bed, and it does seem to have a calming effect.
  4. I bought a weighted blanket. I bought this one on Amazon, and I absolutely love it. I’ve heard people talk about how wonderful weighted blankets are for a while now, and I was just never convinced that I needed or wanted one. But after having trouble sleeping for so long, I was desperate to try anything. And now, I absolutely love it! I don’t understand how or why it works, but having that weight on top of me is very calming and relaxing. I feel like it keeps me from tossing and turning and fidgeting in my sleep, which helps me to sleep deeper with fewer interruptions to my sleep.

So those four things seems to be the magical combo for me. I mean, I’ve had three whole nights of sleep in a row, and have been awakened by my alarm clock each morning. Actually, I don’t set an alarm for Saturday mornings, and I think I slept until 7:30 on Saturday morning. That’s a whole 40 minutes past when my alarm goes off during the week. It’s been pretty amazing!

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