Thursday, May 10, 2007

Random Renovation Reflections

Didn't know I was so good with the alliteration now, did ya?

I didn't even take a picture of the whole kitchen yesterday, because it probably would look the same as it did in the Sunday picture. It's a little frustrating, because we ARE getting a lot done, it's just that it's things (and the Kellers have agreed, since they are experiencing the same thing now in building their house) that are very behind the scenes. Essential, yet invisible things... plumbing, electric work, accent molding (such as base shoe... say that fast, for the longest time I thought dad, mom, and Ryan were saying "bayshew..." sounded like a chinese side dish to me), second coats of paint, etc. It's frustrating to work a whole, long day and not be able to see huge results & changes. Oh well, at least we can appreciate the little things because we did them. :)

my husband, the plumber

I know I'm whining a lot, but hey it's my blog and I can write whatever I want. :) Another frustration I've been dealing with is my role in the actual renovation process. A wear quite a few hats, but none are very impressive or respectable. Painter girl. Sanding girl. Go-get-food girl. Weeding girl. Wood filler girl. SOMEBODY GIVE ME A POWER TOOL!!!!

Stinks that this is dark. :( But yes, that is a nail gun, and yes, I did really get to use it! Thanks, dada!

Another point worthy of whining about.... I HAVE NO TIME TO LIVE! Between working 42+ hours a week, 1.5 hours commuting per day, eating, sleeping (5 or 6 hours), and working on the house 2-3 days per week, I have sooooooo neglected our current apartment. Between cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping.... well let's just say I do maybe one of these items once every 2? weeks. As those who know me well know, I am NOT one to be anything but a neat freak, so it's really been eating at me that i don't have time to even care for my own place. Then I go to our new place and it's a mess too... ahhhhhh!!!!! I know, I need to shut up and be happy we have a house, blah, blah.... come on, I need an outlet. PS my dinner last night was goldfish, peanut m&ms, and a brownie at the Kellers... I don't even have time to eat real dinner!!! :)

I just have to take the time to brag a little... about my parents. They have come out to the house every Wednesday and one if not both days each weekend since we closed. They have taught us so much and really given us a vision to what how want the house to turn out. My dad has done so much physical labor alongside Ryan, despite his half chopped off finger! :) Mom painted the entire living room, kitchen, and says "Don't worry, I'll take care of it," when I whine about painting. I don't even really know how to thank them... I guess I just gotta keep feeding them! :)

dad with his new drill! "downtown!"

mom painting hard! can you tell she was painting the ceiling? (you can't really tell from this pic but she has paint all over her face) :)

I'd like to end with sharing the fact that I am in great need of a new shower curtain for my soon to be beautifully remodeled bathroom... I can't find one that I absolutely love. I know what I want, I just have not found it anywhere. Maybe I should head over to bed, bath, and bodyworks. :)


  1. Haha, Bed, Bath, and Bodyworks. When I said that, I just was trying to combine some of my least favorite stores into one GIANT estrogen fest of pillows and smelly lotions.

  2. Good work, well worth the wait. My husband is a geek

  3. You look AlOT like your mom!!
    Watch out ...woman renovating with a nail gun!!
    Ohh girl send me your email ( and I'll give you an update!!

    I've got soapnet! the best time to watch is at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern!){Elizabeth might die!! . . .and Jason wants to come forward and claim the baby!!}

  4. Hi! I just popped over to your site from Drea's. I am SO impressed with all your work!! Our last house sounds exactly like yours when you bought it... built in the 1950s, along with all the "joys" that come with houses from that era that haven't been kept up-to-date!

    You guys are doing an awesome job, and HOW ADORABLE are your parents!?

    Keep up the good work - looking forward to keeping up with the progress!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

  5. TAG YOur IT!!!!

    List 7 P O I N T L E S S facts about yourself!

    Thanks for your comments too, it's nice to think their are people out there that even take the time to scroll thru my blog to the comments section! :-D {I routinely check my counter and I KNOW THEY ARE THERE THEY JUST DON"T COMMENT!} ahhhhh!

    GH. . .I'll have it too you by Monday! ;-)