End of Week 5: Not Finished, But We’re Moving In

Now that the countertops are in, now we can finish what I’ve been REALLY waiting for – plumbing. The sink! The faucet. And water. Wonderful, wonderful water. After 5 weeks with no water in the kitchen, I’m grateful for the sink and won’t take it for granted again. I’ve actually been tinkering around with the idea of putting up a blingy, sparkly type pendent light above it, but that just may be the excitement talking. Having water means that I can actually COOK. ¬† Continue reading

Week 5: Customer Service with a British Accent

One of the exciting parts of this week was the installation of the range. The beautiful blue stars for my range would light up! Better yet, it would be out of the living room. I had a few late meetings on Wednesday, so I rushed home to check out the oven. And it looked good. Really good. The kids were excited too….until I went ballistic about them touching ANYTHING on the stove. Talk about ineffective. As soon as I said “don’t touch anything on the range. It makes fire. It’s for mommy ONLY” they immediately began the game of “what about this?” Touching the handle. “What about this?” Touching the oven glass. “What about this?” Touching the piece of paper of installation directions wrapped around the oven handle. I admit, I could have handled that better. I was ready to start chopping for the roasted vegetables that I’ve been dreaming about, so I opened the oven to take a look. DISASTER. Continue reading

End of Week 5: Countertops

This was a REALLY good week. I was worried it would go slow waiting until Thursday – THURSDAY – for the counters to come in, but it moved really fast! We didn’t have school on Monday for President’s Day, so I painted, painted, painted. Of course, after painting the trim I decided that I didn’t like the paint after all, so I still have more painting in my future. But that’s what spring break is for. The only heat I’ll be feeling this spring break is when I crank up the 22K BTUs on my range. Boil, baby, boil.

But on to the main issue. Countertops. Continue reading

A Slow Moving Valentine

It was a slower week. Not much happening in the kitchen, most of our time preoccupied with either picking up toys or wishing we had the countertops. The good news of the week is that we enjoyed two lovely dinners “out” – not take out, but friend out! Our wonderful neighbors invited us to dinner on Thursday and we dined with fabulous family friends on Friday. (Alliteration on purpose – for you, mom. Happy Birthday!) They definitely earned a spot in line for dinner in the new digs!

There was one change from Friday – the doors for the refrigerator went on. And with it being Valentine’s Day, I found a little love in the kitchen. Continue reading

Start of Week 4: When Delivering Bad News, Always Have Good News

I can tell that Bob the Builder has been in the business for a while. When I mention things in passing, he files them away until the time is right. Things like “when will we be able to move the appliances out of the living room?” and “we can’t wait to see the vent installed” and “wow,¬†this looks great. Will it be done tomorrow?” (That last one was a joke, but I still said it. Out loud.) Continue reading

End of Week 3: Survival

I was standing at the front door, watching with wonder as a team of cleaning professionals¬†came through the door. Equipped with dusters, mops, vacuums, and smiles, they began to attack the layers of dust and disorganization that my house has become. I looked at Bob the Builder, who simply smiled and said “it’s just part of the service, ma’am. Just part of the service.” Suddenly, a loud harp-like noise started to build in the living room. I looked around – what could it be?

And then I woke up.

Have you ever had a dream that you really, REALLY wanted to climb back into? Continue reading

Week 3: Cabinets

This was a big week. I practically squealed with glee when Bob the Builder left a message that the cabinets would be installed a day early – the same day our shiny new range would be delivered. And Amazon was delivering our faucet! THREE things in one day! After a few days of little to no activity, I could barely contain my excitement. (To be honest, I didn’t.) Continue reading