Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Missing Dog

Has anyone seen my Pippin??? OH WAIT - there he is, waaaay on the other side of the cabinets. What a MESS! Our house is a total disaster, but there is a light next to the bridge. All the electrical is done (and hooked up) and everything has at least its first coat of drywall on it. And let me say, if this whole CPA mess doesn't work out I could totally have a job making $20 a day mudding drywall because I ROCK. Go figure. We did a lot of priming tonight, and I have never been so happy to have a paint brush in my hands again! So, hopefully this weekend, for Brent's 30th birthday (on Saturday) we'll be laying the hardwood floors we bought for the kitchen. What a great birthday, huh?? BUT, it's really going to work out better for him, because I've got some stuff planned for June for him and his b-day party will be in June, so it's really like he gets to celebrate for a month.

There is literally no room in our house that isn't a mess. Cabinets are in our foyer, den and living room. We've had to push our living room furniture way up to the TV for all the crap. Which is fine, because we don't have time for TV. Brent's brother was nice enough to drive out to the burbs and help us pick up our hardwoods last week (the disaster known as the 5 floors we picked out before we were able to get one is another story), keep them safe in the back of his truck where he works at News2 all afternoon, and then stop by and deliver them that evening. When we knew we had the floor our first thoughts of where to put it were a)the couch or b)the bed because pretty much our house is trashed. So, the boxes of hardwood flooring (3/4 inch tongue and groove for those that care) are literally scattered everywhere. Our bedroom is occupied with boxes of lighting, electrical boxes and plumbing parts. And our bathroom even has some tools and lighting parts in the floor. But it's all good, because we're getting there and our cabinet installation is scheduled for May 29th!!! Sweet!! Countertops should take a couple of weeks after that, so we're looking for mid-June completion. We started this project April 1st (ironic, eh?) and so all told we should end up with 2.5-3 months kitchenless. It hasn't been a big deal, except I'm over washing dishes in the backyard with the garden hose. I don't like camping, and that's damn close to camping.

Pippin is dealing with it well. When the cabinets first came he got a bit lost in the maze and would need help finding his way out. Now he's an old pro at navigating to get back to his favorite spots in his den to sun. He's only dropped his Kong in paint once, and I've only had to rinse it off from drywall dust about 3 dozen times. And he's discovered that eating drywall is MIGHTY tasty.

Ok, I'm outta here for now. That's the quick update, and whenever I get a chance I'll update you on Operation Get Rachel's Groove back, which is going quite well in week 3 despite the fall I had off a ladder last week (that's a pretty bruise) and about the awesome fall race calendar I'm planning - let's just say one of the races starts at 5 am and the slogan is "trample the weak-hurdle the dead". Sweet.


At 11:36 PM, Blogger Jack said...

You can make a lot of money drywalling homes...and you don't have to live in the mess at night, sweet!

I can't wait to hear all about your comeback as superrunner.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger Running Jayhawk said...

Wow! Your place is crazy, but the final product is going to be magnificent!! :) It's all coming together in one big mass of organized chaos. Most excellent!

At 7:11 AM, Blogger Firefly's Running said...

Happy Birthday, Brent. Be careful with those ladders. That's why I don't go up them...period.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Juls said...

Wow, things really are moving along. Nice job.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Darrell said...

You guys must seriously thrive on upheaval. I remember buying the house was a hassle and yet you jump into a kitchen remodel. Type A, all the way.

Love the slogan.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Just12Finish said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!

At 5:02 AM, Blogger Runner Susan said...

Donkey loves drywall too . . . why is that? Your cabinets are lovely.


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