ceiling, chili, football, frustration, home improvement, home projects, huskies, joy, man help, movies, paint, popcorn ceiling, progress, seahawks, slow cooking, townhouse
AKA…”celebrating” a decade (errr, now almost 11 years, eesh) in the townhouse. Part trois.
Remember when this first got started? If not, feel free to peruse here. Yes, it was February 2012…Super Bowl Sunday actually. Man oh man, what a journey it’s been. And I think a “fuck this shitty goddamn mess of a ceiling already” was one of the outbursts along the way. And then things with the ceiling work went dark. And, thank goodness, it will resume on Tuesday.
This project has been so goddamned delayed it’s turned into a punch line. Co-workers, friends, even my hairdresser and manicurist ask every time I see them how “that ceiling project” is coming along. I just have to laugh off all the delays. It was way more than I could chew and while the Man Help early on meant well, between schedules and the workload/skills involved it was way over our heads.
Now…squee! This week my plumber, R, will pick up where he left off this week, getting my bedroom, master vanity and the walk-in closet all finished up. THEN it’s time to paint. This is exactly the motivator I’ve needed to do lots of things: get the walls repainted (I love the bright turquoise walls, but the green I chose for the others in the big open space is too minty next to the bright blue and never quite felt right. I may just cover it all up with a nice, rich taupe. I have some beautiful giclee prints of outdoor Mediterranean café scenes in gorgeous wood frames that I purchased. In 2005. And never hung on the wall due to wanting to repaint the mint green wall prior. Errgh…am I the only who takes YEARS to get silly projects like this done?
J was amazing getting me motivated and helped out this weekend, and it’s wonderful to tell and show him how appreciated he is. But first, we had to relax on Saturday! Ugh, U of W Huskies had a tough loss to Oregon, but we enjoyed watching the game at a local sports bar in walking distance from my house. Indulging in a pitcher of Mac & Jack’s on a beautiful, sunny fall day…hey, why not? It’s football season, after all! We then made yummy chili in the crock pot…ground turkey, grilled chicken breasts, black beans, garlic, spices onions and tomatoes. Fantastic…and spot on healthy “comfort food.”
Then we saw Gravity in 3D on Saturday night. If you haven’t already seen it, RUN don’t walk and see it on the big screen. For this movie it’s an absolute must. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are fantastic together. All thumbs up!
Today we tackled the not-so-fun chore of getting my bedroom cleared out for the ceiling work. Moving my box spring and mattress and dismantling the wrought iron frame and getting it around tight corners to the spare 3rd bedroom (also on the upper level) was not fun but WE DID IT! Now I’ll be camped out in that room for I’m guessing at least a week, depending on how long it takes R to finish the ceiling scraping, mudding and texturing and for J’s schedule to help me get everything back in the bedroom. Which we’ll probably paint prior to that…
I’m so glad I’d already spent a bunch of time clearing out my walk-in closet. It’s not super big, but it does hold a ton (and could use a major California Closets-like update to replace the single hanger bar around all sides. There was a lot more cleaning out to do and J and I chuckled at how much stuff I’ve accumulated. Trust me, I didn’t used to be this way! I moved a ton of clothes downstairs save for what I’ll need for work and the gym this week. And I have a MAJOR clean out project now of sorting through all of these clothes…what should I keep? What’s in a smaller size I might be back in someday soon…and hopefully still in style to keep wearing? What’s a definite tosser? More to follow on that.
So over brunch and an ugly game but a win by the Seahawks, it was another glorious day. I savor the fall sunshine, for soon the rains and chilly winds will kick in. But I love the sensuality of the changing seasons.
I’m feeling happy, blessed and content. This home improvement work WILL happen…and the ceilings are just the beginning.