Friday, January 29, 2016

Snapshot: countertops

The end of this renovation is so. Agonizingly. Close....and yet feels so far (don't ask me about the tile installation. Or the light switch that quit working today.)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016


On Friday, the new kitchen floor looked like this:

It's not that shiny anymore. I snapped that picture with my phone soon after the sealer was applied, so the floor was still wet. And oh so stinky. I had to leave the house for a few hours to escape the fumes.

The finish work on the floor wrapped up this weekend. Since we are basically living in the basement for eating and recreation, and since the floor goes all the way up to the basement door, we just hunkered down there for a few hours yesterday morning and this morning until the polyurethane was dry enough to walk on.

This was our view from the stairs:

That fellow you see with the roller is J. J's favorite superlative is "prettydamn." As in: "I used 'special walnut' to stain the oak floor in that bedroom closet and it's not an exact match, but prettydamn close, I'd say." And "We'll get these fans going on that floor and it'll dry prettydamn fast."

Thanks, J, for your willingness to work so quickly and over the weekend. And also? The floor looks prettydamn nice.

Monday, January 04, 2016


In an effort to post a bit more regularly and try to improve my photography skills (which really are rudimentary at the moment), I will periodically put up snapshots from my life. Sorry, I'm not going to commit to anything more specific for now!

Snapshot: Anya practices guitar

Saturday, January 02, 2016

new year blues

Right. It's 2016. I feel like that big changeover to a new calendar kind of got past me somehow. We traveled to Kentucky for about a week over Christmas, and then came home to the massive remodeling project which was originally projected to be done by now but is only about 2/3 of the way there...really, there's nothing big to complain about, but I don't feel like there are any fresh starts, either.  This morning I made a to-do list of about 20 things I need to accomplish (send in my work contract, turn in library books, pick up groceries for the third time this week, reply to a few emails I've been ignoring) and it was so very underwhelming. Utterly mundane. Banal.

Whenever I go into a new year gungho to stay organized and keep the house clean, I fizzle out about ten days in, so at least I've got my expectations in line this time around. It doesn't help that my birthday is a few days after Christmas, so just when everyone is over the holiday sugar rush it's time for MORE cake and MORE presents. And I'm getting to the age when another birthday is another reminder of how little I've accomplished professionally.

Give me a little time and I'll find my groove again. I always do. Maybe in time for Chinese New Year...