Saturday, April 03, 2010

Home Improvement

I'm in the middle of some major home improvement. In the bathrooms, I had someone in to do the tile but I'm installing new toilets (one down, one to go), faucets, sinks, light fixtures (my brother's going to help with this one*) and giving everything a coat of fresh paint. I'm also painting the living room (started that last night), dining room, kitchen, and rec room.

The house is a disaster.

Yes, I know I should do one project before starting another but I have my excuses. Tile has to set, then be grouted, then dry. So, I skipped around a little bit. Then, when I was prepping walls for paint, the drywall mud had to dry. While it was drying, I'd either start or continue working on another project.

Yesterday, I had two folks come in to give me estimates on flooring for most of the house. I was torn. Should I explain that I'm in the middle of a lot of projects? It's kind of obvious. As they walked in the door, I was tempted to say, "Who could have done this? We have no enemies!" (credit to Phyllis Diller)

*I'm pretty confident about doing most of this stuff by myself. Electricity is a completely different story. It scares me. Many years ago, I lived in an apartment that had no overhead lighting in most of the rooms. I was in the process of moving out and the only things left in the apartment after cleaning up were me, my purse, and a lamp. I had my keys in my hand and went to unplug the lamp. My keys hit the outlet. The details are a little fuzzy but there was a flash of light, a boom, smoke (I think) and I was on my ass halfway across the room.

Wordy + Electricity = Fear


Anonymous said...

I am impressed! I paint and putter with everything else, but don't have anything major in the home improvement department to my name. I tend to do the same thing . . . start in one area and then move on to another while I am waiting for the first bit to dry/set.

And I have seen enough other people knock themselves on their asses with electricity to know I shouldn't even bother touching it!

Ima Wurdibitsch said...

You should definitely try some of the more "intimidating" stuff. It's pretty rewarding to accomplish something you never thought you could do.

Anonymous said...

Just don't ask "Sparky" aka Transparent Boy to help. I think he still has a scar. We still think he may have shocked the sh*t out of himself to get out of painting.

You GO girl! I'm in AWE!