November 27, 2006

sleep when i'm dead

My eyes are telling me I should get some sleep...however, my brain is saying I should sand the corner of the ceiling, tape and prime the hallway. And clear out the entryway...spackle it, maybe tape that off, too.

Well, we ordered the floor on Saturday. It should be here sometime this week. It was a chunk of change, but we are redoing the craptastic vinyl in the kitchen and entry (why, for the love of all that is good and not-so-good, would one choose flooring that looks dirty no matter how much you scrub it???) and the carpet in the hall with it. Whoooo-hooooo. If I had my way, i would tile (or linoleum...or terrazzo) the whole mother-scratching place. However, here in the midwest, people aren't down with that, boo on them. anyhow, this stuff is pretty rocktastic, a sentiment I hope I can echo once installation has begun. I am excited because it will be way easier to clean and disinfect and will be pretty. We chose something that would look clean all the time instead of dirty, the color is called "smoky sky" and looks like slate.

We also made our first joint power tool purchase. Our other tools came previously to our merger. However, we bit the bullet, and bought a saw. We'd been either hand sawing or borrowing circular saws from friends. However, with this floor, we figured it was time to get our own. We also had to pick up some painting supplies as we somehow misplaced one of our totes of painting gear. the one with the rollers and paint trays. So, we have some new rollers, a new tray and I figured while we were at it, we may as well get a new brush for cutting in. I remembered our old one being awfully old and crappy. We also got our primer. i wasn't going to prime originally, but looking at the marks on the walls and all the spackling, and the places where they just didn't get paint in the kitchen, I should. At least I don't have to worry about drop cloths, since we are ripping out the floor anyway.

I will be so freaking thrilled to get this kitchen project done. I hate having things torn up and not being able to really make my own food, and having a giant mess. Plus, our original kitchen format was probably the most inefficient use of space ever. Oh, and our faucet will have a sprayer. And we will have drawers. And a pot rack. And our cabinets will be not only the same height, but against the ceiling as well. Whoo-freaking-hoo.

What started this rambley mess?
this question:
Inspired by this question:
How do you feel about where you live? Is it just a place to hang your hat, or a Home you've invested yourself in with time, money and energy? How long do you see yourself living where you live? What are your thoughts on the concept of "Home"?

So, here's my answer...then painting. for reals.

i have such mixed feelings about where I live. I mean, my kitties live here, and my sweetie, and it provides us shelter, but it also has many annoyances. There's part of me that feels like i will want to stay here when we are done fixing it up. (next project: bathroom redo!) I mean, once I get everything situated, it's hard for me to go. However, there are so many adventures waiting for us, there isn't really a point in us sticking around here. I also know in my heart that we will find our home, our forever home in Chicago. That having been said, we have invested time, energy and money in our place. We've painted, replaced ceilings, floors, a front door. We will still be replacing windows, more floors and more ceilings. We are in the middle of redoing our kitchen. We will be gutting our main bathroom (to the studs! Some of those will be replaced! We have to add studs because the original stud installers must have been on crack! It will be fun!). We have a lot of work to do on our bedroom. I've put a lot of work into the garden, and have more plans for it in the spring. Yet, I look forward to getting to rent for a while. No pressure to fix up, no maintenance, just paying our rent and not causing trouble.
Our plan is to be here for one more year (give or take, there are things that are beyond our control) then our to LA, where I hope to find an apartment with ceramic tile throughout.

As for my concept of home? It's all a feeling. When you feel at home, you are at home. I feel at home here, I feel at home at our favorite club. It's more about the emotion than the place, really.

Okay, enough of my stalling, I am going to tape off the hallway. I am not going to prime just yet, because I don't want to have to clean up before bed. Par tof me doesn't know what to do once our hallway doesn't look like part of a slum!

Posted by raven at November 27, 2006 09:51 PM

Hey squirrel lady!
I am pretty sure you did not get your home-work done!! I am sure you stayed up waaay too late and still are not getting any sleep.
I am excited to see the before and after shots of the home. Did you ever post any of the new kitchen stuff?

Posted by: Lala at November 28, 2006 12:35 PM
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