Somehow I made it through the dreaded V-day without a card or a poem or flowers or a romantic dinner or a diamond bracelet or even a love letter. I tried hinting for a Kindle Fire- nothing says love like a new electronic gadget. At the end of the day my hubby simply said “I thought you hated Valentine’s Day, so I skipped it. My bad.” In his defense, he did offer to run to Wal-Mart at 10pm, but apparently he doesn’t read my blogs. I’m thinking I may be able to make a whole new category based on my feelings for all things Wal-Mart, but at the end of the day my heart did not stop beating from the lack of adoration dished out. I made it through February 14th; I am indeed a survivor! I even painted on a happy face and served Big Red Ice-Cream Floats to a bubbly little kindergarten class. I also managed to buy all the kiddos some cute little tins filled with gigantic cookies, so all in all I wasn’t a total Cupid-Grinch.
I was, however, scolded by my hubby for voicing my opinion of elementary Valentine’s exchanges while picking through the dreaded Wal-Mart isle. Apparently I am supposed to bite my tongue while in public. Dang, why do I keep forgetting that?
With V-day safely behind me, I am off to the next challenge. The disaster kitchen is about to face a major renovation! Am I ready for this? Yes!! NO! Maybe….
I took some “before” pictures today, as proof that my desperate need for a new kitchen is not based solely upon aesthetics. The other day, hubby was showing his dad the weak spot in our counter top, and the second he pounded it with his “Look, right here” proclamation, the entire thing busted through! I kid you not, this remodel has been desperately needed for about a decade!
The Black Hole!
Now I don’t wanna spoil the fun by showing off all the pathetic before pictures; I have decided to save the rest for when the after is something to oooh and aahhhh over! In an effort to save some serious dough, I have decided to stain and polyurethane them myself, and poor hubby is not looking forward to his new role as tile-layer / counter-top installer!
Despite his apprehensions, here we go down demolition road! I have never taken on a challenge quite this daunting… We’re talking weeks of chaos ahead of me! Today I purchased a few plastic bins to start packing, but so far I have unpacked preschoolers more than I have packed dishes. (What is it about a big empty box that screams “crawl inside me”?)
I’m scared to see what all I have collected in the dilapidated cabinets that are barely standing under the kitchen sink. We have lived in this house nearly 13 years. That’s a long time for a recovering pack rat like me! I think I will watch a few episodes of Hoarders help inspire me to put more and more in the “get rid of” pile. Heck, maybe I will open a store on Ebay and use my years of collecting to fund my remodeling, since the Prestridge Zoo Renovations Fund is growing slowly. Now that might be an idea worth working on! Surely someone wants a few ceramic polar bears…
If you don’t hear from me again soon, please send help. It’s possible that I will get lost in Remodeling Madness! Now, what will I feed the monkeys without a kitchen? I just don’t think I can bring myself to hit McDonald’s more than once.