Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Busy days.


  • close on the house 4:30pm, complete with more faxes and emails and phone calls and close calls
  • 6:05pm meet with and receive keys from lawyer
  • Walk to new house
  • 8pm Alex and his friend, Mike, arrive with ceramic tile remover tool.
  • remove as much broken tile from the kitchen as possible without the benefit of a receptacle
  • lock up house around midnight after not being able to find a Home Depot that's open late
  • in bed at 1am


  • up at 6am
  • get crap together to bring to the house
  • 8am, arrive at the house to let the flooring guy, Ed, in
  • 8:15am, get Ed to drive me and the tile removing tool back to the Home Depot
  • 9:15am, back at the house, start stripping the banister
  • 1pm, fall asleep for 20 minutes while Ed is nailing in the subfloor.
  • 1:30pm help Ed remove a layer of plywood and peel-and-stick from the back room so that the hardwood will lie flat when installed.
  • 2:30pm continue stripping banister
  • More banister stripping
  • 5pm, Alex arrives home from work, drives to Home Depot for more supplies
  • 6pm, eat Dairy Queen Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard
  • 6:05pm, Cathy and Alex buy whipper snipper from neighbourhood garage sale for $20
  • 6:15pm, Alex takes our first yard tool to the jungle around our fence
  • 7:30pm, Alex goes to his band rehearsal space to load up the van for their show the next day. Cathy continues to strip the banister and sing to the radio.
  • 10:30pm, getting worried, Alex is not back
  • 11:30pm, Alex returns and removes the carpet from 2 of 4 spots in the house in prep for carpet installation the next day. He ran into Pride Weekend traffic.
  • 1:30am, bed


  • Wake up at 7am - late!
  • Rush around, trying to get all the necessary things together
  • 9am arrive at the house
  • 9:05am, resume banister stripping (the bane of my existence)
  • 10am, carpet installers arrive and banister stripping ends
  • 10:10am, yardwork begins
  • Pick up garbage from the lawn
  • Borrow the neighbour's mower, mow my lawn for the first time!
  • Sweep the porch
  • Alex's family arrives - suprise! - from Oshawa. Give them the tour.
  • Walk with Alex's nieces to get pizza for the carpet and hardwood floor guys.
  • Eat pizza and talk about what we want to do with the house with family.
  • 4pm, thank the family for coming and apologize that Alex isn't home yet.
  • Weed the garden - do I know what's a weed and what's not?
  • 7pm, Alex arrives back from his show, Ed leaves without taking all of the reno trash with him in the van.
  • Alex and Cathy clean up and walk over to say hello to neighbours. Get stuck at the neighbours, talking about their renovations and our plans.
  • 9:30pm, finally leave.
  • 10:00pm check out paint colours online and call in our paint order to my mom
  • 11:15pm bed


  • go to work
  • mom and Alex paint
  • 6pm, arrive at the house with dinner for all
  • go to home depot for supplies
  • tape the ceiling, kitchen cupboards, baseboards
  • paint the upper reaches of the staircase, perched precariously on a ridiculous ladder
  • 10pm return stair-ladder to Home Depot
  • 10:30pm return to apartment, mom drives home - thanks Mom!
  • Cathy packs
  • 11:15pm bed


  • 7am wake up
  • meetings all day
  • 5pm leave work with boxes; pick up more boxes on way home
  • pack, pack, pack until I sleep

I think we all know my thoughts on packing.


Kat said...

Congrats on your new digs! It is terrific that you are able to get your flooring in and paint before you move in. That will save you a lot of work once you are in. We can't wait to see you guys :) Are you having a housewarming party this summer?

Unknown said...

I'm totally planning on a house warming party in July. Probably close to my bday (July 26th).

That doesn't give us a tonne of time to get things in order. But I think we can at LEAST have everything unpacked and probably have the painting done.