Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Busy days.

Friday:

  • 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


Saturday:

  • 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


Sunday

  • 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


Monday

  • 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


Tuesday

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


GUH.
I think we all know my thoughts on packing.

2 comments:

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?

Cathy 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.