evaine_lj: (Life is Good)
So I've not updated in the past days, been too busy hanging with Julie, working on the house and just generally realising I don't have to go into the office until the 13th of August. *grin* Vacation is GRAND!!

Julie arrived safe and sound, even if it did take her bus 2 hours to get across the damned border! And we've been yakking non-stop ever since, I think. *LOL* Poor Michael. He's not quite sure what to do with 2 mothers after him.

We actually did some demolishing at the house yesterday, Julie and I. We took down all the gyproc in the vestibule and vestibule closet. I'm sure Ben and Michael could have done it much faster, but it left them free to start installing the side door and side kitchen window. Today, it's the 4 front windows (2 in the kitchen and 2 in the living room) on the agenda. I can't wait! My windows are SO gorgeous, I can't wait to see them installed.

While Julie makes her famous Egg Salad sandwiches for the boys for lunch, I think it's time I uploaded the pictures I took on Saturday of the house's progress.

End of Week 2 )

Julie and I have been discussing paint colours. It may be a little premature, but I would like to get that settled while I have a second pair of eyes on the spot, you know? Michael and Ben are really no help when it comes to actual 'decorating'. I'll be able to 'borrow' the fabric swatches for my sofa, leaving the store a $20 deposit, for about a week when I'm ready, so that's on the agenda for the beginning of next week. We also (Ben, Julie and myself) have to take a morning to go and get the kitchen cabinets settled. We're going with Ikea, so hardly anything will have to be ordered, if at all. Once the windows are done, we'll be able to make more concrete plans.

So work is proceeding. But it's SO nice to have Julie here! We're having so much fun just hanging and all - and it's wonderful having someone to lean on, to discuss stuff about the house, decisions I have to make and all. Much better than just doing it online. *LOL*

And that's the scoop, folks!

evaine_lj: (Squee)
JULIE'S COMING TOMORROW!!!

and...

Tomorrow's my last day of work before vay-kay-shun!!

evaine_lj: (Tuff Day)
And BOY am I gonna need it. *LOL*

Not that it's going to be all rest and relaxation - far from it! I have to put my sweat equity into the house. But at least I won't have to be doing it after a full, full, FULL day at the office! And I'll have my best bud up visiting and giving me a hand and just generally keeping my spirits from plummeting.

Yup, not only is it 4 days until vacation, but it's only 4 days 'til Julie arrives! YAY!!!

So... I took some snaps of the house at the end of Week One of Reno Madness. )

So that'd be the news from Mental-Reno. I can't actually believe we've actually begun after all this time!
evaine_lj: (Here's Looking At You)
It's Sunday morning, closing in on 8:30 and I've been up for half an hour already. I just don't sleep well in a new bed.

Michael and I are now installed in our motel. The day from hell is now history. Not that the clearing and moving is totally finished, not by any means. But the HUGE part of it is done. Just about all the furniture and belongings from my house are now in storage and my house is actually echoing! *LOL*

Yesterday was incredibly stressful. Getting the furniture out of the house and over to Storage Central via Ben's small trailer was probably NOT the most optimum of choices. I'm actually thinking of renting an actual truck for when we bring the stuff back. Alain and JB arrived at about 9:30 yesterday morning and Ben arrived closer on 10:00. Mike's buddy Jeff had spent the night, so he was out and about with me, getting coffee and donuts from Tim Horton's, and water and Powerade from the IGA. Of course by the time we got started doing stuff, it was already after 11:00 because we had to do the chatting thing, right?

Anyway, I won't bore you all with the details, but suffice to say, it was a hectic, stressful, messy day. By the time Michael and I said goodbye to Alain and JB in the parking lot of the local restaurant around 9:00 in the evening, I was ready to drop. But I still had to go back to the house and pick up a few things we needed for our first night in the motel. Ben and Jeff had left the restaurant earlier because Ben had a longish drive home (he lives about an hour away) and they were both toast (Ben was dropping Jeff off at his house on the way.).

Here at the motel, we have an okay little place. Two actual bedrooms, each furnished with a single bed and a double bed and a sink (?). Now... a sink in the bedroom? A little odd, but hey, it might be useful. The main room is a kitchen. Big kitchen. Fully functional with a stove, microwave, fridge and of course, some plates, pots and pans and stuff. The downside of this is that there's only a kitchen table with 4 chairs and a desk with another chair to relax in. After about 15 minutes sitting in the kitchen chair last night, I decided that I'm bringing my computer chair over instead of putting it in the storage. My back will not stand it! *LOL*

As you can surmise, we have (wireless) internet access. YAY!!! I would have been MOST royally pissed had it not worked, let me tell you. Michael has his desktop set up in his bedroom and I'm sitting at the kitchen table on Biff, the little laptop. I think I'll be bringing over my desktop seeing as there's a desk here in the kitchen. There's a small TV in the kitchen which has minimum cable access. It gets all the major channels, but most of the specialty ones are in French which cuts down my options. Yes, I'm a big TV watcher, so this will be a bit of a hardship for me. *LOL* I shall be missing my Much Loud and Much Retro music video channels, that's for sure!

So we're settling in, slowly but surely. It'll do for 4 weeks. On the agenda for today is returning to the house (10 minutes away) and getting together the rest of what we want to bring over here. Setting aside stuff that has to go in the dumpster when it arrives tomorrow, and sorting out the little bits still left to go into storage. It'll just be me and Michael, so the stress level will be greatly reduced from yesterday.

In news other than the reno, I was able to catch Metallica as they played their set yesterday, as well as the jam with Spinal Tap. May I just say that I thought they were TERRIFIC! James sounded wonderful (okay, he cracked a time or two, but damn, the way he shouts? Not surprised. *LOL*) and the multiple shots from behind of the famed Hetfield Stance were truly delicious. And my drummer? I'll just say there was much squeeing and flailing happening. *grin* I really hope the recording worked alright on the PVR. Of course, I didn't have time to check yesterday evening.

Two more weeks of work before my vacation and Julie's arrival. I can't WAIT! I've had more than enough of work and will be VERY pleased to wave good-bye to it for 3 weeks, let me tell you! And, of course, seeing Julie is going to be fantastic! She arrives from PA the evening of the 20th and is staying for the whole 3 weeks! YAY!!!

Alright, time to get my head together and think about the projects of today. It's going to be another busy one!

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