Yes, I’ve fallen off the face of earth and I’ve landed here:
Sorry to have disappeared on you for a while there. If you’re here, you haven’t given up on me entirely and I truly appreciate that. Thanks for sticking around. I came back to work on Monday after 16 days off and, while my desk may not look like the one in the photo, my workload is certainly making me feel like it should look like the one in the photo. It doesn’t help that the end of the tax year occurred while I was away and now I have to play catch up on that stuff while trying to perform my normal daily tasks. Oh, the insanity. Anyway, I’m digging myself out, slowly but surely.
Christmas really sneaked up on me this year — somehow I managed to be ready (in an admittedly low-key sort of way) despite the utter chaos in my home. However, I usually do a ton of baking in advance of Christmas and I didn’t do any this year (that probably goes without saying). That lightened the load quite a bit. Anyway it was a lovely, quiet Christmas that included a nice visit to the in-laws’ house in New Hampshire followed by some quality time with my loved ones as well. Visiting and gift giving and breakfasting, oh my! It was wonderful.
And then there was the rest of my vacation. I pretty much spent that time getting my hands (and my hair on one occasion!) all gummed up with various home renovation materials like caulk, wood filler, primer and paint. Joel applied wood filler to all the holes/gashes in the trim. I sanded the wood filler. Matthew contributed a hefty amount of time helping me prime and paint the trim, and then showed up with his professional painter brother-in-law who proceeded to paint the ceiling and put two coats of paint on all the walls in one day! (Thanks, guys!)
Because we had the floors refinished during the week before Christmas, the painting completed during the week after Christmas, and the granite counter tops installed on Tuesday of this week…it means…oh my, it makes me want to weep with relief just to say it out loud…it means the kitchen is basically done. Done! It’s done. The kitchen is done!! DONE!!! Ok, now I’m blubbering, so I’ll stop. But in case you missed it:
THE KITCHEN IS DONE!!
We moved the stove, refrigerator, microwave cabinet, and a shelving unit back in after the painting was done. I’ve been gradually adding things back to it this week and hope to do a bunch more organizing and decorating in there this weekend. People, I’m starting to get my house back and I can’t tell you how much more peaceful that makes me feel. I just don’t think I could have dealt with the chaos and filth much longer. It took us six months almost to the day (started 3 July, finished 6 January). But now it’s done and it’s beautiful.
I know you’re jonesing for pictures (some of you have been along for this whole damn saga and are demanding pictures) — I will do my very best to get some posted as soon as I possibly can. Again, thanks for your patience.