Wednesday, May 21, 2014

This and That and the Other Thing Too

Well despite my vow to post at least twice a week, it looks more like I am managing twice a month.  I could make all kinds of excuses, but why bother?  Just chalk it up to being a lazy blogger and move on.

There is a Blog Rejuvenation going on in the FS blogosphere.  I signed up for it then managed not to actually do it.  Click on the words Blog Rejuvenation for a link to those who are a little more on the ball and managed to get their acts together and participate in a timely manner. I am counting this post as my very much belated first entry, and yes i know prompt 2 should already be published.  I'll try to get to that tomorrow, and maybe I'll get promo three up on time. Don't hold your breath.  I'm choosing Prompt 2:  Do something wonderful for yourself and tell us about it, no matter how small.

My something nice isn't small at all, it's is huge.  Momentous even.  It is like nothing I have ever done before.   I am currently in the states enjoying my little house in the hood.  David is still at post with the kids finishing up the school year.  Yes you read that right I am temporarily single. Since Navy boy is 22, (??!??) this is the first time in 22 years I have had more than a few days to myself.  And like most domestic engineers I work 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  22 years with no real vacation, I think I'm due. There is nothing in the world I love as much as my kids and husband, but I really needed this break, and I think I will be a better mom and wife for the time to myself.

For a vacation I am working pretty hard.  The original plan was to deal with the floor. Remember this post from ages and ages ago?  Yes, we bought a bought a little vacay/retirement house and then the week before we left post the floor exploded.  YAY! Exploding fabulous.

I had initially planned on stripping and painting the floor.  I  researched and obsessed and planned. Then after looking at perhaps the 10,000th revised plan for painting the floor David said he thought maybe it would be better if we just held off  for a few years and put in the hardwood we both really want, instead of trying to make due with a painted finish.  Ummm....Okay? All that planning and obsessing for naught. And really as long as you don't move the carpets who would ever know what a mess is hiding under there?

Still, I have a house, a little house to be sure, but it is our house and I can paint it pink with orange polka dots if I want to and GSO can't say a thing about it. HA! The HOA probably would have an opinion about polka dots if I put them on the exterior, but inside I can do what ever I want.  Enter the new and revised and even better plan.  THE KITCHEN!!!

The kitchen was standard builder grade ugly.  Golden oak builder grade (cheap) cabinets, laminate counters, plain white appliances. Very boring. We could, and probably someday will, yank everything out and start over new cabinets, new appliances, upgrade everything, make it totally mine.  Someday however, is not this year.  This year is all about the cosmetic.  A little paint, a little creativity, a whole lot of sweat and tears and I will have a new(ish) kitchen.

Before Pictures

Looking at those pictures makes me slightly hyperventilate, because that's not even remotely what my kitchen looks like now.  I think I am having an "OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?" moment.  But I think that is a post for another day.  I'll be posting updates on the renovation as I go.  Wish me luck!


Monica said...

cannot wait!!! so excited for the new kitchen! meanwhile we will have the first margaritas in my kitchen. ;o)

Shannon said...

Girlie can I have that margarita now please? Long long day. You can reassure you child, i forget which one, that my house no longer resembles a hotel in any way. It is a total disaster area. Feel free to stop by and laugh at me.

Connie said...

We will get to play this game this summer too! Buy, paint, decorate, etc.. not sure I'm with you on the polka dots, but I totally get the joy over the freedom to do it :D !!

Shannon said...

Connie I'm fairly unlikely to paint polka dots, but I can if I want to. It's a great feeling! Even better a whole house full of furniture and not a bit of it is Drexel Heritage, no brocade either.

Nomads By Nature said...

I can't wait to see the unveiling photos!! I think when and if I ever have my own house I will paint every frickin wall whatever wild color comes to mind, just because I can, and if I don't like it I'll just paint over. Don't forget to pencil in some feet up and Shiner down time!

Shannon said...

Nomads that is totally my plan. Kitchen this year, and maybe bathrooms next? Bedroom? Not sure what comes next but slowly every room will be done. It s a darn good thing I like the cabinet color because i don't think i want to do this again soon.