This morning I resisted the urge to drop a load of laundry into the washer, because to do so would mean I would have to go back up the stairs, get dressed, and go down the hallway to the communal washer and dryer in our apartment building. God forbid that my neighbors see me in some of the outlandish sleep attire I sport at times! I also resisted the urge to unload and reload the dishwasher and thus clear the sink of dishes stacked there from over the weekend. Instead, I listened to my inner self who said "Just sit and be." I am not always good at this, but I try to listen to my inner voice most times. The only voice that is stronger than the inner voice that tells me to sit and be still is the inner voice that tells me to express my thoughts on paper! So here I am at the computer, spilling the many words that accumulate in my head during the night.
This past weekend included spending a day with our favorite four-year-old, in which we made her princess for the day. We had a morning Barbie marathon, lunch out, a movie with the biggest bucket of popcorn offered, and play at the park before returning a very-tired, beginning-to-get-grumpy little girl to her parents for bath, dinner, and bedtime. Gosh, I LOVE being a grandparent! We also looked at a new potential renovation in a nearby town which panned out to be a wash, but that's how this work goes. You win some; you lose some. We look at many, many houses before finding "the next one." We also tied up some purchases for the tiny half bath and its cuteness, which is quite possibly gonna be the most adorable half bath of the century. Tiny wall-hung sink and rustic porthole mirror, anyone? Yes, please!
This week marks an important week in the renovation process. Finally (!) the roofing is going on and the back room should be finished and completely dried in (fingers crossed!). Then the rest of the finishing process will kick into high gear, and hopefully we will be able to see some real progress that cannot only be seen by us but by anyone. Until now, the work has been behind the scenes making sure the inner bones of this structure are secure and ready to house all the amazing lighting, fixtures, appliances, and such. Uh, I think I've said this very same thing every blogpost recently and it's getting a bit old! Waiting for this stage of a renovation to me is like a bride waiting for her wedding day. She's prepared, she's made all the necessary purchases and bookings to make the day the most memorable of her life and she is beginning to get anxious as the day draws nearer but is not quite here. I did not have a blow-out, fantasy kind of wedding, just a small tiered cake with nuts and mints and punch. Yes, that's what a 1980's wedding was...simple and sweet. Of course, big fantasy weddings existed but for some reason I never had that desire to go big when it came to getting married (I went big on the husband, just not the wedding!). Ditto for the honeymoon...we spent ours at Disney World! So this is the perfect time to share a small discovery (that I mentioned awhile back) about this house: It was owned by a local judge who married couples there! Legend has it that many wedding vows were spoken in this very house so long ago. This makes me smile, thinking of my history and the affinity I have for all things related to weddings (apparently other's weddings, that is!). I have photographed multiple weddings, decorated for weddings, and coordinated and directed weddings. I am a wedding lover at best! I will never forget the days I spent with my sweet daughter leading up to her wedding, planning the ceremony and reception and meticulously choosing each and every little detail with her, bringing into reality the "rustic garden" theme she was creating for her special day. It truly was magical. And this spring I will get to do it again with my youngest. Uh, we're starting now, however, because she is very particular about what she wants! Plus, she's marrying a designer so I will take the third seat in the plans for this springtime affair. Sometimes I do have slight regret that I don't have more amazing wedding pictures to show my girls. But how fitting now for us to be renovating the former justice of the peace's house?! My mind is literally reeling with what I can do with that inspiration!
As I thrust my body from the sitting position to the standing position, I look forward to the accomplishments of the week, as I hope you do. But not before I put on some appropriate clothing, wash my face, and put on a little inspiration in the form of makeup and a flatiron. I really need to at least look like I'm up for the day! Mondays have a bad reputation and Tuesdays only a bit better, and understandably so, as they follow the laid-back vibes of our much-anticipated weekends -- no schedules, nowhere you have to be -- and never, ever long enough. But I am thankful to have the energy to get off the sofa and shift myself into high-gear on another Monday, as I wrangle the hubs and his right-hand man to don their safety harnesses, climb up there on the house and, piece by piece, get me a new roof installed!
And my safety-enforcing/fluid-pushing/lunch-fetching duties I do from my lawn chair, strategically located as close as I can get it to the huge jobsite fan...somewhere not too very far away.
Now that's work I can totally get behind!
"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone."
- Reba McEntire
(Reba could totally be my best friend...well, after J, that is. You know who you are, J!)
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