Because we are poor planners, insane? overachievers? All and/or none of the above?? Because we are in the midst of home renovations, we find ourselves with very little in the places you’d expect things to be. Dishwasher? Tucked away in a cloud of dust in the corner of our dining room with a snippet of pink fiberglas insulation atop.
Where else would it go? Range and coffee makers? Obviously they’re in the basement. The Sawzall is also in the dining room, and two ladders, 6 empty paint cans, and two buckets of drywall compound are in the otherwise barren kitchen. But my favorite misplaced item sits at the foot of my bed.
Yes, I have an empty, umplumbed toilet NEXT TO MY BED. And not in the “Awesome! I don’t have as long to go for those wake you up in middle of the night potty needs” way. No, no. See, it’s not connected to anything, and really, it would be pretty weird to have a random toilet just kinda out there in the middle of a room, don’t you think?
I have a toilet at the foot of my bed because it goes with the new bathroom vanity, which sits against the wall across from my bed. I am not making this up.
Getting back to the beginning here, we are the wackiest kinds of home remodelers. You move into a new/old house, determined to gut your sunflowery kitchen within the first year, except you’re pregnant with your second child when you move in, and your toddler is exploring his two-ness in great depth and with studied intensity. Instead you do the quick fixes–paint the living and dining rooms because dirty, white walls? Blah. Boring walls with mauve-painted crown molding? What the what?? Then you (and by “you” here I mean my husband because I can’t even work a damn screw gun. I can tear shit out, but cannot put thing one back together) engineer and install a family room in the basement. Next you replumb everything from the basement up because you need to redo the main bathroom, but you can’t live in a home without a means to bathe, so you add a master bath in your bedroom. No, this is not the first time I’ve had a toilet in the middle of my boudoir. Years later, voila! (Look at me all speaking French and stuff here) You have a second shower, and now you can get crackin’ on that main bathroom. Hold, up! How about instead of that bathroom, you gut and re-tile the powder room off the kitchen? But hey fellas? Don’t tell your wife you’ve completely gutted it, or even thought of gutting it until she’s home from a week with the kids at her brother’s. That’s the best plan.
Life has a way of mucking up our best laid plans, and I’m flexible like that. Plus I like to laugh, and my life is filled with high hilarity. No, really, I actually mean that one–I do like to laugh because why woudn’t you? Life’s too short for seriousness 24/7. The only reason we finally dove into the kitchen reno was that our downstairs fridge went. Remember old Harvest Gold? Goldie’s demise led to my insistence on a kitchen reno. If you need a road map to financial stability, a full on kitchen tear out and custom design is super financially savvy. It’s obviously way smarter than buying a new fridge for the actual kitchen and moving the existing one downstairs for the fun stuff and extras that don’t fit. Go, Wendy. Ah heck, it was legitimately time, and we’ll never have enough money to do it anyway. Might as well do it now, because in a year it’ll be yet another couple grand, right? Exactly.
So I have a random toidy in my bedroom because the main bathroom is finally tiled, painted and the tub reglazed. It’s really quite lovely. I must say, Tom and I have exceptional taste in tile and colors (and thanks to the dude at The Tile Shop, we have a nice low/no-skid slate floor to account for my big kid’s instability). All that’s lacking is the finish plumbing.
He’s coming back when the kitchen is ready to be rigged up, and oh, THANK YOU VERY MUCH stupid kitchen contractor for pushing our start date back another week. If you can’t tell that’s sarcasm there, we really need to talk, friends. I get that we’re not one of their $100K jobs, but you know what happens to nice guys like us. Wait, that’s not helping. I’ve got to sit down and think about this–If only I had a seat in my bedroom just to be and to ponder. Hmmmm.
Best. Twelve. Years. Ever.
This post was brought to you by the 2nd Annual Hitters Baseball Tournament at Infinity Fields. We’re on rain delay. Hour 5. Super excited I woke up at 5:15 AM to hit the pause button ad infinitum. The kids played their best defensive game yet yesterday, hanging in with THE team to beat. Boy did they underestimate our guys! I’m looking forward to them keeping their momentum today. My kid’s the starting pitcher and he couldn’t be more excited. Go, MBA!