We are moved in.
Surprisingly, trumpets did not blare when it occurred. It felt like they should have.
It was just such a long process to get to this point, and we’re so far from being settled in, even though we’re technically habitating here now. (Is habitating a real word? It seems like it should be.)
Our bedrooms are mostly put together, save a couple stray boxes and no artwork on the walls yet. Lane’s room has a full wall of tackboard that I want to cover with fabric, but right now it’s just tackboard and isn’t very attractive. Jake’s room is more of a playroom since his crib is in our bedroom for the time being.
The kitchen… ahh it is the bane of my existence right now. I hate it. I don’t even feel like hate is a strong enough word. The cabinets were refaced in about 1984, so they have that oh-so-chic beige formica look to them. I am sure at one point it looked quite stylish. They are cabinets and drawers without handles, and thus have a clicky mechanism where you push on the drawer or cabinet to open or close it. Not so horrible, in and of itself, but add in that half the clicky mechanisms are broken, the hinges on half the doors are busted so they don’t hang straight, and that my ‘habit’ of resting myself against a kitchen cabinet subsequently opens a cabinet (because of course I choose to rest against a non-broken clicky mechanism door) and this kitchen drives me batty. And take note — I said that the kitchen was refaced. The original wood cabinetry is still behind all that glorious formica. Since this house was built in the early 50s you’d assume that there would be some pretty good craftsmanship in that original cabinetry, but then you’d be making an ass of you and me. It’s shit, to put it bluntly. Drawers stapled together, not dovetailed. The drawers, for whatever havoc time has wreaked upon them, simply do not slide without brute force. And the corner cabinets are those lame cabinets where you have to practically crawl into them to access any of the contents, vs. being lazy-susan-ified. So I hate the kitchen.
Problem is, we don’t really have it in the budget to do a refurb like we’d REALLY like to do a refurb. When we bought the house we sort of planned that a new kitchen would happen in the 5-7 year time frame. But that was before I discovered the kitchen is complete shit, where the only redeeming quality is the nice dishwasher and the presence of a working garbage disposal. We do, though, maybe have a plan. We’re thinking maybe we replace JUST the beige formica cabinets right now… keep the beige formica countertop and the beige tile floor (notice a theme?), and get us some stock cabinets (maybe IKEA?) to tide us over for a few years, until we’ve saved up the bones to really pimp out the kitchen. And maybe by doing so the full kitchen remodel gets pushed to the 7-8 year time frame. We’ll see.
And beyond the kitchen, there’s the hot water issue. Mainly, that when you turn on a cold water tap anywhere in the house, you get hot water for about a minute before you get cold water. Well, first you get sort of lukewarm water, then hot water, then finally cold water. Google has helped me diagnose the problem as a backflow issue from the hot water heater. Apparently, situations can happen where turning on the cold water will reduce the pressure in the cold water line, and thus, as physics would have it, hot water will come up the pipe that feeds the hot water heater, and get hot water into your cold water system. Google also tells me that it is something that an “anti-siphon valve” should fix, so hopefully I can find us an honest plumber who’ll fix it for what should be not too much money.
Luckily, though, when I’m about ready to pull my hair out, I take the kids and get into the acres-deep jetted bathtub in the shiny, swanky new bathroom and somehow that makes me feel a whole lot better about the house. Now I just have to find time to do it without two kids climbing on me. (Heh… somehow I managed to spend the last 40 minutes bitching about my kitchen though.)