We have an unusable, dirty room! I mean our kitchen is demolished and we’ve gotten some new drywall up and electric sorted out.
Progress is no sink.
We’re still waiting on the plumbers to show so we can get rolling on installing cabinets and flooring.
This weekend we’ll finish off IKEA-palooza and report on the damaged upper cabinet. Thankfully, it wasn’t a lower cabinet which would of set back our countertops till the presidential primaries.
Please, sir, may I have another cabinet to assemble.
We’re still getting work done on the kitchen. It’s just. It’s just that now we are replumbing the whole house.
The benefits: moving this big pipe going down the kitchen wall and not cutting cabinets, water pressure, no more galvanized pipes.
The drawbacks: money and delays.
Everyone seems to have the same queue card and tells us “If you’re gonna do it, now’s the time.” Sigh. So, we are doing it.
We insulated the ceiling of the kitchen.
All tile floor is now removed.
Hey! We added some drywall!
Tomorrow the plumbers come and we’ll see what the game plan is. If you still feel like your life is empty because you haven’t assembled some IKEA cabinets, send me a message and we’ll fill that void.
Today we installed new lighting and did a little more demolition. Also, had a plumber out to give an estimate.
I ‘m still amazed how this looks compared to the single flourescent light in the middle.
Finally, a tooth! After almost 11 months and countless misinterpretations of events we thought had to be teething, S— has a tooth coming in.
We started the remodel today. R— and some friends assembled cabinets while I helped remove the upper cabinets.
The cabinets were wrapped around with drywall and thus a pain in the butt to remove.
Old cloth-backed wallpaper behind the cabinets.
End of the day.
We just got back from vacation, and while it was fun, it was also tiring.
Like Luke Skywalker carrying a very tired Yoda.
- Things S— can say: Mama, Dada, Dog, Baby, Book, Ball, Hi, and Bye.
- Crawling is so last month. Now, she’s climbing stairs!
- Dancing to music. Two favorites include “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Videos are below.
- Waving hello and goodbye.
- Expressing her disapproval when R— or I leave the room.
- Helping put away toys.
- Deciphering the meaning of Goodnight Moon. Just who is Nobody?
Any bets on if she’ll be walking by her birthday?
The countdown is ticking toward vacation. My reading list includes: Moby Dick (currently reading), Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Martian, The Buried Giant, and Lila (though I doubt I’ll get to it).
What’s on your list?
Social media posts from our dystopian future.
The past two days were filled with little sleep and a feverish baby. The fever passed and now, S—, is her joyful little self again. Since last I wrote, S— learned to crawl. She stands while holding the edges of coffee tables, windowsills, and couches. S— climbs up our laps, balancing first on our knees to push herself up and then uses our bellies or arms to walk herself up to a stand.
The school year is over and we’re looking forward to more time together. Time spent swinging or at the swimming pool, a vacation back to Michigan.
As I look back at the photos of S—, it’s amazing to see how she’s changed. What we used to think of as alert doesn’t look that way anymore as she smiles, laughs, babbles, and playfully engages with us.
Who needs toys when we have boxes?
Stephen Marche articulates this so well. Where is the support for the family? ∞