Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Awoke at 3:30. Five hours of sleep. It's not enough, but my mind is too busy to sleep. So I'm starting the day early, coffee and browsing tunes on YouTube.
Had a long meeting with my kitchen contractor last night and went over one million details - at least. I have been all over the place on the size of the island, the size of the pantry, and the placement of everything. I think together we finally figured out what would be best. Worked out lighting issues. We didn't quite resolve the tile selection for the floor. He's going to try to negotiate a better price on the Italian tile I had picked out and then rejected because it was too expensive. He thinks the Home Depot alternate I found is too cheap. I'll go looking again and try to find something more moderate. He also wants to roll the countertop guy into the project and not have it a separate deal. I agree as it gives him more leverage with the guy. The countertop price is very good and it won't change for me. I'm supposed to go pick out the slab tomorrow morning. Oh yes, I need to shop for the sink and a fixture there, too. And finalize the appliances.
We talked about a few extras like replacing light fixtures in the three bedrooms. So I need to do some shopping for lighting fixtures. Something pretty for over the sink, and the dining room. Maybe move the ceiling fan into a bedroom and then two other new bedroom fixtures. I've wanted to change out these lights for a long time and this will finally be done.
And he'll close up the hole in the ceiling that was left when they removed the swamp cooler. I've lived with that for over a year.
And I asked him to quote separately, in case I'm really getting in too deep, to replace all my interior doors. I still have the old hollow core brown doors from the 70's, original to the house. And I'd like to replace with white six-panel doors. And replace the brown closet doors with white with no louvres. I so want to replace those doors. I hope the cost is manageable.
So I can't sleep. I wonder why.
All the workers expect to be finished before Christmas.. I really will be surprised if that happens, but they are quite sure. Still I realize most people stop projects this time of year and don't want the house torn up, so I'm using a window of opportunity.
I am anxious to make these changes. For me it's part of moving on from my marriage, from my past life. Starting over with a new life. The physical changes in my house will, I believe, help me to get on with that transition.