Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Things have a way of working out.

Easter Sunday I called Home Depot installation department.  I asked SPECIFICALLY if we could have one of the standard countertops installed.  Not the custom ones, the standard in stock ones.

Seriously, I asked the guy like 4 times. He said yes.  I was skeptical, but pleased.

So we went to HD last night to get it all set up.  Spoke to the guy in charge of installations who then told me that they don't do installations of standard countertops.

I asked him if they knew of any contractors who would... he said he didn't know of any.  Awesome dude. Thanks, you've been super helpful.

So now what?  Another sleepless night. That's what.

Our problem right now is not the install really, it's the cutting the freaking corner thing and digging out the underside of the counter for the bolts.

I decided that we would bite the bullet and order a custom countertop from Home depot so that we wouldn't have to make that 45 degree corner cut and mitre bolt cut outs.  I called Home Depot again this morning, my concern was that we wouldn't be able to order the standard countertops as a custom order.

We have already installed  the stand alone piece of counter between our fridge and stove. Unless we could order the standard brand/color as a custom one, this installed piece was wasted.  I wasn't sure if they have different brands for the custom orders, if so we'd be totally screwed.

But Home Depot girl said, that yes they could do that. Then casually in passing she said, "but that would cost a fair bit of money, if you want to save some, just pick up the in stock counter and take it to Winnipeg Countertops and have them cut it and add the mitre bolt cut outs for you".

I'm sorry...what?

She continued, "Oh yeah, they do a great job and only charge about $50 to make the cuts".

This is PERFECT! Exactly what we need.  Once we get those cuts done, they we can install it. I could have hugged this girl.

Why couldn't the guy (who was the supervisor no less) have told us that last night?  As excited and optimistic as I was, I wanted to actually talk to someone at this counter place because I got burned the last time with HD telling me that they could do something and they couldn't.

So I called and sure enough, all we have to do is take the measurements, wrap the counters, bring them over.  They will do the cuts on the spot if they have time.  Otherwise, we leave them and pick them up next day.  The price for completely saving our butts?   $50 - which also includes end caps.

This is me getting off this phone this morning. Now.... let's see if it works.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pathway to hell is paved with a laminate countertop

It was reno weekend. Again.

List of projects on the docket were:
1. Paint basement bathroom door a brown color that matches the wood
2. Re-tile/grout the front entrance
3. Paint the upstairs bathroom
4. Put up a backsplash in the upstairs bathroom
5. Get a new countertop for the kitchen and but the tile for the backsplash (we knew we wouldn't install the backsplash this weekend).

1. Getting a color of paint to match the wood was surprisingly difficult.  I finally found a color called "Cigar" that was pretty close, but it's amazing how the name of something can turn you off. I felt like I was painting my door nicotine... so gross.

2. Brad did a great job here.  Lot's of elbow grease mind you but he dug out of cracked tile and replaced them we extras we had from when we first put the tile in a few years ago.  Then he regrounted everything so it all matched. Well done.

3. I did this one. I have done so much painting lately, I feel like that's all I do. I tried to get the same color I had painted before.I liked the color we had, I was just painting because we had done some wall repair. The color I ended up choosing was so close to the current color that when it went on the wall, you couldn't tell it apart from the old paint. This sounds awesome, but let me assure you, it's SHITTY!

You can't tell where you have painted and where you haven't!  Brutal.  It wasn't until the stuff dried that I was able to tell where I'd miss because it dried 2 shades darker.

4.  Once the two coats of pain were done, we did the backsplash and trim around the shower.  It looks great in this cream/light brown mosaic.  We just have to wait for it to set before we can grout it.

5.  We did get a new countertop. I was pretty shocked that we got it at Home Depot. I have wanted a new counter top for FOREVER. But when we went to HD and priced it out, it was always well over $1,000 to do it. So we decided against it.  Apparently that it for a CUSTOM counter, if you just go and buy one of the one they have in stock they are only $180.  Are you kidding me?  I would have done this a LONG time ago.

So we bought it.  Getting the countertop off proved to be a way bigger bitch the we anticipated too.  However, when you are taking it off with the understanding that you aren't putting it back in, then you don't have to be as careful - saving grace there.  Eventually we got it off.  The only sticky point is that our counter has a weird corner to get around, so you have to make angle cuts. We were able to get the little stand alone piece in no problem. Then we tackle the 90 degree nightmare. We measured and checked and despite our best efforts couldn't get it to go.    After a while, we both just looked at eachother and knew that we were 495438% DONE....

So fuck it, we are going back to HD and are going to have them install it. Done.

Eggceptional Fail

I botched Easter.


This year was a little different because I realised on Friday night that Zach didn't believe in the Easter Bunny anymore.  End of an era, but it was fun to have him pick out a few treats for our hunt.

Logan was super excited for Easter.  He even said Saturday night that he wanted to hide the eggs (colorful plastic ones full of treats) and fill them with the treats he got from Grandma and Grandpa.

Ok.  This is where I screwed up. I thought that Logan meant by him hiding the treats he was helping the Easter Bunny (because we had just watched the movie Hop. In the movie a human helps the Easter bunny hide the eggs.).

So I thought if I just put the treats I had bought for the boys in a basket, then they would "search" for the ones Logan hid and all would be well.

Yeah. No.  Logan was devastated.

So it all ended with me explaining that the Easter Bunny didn't let him down... that it was Mum who has misunderstood.  He was really sweet and tried so hard to be kind and understanding. He tried to explain it saying "I know it was a misunderstanding, but you know when you get SO excited about something and then you wake up and there was no egg hunt. I was just so disappointed".

Oh. Fuck me.

So we are having a egg hunt do-over next weekend. Yes, we are actually doing this. It's one of those situations where you just sit back and go, "Yup, this is happening".

No real recovering from that, so at this point, I am just trying to mitigate the damage.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

If Britney can make it through 2007, then I can make it through this week.

It's been a nutty week.

Monday - Daycare AGM where I had to give an presentation to the entire board/parents of the center (it went well, so that's good!)
Tuesday - Brad's birthday and Day 1 of crazy OT crunch time at work.
Wednesday/Thursday - These two are kind of a blur because it's been so busy at work, but I am hoping that a nice long weekend will make me feel normal again!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tentative Posession

We had been given a possession date WAY back in the fall.  But with the shiteous winter everything was delayed, so we didn't know where we stood in terms of a revised date...

But we got a letter today, July 18.

In celebration... one of my favorite songs.  Has absolutely no relevance to the current situation other than it makes me happy.  Love me some George.

Holy Guacamole

That was a pretty decent weekend!

Saturday am I was up bright and early for running club.  It was actually more of a conditioning day.  It was great, we did sprint intervals, these stretching/skipping/running things.... all in all... I really enjoyed it.

Saturday afternoon we went to Brett and Bonnie's place to celebration my nephews birthday.  A few years ago, I started getting creative in how I give them money... and it just keeps going.

This year Bennett's money was embedded in soap and Braden got a money umbrella!

It's all in good fun and it makes it more entertaining than just giving plain old cash...

Here is me and my nephew Bennett.  He has longer hair and let his younger girl cousins braid his hair. What a good sport!

We generally have dinner, but this time we only had cake and drinks.  Which is totally fine, but because we got there at 6pm, we hadn't eaten yet and we were starving by the end of the night.  So we stopped on the way home and got a bite for the kids and us.

Sunday was all about the renos.  Brad fixed the upstairs bathroom door ( decided to move the basement bathroom door upstairs and then just replace the bathroom door downstairs because it doesn't matter as much if this one matches everything), we worked and replaced the cracked tile in the front entrance... awesome.  We then took out the old mosiac tile in the main bathroom and hit up Home Depot to buy replacement tile and a new door for downstairs.

I need to buy some artwork for the space at the end of the hall. I went to Michaels to check out their posters, but with the cost of framing, I think it will be cheaper just to hit up IKEA. I'm leaning toward this one because it will be an inside joke to us moving to Twickenham (named after a British stadium, home of English Rugby).

My Mum and Dad stopped by to wish Brad a Happy Birthday (birthday is tomorrow).  We got to talking about what to do with the boys this summer as they will be taking care of them.  Holy Crap.  I give my parents a lot of grief, but they have AMAZING plans for the kids!  They are going to take them to Drumheller to see the Dinosaur museum, West Edmonton Mall,  Lower Fort Garry, Waterparks, Overnight Camping trips, Fishing, Canoeing... so cool.

My Dad is even going to build life size Kerplunk and Jenga as outdoor activities for the cabin!

I am affectionately calling it Camp Preston.  We have decided tonot bring their DS's and ipods and just kick it old school this summer.  Mum and Dad are talking about moving out to the cabin full time and even selling the house!  That's huge.  As of yesterday they were thinking of putting the house up for sale in the fall.  Wow... talk about the end of an era.

After M&D left I got started on dinner. I had plans on making Taco Salad.  But then in a moment of pure whimsy, I decided to make some guacamole to go with it.

HOW.... How have I never realized how easy it is to make guacamole? Seriously.  It was orgasmically good. Will never buy guacamole ever again now that I know.

So another weekend in the books... and woke up to a balmy -17C.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Twick Update Page

I have been posting the occasional Twick update although, they are getting more frequent now that the house is actually progressing.  I decided to add a twick update link page so that I could put all of the pictures in one spot as it's easier to see the progress that way.

 I added the link underneath my picture in the orange box to the right.

Twick Updates

Gees... can you tell I'm getting excited?

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