Our house has fallen apart again. We managed to pull it together for our party not long ago, but now that the festivities (and holidays) are over – it’s back to work full-force. As a result – we’ve returned to living in a pile of rubble.
This weekend I experienced a bit of a roller coaster. We had big plans Saturday morning and by 10:00pm that night we’d completed only about 5% of what we wanted to do. We then realized that we’d bought the wrong tool to start our big new project. AAARRRRGGGGH! Initiate: emotional breakdown.
Sunday saw the flip side of home renovation – we finished all of our weekend projects. We were happy little home renovators – giddy with our progress and excited to show it off.
So what changed? Well, for one – my attitude and outlook on everything. This major shift was due, in part, to finding this picture:
That was our kitchen just before we bought the house (the day our offer was accepted, actually). I hadn’t seen it in so long. I had forgotten about the stylistic disaster my kitchen used to look like. The bad green tile, the fake wood laminate countertops, the incredibly old appliances, the cheap plywood cabinets – the whole ugly thing. I’d just…totally…forgotten.
Although we live in a construction zone, we at least don’t live in a place we don’t like. We are making efforts (lots of them!) daily to improve our lives – to build exactly what we want. Things aren’t always going to go the way we expect. Projects will be over budget and run longer than we expect. Problems will arise. Frustration will ensue. But at least we’re not stuck in a time-warp, 1980’s, grandma-style kitchen. Thank goodness for that. And for my iPhone photo bank (all 3,000 pictures and counting!) – you keep me sane.
So rock on productivity and keep the changes coming…
The current state of things:
Shabby, but not too shabby. More like a shabby chic…yea – I’ll go with that. 🙂
Disclaimer: I must admit that I was unsure what to write about today, but I felt the need to post. After getting my email update from Victoria over at We Bought A French House – I realized that I too appreciated my treasure trove of iPhone photos more than I realized. Those of you who haven’t read about her adventures in Southern France (so jealous!) – jump over and check it out. And thanks Victoria for inspiring your readers always!