Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Definition of insanity.

Things I decided would be appropriate to tackle in December:

-Have dining room, hallway, and entry walls replastered by crazy Irish man
-Move all furniture from upstairs to the downstairs
-Have my house invaded by guys who put up a plastic “kill room” and then remove popcorn ceiling from upstairs
-Have hardwood floors refinished upstairs
-Live with beds, dressers, clothes, etc downstairs in one fantastic mess for 2 weeks while this happens
-Paint upstairs
-Paint dining room, hallway, and entry
-Install new lights in bedroom
-Adopt another dog. One with separation anxiety and the need to constantly hump our old dog.
-Have gigantic atlas cedar removed from front yard, a 2-day, $4200 job. (Seriously. That’s how big it is.)


This is what happens, I guess, when you are a compulsive list-maker, and you keep a list of goals in your wallet, and you get to the end of the year and realize about 7 big projects were never completed. Why not cross them all off in December, right? Insane.

Why my family hasn’t murdered me yet is beyond me, but I am grateful to them for not acting on impulses.

35 comments:

Nikki said...

Wow...my list looks meager. Can I have some of your motivation? What kind of dog?

Bonnie ~ Love Your Place said...

I find your list INSPIRING! I wish I could tackle more than just my laundry room... Hope you share pics when its done!

B said...

I can completely relate to this insanity. This makes me feel better about my list however: http://tiny.cc/vlQCS.

I know you'll make it through! When my husband and I closed on our condo, we replaced the carpet in two bedrooms, painted the entire place, unpacked and threw a party two weeks later.

Kate said...

Oh dear Decorno - I hope you have a great fully stocked liquor cabinet to get your through!

Devon said...

You are perhaps crazy but good luck. Much better to get it done in December and forget about it vs. starting 'fresh' with the same to-do list in January.

Any chance you can post the name of the crazy Irish plasterer? Our bedroom ceiling is cracked and it's to the point that I fear it's about to come down and hit us on the head in the middle of the night. I'll take a crazy Irish man over a mouthful of plaster.

Decorno said...

Nikki - another pug. This one is black (other one is fawn). They are so cute together.

Well, I wish I could say it is motivation driving me, but it's really shame. How can you have a blog about decor when you don't make any progress on your house?! It was time to man up and start calling in the contractors, you know? I was having some decision paralysis, but it was time to get shit done. Feast or famine is the theme here, I suppose.

Chris said...

Okay, can I just say THANK YOU for your blog? The way you write is so entertaining. And whenever I need my decorating "fix" I just sneak on over to your site. But let me tell you, I can hardly make it through December without having gone a little insane myself. Atleast you are a go-getter.

mamacita said...

What did the cedar ever do to you?

Decorno said...

Mama, the tree is an asshole. Trust me. Or ask JJ, she'll tell you.

Or ask my better half, who spent a good amount of time scooping up little human poops (ours) that were swimming around the basement a few months ago when the tree's roots decided to bust our sewer line and sent some things back into the basement.

Super gross. Bad tree.

mary said...

I think the "list" is simply a growth issue. Good luck]

Esther said...

I love a list. I love a list of my lists just so I remember what lists I have. Don't judge! So happy you're tackling all this... shame is such a sneaky but effective little motivator. Before/after photos, please...

.ER

mamacita said...

Okay, you had me at poop. Die, motherfucker.

Shelley said...

While it does seem like a lot at once, I too admire you!
Don't beat up on yourself for taking on this much! You are to be commended! Good Luck!

Kwana said...

That is some December but January should be wonderful.

David said...

December is such a clusterfuck anyway, why not get it all done. It'll be hellish sure, but think how nice January and February will be, projects completed, you can do some decorating, it'll be nice.

Congrats on your new dog! Hope Rickey is enjoying the company.

Paisley said...

Removing the popcorn cieling is the best thing we did when we bought our house. You will not regret it! And hey, at least you'll be starting off the new year fresh! I like to get things done all at once rather than spend a ton of time through the year working on projects.

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

You must be insane. Although my 2009/2010 "to-do list" is not that reasonable either. Move accross the country to new city, buy house, gut and renovate house down to the studs, find a job, plan a wedding...
Crazies gotta stick together, love your blog as always!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I feel like a pussy. I'd be lucky to get ONE of those projects done in a year.

style-for-style said...

make it happen, and we want photos

Amy said...

Speaking from our experience, do the floors DEAD LAST, after everything else has been completed. We did it the opposite way, and have regretted it ever since. The popcorn removal makes a ton of dust that will get everywhere, even with the plastic room set up, and painters leave splotches etc.

Amy said...

Also insane over here. Just closed on a house two weeks ago. Our only bathroom is a toilet with everything else ripped out to the studs. First floor wooden floors are being re-done right now. I'm hoping they will be dry by Saturday so the plumbers can get in and do their thing!

Paint job is pain-stakingly slow. Because I'm doing it. Because I don't trust anyone else with the wood work. And I'm also out of money. We're moving in next week. I hope we can shower and pee in the house by then!

MoreSkinnyDays said...

This is not insanity, it's ambition. Insanity is complaining year after year about what you hate in your house and never doing anything about it, all the while putting your life on hold until you do something about it. I admire the vigor.

home before dark said...

Pugliscious holidays your way. That's a hell of a list, girl. I've been trying to gear up for one minor, one major bath redo and kept putting it off during garden season. The two toto toilets are sitting at our dining room table like guests (one piece, so the boxes looks like chairs). We had out TD dinner into the library because the TOTO's wouldn't (couldn't too heavy) move over. Loved mamacitas turn around about the tree. Point of view is always a delicious thing.

R said...

Slacker.

lizzielu4 said...

with limited funds those lists are daunting, but it helps. and it feels so good when you cross one off! my list is longer...nyah nyah nyah. chip it away...chip chip.

Holly said...

Stock the bar, but watch the crazy plasterers/popcorn removers/painters.

We've had all three work at one time or another and no one empties a liquor cabinet when you're out of the house faster than the aforementioned. Except maybe tile layers...

Anonymous said...

Home Before Dark, you see the light - "point of view is a delicious thing"...
Anon.

Anonymous said...

I am inspired by you and others who have posted. & you fucking rock big time for adopting the newest addition to your home. Cheers, sl

Lolo said...

Our family crest has the motto "binge and purge" so I understand.

Just tell yourself that it's all in preparation for the Year of the Tiger. Wait, maybe that's not the best idea but it's all I've got.

Ivy Lane said...

mmmm... kinda funny you keep that list in your WALLET! what does that tell you?

Hope you get it all done before you start making your New Year's resolutions!

Nicki said...

Decorno,
Although I love how you have a detailed "list" I do the same, even with personal challenges i.e. , increase weight on leg workouts until trembling is felt...
But I am really happy that you are looking to adopt a dog.
My fiancee and I rescue, foster, and save dogs and cats from high kill shelters.
We need more people like you to take in the lost, forgotten, and abandoned!

W. Adair said...

HI Decorno. Love your blog, thank you. We just moved back to Seattle from NY and looked at a house with similar plaster walls as it sounds you have. How much money are you planning to pay the Irishman? Thanks so much.

Decorno said...

Hi W. - I paid him $1800. Email me if you need his contact info. Welcome back to Seattle!

laure said...

decorno--you must do a post on how/when you do your goal setting for the year!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it