Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Contemplating the remodel

Last December we had just moved and I was broke. I applied for temp work and didn't get a call back and worried and wondered about money.

Early in the year, I wrote some stories, made a little money, got a little bit of freelance work. We're not broke in the large scheme, just in the day to day scheme, if you know what I mean. Then I wrote a novel proposal, sent it off, got a big, fun freelance gig, and now I have a seventy hour a week freelance job and a novel proposal to revise. I've got money!

I just don't have time to spend it.

Isn't that always the case?

But when I do spend it, I'm thinking of remodeling the bathroom. Friends of mine just remodeled their bathroom and it looks great. (At least in the video they sent me. I consider stuff like that to be the equivalent of porn. I was pathetically grateful that they sent it to me.) I've got all sorts of cool ideas, including a way to bring natural light into the most tornado proof room in our house. But everything I read about remodeling informs me that it doesn't have to be a horrible experience.

Everything I read.

Which is a little like when someone says, 'This won't hurt a bit.' Or my favorite, 'Remain calm.' The moment someone tells you to 'remain calm' you know you are screwed.

Maybe I should just get a wii and play Zelda and leave the bathroom as is. Just as soon as I have time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are few things more rewarding than ripping out a bad design and replacing it with something better that works for you and your family.
When we replaced our dark and dismal leaky shower stall, we took out the linen closet that was next to it, and put in a whirlpool tub with a built in heater, and replaced the twin closet doors with a pocket door with a mirror on one side. It made all of the difference in the world for how we felt about our master bedroom, and Julie and I still get a kick out of how good it looks.


October 02, 2007 1:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

A friend installed solar tubes--he said the install went easily and they worked as advertised. I would love to have a few installed at my house.


October 02, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger Responsible Artist said...

My advise is Don't Be Home while the construction is going on. Other than that, it will all be fine.

October 02, 2007 10:21 PM  
Blogger Gwenda said...

I am currently all about lusting over new home improvements, so yes, definitely. HOWEVER, I will say that our Wii was a relatively cheap alternative and I'm absolutely in love with it. We've actually been way more social since we had it, because people love to play the team games on it. Including the neighbor who bailed us out on our new kitchen floor -- I think he did so just to get whenever access to the Wii. The two don't have to be separate. There must be a Wii-obsessed contractor in Austin.

October 02, 2007 10:49 PM  
Blogger David Moles said...

I think I need a tube like that that stretches all the way to the Southern Hemisphere.

October 03, 2007 4:07 AM  
Blogger David Moles said...

Also, here's some more remodeling porn from Sarah Prineas.

October 03, 2007 4:08 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Oh man, nice remodeling. Thanks David.

And thanks to everybody who reassurec me that it won't be the end of life as we know it.

However, I don't think I can Not Be Home while the construction is going on, since I in fact work at home, when I'm not on airplanes.

October 03, 2007 6:51 PM  
Blogger SquidgePa said...

Look at these tubs:

October 07, 2007 7:24 PM  
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