Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gah! Am I out of my mind?!

I stupidly STUPIDLY volunteered to throw a Super Bowl party. I know, it's months away but it will be here before I know it. But first, who am I kidding? I don't even know when the Superbowl takes place. Super Bowl? Superbowl? One word? Two words? Pretty sure it's mid-January. Or is it late January? Why am I freaking out? The house isn't dirty. The simple truth is that I don't entertain a lot. And there's a lot that I need to get done, which mostly means the flooring...

If you could be head-over-heels in love with a floor, I would have married my recently installed floor. But thanks to a leaking refrigerator, leaking water heater, and leaking water spicket, I have some sections to replace. Unfortunately, I have to take it ALL apart to get the different sections.

I went this past weekend to Ikea to pick up more flooring while it was on sale. 60% OFF!! How could I pass that up?! Plus, I’m almost positive it’s being discontinued. Now or never. I'm not one for day-after-Thanksgiving-shopping. I'm a shopper but I'm not competitive. When I ran track in high school, people would pass me by and I couldn't care less. I knew what Ikea would be like so I bought my aggressive dear friend, Sabrina, with me. If I can't elbow people out of the way, she can! But I was sooooo not prepared for the masses of people. We waited in line for 1 1/2 hours total before the store even opened. We had a plan. I run with the cart, she jumps the cashier block and starts grabbing boxes. And we talked a big game in line. (We had to pysche the other people out.) Every time the Ikea employee walked by the crowd-control rope barrier, my heart raced. Is she letting us through now? How about now? Now? God, is she doing this to be evil? Then all of a sudden, it was a GO. Go! Go! Go! Banging carts, sprinting across the sales floor, people yelling, people pushing my cart out of the way! Oh, no you don't honey! This relaxed, non-confrontational, roll with it girl became that person. The one you avoid at the Black Friday sales. It wasn't pretty. But I got my 11 boxes at 60%. Karma will get me, I'm sure.

My beautiful floor before:

What happens when mucho water mixes with beautiful floor:

See the cracks? :( That isn't supposed to show.

This is why I don't have people over. The concrete just isn't very welcoming. I am seriously embarrassed by this. And what do normal people do when embarrassed? Post of picture of it in a public blog I suppose? (Sorry, I couldn't get a non-blurry shot for the life of me. But trust me, a clear shot would have made you turn away in disgust.)

Some other things I need to take care of:
1. Paint the baseboards

What you don't see in my pics is that the baseboards only have a thin coat of primer covering up the pink paint. Which leads me to...

2. Attach the quarter-round

Something we never got around to... thank god since we would have had to pull it up when replacing the flooring. But I have this tricky doorway problem. Straight quarter-round but rounded trim around the doorway. Any suggestions?

3. Install carpet in the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms

The carpet is disgusting in the 2nd bedroom. I already have the carpet. It's sitting smack dab in the middle of the room. The 3rd bedroom is missing half of the padding. (Thanks, water spicket!) In order to get all this work done, I'm attempting something I have never done before... stop watching TV. I am a major TV junkie. I am trying to put my new DVR to use and see what happens. Wish me luck!


Katie @ said...

I love your humor in this post! When you asked what most people do about embarrassing pictures of their homes, I couldn't help laughing. We just moved to Berlin, Germany, and I started a blog about the remodel of our home, too. Oh the ugly, ugly pictures. I'm just hopeful the spaces turn into something beautiful one day. Thanks for being so candid. Your floors--BEAUTIFUL PROGRESS!

mrs.leah.maria said...

You aren't crazy, just ambitious! Too funny girl, nice job on the 60% off too!