Sunday, February 19, 2012

Home Improvement

“Noooo…um…yah…I can take care of that.”

My eyes nearly roll back into my head and get stuck there as I hear the hubs traipsing around the parameter of the house, reviewing my laundry list of items that, five years later, have yet to be touched. Or perhaps they were started, but never really finished. Or done right. Or even thought of.

Ah, home ownership.

I’m not blaming the hubs – he’s completely dedicated to keeping this family afloat, working hard at his career, keeping the romance alive with Snickers bars from the grocery store, taking care of his soul by working out and being the best father a two-year old could ask for. You see that “finishing painting the half-blue, half-white bathroom” was not on this list. Neither is the unfinished trim, landscaping, broken rail and step, etc., etc.

So I did what every terrible wife does when she’s just about come to her wit’s end with all of it: I called a contractor.

Now don’t judge me: I’d asked a few times, gave some projects a THREE YEAR window, even enlisted the help of our super handy father-in-law, a dear family friend and gave the hubs a chance. But this to-do list of water damage, etc? Not messing around anymore.

The next part of my genius plan? Have the contractor come over with the list of bids the day before your husband is leaving without you for five days on an exotic trip. Shocking what he’ll sign off on…

Needless to say the following will be accomplished in March: NEW CARPET!, all new siding out back with protected windows, repaired rail, bedroom doors that actually close, doors to our master bedroom that enter into the bathroom, a back door that doesn’t require Houdini type tricks and an instruction manual to open and close it for the in-and-out dog, sinks that don’t drip, grout that doesn’t come up just by looking at it and more.

I can’t wait.

Home improvements: just what the wife ordered.

Now if I could just make up my mind on what my décor style is and transport our house to Prairie Village…

PS: thanks to the hubs and my friend Leah’s immaculate taste, our guest bath is nearly complete in “Nantucket Fog” paint, updated hardware and a simplified look. Come on over, take a rest in the restroom and check it out.

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