Observations from Day Three

February 9, 2014


our boxes

First, you guys are awesome. Thanks for all the kind messages, tweets, texts, sky writing about surviving a contractor in the last days, packing, and moving. When things look less like an Iraqi missile hit, and a bit more settled, an imperfect house tour will be put together. Soon.

I’ve now been here three days and three nights. This is what I’ve learned:

1. Marble tile is exceedingly cold on your feet. Shockingly so.

2. I just now found my toothbrush and deodorant. Your welcome.

3. I couldn’t sleep in my room on night two because of lingering fumes from construction. They are a little better, but I’d really like a good spring day here so I can throw all the doors and windows open for hours. Looks like this afternoon I may get that chance.

4. I don’t live here yet. I’m not sure when I’ll feel like I do. I spent six months with my brain in “temporary” mode, and three months in “construction” mode thinking it’ll never end. I can’t seem to convince my brain or heart otherwise just yet. Hopefully when pictures and art start getting hung, it’ll help. But this is … odd.

5. I got my king-sized bed back. I remembered I don’t like the mattress.

6. The kids LOVE their rooms. For those of you who got the sneak peek of Leah’s big surprise, which I’ll post here soon, she hasn’t stopped smiling.

7. Also, Leah has discovered she loves pocket doors.

8. Benjamin’s transition to this house is a gafrillionty times better than when we moved to the apartment. He was devastated and full of anxiety then. This time, he was mostly excited and only a little nervous. It’s been miraculous and heartwarming.

9. My parents are better than your parents. Don’t even try.

10. There are some house quirks I’ve discovered. Some I can fix, some I can’t. The ones I can’t I’m just laughing about and moving on.

11. It’s totally possible I over-built the master closet. I’m choosing to believe it will be fine in the long run and leaves room for not too much “growth” (or, shopping).

12. See that picture up there? That is close to 89 boxes. That was one side of my dining room and most of my entry hall. That is about 70% progress. On Saturday, I put an ad on Craigslist and a charming man came to pick them all up for his move. He is an IT executive for a major finance institution and he and his wife are moving from a large home to a high-rise. I’m quietly pleased the boxes went to someone so nice.

13. The master bathroom window is currently uncovered and there is a better than outside shot that my neighbor saw me naked. Possibly. Not sure I care right now.

14. I wish you were here.

I promise to post some pics – and the appropriate sources for many of the items some of you have asked about. I can honestly say this is the house that the Internet built in so many ways.

My dad has come over every day since we started this project, and watched the house he grew up in change to suit this family. He’s told me my grandparents would be very proud of what I’ve done to recreate their home, I’d like to think that’s true. There is a healthy mix of all of them here, and that feels good. At some point, I know it will feel like we are all here, together.

I can’t wait for that moment.  xo

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8 Responses to “Observations from Day Three”

  1. Laura J Says:

    Curtains. Once you put up
    Curtains, it’ll be more like home. Art helps, and pictures of your loved ones on the walls, but curtains have always been what finalized that “home” feeling for me

    • Pam Says:

      Hi! You are totally right. Some art/pictures went up and it’s better. It’ll still be a bit for draperies, etc, but… it’ll get there. Still waiting for everything to click, you know?

  2. Kim Says:

    I agree with Laura 100% about curtains and art! Another biggie for me was finally starting some rituals/routines, things like Sunday breakfast. Looking forward to the photos!

    • Pam Says:

      You know what? Rituals are totally important, and we don’t have any in this house right now. That is an excellent point. It will be interesting to see what develops!

  3. sara joy Says:

    I could have warned you about the marble. Hubs loves it, me notsomuch. Heads up, when wet it is exceedingly slippery. Dangerously so, please be careful. xoxo

    • Pam Says:

      Okay, the upside is that there are lots of grout lines, so not so slippery, but the larger pieces are COLD, man. I’m sure I will thank someone for that in the 100+ degree summer, though! 🙂

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    You are right…you do have pretty great parents!