As I was saying, we'd originally booked ourselves a weeks holiday that was supposed to be spent going away with Anthony's whole family to celebrate his parents 50th wedding anniversary later this year. It had to be that week because it was half term. Although since nobody could agree about where to go and how much it should cost, nothing happened.
I thought I'd get to spend a nice bit of time with Anthony and we could both unwind after the stress of the last few months.
I went off to stay with my mother on the 13th, and Anthony came to stay for one night on the 18th and then drive me back on the 19th.
His dad came to stay for a week and they blitzed the living room. The old brown wall paper was pretty easy to remove, but the fact that the previous owner had removed, then added, then removed a succession of dado rails, and patched up any holes with concrete, made it not so straight forward after all.
But now I have a living room with walls painted in a lovely grey-white which makes it feel a million times bigger.
I also have a living room that contains the tv and its stand, the desk and computer, and the sofa.
It feels horribly big and empty. Pretty much like it has since work started on it over two months ago.
The next step is to get a new carpet. We've chosen it, and my lovely mother is contributing towards the cost (as A's parents paid for the floor renewal) (While I am grateful that they did, as we couldn't have afforded it, the fact that I am supposed to be grateful about something I had no choice about, makes it impossible to be grateful *enough*)
We just have to get it fitted. And my patience is rapidly vanishing.
After weeks of doing things based on other people making decisions, I suggested that we get the carpet fitted next week as otherwise it'll be another month before I can start getting any bookcases back in here. Of course, the timing isn't right for his dad to be able to pop over during the week for the hour that the carpet men will need. Even though we don't know which day they can do yet.
If the carpet goes down next week, then I can spend next weekend, when I'm not working, supervising people moving the bookcases in and refilling them. If it has to wait for my next weekday off work (the 9th of March), then either the bookcases will be moved and filled while I'm at work, (which I don't want, as I want to sort them out as they are moved), or the bookcases need to wait until the 17/18th March which is my next weekend off.
Oh, and the first Grand Prix of the year. Australia. 6am race start time Sunday morning.
Also the beginning of our last weeks holiday together before the baby arrives. Which is already filling up with eleventy-million things to do.
Also more than three months since the work in here started and 95% of my library became inaccessible.
Unsurprisingly, I'm a little itchy!
And ranty. But you hadn't spotted that, had you?
After I got a little bit over emotional on Friday evening, we went to the carpet shop. They're fitting it between 9 and 12 on Monday. #happykate