Hello, I'm 'whelmed
Katie will soon be moving into her first real apartment! She's lived in an apartment with a roommate before, but it was basically off-campus housing while she was still in school -- a step up (or down, depending on perspective) from living in a dorm. DH is doing some of the heavier repairs and improvements while Katie cleans and paints, and I'm helping her clean (I've had enough of painting lately, thanks, and I'm very good at cleaning when I want to be).
I have moved into some pretty nice places that were in awful condition in my day -- I'll spare the detailed description of cleaning out the 'fridge at a house we rented in Tillamook that still had food in it when the power had been turned off several months earlier (yeah, go ahead and imagine the worst -- you might be close) -- and this one is ranking right up there. I try hard to not think and just do -- otherwise, I risk being depressed and paralyzed by the overwhelming, disgusting, greasy, griminess of it all, not to mention the old carpet full of dog hair (I don't even want to think about it) (get the dust masks ready, that's the next thing going out!), the completely disintegrated drip pans on the stove, and (yep, you knew it was coming) the toilet. I'd rip the toilet out in a second and just replace it, except that it's a wall-mounted toilet and those aren't exactly filling up the aisles at Home Despot, you know? They're out there, though...
It will be an awesome apartment again one day and Katie is so excited to play and work some magic on the clean slate -- once it's clean -- and all I can say is thank god that the "vision" gene was passed on to the kids!
I have a million things going on and wonder when that'll ever dwindle to a half-mil or so. Knocked a big one off the list (partially, at least) last night, though, when I finally updated DH's website and added photos of a mural project he did in a client's California home earlier this fall. He truly has the "vision."
Happy weekend. I'll be cleaning some more on Saturday; shooting a Halloween party on Sunday; looking forward to new carpeting on Monday; possibly a big move on Tuesday/Wednesday!