(Aside: My wife wants me to tell you that not all projects happened while she was gone, and that she is not the globe trotter I make her out to be.) Honey, consider the public told!
|This is actually named "Chateau." Not classy.|
|Step 3 is done!|
In March, when my wife was out of town, I spent an evening painting the bathroom. You're probably thinking, "But, R.D., what about the pocket door?" I know, I know. Eventually I will install one, and then I will have to paint again. But this is not life BK, so the bathroom got a much needed paint job to complement the new light fixtures. Check off step 2.
Then, last week, I got a great deal on two bathroom faucets. I took so many deep breaths that I installed one in an evening when I had time, and then waited two whole days before I got the next one installed. Step 3 is now complete, and I only have about six more steps to go. It's like I don't even know who I am any more.
Actually, this slow-and-steady approach is nice in a way. For one thing, I can wait until I get a great deal on supplies, so I'm saving quite a bit of money (I got $180 in faucets for $60, mainly because time did not dictate when the project needed to be completed). For another thing, my idea of what I want the bathroom to look like has changed over the past several months, so I am able to adjust my plans along the way.
I'm sure, if money were no object, I would be able to carve out an entire weekend to complete a project like this, and I am sure my kids would be vitally important in helping out with the project (Big E was a great helper on the faucets project. Her job was to scream her head off in the event of a water geyser, while I went outside to turn the main back on. To her great disappointment, my plumbing didn't leak.). But the slow-and-steady approach also lets me spend time with the kids doing things that they want to do. Midway through faucet one, I stopped and read a book with Little E. After the second faucet was installed, I got to swim with the kids in our beautifully remodeled pool (if you missed that project, check it out here).
So while the BK whirlwind-speed remodel side of me hasn't completely died, I am trying to embrace the slow-and-steady approach during this season. But at some point in the future, when our kids are older and I'm able to whirlwind again, my wife better watch out. Because I can only imagine what damage will be done after a long hibernation.