Friday, August 30, 2013

Reality sets in.

Iron Blosam, room 404 FOR LIIIIIIFE!

Now that the honeymoon week at our Snowbird timeshare is winding down, I'm starting to feel the stress of having just moved. Oh, god. There is so much to do! Today Lee is working on putting all the appliances back in place after the floor refinishing (I can't wait to show you how it turned out!) and then, as of Saturday, we will be living in our loft full time. Still without any dividing walls. And still in just under 1,100 square feet. Oh, and still with two adults, one toddler and two cats.

I am totally committed to small-space living. I really am! But now that we are actually about to do it, I'm freaking out a little. The floor is finished, yes, so we have one major project down. But the project that is weighing most heavily on me right now is the putting up of the permanent wall and the dividing wall, making our space functional for all living there. Until those walls go up, we're basically living in one big room.

And that really scares me!

Alice's daytime naps and 7PM bedtime. Cats roaming all over our bed (in Boston, our bedroom was a no-cat zone). The noise from preparing dinner. Evenings alone with my husband. All of those things will be much more difficult until our one-room loft is divided into bedrooms and living space.

What I've learned so far with home improvement projects is when working with contractors and the like, the finish date is in flux. And by in flux, I mean completely inaccurate. So I'm worried that with using a contractor to put in our walls we're signing ourselves up for a completion date weeks later than we'd anticipated. I mean, we met with a contractor over the 4th of July weekend and we are still waiting for an estimate of cost.

So we're thinking of putting up the permanent wall ourselves. Crazy? Probably. But at least we'll be more in control of when that wall will be finished.

I hope.

Any experience with putting up drywall? Give it to me straight. Is it crazy-talk to do it ourselves?!

Weekly Workouts: Monday - I was super sore from my Sat/Sun at CrossFit so a rest day was in order. Tuesday - Travel day! Wednesday - 3-ish miles of walking at altitude (Hello 8,650 feet!). Thursday - 4 mile run with a lot of uphill + 40 air squats. Friday - 3 mile trail run + 4 sets of 10 push-ups and 4 sets of 10 tricep dips, then 3 sets of 20 walking lunges.


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