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New House: Major Flaw Already Discovered!

So the move happened on Saturday (and on Sunday…) As with any move, it was stressful and more work than we thought. I’ll post more about that later though.

I figure I’ll start with a major flaw we discovered on the first night we slept there.

Let me start with a little back story on some of the home renovations we did before moving in: the floors upstairs. The bedrooms are all upstairs and the floors are a soft wood (I think my wonderful boyfriend said pine). When we bought the house, two of the rooms were painted an old, scuffed up, chipping, unfortunate, dark brown. The color itself wasn’t terrible, but the condition was. The master bedroom was painted gray… like auto primer gray (touching it felt like nails on a chalkboard sounds, I don’t know how to describe it well… but I hated having to go near that floor with anything other than shoes). Both of the colors were so matte and flat. They were sort of depressing.

Something needed to be done. Our original plan was carpets! Then we priced that out… and we decided to add it to the list of improvements that we’d totally do… in the future… when we had saved more money. 

Our next plan was to refinish the floors. We were refinishing the hardwood floors downstairs anyway (and they came out beautifully!) We asked the guy who was working on the other floors what he thought and if he could give us a quote. He told us that there was so much paint on the floors (so many coats of different colors over the decades) and so many gouges, that in order to really make the floors lovely, he would have to sand off a TON! To the point where it wouldn’t make financial sense (he was such a great guy! I wish I could remember his last name, I’d recommend him to everyone in the area!).

In the end, we just decided to paint the floors again until we felt comfortable spending money on the carpets. We chose a glossy, black paint. And it looks awesome! I really love it!

unfortunately, we discovered the massive problem with our plan on the first night we moved in…

The paint color was probably called something like “Raven” or “Nightshade” but it could have been called “Tuxedo Cat Black!” Seriously, when our cats are army crawling on the floor (out of fear – this was their first move, I’ll post about that sometime too) and all of their white parts are concealed, we can’t see them against the floor! The shine and color of their fur perfectly matches the shine and color of the floor! Oops!!!

I would have taken a picture and included it… but it would have felt a little like Where’s Waldo? So instead, here’s a fur reference with my sweet boy cat sleeping on a couch in the old apartment:

Tuxedo Cat Napping

Motivation: Deadlines! (And a Private Bathroom…)

Big things are going on over here at My Lesson In Motivation! Big things! Besides being pregnant, and still trying to work out (which I do… I just never manage to post about), my wonderful boyfriend and I just bought our first house! Whoa!

At this point, I’m feeling so adult it’s actually daunting.

xkcd homeownership

I promise to do a full update about the house (most likely complete with “before” and “after” pictures). But let me just tell you, this house has totally been forcing me to be motivated. Technically, it’s move-in ready… as long as we’re ok with 4 rooms being painted in the most extreme teal color even an 11-year-old girl made a joke about it (“wow… so that’s a choice”), and ok with having NO kitchen appliances, and a little mold in the basement, and a bunch of mild cosmetic issues, and not being able to close the bathroom door because the threshold is inches too tall (why?!), and, and, and…

Club house sale

You’re probably wondering at this point why we even bought the house. Because it’s lovely (especially for our price range), because all of the big stuff is new (roof, siding, windows, electrical thing in the basement which I should really know the name of). And because it’s so much bigger than where we live now. Literally, the basement is 30 square feet larger than our entire apartment right now (which is a single family home). No, our new house isn’t enormous – our rental is a shoebox! So if the basement is the same size as the ground floor, we also then gain the (three) bedrooms on a second floor: MORE SPACE! I don’t think our cats are going to know what to do with themselves with all of this room. I know they are going to love having more floor space to bat cat toys around and a dozen more windows to look out. (Not to mention all the new things outside).

So, we’ve been spending the last 2 weeks of home ownership fixing up the place (and buying appliances and hiring licensed people to do some of the more major work).

You know what’s a great motivator? Deadlines!

Deadline #1: We have to be out of our rental on March 31st.

It’s a great motivator to pack (although I’ve only just begun) and clean out closets and bookcases for donations. It’s also great to motivate us to finish a lot of the major projects (it’s WAY easier to paint an empty room than a room filled with furniture).

Deadline #2: our first guests will be sleeping over the night we move (T’s brother and sister-in-law are helping us move and then will be staying the night because they live 3 hours away). Normally, this would be no big deal. But when the bathroom door won’t close (and remains open about a foot and a half), these things NEED to be fixed!

So yeah… making sure the bathroom is a private experience without asking people to go to another part of the house (what we’re doing now… although luckily we aren’t in the house too much) is MAJOR motivation!

It WILL happen!!! I just keep repeating that to myself!

I’ll let you know how it goes, but I can promise you that I’m feeling motivated!

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