Photo: The Husband shoveling snow after our unexpected 5 inches on Saturday. Poor guy. Doesn’t the barn look pretty in the snow?
When the electricians didn’t show up to work last Thursday, I was really angry. Then they promised that they’d be here on Saturday.
So when they didn’t show up on Saturday, I was both angry and deflated. More darkness, more screaming babies while we try to bathe them in a barely lit bathroom. More take-out food and feeling increasingly gross as we eat unhealthy stuff… and I felt like I hired the wrong guy for my general contractor. He clearly he made a mistake when he hired this group of electricians.
And he promised us, as he was gritting his teeth in his own frustration, that men would be at our door on Sunday to do work.
and we didn’t believe him.
So when the doorbell rang at 8:15 and we were still in our pajamas, we jumped in surprise. Two men, two good men were at our door… and they got to work.
They put up light fixtures in my kitchen so that I could have light over the island. They put temporary fixtures in the dining room and the living room so that we’re not banished to the 2nd floor after the sun goes down (at 4:30). They put power in the outlets in the living room so we can plug in the television and cable. I’m sitting in my favorite chair in my living room right now, cable news on in the background. They put a (temporary) outlet in the playroom so that we can plug in a space heater…and they taped up the naked wires on the other side so that the boys can’t hurt themselves if they find them and touch them. They put over-head lights in the bathrooms so we can shower and bathe the boys in bathrooms that have real and actual light. And best of all? The best thing of all? They put up a plug for my stove, so I can cook meals in my kitchen.
And you know what that meant? That’s right… I unpacked my kitchen last night. And made pancakes in my kitchen this morning and had coffee. Real and actual coffee. The best coffee I’ve had since I packed up my coffee maker!
Tonight, I’m making a big pot of chili. And rice and beans. And maybe, if I’m feeling particularly froggy, corn cakes. And I went to Roche Brothers and bought every vegetable I could think of–I cannot wait to dive into a big steaming pile broccoli tonight with my chili…
We’re living in this house today. Today the house feels like home. To put my plates in my beautiful built-in hutch… to serve my boys good food this morning (in our living room because our dining room is full of contractor crap)…
Of course, there was a lot that the electricians needed to do…more than what they’d done. But, of course, they wanted to leave early so that they could get with the football game. So at 12, they stood up and shipped out. “We’ll be back on Thursday or Friday” they claimed. I mean, none of the switches in my house have plates on them. There are a few just naked electrical boxes that need to be covered or something. They put the wrong colored outlets in my 2nd floor bathroom…. My washer and dryer are on the same circuit as my fridge and microwave… my stove is on a “temporary” line for no apparent reason… and we still have the old electrical panel, so we can’t get our service upgrade from our electrical company…
….see, I made that list and now I don’t feel so good….
I’m going to sit here and revel in the little victories. I’m so excited to sit here and blog today, and I’m going to be crazy excited to get back to writing fiction in a little bit. The short story that I’ve been trying to write for Lightspeed is kicking my ass…to the point where, when I’m done with this post, I’m going to start over from the very beginning. I’m really trying to start the year off right with one good submission… and as you’ll recall, I want to start editing my novel on February 1st… so we’re about to have some serious collisions of projects here… I also have yet to log into my EdX account and listen to any of those lectures I keep meaning to! My year’s tasklist….so far behind!! I am almost done with The Orchardist, though. It is just so devastating and mesmerizing… I’ll be done, I think, this week.
On this Monday, I’m a woman at home. I hope that you are enjoying your day today…if you are a reader who chose to serve your community on this MLK Holiday, then please know that I am in awe of you and I’m grateful to you.
And the Kitchen:
Ursa Major turns 3 on Wednesday! See you then for thoughts about it!