My living room smells like a carpet showroom

It’s better than it sounds.

Before:

The living room as setup by the family here before us.

The living room as setup by the family here before us, bless their hearts. It took two coats of primer to cover that red accent wall.

What you can’t see about the carpet are the fact it’s over 20 years old, the ghosting, the spots, the fact that the back 4 feet of the room was laminate, and a bizarre spreading it-came-from-below shadow-stain near that armchair in the back right that always felt cool to the touch but never damp.

Our before, with the laminate already removed from where they GLUED IT TO THE SLAB SUBFLOOR:

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See that weird triangleish piece at the bottom right? It looks like that because when the previous family moved out and took the fridge, they covered the ice maker line with a bag and hit the road. They did not TURN OFF the ice maker line, so it eventually leaked from the adjacent kitchen right before we moved in.

We pulled up the pad in an attempt to speed the drying and salvage the carpet…which worked (yay!) until the replacement pad roll we bought got flooded when the water heater gave out while we were 500 miles away one week (boo!).

If you’re doing the math, that was 3 years ago. We were too beaten down to try replacing it again.

Minus the carpet:

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And a few hours later, with the new carpet:

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Lula had to spend the duration of the install up in the bedroom, instead of her usual sequestration area (KK’s office, but KK was working there today). I took advantage of her ignorance to capture her first reaction to the new floor.

There’s no music, but if you turn it up, you can hear her shnuffling and scratching.¬†I think she likes it.

I also made a quick recording of KK doing snow angels on the new carpet, but it’s not uploading for some reason. Here’s a still instead, post-rolling-around-on-the-new-floor.

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Angel, the carpet installer, was amazing and a total pro. I assumed it would take two people to do the job, but he showed up alone this morning — a man, a van, a plan — and bent it to his/our will. He also had really excellent highlights. So basically, my hero.

The couch arrives Tuesday, and we’ll see if the curtains I picked out will work in there. I will be so happy to have it look like a room where people actually live that I may even start inviting in Deborah and Barbara, the Jehovah’s Witness ladies who stop by every month or so.

But maybe not. I had a few too many literary theory courses (1) to be able to discuss The Watchtower, or the Bible, in polite company.

What would you do with more hours in a day? (NHBPM 24)

Things I would do every day if I had more time in a day:

  • go to the gym everyday, instead of 3 times a week
  • shop for the freshest produce and meat every day, instead of just once a week
  • organize the pantry
  • take my dog for long walks 3 times a day, instead of just once or twice

    Lula in a sunbeam

    Lula in a sunbeam

  • actually read all the blogs in my google reader every day, instead of just hitting “mark all as read” so I don’t feel like I’m falling behind
  • actually comment on all the blogs I read, instead of thinking “I’ll get around to it when I have more time”
  • go thrifting!
  • turn some of the ideas in my inventions notebook into real prototypes
  • finish my movie before the competition deadline in January
  • raise chickens, for eggs
  • raise goats, for fun
  • raise hell, for eggs and fun
  • actually moisturize the dry places
  • always drive a different route to get places
  • figure out how to speed up this socialist wealth redistribution scheme I keep hearing about

Things I wouldn’t do even if I had all the time in the world:

  • read all the EULAs and TOSs for the sites I visit and apps I use
  • wear makeup
  • dust
  • eat soysauges
  • go to the circle of hell known as the mall

What would you do, or not do, with more time on your hands?

Things I’m Thankful For Today (NHBPM 6)

 

I didn’t like any of today’s suggested prompts, so I’m making my own. You call it “phoning it in,” I call it “being a maverick.” Doesn’t matter. I’m comfortable letting history decide.

Some things I’m thankful for today:

gluten-free flour mixes

real butter

warm socks

poodle sighs

dark coffee

dishwashers

the Bill of Rights

pretty paper

old friends

universal suffrage

electric blankets

 

What are you thankful for this week?

30 Day Photo Phail (#21-30)

Let’s finish with a bang, shall we?

21. After Dark

We arrived at the park before sunset and sat and read. Well, KK read, and I ate Yogli Mogli and played on my ipad. But then it got pretty, and we went home. Good story! I’ll tell it again. We arrived at the park…

22. Hands

KK’s hands, my favorites — and The Poodle’s, too.

23. Sun

A friendly morning sunbeam on the floor we installed ourselves.

24. Peace

Poodle says, “Peace is having your own heating pad. But if you try to take it away, there will be WAR!”

25. Something orange

After seeing my “progress” with the 30-day photo challenge, this will come as no surprise. We just yesterday changed out our silly suburban summer flip-flops flag for something more seasonal.

26. Close-up

This MIGHT be a 5,000X magnification of the period at the end of a sentence! Or, I MIGHT have gotten frustrated with the iphone’s limited up-close abilities and faked it.

27. From a distance

Yeah, it’s cheating, but who among you didn’t think the same thing when you read the prompt?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28. Flowers

My wedding flowers — everlasting, like our love!

29. Black and white

The bowl of dead things on my desk. I thought black and white might make it look less weird, but now it just looks more Addams Family.

30. Self-portrait

On the way to the dog park. There’s a poodle in there, too, but she blends in with the shadows.