Monday, April 18, 2011

It Isn't Nesting... It's Panicking

When Ray and I bought our house, I told him I wanted us to have all the remodeling done within 2 years.  I wanted to be able to enjoy our house... not always be working on it.  Fortunately our baby is due exactly on the 2 year anniversary of when we signed on the house, making the desire to meet the goal even more... desirable.

We've only got the basement left with the first item on the agenda being replacing the ceiling.  The old ceiling was a suspension ceiling with really old ceiling tiles.  The kind of tiles found in old schools with pencils and spit wads dangling from them.  It also had fluorescent lighting, so it really looked like an old school's ceiling.  We debated on what to do with the ceiling (sheetrock it, refinish and paint it, put in a newer suspension ceiling) and putting in a newer suspension ceiling won out.  Theoretically that sounds easy, and it would have been if our house was perfectly square... but like every other house on earth, it isn't.

To make a long and boring story short, today I worked like the devil and got a huge chunk of it done.  I'm shamelessly proud of myself.

Why I'm so shamelessly proud:
1.  Dusted off the 9th grade geometry skills
2.  Stopped only once for 15 minutes to eat an orange and peanut butter/jelly sandwich
3.  Did serious manual labor and have blue, bruised knees to prove it
4.  Ingeniously figured out how to do all this with only 2 hands.
5.  Didn't stop working until 8:30pm
6.  Swore only once
7.  Did it.  I did something I've never done before and I did it well

Since I was working on it alone, I didn't have anyone to take pictures of me.  But that's okay, I figured out how to use the timer on my camera... like I said "shamelessly proud of myself."

Ceiling and suspension grid partially completed

Tiles still needing to be put up... except now most of those boxes are empty

The corner where I collect my tools

First crack at using the camera timer

Second crack... I got a kick out of the perspective in this shot.  It looks like I'm Gandalf in Bilbo's hobbit hole

Third crack... sporting a plumber's crack if my shirt weren't tucked in

Using the little saw to cut through tiles... not sure my pants are even still on.
Once the basement is finished, this patio is the next project

After inhaling the sawdust, ceiling tile powder, dust, and cobwebs for half the day,
I finally put on 1 of the 1,000 bird flu masks the home's previous owner left for us in the furnace room.
I guess I'm starting to get paranoid because I actually worried I might get Hantavirus
or someday find out I have mesothelioma.

It looks much more impressive in person


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh Cali! You are a wonder. Your perspective on things and your attention to detail makes me laugh (I don't believe I'd have ever noticed your sagging pants without you mentioning them).

I'm shamelessly proud of you for taking on such a project. It looks great. You're so much like your dad: if you want something done, you read up on how to do it and then tackle it.

Tell Ray the can lighting looks great. How did he learn to do that kind of stuff? Did he just read up on it, too? You guys are one impressive team.

Susan said...

I agree with Jane, one impressive team.

p.s. my word verification word is ablecom. I think that describes you perfectly!

Ty said...

Cali! Thanks for posting. You ceiling looks great. I can't wait to come see it in person as I am sure it is much more impressive. Your posts are always so funny. Please keep them coming.

Ande Payne said...

I'm very impressed! It looks great. And I got a kick out of your self-portraits.

Ryan and Haley Krumblis said...

I too am proud of you, but I am more excited about your pants falling off, I do believe that MADE the picture :) Love you!

Cassidy said...

It looks pretty impressive in a picture! WOW.
Mad props girl, mad props.
Way to go. And you're PREGNANT doing it.
You should be proud.

Nicole said...

Way to go Cali! Yet another thing to add to your resume! I just "learned" how to do this on the DIY channel this week! It looks great!

Donna Chapin said...

I am so impressed with your remodeling skills. And to use your camera timer to boot. I am so impressed with all of your many hidden talents.
Can I invite myself to see all your projects?

Michelle said...

Great job Cali! I must say I'm very impressed. If you ask my dad, he'd tell you the sagging pants helps you with projects like that. At least that's what he does every time he fixes the toilet.... um ANYways, can't wait to see it!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I think your'e amazing at remodeling.........I spotted the plumber's crack immediately.....and you do look like dad

melanie said...

The Gandolf reference was the best. I love how shamelessly proud you should be!! besides mentioning the sagging pants, you should have mentioned the baby human in your belly. Now that's a feat, finishing that ceiling pregnant and alone with no tears. Amazing.

You guys are a great team. With a gorgeous home!

Staffieri Family said...

Um, I'm pretty impressed! Even more impressed than I was last night when you were telling me about it. And even more impressed that you managed to keep your pants on even while you are 7 mos pregnant! way to go momma!

Rachel said...

I just love your ambition! Where can I get some of that? You would pass out if you saw the bad paint job in my bedroom and bathroom that the previous tenant slapped on. One of these days I'll repaint...maybe.

Lynn said...

Pretty dang impressive.

Kendra said...


You must have been in advanced geometry because I guar-an-tee that my 9th grade geometry skills would not result in such awesomeness. So very cool! Kendra

Deidra said...

I'm so glad you stopped by and said hello! (And bless that NJP for sending you my way.) I've been reading your blog for a while but never took the time to comment.

I can't believe you tackled that while pregnant. Impressive. And you hide that baby belly quite well!