Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Moving / Home ownership: The perpetual to-do list

The best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry.

I had my entire spring laid out.  I was going to hit the running hard, pull back my work responsibilities slightly, solve world hunger, get back into a regular blogging cycle, and even spend some quality time with my son.  BUT..... then I got a new job.... and then I bought a house..... all while raising a 3 year old. It is like the hat trick of time commitments. 

So, in spite of my best efforts, the running was pulled back, I haven't been writing as much as I would like, and I haven't brewed any beer in like 2 months!  (Now THERE is a tragedy.) Gone was the planned consistency of my running and everything else. Instead time was focused on early meetings and proving to my mortgage lender why a $150 deposit to my savings account 4 months ago wasn't a cocaine deal and instead was just a normal deposit....from a cocaine deal.

My slice of the 30 year crippling debt american dream...
...and a crazy 3 year old

So, what have I been up to?  Mostly to-do lists.  Endless to-do lists. Each night I have a to-do list with anywhere between 6-10 things listed on it. This is actually my 3rd house I've owned, so I have the advantage and the curse of knowing exactly what I am getting myself into. 

In my 32 years, I've learned a few things.  Life is too short for bad coffee, bad wine (not to be confused with cheap wine which flows like the straits of gibraltar), and bland colors. As such, I had the house painted (oh, also: life is too short to slave away for weeks painting an entire house on your own) half a dozen different colors. They are shades of colors that I had painted before, but really brighten up the place while at the same time making it feel warm. 

Red in the kitchen

Green in my son's room

Dark brown both in the formal dining as well as the master bedroom

For nearly a week, I did nothing but pack and keep my son alive through regular feedings and reminders of "don't put that in there". The nice thing is that I don't have a lot of "stuff" so I could throw things into boxes somewhat haphazardly and hope for the best.

"Throw shit into boxes" also known as"The Adam Method of Packing"

After a week (which really means like 3 days) of packing and taking individual car loads of fragile stuff (wine, mostly) to the new house, a buddy Jeff and I moved everything else in 4 hours.  Well, I moved everything in 4 hours. Jeff headed out after 2.5 to get his nails done or something.

What followed was the normal ebb and flow of unpacking.  You start out with a bunch of boxes, have a beer or two while you think about where to put the boxes, unpack them into the center of the room, decide that you have wayyyyy too much crap, put that crap away (read: under the bed), and then unload even MORE boxes so that it is messier than it was when you started. 

Okay, so maybe that throw into boxes packing stuff backfired....

Okay, starting to make some progress

Damn it. More clutter. Seriously, WHERE do the boxes keep coming from!?

Welp, looks like unpacking is done!

Unfortunately, when the unpacking is done I had all of the normal “shake out the old people smell” items on my todo list.  I needed to hang the sex swing replace batteries in the EIGHT smoke detectors, refill my “glaucoma prescription” to test the smoke detectors, hang paintings, replace some lights, etc etc etc.  The list really goes on and on.

TWENTY dollars worth of batteries. TWENTY

You can take the boy out of the farm, but can't take the farm out of the boy

Home Depot.  My new home

My little handy helper

New overhead lights

Fortunately though, I do allow myself time to relax now and again.  I finally feel like I have enough stuff done that I can get back to a normal routine. I’m running with regular frequency, I actually watched a TV show last night, and…. Well, I’m writing this blog post, aren’t I?!?

Late, quite nights. Second only to early quiet mornings.

My view as I type this


Chad Chisholm said...

Looking good, Adam!

Pat said...

You picked a fine home. I like that it's right between two canals and you can do a nice run up one and down the other for a nine miler.

Jamoosh said...

Let me be the first to say I am disappointed you did not take a stab at solving world hunger. Also, what color is my guest bedroom?

Deb said...

Adam, Congrats on your new home, love that you are not afraid of color, looks good!

I know you don't really know me, actually not sure I have ever posted but once or twice before, but just wanted to say I do enjoy your blog (when you post!! :) )

Will wave as we pass thru Phoenix on Sunday, headed to see family in Yuma from Colorado. Come on SUNSHINE and WARMTH!

Anyway, you are doing great, keep at it!

Kate Geisen said...

Congratulations on the new place! I have a red kitchen...well, a red wall in the kitchen, so I'm a fan of your colors. Smart move on having it done.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Looks good! Post more pics when you've unpacked and settled in. Hope your son is settling in weel - by the looks of it, he is. :)

Sean - Team HRE said...

I love you secret spot on top of the fridge! Ours looks the same - keeps "stuff" away from the kids!

Pam said...

The house is beautiful! Love the red kitchen.

Michaela said...

Looks fantastic! Congrats again on the new place. I fantasize about having a house of my own one day. The only problem: I have no idea where I want to live!

Krista Sadlers said...

Love that the wine was a top priority!!

eliz said...

I love all the colors!!