June 6, 2007

The remodel has been underway for a while now, and this week the new living space was framed in (much to Dog’s sorrow; she finds the air compressor to be deeply disturbing). Here’s what things look like today:


Not pictured: the creepy big puddle of muddy water near the foundation that looks exactly like the filled-with-skeletons pool in Poltergeist. Did we build on an ancient Indian burial ground? No one knows.

Soon the truly horrible part of the work will begin, which will involve tearing into our existing kitchen and front entry. Apparently we’ll have the front part of the house sealed off with sheeting, and the plan is to put the fridge and stove . . . somewhere in the living room. It’s not clear where. It is also unclear what sort of dish-washing options we’ll have while the sink is out of commission. I’m thinking that all of our non-recyclable dishes and pots will get pre-rinsed by Dog, then washed in the bathroom sink. Hey, want to come over for dinner? The menu includes dried dog saliva and soap remnants! Mm MM.

This weekend I’m going to clean out the kitchen cabinets in preparation for all this madness, and I guess it’s finally time to get rid of a few of our eight million Rogue Ale-branded pint glasses, and the cheap commemorative wine glasses from the Newport Seafood and Wine festival, and maybe, just maybe, the stash of clean jelly glasses that JB insists on keeping, in case our nation experiences some sort of dire Smucker’s-jar supply crisis.

JB asked if having the kitchen down meant we could order pizza more often (as in, more often than “never”). The great hope I heard wavering in his voice made me suspicious; I’m now thinking it’s possible he engineered this entire project in order to increase the odds that some Canadian-bacon-and-pineapple will be allowed back in the house after months of abstinence. Never underestimate the lengths a man will go to get some pizza.


28 Responses to “For the love of thin crust”

  1. Pete on June 6th, 2007 9:47 am

    What I got during our kitchen work was one of those Stainless Steel Racks on wheels from Costco (about $80). I put the microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and most of the things we would need to ‘survive’ on it. Since it’s on wheels you can move it out of the way when you don’t need it. The best part is after the kitchen is done you have movable storage in the garage. I have a couple of them for my larger power tools. We used a lot of paper plates and plastic stuff and the bathroom sink for the rest. Good Luck.

  2. sundry on June 6th, 2007 9:49 am

    Pete, we actually got one of those racks based on your recommendation! It’s a great idea.

  3. Shu on June 6th, 2007 9:50 am

    Adding to the creepiness: the “ghost” looking out from the window.

  4. Kate on June 6th, 2007 10:01 am

    I would totally undergo a kitchen remodel just to get a regular supply of delicious pizza.

  5. jen on June 6th, 2007 10:04 am

    hey now! those smuckers jars have so many good uses. you can use them for food storage like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or in the garage (is that being demolished though?) for nails, tacks, etc. you just have to put them to good use! ;) you can either recycle glass with your regular recycling or drop it off at a goodwill. they always take that stuff.

  6. Magpie on June 6th, 2007 10:06 am

    My brother’s in-laws used their spare bathroom as a quasi-kitchen during their remodel. We called it the “bitchen.”

  7. Karen on June 6th, 2007 10:29 am

    It looks like it’s starting to come together. At least from the outside. I think it’s going to look great once it’s done!

    As far as your kitchen goes, I’d stick with paper plates or eating at friend’s houses. You can have dinner at mine. I make a great set of peas.

  8. Crystal on June 6th, 2007 10:33 am

    For pizza, I could gladly eat over the dried dog saliva and soap remnants.

  9. gerg69 on June 6th, 2007 10:36 am

    i wondered if you might have already seen this commercial. http://www.fidothefilm.com/ Sort of an extension of Sean of the Dead it looks like….. a zombie named Fido.

  10. Audrey on June 6th, 2007 10:50 am

    One of my coworkers recently remodeled her kitchen and spent many an evening washing dishes (for a family with 4 kids!) in the bath tub. I don’t think she actually did it while bathing (a la Kramer and the salad), but if your bathroom sink is too small to handle some of your dishes and pots, it’s one idea.

  11. Stephanie on June 6th, 2007 11:04 am

    When I moved into my on-campus apartment senior year the summer residents left me quite a pile of food slime covered fridge shelves and baskets. I cleaned those in the tub. But only after I fumigated and wiped away the strangely numerous short and curly hairs all throughout.

  12. Pete on June 6th, 2007 11:09 am

    Sorry about that, forgot I had mentioned it before. Senior moment.

  13. Junniper on June 6th, 2007 11:32 am

    Gasp! I can’t believe you’d get rid of the Seafood & Wine glasses. Those are commemorative. That’s my hometown! Gotta represent!

  14. Keaton on June 6th, 2007 11:42 am

    Well, I would think JB would most likely have just been sneaking it on the side without telling you, and now it’s finally coming to the surface. You ought to keep tabs on him, that’s for sure.

    On a completely unrelated note, you should try and make it to this movie at some point (or at least get the soundtrack): http://www.foxsearchlight.com/once/

  15. Becky on June 6th, 2007 11:42 am

    What is it with men and Jelly glasses…my husband actually brought a BOX of them with him from his childhood when we got married…WTF?

  16. Ang on June 6th, 2007 11:48 am

    Hey–you’re lucky! My husband is like the pizza delievery version of Soup Nazi on Seinfeld — No delivery for you! Ever. It sucks! Can I come stay with you? LOL

  17. Mel on June 6th, 2007 11:53 am

    Paper products are definitely the way to go with your kitchen being remodeled. I’d send you some of mine; we have 1,200 plates ant a couple thousand forks we got from sam’s Club because they were cheaper. You would have thought we invited the entire city of fort Wayne to Ian’s first birthday party. Anyway, good luck!

  18. Josh on June 6th, 2007 1:52 pm

    First off, I’m shocked and horrified at your behavior. How could you deny your kind and loving husband, who you swore to protect and serve (or something like that, I can’t remember how wedding vows go) the god sent joy of pizza! It’s every mans natural born right. I’m very dissapointed in your behavior, I expected more from you Linda. I hope you have to eat it for every meal until your project is finnished. It would serve you right.

    Second, Rogue Beer is the shiz to the nit. I bought some at the store just because it had kick ass skeleton shite on the label (I’m a marketing whore, what can I say) and it turned out to be both tasty and delishious, on top of already being beer, which is awesome to begin with.

  19. DDM(Sonia) on June 6th, 2007 2:17 pm

    I am amazed at how quickly your remodel is moving! Here’s hoping you don’t have to wash dishes in the bathroom for a terribly long time. I too, vote for paper plates and plastic flatware for the duration. We’ve got real dishes in our travel trailer, and DAMN was that dumb on my part. Who wants to do dishes while camping? Apparently, anal-retentive, hell bent on living well while camping ME. I guess the good thing is that when we get our kitchen remodel going, I can both cook and do dishes in the travel trailer. You want we should park it in your driveway for awhile?

  20. Mack on June 6th, 2007 2:43 pm

    How is eating pizza for every meal a punishment? My husband and I do that at least once a week.

  21. AndreAnna on June 6th, 2007 5:14 pm

    I was never the same after that Poltergeist movie. Deep holes in backyards still scare me.

    All you need is a Native American, some peyote, and you’d be good to go.

  22. Tessa on June 6th, 2007 6:29 pm

    Keaton! I am with you on the Once love. The movie is cool, I think, because there’s really no antagonist, and because it’s a romantic movie without any romance. Definitely what independent film should be. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sinking boat song. (Although the name escapes me at the moment…)

    PS, Sundry, I love your happy comments community. What a bunch of non-buttheads you’ve collected!

  23. Lorelei on June 6th, 2007 11:22 pm

    The Rouge glasses must go? That is my 46 year old husband’s ONE COLLECTION in life. And he only has 10. He would have more if I would quit breaking every Eugene City Brewery one he acquires. He will weep to know that a Goodwill in Bellevue has them. Injustice! We are only up in B’ham. Come to think of it, he might think that was worth a drive to the Goodwill, Bellevue. Let’s not tell him about this whole deal. Okay? Thanks!

  24. Eric's Mommy on June 7th, 2007 4:44 am

    I know what you mean about saving useless things! My husband is a PACKRAT he will save anything that we may possibly someday use before we die!

    I secretly throw things away here and there and hmmmmmm he never notices they are gone.

  25. Kaire on June 7th, 2007 7:06 am

    I’d say just put the dishes in the tub and let them be washed when you take a shower …

  26. Jennifer on June 7th, 2007 11:39 am

    My favorite pizza topping is Canadian bacon and pineapple. If that’s JB’s favorite as well, I empathize.

    Inspired by you, I’ve been eating non-fat to get my cholesterol down. But I think a once-monthly couple-slices-of-pizza treat is OK. During your remodel (extenuating circumstances, indeed) maybe once a week. You only have to eat a slice; fill up on salad while JB eats the rest of the pizza. Does Riley like pizza? Maybe just the cheese and crust portion for him?

    I’m looking forward to your photos in the coming weeks. Show us the new living room decor (refrigerator! stove! Pete’s Costco cart!) as well as what will be an ingeniously engineered bathroom/dog-washing/dishwashing setup!

  27. imstell on June 8th, 2007 7:59 am

    I went thru a miscarriage then tubal pregnancy a few years ago, then got pregnant again and after delivering discovered our little boy was blind. When he was 8 months old I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a dark couple of years. Durning that time I was introduced to Amalah. Her writing was so damned FUNNY and I could so relate. I would find myself laughing out loud in my cubicle. Her blog really helped me find my legs again. Thru her site I found your blog… also LOL funny (thank you very much). I’ve really stepped up my blog reading in the last few months. As we all know, one blog leads to another and so on and so on… So much so that I decided to try my hand at it. So just last month I began my own. My husband asks, “who are you writing this to?” How do I explain that it’s to no one, anyone, everyone?

  28. home remodeling fort worth on July 23rd, 2008 11:49 pm

    Pizza..pizza..pizza..cheesy and meaty pizza..the sweetest discovery..yummy..

    You should have not mentioned about the dog saliva and the soap remnants..hehe v(^^)v

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