Yet another tedious, time-sucking, carpal-tunnel-inducing task marked off the list!! Tuesday night I finished ALL the sanding in the dining room. By the time I finished, I looked like Pig Pen, replete with my own dust cloud that followed me around from room to room, despite my best efforts to hermetically seal the project off with plastic and painter’s tape.
Last night Rush started the clean up, which is proving to be another epic project all of its own! Since I’ve been sanding for the past few weeks, we decided not to bother vacuuming or dusting the house. Thus, critter hair, my dining-room sanding dust, garden-variety household dust and a bit of drywall dust (Rush recently sanded a patch of drywall mud in the half bath where he’s been working.) have blanketed every surface in the house. Ick!! Remember the TV show Alf? Our house now resembles what I always imagined Melmac might look like—an odd landscape of fur and dust atop general disorder.
This begs the question: Is it better to live on or off site when you’re in the middle of a DIY project?
On the one hand, we have a sea of tools on our den floor; I have to re-hang the mirror and shove construction materials out of the way every morning to get ready for work; two-thirds of our belongings remain boxed up for their own protection; and the belongings we do have out braving the front lines are in complete disarray.
But on the other hand, the project is right at our fingertips for us to work on whenever we want. No commute. The other night we had dinner, Rush mowed the lawn, we ran some errands and I started sanding at around 8:00. I finished at 9:30, jumped in the shower and fell in bed. That would NEVER have happened if we lived off site.
I do sometimes miss the days, however, when we used to work hard on the house and then went home to a construction-free zone. Maybe when this dining room is cleaned up and put back together, the remaining projects will be a little less chaotic … oh, wait … we still have wall and ceiling damage in the kitchen to contend with. More dust. More chaos. Oh joy.
Well, maybe after THAT repair our house will be a bit more like home and a little less Melmacian.
Date: March 10, 2011