Friday, May 21, 2010

All over but the boxes.

We got a house. It wasn't a contemporary like I wanted, but it's big, it's in excellent repair, it's in a good neighborhood in an excellent school district, and it's about ten minutes from where the husbeast works. Plus our mortgage is about what we were paying in rent for the (much smaller) house in Charleston. I love the kitchen/dining room, which is important. Not only do I spend a lot of time cooking, but the dining room is the center of our house. On the occasions we entertain, we always offer food. Which means there's someone in the kitchen. Which means everyone wanders out and sits at the dining room table or bar stools and talks to whoever is making food and drinks. It's a lovely, big, pleasant room with a skylight (love the skylight).

Downstairs, there is a room currently set up as a wood shop, off the laundry room. We're already calling it my lair. I intend to re-start the Etsy shop, now that I can have a dedicated dye studio and use real dyes without the worry of poisoning my family's food.

There's enough room in the garage that, with luck, the husbeast will grudgingly give me a couple square feet of space to keep tools so I can build book shelves and stuff. I intend to do the actual work in the drive.

So, we're psyched. Or rather, we're cautiously psyched, because the house inspection is tomorrow. I don't really expect to tun up anything major; the house is only twenty years old, and the husbeast and I have both toured it. One or the other of us would have noticed anything major before now. But I really hope nothing MINOR turns up.

We don't move until July. Long story. But as usual, the husbeast and I are dealing with this in different ways. The husbeast is pacing and ranting like a caged, well, like a caged husbeast, desperate to get the hell out of this apartment.

Me?

I cope a little differently.

...and the husbeast is price shopping "kegerators" - small refrigerators meant for a keg of beer.

Oooooh, this is gonna be interesting. I'll try to be better about documenting the madness. This'll be fun madness, not the stress madness I've been keeping radio silence on.

Kegerators. Good gods.

21 comments:

Barbara said...

Too bad you're so far away. I do believe my son (and last renter of our duplex other half) left a fully functioning kegerator in the basement next door with 2 door taps.

Yay for house! How does the Goob like it?

JelliDonut said...

You're getting your own lair? Your own freaking LAIR?! I am so damn jealous. And so happy for you. Congrats!

Nancy said...

Congrats on the "lair"... I am totally envious of an actual dye kitchen (mine is the guest bath...). Enjoy!

Leonie said...

Congratulations and best Wishes for the inspection tomorrow. Crossing fingers there is nothing worth mentioning!!

Rose Red said...

Congratulations on your (almost) house! What a relief, house-hunting sucks. Kitchen/dining room sounds great - we love our open plan kitchen/diner/lounge room, we spend all our time there pretty much, and it is great for entertaining.

And a lair. How exciting!

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

congratulations! I hope that it's easier coping now that you know where you'll end up. :)

Kathleen said...

Good luck with the inspection, Julie! Happy to hear you've found something that you both like.

Mary Lynn said...

Great news!

If you are into making bookshelves and such you should check out Knock Off Woods.
Anna makes plans for do it yourself furniture including some uber-cute kid's stuff.

Amy Lane said...

WOOOOOOOOT!!!! A house? That you like? and a LAIR? That's awesome! I'm all excited for you and everything! The madness will be... well, madness. It's like labor: it sucks, but, then, gee-- look what you get when you're done!

Roxie said...

Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. Eyes crossed, knees crossed, ankles crossed, arms crossed, - and I gotta tell you, it is damn hard to type like this. Inspections terrify me. I had one go sour over lead paint on the window frames.

Best of luck!!

Michelle said...

Yeah! Now you can start collecting your own power tools. Can you fit a drill press in there?

Louiz said...

congratulations on finding something you both like! hope the inspection goes well.

kate said...

Yay! I hope that inspection goes well!

Emily said...

Oh, wow! Hooray! Hope the inspection goes well...why shouldn't it? This sounds absolutely perfect. I am so thrilled for you!

rach said...

did you know they make kegs of root beer? My kid is having a (root beer) kegger for his first birthday.

congratulations on the house!

NeedleTart said...

Congrats! We live in a house from 1903 and I'm sure there's bunches of lead around here. We just pretend it isn't and leave all the windows open when we (by which I mean "I") strip wood with the heat gun. Good on the Goober not having to deal with the lead. Enjoy your lair. When we were looking a "sewing" room was a requirement.

Anonymous said...

Congrats.

We know you'll be busy but post pictures as soon as possible.

What does the Goob think of all this madness?

Pam

DONNA said...

my son got kegerator and it lead to neighbors with lawn chairs showing up the driveway. Be prepared. My daughter recently move the Pittsburgh. Great city....heaven if you like sports.

Kate said...

A friend of mine bought a Kegerator last summer. He keeps filled with Guinness, in the nice cool basement. I probably don't have to tell you how many parties over there turn into "movie and a beer".

Best. basement addition. EVER.

David said...

Secret Identity-check!
Hidden Lair-check!
Evil Minions?

GrillTech said...

Congrats on the house. Tell the Husbeast to check craigslist for fridges. Kegerators are really easy to build.