This year for my birthday I asked for a day to work on my house without my kids in it. It is a huge hassle and time suck to be constantly unplugging and locking, then plugging in and unlocking the saw every time I cut something plus! pulling the nail gun off the compressor, then hooking it back on and re-calibrating the pressure every time I nail something. Things go so much faster when I can just leave all my dangerous tools out without visions of someday losing custody of my one-eyed, fingerless children for negligence.
Beyond which, I make a lot fewer mistakes on angle cuts without Peppers giving a full voice narration of the events of his Fruit Ninja game and demanding acknowledgements that I’m listening. I need to be able to hear myself think!
Kent said my request was rude.
Me: Is it about what I want for my birthday, or what you want for your birthday, or what you want me to want for my birthday?
This is where the golden rule doesn’t quite work because for Kent’s birthday, he wants to hang out with the whole family and spend time with his kids. I get it. But, honestly, I spend time with my kids every day. And I love it (often). And for my special day, I want to do my favorite thing: get crap done. Oh how I love productivity.
I can understand how it might seem that I’m chosing to spend my special day with the miter saw instead of my family, but it’s not like we didn’t go to a gala concert the night before as a couple…
and do a special McGriddle with a sparkler in it that morning and open presents and have cake.
I feel super celebrated! And I want to work on my house. Incidentally, about six of the women at my birthday dinner said they too have asked for the same thing (a day off or, in one case, a week off of mom-duty) for either Mother’s Day or their birthday, so I’m not alone.
To his continued credit, Mr. Kemeny did take the kids out for most of the day and only griped about it passive aggressively a very little bit. Thanks, hon!
So here is what I have gotten done.
I had to cut out some of the baseboards, the lips of some window sills, a shelf edge, and the trim on the pony wall with my new Multi-tool oscillating saw. Very loud. Very cool.
Then I started cladding the pillars and fireplace wall with lumber cut to my exact specifications and much of it mitered for nice clean corners on the pillars at Tart Lumber’s millshop.
Then I started cutting the cove moldings which look so nice. Everything will eventually have 2-piece crown and an architrave on the pillars and fireplace backer which will make more sense of it.
Ever since we put the TV up, I have been bugging Kent to straighten it, and now the misalignment of the TV is just about killing me. Please note, this is a first draft. It is missing a lot of trim on the top piece, and everything will be filled, caulked and painted.
This is the most ambitious of all my home improvement projects to date. It will take the longest and save me the most money as well. It will also drive me the craziest, be the most noticable improvement in the house, and probably bring me the most satisfaction when it’s completed. I have only just begun, but already I have given myself a horrible pain in the back last night from the way I was carrying the air compressor for the nail gun around. I need to be careful so I can make it through this whole thing!
The trick is, I basically can’t work on it T/W/Th because of my other commitments, so it’s going to sit half the week, then get worked on, then sit. But we’re in it now. No turning back.
Thanks, Kent for an awesome birthday weekend, and to Angela and everyone who came to the birthday dinner. This was one of my favorite birthdays ever!