The third Saturday without a kitchen. The third Saturday of waking up before 7am.
We had a lot on the agenda today and needed to start early. I had scheduled a zipcar for 7:30am to haul the demolition trash (counters, pipes) to the Fort Totten Transfer Station. So, by 8am we were loading up the Honda Element and heading out on the road. If you haven't been to the Fort Totten trash station, it is nothing to fear -- other than the smell. As far as I can tell, it doesn't have an address so you need to follow the dc.gov directions. Someone will great you prior to the entrance to ask what you have and check your DC driver's license. After that, you head to the proper place, throw your trash in the correct bin and you're on your way. While I heard you can wait a while in line, we went early and there was one in front of us.
I headed back to the house and dropped Dan off so he could meet the granite people who were coming to measure. Then, I headed to IKEA for the Seize the Day sale. Because, the china cabinets I wanted were 50% off!! I figured I would head their early and it wouldn't be a problem. I was wrong! Very, very wrong. There were tickets, lines, crowds, mania! The store opened at 10am and by 10:20am I was loading my two cabinets into the car. Thankfully only one other person was near the cabinets I wanted because there were only 8 or so in stock. I was happy to get them at such a great price! They don't seem to be on the website anymore, so it looks as though they might be discontinued. Since they were the only cabinet I found to fit the space I needed, this was a lucky break.
Back at the house I unloaded the cabinets and hopped back into the car to head to Home Depot, thinking the whole time I have no desire to be at a hardware store or IKEA again anytime soon. I got what I needed and headed home again to put a cabinet together. Two hours later. . . one cabinet was done. . .and so was I. At least for that day.
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