Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The rest of the weekend was spent eating more, and drinking too much. It was great and made me miss living in NYC a lot. Despite the small apartments and dirty subway, the fact is that NYC is a lot cooler than DC. Or maybe anywhere for that matter. It's not like I am rushing back to live there - but I do love to visit.
After too many hours in the car and managing a head that felt like it was in a vice, we finally arrived back home and walked into a yard of wilted plants and a house of new visitors. First, there were ants in the kitchen. This happens every spring/summer and I cannot wait to rip out the kitchen and solve this problem once and for all. Next, a daddy long leg spider made my bathroom sink his home. Lovely. It was like there were coming at us from all angles.
**photo from "A Bug's Life"
One of the many great qualities of my cats is they are great hunters. Fly in the house? They will chase it for hours until it becomes an afternoon snack. Once, in the NYC apartment, the tackled and killed a cockroach. It made me so proud. But, ants? They could give a shit. Maybe they're too small or just not fast enough. No thrill is smashing down your paw and getting 10 at once I suppose.
Despite the lack of enthusiastic hunters, I hope these little bastards know their days are numbered!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
After whining about my sore arse, and reading the hook packaging which clearly stated "no matter what, will not hold over 35 pounds". I headed to Home Depot to get some industrial hooks. I came home with a 2000lb. weight limit carbiner and some sort of load hook. They too stated "do not use for supporting human weight". Whatever. So far, it works...
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Demo of kitchen ($1200)
Removal of appliances ($120)
Separate price just to haul away cabinets ($280)
Assemble and install cabinets ($990 - 10 cabinets at $99 each)
Just install cabinets - you assemble ($690 - 10 cabinets at $69 each)
Install 6 side panels ($150 - $25 a piece)
move 2 electrical outlets ($400)
Run new electrical from panel for microwave ($335)
Patch drywall from electrical work ($210)
Move sink location ($480)
Install crown molding ($163)
Tile backsplash ($515)
Install appliances ($500)
So, looks like we are in for about $3500 worth of labor costs for the kitchen. Which, is not too terrible, but it does still seem like an awful lot of money. I suppose it's also because of the times. With the buzz word 'recession' filling the air and every magazine and news story talking about how to save money by like, making your own laundry detergent and stuff, it just seems like a lot of money to spend right now. I'm sure I'll get over it the minute it's all done.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
It will be nice when all the projects are over, but there are somethings I will miss about it. A few years to recharge and I think we'll be ready for a new project . . .
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I have no memory of when it started. I just always remember being called "Ben". It faded slightly during the high school years and has come back in full form as I grow older. I'm about to turn 29 and I still carry a nickname from when I was a little girl. So, where did it come from? When I was little I loved Peter Rabbit (yup, from Beatrix Potter) and since I wanted to be Peter's best friend, well I guess my folks just started calling me Benjamin Bunny (his cousin) which turned into "Ben". And, it stuck.
I know, it's a little odd. Glad we cleared things up though.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I'll keep you posted. . .
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I'm keeping the soapstone in mind for when I have a kitchen with beautiful handcrafted cabinets in a house I plan on staying for a very long time.
For now, I'm thinking that the black granite is gonna work just great.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Interested in what IKEA charges for their services? I've made a quick list for reference (this is based on the College Park, MD prices):
- Basic cabinet install: $99/per cabinet (but, if you assemble them, it's $69/cabinet)
- Assembly only: $30/cabinet
- Planning Service (they design it for you): $150
- Measurement service: $75
- Countertop installation: $25 per linear foot (this includes 2 cut outs)
- Environmentally friendly appliance removal: $40 per appliance
- Appliance install for 4 appliances: $500
- Install sinks and connecting water supply: $250
- Delivery service: $79 for the first 20 items, $10 for each additional 10 items (one appliance = five items)
What do you think?