I always think I'm going to be the exception to the rule. I'm not sure where this belief came from, because I'm pretty much the most average human that exists. A basic bitch, if you will. So when everyone told me that house renovation always takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you expect, I didn't believe them. Sure, that happens to everyone, but it won't to me. Oh, how naive I once was. Note to self: you are not the exception to the rule. Evidence: all situations ever.
So here we are, a little more than a month on from moving in and things are still pretty much chaos. I thought we might have a new kitchen within 3 weeks of the builder starting, but we're going on 5 weeks now and nary a cabinet is in sight. Our sweet friends have been feeding us and letting us use their washing machines, which has been a life saver. If there is anything I have learnt from this, it's that having a tribe is necessary in life and that I could not be more grateful for ours. Other than that, we've been eating takeaways and a whole lot of slow-cooked food, and washing up in the bath. Tuna has been most put out by the whole process. And, for all my complaining, I'm actually bored of talking about the kitchen now.
I know it won't be much longer, so I can hardly complain really. Once the shiny new kitchen is in and I'm rolling out pastry on the island, or proving bread in the proving drawer, or pulling a chilled bottle of wine out of the wine fridge (yep, you heard right) then I will be full of joy. But the kitchen is not the only problem. We only have one decorated and unpacked room in the house, and whilst the downstairs is in such disarray, I am loathe to set to and start painting and sanding and generally making a mess in the other rooms. So everything is on hold - although this weekend may see the end of all that. We have guests coming up in less than a month, and I am determined that everything should be presentable by then.
So for now, my news is that there is not much news. I hope that by this time next month I will have much more to share - pretty pictures and finished rooms and the beginnings of a home. For now we have a house, that is covered in dust and plaster. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?