As you can probably tell, real life has taken its toll on me lately. Thought it might be a good idea to simply summarize my life of the past month. No deep thoughts here, really. Just a good old fashioned catch-up post.
So, since school ended for me in early May, here are a few things I have done:
1. Loaded up my car a few thousand times. Bringing girls home from college, even if it is only a few blocks, is exhausting. Plus, purchasing furniture for our newest "project" means loading up my van a LOT (see explanation below).
2. Had visitors three of the past four weekends.
3. On that one weekend, drove 1,800 miles to squeeze this cutie pie and to introduce my girls to their new cousin.
A couple of pieces of the original Twin Towers.
And the name of every person who was killed that day are listed on the wall.
Moving on . . .
4. Had a fantastic visit from my sister, Jenn, last week. Woot! (She really doesn't get up here enough.)
(And I can't believe I didn't get a single picture of her!)
5. Took possession of our latest "project."
6. Cried over said project.
7. Felt sick about said project.
8. Dug in and started to work on said project.
9. Started feeling a wee bit better about said project.
10. Celebrated 28 years of marriage.
What I have not done much of over the past month:
Now, about that "project." Oh my. Where to begin?
Last November, B and I purchased a townhouse which is really close to campus and will be used to house college students. Specifically, OUR college students, among others.
When we bought it, we knew it needed some cosmetic repairs, but not until our current tenants moved out two weeks ago and we actually took possession of the property did we actually see the extent of work that needs to be done.
Everything was covered with about a quarter inch of filth. And I do mean everything. (You might want to look away if you're squeemish.)
The day I got the keys, Julia and I walked around the place for a little bit, and then I went home and had a mini-breakdown. Or a big breakdown.
Friends, we have an Extreme Makeover situation on our hands.
Every square inch of this place needs cleaning or repair or . . . something. It's horrendous. I wouldn't let my girls live there right now, so my task this summer is to bring this place up to Wildman standards.
So here's the deal. I'm going to be over there most of the summer. I'll be painting the place from top to bottom (I'm on a very limited budget, so I'll be doing most of the work myself). I'll be scouting estate sales for furniture (we're going to furnish the place). I'll be schlepping supplies and furniture and paint back and forth all summer.
My van will be getting a workout, even if I'm not.
What I think I might do is post pictures once a week with the progress we've made. Are you interested? At all?
What else might you want to know about cleaning up and restoring a rental property? I'm probably needing the answers to those questions myself, so feel free to ask.
So here we go: The Great Townhouse Project of 2013. Grab a paintbrush and come on over!