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I can see the light...

Posted by Terri |

Renovating is such an up and down experience. It's so exciting at the beginning, before you realize it will take over your life and create such a mess. We're almost done all the insulating, which in my opinion, is the worst part of it. I can handle the mess, the lack of floors or walls, the lack of an extra bathroom with teenagers. I can handle all of that. Insulation is so itchy and messy, it gets in your lungs even when you're wearing a mask. And now we're almost done!! Hallelujah! In the last few weeks, we've gotten:

one wall dry walled and a bit of the other... 


the fireplace installed and working (no surround built yet)



the french doors installed - which after 4 months of not having a door, just a giant space for one, taking the chance that someone could just walk in if they wanted to....let's just say I sleep a lot heavier now.



the wall and ceiling for the bathroom framed and that horrid double wall fully insulated



I found a great priced shower to purchase that checked off both of our wish list for showers - rainshower and handheld - and the plumbing is hooked up for the shower. The plumber looked just like Mason from Dead like Me.



I found and purchased pendant lights on sale, one for each side of the sink


Now that so much of the picky stuff is done, we're almost at the fun parts!! Put up the siding. Drywall, prime and paint. Put up the tongue and groove ceiling. Lay the heated floor in the bathroom. Tile the bathroom and install the fixtures. Put in hardwood flooring. Put up moldings around windows, door and bottom of walls and then voila! done. Sounds so easy.

There was a lot of complaining from the Man that I was always trying to get out of doing stuff. I freely admit that I was. It was things that I wasn't the great at doing and if I attempted to do it, he complained and picked at what I did. So, yeah, I did get out of as much as I could - but I made sure he had a meal every night, that there was a path to areas in the house and the sheets got changed when they were too picky with insulation.

We were reading about Myer Briggs personality profiles. He's an INTJ and this is what it says about him, it totally goes over into the way he works on this reno:

"INTJs are ambitious, self-confident, deliberate, long-range thinkers. They dislike messiness and inefficiency, and anything that is muddled or unclear. They value clarity and efficiency, and will put enormous amounts of energy and time into consolidating their insights into structured patterns."

and then there's me...

"In the workplace, the INFJ usually shows up in areas where they can be creative and somewhat independent. They have a natural affinity for art, and many excel in the sciences, where they make use of their intuition. INFJs can also be found in service-oriented professions. They are not good at dealing with minutia or very detailed tasks. The INFJ will either avoid such things, or else go to the other extreme and become enveloped in the details to the extent that they can no longer see the big picture. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not. " 

 I haven't gone over to the dark side, it's my personality to avoid very detailed tasks! And all of those upcoming projects are creative...

I have to say that my Man is the hardest worker in the world. He would work all day and come home to work on the back till 12 or 1 to finish something off. He is such a champ. It should get a little easier for him now. I love the upcoming projects and plan on being in there like a wet shirt.

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