So let’s rewind a little bit and update on what happened (or didn’t) over the past few weeks.
The biggest debacle turned out to be the bathroom (no, it’s still not finished).
As we ran out of money to pay a handyman friend, we had no choice but to finish it ourselves and embarked on a romantic day of grouting.
Unfortunately, there was a lot of shit (I’m told the technical term is ‘adhesive’ or ‘mortar’) to scrape off first.
Two hours later (yes 2 – less said about this the better), we were finally ready to grout.
Now, I have since learned that grouting while pregnant is possibly one of the worst things you can do. The instructions said to keep away from children, but that didn’t compute in my brain into keeping it away from unborn children. Yikes. I didn’t even wear a mask as it doesn’t smell toxic, or like anything really. My friend told me her grout said it was only harmful to unborn children in California, so I’m hoping that means a fetus in Nova Scotia will be ok…
So yes, in a nutshell, the bathroom renovation has turned into a gong show with all sorts of frustrating, fetus-harming, and upsetting repercussions. And we had no choice but to move in without it finished.
Luckily Sam was able to get the toilet in just before the big move,
with only one minor flooding crisis. Impressive. So we had a toilet, but no working sink or shower. Which also meant that we weren’t able to re-tile or put new floor in the downstairs bathroom as we were still showering down there until the day before our tenants moved in.
But such is the fun of renovating. Or so I’m told.
With only one weekend remaining before our tenants were moving in and Sam working almost every single day and night (someone has to pay for mom and baby’s growing addiction to KFC chicken burgers), we had one free Saturday to move so we put the call out to all our amazing friends.
Were we ready? Hell no. Were we even remotely packed and organized? Don’t be ridiculous.
Our idea was that a handful of friends would sporadically show up, help move the large items of furniture, and then we would, somewhat leisurely, bring up the rest in a civilized manner over the course of the week. Our friends, on the other hand, had very different ideas. Arriving in droves starting at 9am they were like a military operation on steroids. Random containers were used to ferry everything from books to that embarrassing crap you find lurking in drawers but can’t throw out, emptied upstairs and then filled again.
Unbelievable, wonderful, total chaos. Everything got moved. EVERYTHING.
And so – boom, we were moved. We had no shower, no stove, no bathroom sink, no door on the bathroom, and no idea where any of our belongings had ended up. But it was done.
Never underestimate the power of a keg of beer.