January 7, 2012

Definitely going all in...

So 2012 has exploded out of the blocks around here. Going all in, indeed.

I debuted with the Globe and Mail yesterday, which was actually my birthday. I decided this was a good omen. If I'd decided it was a bad omen, I'd never have gotten out of bed.

And I had to get out of bed, because I have two men ripping apart my basement. They started January 2nd. Renos and repairs I have delayed, well, forever, are finally going forward. Lots of conversations that end with me saying "oh yeah, I remember when Dad screwed that up..."

The upside to living where I was born is that I know this house inside out. The downside is that understanding that well the scope of what's wrong with your home can be overwhelming. I've spent 15 years patching what leaks, hammering what's loose, and oiling what squeaks. 2012 is the end of that.

I've been doing the courtesy dance with my reno gentlemen. They're awesome, and I want to be a good host/client. I put a pot of coffee on each morning. I don't drink coffee, but I make sure it's there. Kevin is dutifully drinking my coffee. Steve is not. Today, I bought cookies, thinking maybe I can bribe him on Monday.

I was speechifying on Thursday morning, so I left the boys snoring soundly, a pot of coffee all brewed, and a note for Kevin and Steve to help themselves. They stopped at Timmies on the way over. Today, I bought a different kind of coffee.

The work here is probably going to take at least a couple of months. I think Steve better start appreciating my coffee.


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

OK, read the going all in column. Don't remember seeing that one anywhere. Must have been a Spec job. Read your first G&M column. Good debut, sort of sets the tone; for the personal side of your plate anyway. Well played, Miss. And happy birthday.

January 07, 2012 7:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Happy Birthday!!! I was at Spencer's on the Waterfront for lunch today. If I'd known it was your birthday I'd have invited you along.

If these guys do a good job and learn to appreciate your coffee I'd like to get their number. We need some work done around here. I'm not as rich as you, so it won't be as extensive. Probably not as cute either. Huh... this might not work out after all.

January 07, 2012 7:47 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

I can't even afford to park there.

Happy Belated L.

January 08, 2012 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lorraine,
My mother was at your 'speechifying ' on Thursday. She called me before she left to say she was going to 'that woman you traded plants with awhile back' and wanted to know if you would remember me. I told her that my name probably wouldn't get her anywhere, but mention the bleeding hearts and there might be a chance!
She loved your talk, said you were just great to listen to.
Now I may just have to be careful what I'm writing in here.......she may be lurking!
Happy Birthday & Happy New Year and Congratulations on the new gig!

My word is 'plarmaa' - what goes around comes around, but this one sounds like its in a bad way

January 10, 2012 12:35 PM  

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