Week 48 – Racing to beat the end of the World!

There was a moment this week, when this whole COVID-19 thing flipped a switch in my brain from “This is kind of interesting. I wonder how this is going to go down!” to “OH SHIT! This is bad. This is going to ruin everything!”

And once I got through processing how many people could get sick, and how many people could die, and what the rest of the school year might look like, and how many AirBnb cancellations we were going to have, I looked at Josh poised to say that pesky little ten word phrase that I’ve rationed so carefully through this project. But he cut me off: Kate! You can’t say that a PANDEMIC is the reason you never wanted to build a house! You can’t even say that a pandemic was on your radar screen.

That’s fair! It was not.

Will it slow us down again…maybe. Mother Nature ran out of weather delays after 2019, so why not throw in a global health crisis?

So after losing my head for a moment, I switched into my hyper-vigilant planner mode and announced that we needed to go to Home Depot immediately to buy all our paint so that if we got quarantined we could still move between houses to make progress!

This new found urgency also insured that I couldn’t and wouldn’t deliberate endlessly over color choices, as we were on the clock…and didn’t know how much time that clock had on it!

So armed with the 20 paint chips I’ve collected in the past 9 months, off to Home Depot we went, where I promptly picked 5 new paint chips from the rack and designed the color scheme of the house. (Ok…promptly in a generous adverb…but it could have taken much longer had I not been paranoid social distancing and all that!)

If you look for the color blocks with the pen scribbles in them, those are the ones we picked for various places. Working left to right: upstairs bedrooms, hallways/entryway/stairwell, living room, dining room, our bedroom and bathroom. The only paint we didn’t pick was the guest bathrooms so that we could wait to match to the tile.

Of course, the reason we’re really able to talk about paint at all is because while conditions out in the world rapidly deteriorated this week, conditions inside the house dramatically improved!

It’s amazing how different it feels in the house with the walls closed up! I LOVE it. And while some spaces seems smaller with clearly defined edges, others felt really open and gave us a really good sense of how things were all going to come together in there.

All things willing, the mud/tape crew will still be able to come this week to finish the drywall job, and then the project will be turned back over to us to begin all the finish work! Fortunately, we can “shelter in place” if need be between our two homes without exposing ourselves or anyone else to anything while we work!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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