Friday, June 09, 2006

Two fingers up!

I love the Lowes. You know how much I love the Lowes.

Well, it's looking like I'm fixin' to give them more of my money than I ever have before.

I really need my pantry.

Like, really, really really need.

I got back from that evil corporate mega-giant SprWal-Mart the other day and discovered, upon opening the trunk of the Evil Genius Mobile and again, upon returning home, that I'm buying things that I already have plenty of (while running out of things that I need - staples like ketchup) because my boxed and tinned food has nowhere to live.

Since I have no storage space, I'll tend to leave items in the car or the van, then I'll mistakenly think that I'm out, then it'll go on the list, then I'll buy more, ... then discover that I had TEN already. Also, since my limited space is in awkward, out-of-the-way places, I'll let things get down to GONE since I can't easily see what I have - or don't have.

And now I'm up to four or five blokes who have seriously perused the exterior wall of my kitchen, measured, stroked their chins, then sprang into their trucks with promises of getting me a quote.

Then they never return. They never call. Hell, it's like dating all over again, except it wasn't a chin that was getting ... eh ... uh, well you follow.

Well, sod it. I'm building the damned thing myself.

Yep, you heard me correctly. I, myself, am going to frame, roof, attach siding, install insulation, build shelves, etc, in a small addition to my home.

AND I'm doing the electrical work myself. AND I'm taking that window out myself.

AND I'm attaching a porch on the other side outside the mudroom door because I'm sick of the rain pouring straight off the roof and onto the doorsill because there's only a six inch overhang.

'Cause I (probably erroneously and foolishly think I) can!

If I was over on my other blog right now I'd say EFF IT! (only, you know, actually say it. A lot.)


So there's that.

The website I was building is finished. Now I'm just awaiting the owner's reaction and hoping that it's not: "What the HELL were you thinking?"

We do still need to go over it and tweak some stuff. Clients have no idea what the site looks like till it's uploaded - it's built sight-unseen (or site-unseen!) - and, as you can imagine, I might not have captured what the client had in mind. It's like doing a portrait using just a description. I ask what you want, what colours you like, what you're into, and then I have to try to collate that into a nice website. It's kind of scary but kind of fun as well!

As soon as we're done I'll give you a peek (with the owner's permission, of course)


So I'm totally grokking this idea of Kateri's (found via Jo over at Leery Polyp) of us needing some sort of blogger symbol ... something to discreetly identify us, one to the other.

I love the idea of it being like gang signs and colours. That way when I finally go mental in the refrigerated dough section of the Wal Mart, an eye witness fellow blogger can be quoted as saying:

"That grrl was a wicked mess! She went foolywang! Bitch was throwin' blog-signs, yo!"

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posted by MrsEvilGenius @ 10:06 pm   9 comments


At 8:11 pm, Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

Oh. My. God. Blue, I LOVE you.

Listen to me, girlfriend; this addition stuff is not for the faint of heart. I'm rounding the year mark for my addition, and I had professionals working on it (well, until my beloved decided that HE'D be the one to do the kitchen. It's a testament to how much I value my marriage that I've not killed the man - or moved out - before now; I've been without adequate means of heat conveyance (i.e. something other than a toaster oven or microwave) since December 22nd).

Now, this is not to say that I'm discouraging you from the job - far from it! I'm cheering you on! I want you to have a pantry because, well, I have one now - in the form of a pull-out cabinet next to the fridge - and I've gotta tell ya, it rocks. Keep me posted on how that all goes.

Oh, and let me know when you work out the blogger-gangsta sign. I TOTALLY want "in" on that, yo.

At 4:51 pm, Blogger macboudica said...

Good luck with the house additions. And when you're done, wanna come over and do mine?

I am totally down with the bloggin' signs, yo, word!

At 6:37 pm, Anonymous Contrary said...

I love you more than Chili does!

I love the site, and am checking it often for those tweaks. It's so exciting! I'm so lame!

So feel free to show it off. I have been. I was waiting to announce it on my own blog until you tell me it's done, done.

Blue Rocks!

At 11:31 pm, Anonymous AeroDog said...

Is Lowes similar to Lowe's, only smaller?

At 5:37 am, Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

LOL, Contrary, and I've been waiting for you to give me a list of "I hates" so I can surripticiously sneak over and change stuff and act like it was that way all along! Hahahahah.

And AeroDog, you wanker, drag your narrow arse down here and help me with this addition or I'll get my flying monkeys on you.


At 4:06 pm, Anonymous VegaVixen said...

AeroDog laughingly says, "It looks like a Lowe's, only smaller!"

Blue, I think you could use a good mechanical engineer on the job with you. At least the little people will have a nice distraction during the project. Work it, girl! ;-)

At 6:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"AND I'm attaching a porch on the other side outside the mudroom door because I'm sick of the rain pouring straight off the roof and onto the doorsill because there's only a six inch overhang."

Ever consider simply adding a section of gutter, downspout, and enclosed barrel to collect water for your animals, for general outdoor cleaning, or for watering the garden that you don't yet have planted?

At 6:13 am, Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

Hmmm ... thank you annonymous, but I already DO have exactly that - a gutter, downspout, and barrel (I collect rainwater in three places for outdoor use) along that very section. Because of the length of the roof and the ferocity of our rain, it surges over the edge of the gutter and straight down.

Why not build a porch to cover the doorway area and retain the gutter system, eh?

And as for the garden, I'm not in Australia, LOL! I'm getting cucumbers and tomatoes right now!

Mmmmmmm ...


At 9:33 am, Anonymous kelly said...

oh, maude, I'm so glad I clicked on your site from Tertia's fantastic blogroll!

You kill me. In that good way.


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