First came the pugs - Henry in 1999, then Darwin in 2002. Next came baby Deirdre in 2008, and then my book in 2009. Baby Bernadette followed soon after in 2010, and most recently, the concept of the Pillbags was born in 2011.
And now, it's time to add another to the list...in the form of a whole-house renovation.
That's right - after 6 1/2 years of living in our un-updated 1965 home, it's time to make some changes. We've hired an architect, interviewed a slew of general contractors, and are embarking upon a project that may upset my life more than any of my previous babies combined.
Nonetheless - I am thrilled to begin the process. And a process, it is. Because it's such a big endeavor, I need to make a few declarations:
One - I promise not to turn this into a renovation blog. Oh, you'll hear plenty about the process, but only as it relates to lupus. Okay - who am I kidding? You're going to get all of the gory details...but just because it will keep me honest about how much time I'm spending on sites like houzz.com!
Two - I promise not to let the stress of this renovation interfere with my current state of wellness. That is - "house stuff" (i.e. the desperate search to find the perfect kitchen counter top) must be done between the hours of 9am and 1pm, or again from 4pm to 9pm. Or maybe 9:30pm. Okay, 10pm at the latest.
Three - I promise that the hours between 1 and 4pm will remain sacred, and will only be used for pre-nap or actual nap time. No houzz.com surfing, no meetings with architects, contractors, or kitchen designers. No dashing off to a tile store or appliance center. Nap time shall remain nap time.
Four - I promise not to leave the cleaning out or packing up of all to-be renovated rooms and their contents until the last moment. I know it needs to be done by or about June 1st. I shall not wait until May 15th.
So - there you have it. My proclamations for staying sane while we undergo this whole-house renovation. Let the process begin - I'm armed and ready to stay well!
And just to whet your appetite...here's an example of a kitchen look that I love!!!