Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rip van Winkle time

Good grief. We are finally back in our condo. Remember the great flood of May 2010? That would be the one where our upstairs toilet broke and within minutes all of our flooring was destroyed. Since then we've been living on bare concrete floors with scattered area rugs which get dirty and covered in pet fur in days.

However, we took a week's vacation and during that time arranged for the flooring guys to come in. The dogs went off to a cottage with a friend for her own holiday and the kitties were boarded at my vets - that worked as my older cat had bad teeth and needed five removed so the operation was done during their time there. When we got back I had hoped the floors would be done, but no, it took a further week. That translated into me off to my parents' place with the cats, and TM off to his parents' place with the dog. Not to mention that we had to make the clothes we had packed for a week work for a week extra. Personally I would wear the same thing to work every day and not care, but it's not socially acceptable. I managed only with the help of 'casual Fridays'.

It was weird not having access to anything. Our insurance was great and the guys came in and packed EVERYTHING. However, that meant that anything we hadn't packed for vacation (which was to NYC so we had city appropriate clothes - luckily we weren't vacationing on a beach) was completely inaccessible. We also asked the movers not to unpack the boxes as we want to resort and store any item we don't urgently need. Our place was overly cluttered.*

However, we are finally back in and our floors are stunning. We opted not to replace the laminate downstairs and instead got polished concrete. I love it and it matches the ceilings which are also concrete. The best part though is being able to sleep with TM again and our menagerie. Our happy little household is finally reunited.

*mainly due to the fact that due to my previously untreated depression I was a hoarder, almost like you see on the tv shows.


Susan as Herself said...

Oh, man---so glad to hear things are now fixed and you are back in there. Having been partially flooded (burst pipe above me in 2008) I know the pain... but like you, the repairs afterwards actually left me with a better condo. YAY!

CoffeeDog said...

I know what you mean about having the menagerie back in place. We always miss our animals when we go on vacation!

rox said...

You just yadda yadda yadda'd the fact that you used to be a hoarder?! Holy banana sandwich! I'm glad you're in repair.

What does a polished concrete floor look like? Could you post some pics once you get all settled in? I'd love to see it!

jkg said...

haha. good to hear youre back and new and improved.

Snooze said...

Susan: Silver lining in what was an indoor rain storm. I'm just so grateful we had good insurance

CD: I just love having them all back home and back into our routines.

Rox: Not as bad as the show, more like a shut-in. That doesn't sound much better does it?

jkg: Next time I'm in NYC I'm hunting you down! You've been warned.

Inexplicable DeVice said...

I'm glad everything's finally finished. I'm curious as to the polished concrete, too. I'm imagining a clean, industrial look, softened somewhat with your furnishings and rugs?

eroswings said...

I luv polished, stained concrete! It's my fave kind of flooring! Definitely a plus in hot climates--keeps things nice and cool. Looks great and easy to clean and maintain.

I'm glad you and TM are now back together and have the opportunity to break in the new flooring!

tornwordo said...

I never imagined you as a hoarder, a cat spaz maybe, but not a hoarder.