Monday, December 1, 2008

Panic at the Disco

I need to have a kitchen sink before my party on the 14th.
I need to have countertops before I can install a sink.
My dratted countertops are a custom order, not off the shelf, so I can't just pick them up, slap them down, and be done with it this coming weekend. As it is, the scheduled install is the 12th.
In order for the countertop order to be finalized, they have to measure.
They want all the countertops in place and level and secured before measuring.
In order for the final cabinet to be set in place, I need to rebuild the pony wall.
Um. That won't happen by tomorrow noon, when measurement guy shows up.


Here's hoping that he can measure based on what I have got in place and apply standard countertop making allowances to get everything right. I think I've got it set up in a way that they can tweak it or leave some fudge space for the final day and still be alright.

So. I forced the date to come over and help figure stuff out even though he'd had a bad day. I'm more decisive if I can talk things over with people. And he was working or camping this weekend and didn't come over when it wouldn't have been panic inducing. Plus, he's a morning person and I haven't had enough sleep so I hope the decisions we made today (move the pony wall out the width of a 2x4, aka 3.5") are sound. They feel right, though, and I take that as a good sign.

Now to stop spinning so I can sleep. I'll try not to think about the "full wrap ogee" edge vs the "double roundover" edge. I think I want the ogee - it looks good on stone but I'm getting laminate and that might look a tad queer - as the roundover is more boring but still tolerable. Both wrap the laminate to the underside of the counter. I hate rough edges under my counter that absorb water. Dumb, dumb, dumb. On the other hand, I was worried that they don't sell the color I want, but it turns out they're out of swatches because it's one of the most popular colors, not because it's discontinued, so it's not a super-special order. Then, do I want a 12", 13" or 15" bar width? I'm thinking 13, but don't want to do something so weird it'll delay my order when I can live without that for the time being.

Contingency plans for countertops failing to materialize next friday: (1) buy off the shelf counters for about $50 and install them temporarily, (2) see if another friend can host. I think I'll call her about the backup hosting just in case, but - fingers crossed - it looks like the counters will go in on friday. Assuming I rebuild the pony wall, move the electric, remove the tile edges out from under 3 legs from 2 cabinets so I can get the level set, and install the pantry in the next 10 days. Which I can, but dang. It means I have to be done with things and that's not really my forte. If I can't get the sink (and dishwasher) hooked up and leak free, the plumbers can come on saturday. In the meantime, I have to start stashing or trashing all my stuff that's just laying about everywhere I turn. Driving me crazy. And I don't need more of that.

If you don't get your christmas card before St. Patty's day, this is why. I might get the patio lights up by then too.


gail said...

YIKES!!!!! I'm in a panic just reading about your panic.

My advise --- get an economy sized bottle of goose --- lots of tonic and limes --- and start drinking heavily (good advise I learned from watching Animal House 8-) )

Good luck! Knowing you it will all come together splendidly!

Merry Christmas!

CrankyOtter said...

I did notice that Holiday packaged Goose comes with a nice metal shaker. Extremely tempted. And I have Tonic for the restless legs, and limes from the neighbors tree. Yup. Should go get that Goose since I ran myself out of Stoli.

Alaskan Hellcat said...

goose martinis (dirty, like SanFran Bay) with extra olives... mmmmmm. Damn! I am still at work and now my mouth is watering!!