It’s like Mile 18 of the marathon up in here.
Getting there! Also, I made everyone stop working to go look at the amazing sunset because I am THAT PERSON.
I’m so done with running at this point. And there’s still 8.2 more miles to go and that feels like the LONGEST time ever and I just want it to be over NOAW. However, since I’ve been through this type of thing before as an endurance athlete, I know it’s the home stretch, I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel even if it’s a little dim, and we will survive and get to that finish line.
Let me get my crankies out of the way. I have not minded doing the work. I have not minded the mess around the house (much… I sigh at it once in a while when I have to step over boxes to get around or can’t find something I need, but I gave the house permission to be a mess while we did this, so it’s fine). However, I want my effing kitchen back. I want to cook. I want to chop veggies on a counter. I want a dishwasher that can get caked on food out of a dish without having to soak it in a bathtub. I’ve eaten more junk food than I should, not because I don’t have healthy food to eat, it’s just a PITA to prepare and more importantly clean up without a fully functioning kitchen.
So, I went full lazy this week. I got some healthy prepared meals for dinner that take no real prep or cleanup on my part. And… I should have full cooking capabilities really soon since the counter folks are currently here RIGHT NOW installing my happy fun sparkly quartz counter. So, mile 18. It sucks right now in this moment but it will get better really really really soon.
What’s left? After the counters and sink are installed, we need to hook up the garbage disposal, dishwasher, and then honestly, everything else is completely cosmetic and I have a kitchen again in practical terms again. I can start unpacking all those boxes. All that’s left after that is:
- Some minor trim work
- Finishing up some painting (walls and outsides of cabinets that are exposed)
- Putting on the hardware
- Kickplate for the cabinet bottoms
- Make shelves for the custom bar cabinets that don’t have them
- Mounting the backsplash
- Fixing the tile (and of course we are ONE short of what we need and have to go hunt it down or get creative)
- Mounting the light strips under the cabinets
…and I think that’s it. I’m sure other stuff will come up but at some point soon, we’ll be able to call it finished!
My #IMTexas finisher shirt finally fits!
The good news is that I don’t think it’s negatively impacting my other efforts. Apparently, this project came at the point where my body decided it needed and can appreciate a break from formal training. My weight continues to trend downward even though I’m definitely not consuming as much healthy stuff as I should and probably less of a calorie deficit overall. I haven’t tinkered with FAST yet but I have had some great runs lately where if it wasn’t for some other commitments (work/remodel/plans), I would have EASILY run a lot longer. That’s a good feeling for when I really start getting back to it.
I’ve trotted 5 miles with turkeys in about 53 minutes, chatting with friends the whole way (with a 17 mile bike ride wrapped around it), and done various hour+ runs with no problem. This weekend, I plan to go a little longer and do something between 7-10. Every other sport I have slacked on since October 22nd. That’s ok. I feel the pull to start doing a regular schedule, which is nice, but life has not yet given me the room for that, so at the very least, I’ll have five weeks of focused training when I get back from vacation. That should be enough to make a go at a PR, at the very least. No matter what, as long as I’m healthy, Sapphyra will show up and do battle on January 21st.
And, just because we’re us, we had to take a remodel break on Sunday and put up our lights. Priorities.
So, it’s a little rough, a little chaotic, and a little messy-middle right now. But I know by going forward, I’ll get to the light, I’ll get to the finish line, and I can go back to playing bikes and cooking healthy food and training for reals again with a shiny new kitchen and clean house.