Saturday, April 23

Boo! Hiss!

Well, the installation of our shiny new appliances did not go as smoothly as we'd hoped. In fact, it did not go smoothly at all.

Problem #1 - Delivery man says, "They told you we can't install or uninstall water lines on the fridge, right?"

No, no they did not.

Eye roll and a heavy sigh in return. Ok, he decides to check out the situation with the dishwasher. He peeks under the kitchen sink, and then turns to us, "Ok, so the problem is..."

I can't remember the rest. Something about not being able to connect the dishwasher tubing to our copper pipes, something needing to be retro fit, blah, blah, blah. He apologizes profusely, and said we should have received instructions on how to prepare for the install. We got nothing of the sort. Considering we had five days to prepare, some instructions would have been nice. The very nice delivery man suggested we call a plumber who will easily be able to handle both installs, for about the same price as what we'd paid Home Depot for installation (which of course would be refunded to us).

They were kind enough to get the fridge into the kitchen so it won't have far to go to get into place. We chuckled as they carefully laid cardboard on our floors to protect them from scuffing. Please, give us an excuse to tear this crap up. The fridge now sits, ready to go, in all its stainless glory.

The dishwasher is still in the box in the garage. We haven't even had a chance to see it yet. And the old relic that we mocked and teased all last week about how its days were numbered, stays in place for a few more days.

The plumber comes on Tuesday. I will say, it was a good practice run, since the fridge and freezer were both emptied in anticipation of the move. When that didn't happen, I took it as a good opportunity to do some long overdue cleaning out.

Tuesday, April 19

Upgrade? Yes, please.

We've been making moves lately. This week is especially exciting as we are awaiting the arrival of a new dishwasher, refrigerator, and rattan chairs. All of this coming right after last weekend's arrival of a new King size bed. While this seems like a lot, we've been planning on most of them for a while, and found a few deals we just couldn't pass up.

Our dishwasher is 30+ years old, and two weeks ago the spring-load mechanism on the door went, so now it weighs about 100 lbs. I don't have much confidence in the old latch that holds it closed. In my mind it's death trap for either the dogs, cat or our knees. Not to mention the fact that it doesn't actually wash anything. It has way outlived its effectiveness. A shiny, new, stainless steel version will be taking its place on Friday. Upgrade!

The fridge is in about the same condition. Old, not energy efficient, and we both hate the side-by-side fridge/freezer layout. Dave's been dreaming about a spare fridge in the garage to hold wine, beer, and leftovers after big family dinners. The price was right, what can I say? Upgrade!

As for the new bed, well there was simply not enough room in our old full size for the two of us, and two really cute pups. Not that they sleep with us often, but on the rare Saturday morning that it does happen, the new bigger bed will suit us much better. The thing is huge! And so comfortable. I giggle every time I walk into our room because I love it so much. We've slept very well the past few nights. Designer divas to the end, we settled on a Vera Wang. Also true to ourselves, we got it at an awesome sale price. Upgrade!

Now the chairs were more of an impulse buy, sort of. I'd been thinking that a pair of rattan chairs would work well in the empty end of the family room. I wanted something casual that would work with the espresso leather couch and sofa. Rattan is a perfect alternative to fabric armchairs. Below is a picture of the Temani chair, from Pier One. Their decor is not really my style, but they had a great selection of wicker and rattan furniture. They arrived at the store today, and we'll be picking up a fresh set tomorrow. Pictures to follow.

I'm debating whether to purchase the cushions from Pier One as well, even though I'm not totally sold on the color selection. I'd love to think I could get some fabric I really love, and whip something up, but I'm already behind on my sewing projects. I may just have to live with generic blue for a little while. Either way, I am so excited to get them in and set up that area. We have a new piece of art to hang there that I can't wait to show off.

More soon...

Sunday, April 10

Drumroll please!

It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Rulloff!

Our new little guy is definitely keeping things interesting around here, and not just because we're back to being on constant accident watch. Unlike his big sister, he is very independent. When he is tired, he heads off to his crate, or hops on whatever is close and soft, usually Maybe's bed. He and Maybe have grown quite fond of each other, and she even tolerates him when he steals her bed. We have a running dialogue of the things we think Maybe is saying when it comes to Rulloff.

"Dad, oh geez Dad, he pooped on the rug again. So gross. Can you believe that? I would never..."

"...but I don't want to stay on the deck with Rulloff. He's such a baby."

She's got some serious big-sister syndrome, but she is also very clearly happy to have someone to play with. He entertains her way more than we ever could. A new, much larger bed is in the works for the kitchen, as he tends to bump her out of hers. He likes to sleep right in the middle, and she seems to end up on the floor. "God, Rulloff! I was here first! Move over!"

Although they are full-blood siblings, Rulloff looks much more like his father, and much more like a boy. He's got a big block head, and quite a serious face for such a sweet little guy. If you're wondering about the name, well it's a bit of a funny story. When we first heard the name, we thought it would make a cool name for a dog, and when we read the story, it got even better. Now some may say we're setting ourselves up for trouble, but if nothing else, it makes for a great story. Click here to find out about Edward Rulloff.