Burning my candle at both ends

I tried to upload these shots yesterday but Blogger was having none of it...

Demo was complete as of Wednesday afternoon and the site left very nicely tidied and ready for the work Thursday of putting up the stud walls.

Despite hanging plastic over the doorways and turning the furnace down to minimize air flow, the dust lingering in the air did travel around the house - rather nasty for my family of allergy sufferers. So Wednesday evening we shifted dinner to Grandma's for the kids while My Beloved and I headed out to finalize a few choices for flooring etc. early enough that I could get down to the DKC meeting for 7:00ish. Once again though the weather conspired against me - snow made traffic very slow, My Beloved was late getting up to this end of the city to meet me and 7:30 found us still in midtown, armpit deep in carpet and flooring samples.

We didn't even make it home until 9:30 but at least by the then the air in the house had cleared.

Yesterday was less productive for our dear contractor and his team. The multi tasking of dealing with the lighting plan and the electrician and frankly, me, threw him right off his game and he called it a day hours early. I wish I could just do that! Instead I spent the afternoon once again sourcing materials and running household errands I had all of 25 minutes to shower and change for a black tie business dinner which then had us out until almost midnight. Darling Daughter and her boyfriend had "created" dinner for themselves and Number One Son so we arrived home to a marginally clean kitchen and a house reeking of garlic and rosemary - 'seems they forgot to turn on the exhaust fan.

This morning the alarm went off at 5:00 to get Number One Son to school for the 6:00 am departure to ski country for the school winter activity day, and My Beloved to the subway - it was good to get an early start through because I needed to shovel the driveway of our new dump of snow (8" or so overnight) so the work men's trucks get in and they can access all their stuff etc.

This morning I have a funeral to attend (neighbour and father of a childhood friend) then grocery shopping - we have nothing left to eat in this house - then more shopping for the basement. I've planned today as an away day because the power and so heat will be turned off in here as the electrician replaces and upgrades the electrical panel.

Are you seeing a pattern here that seems to be absent of knitting? I certainly am! Yesterday I happily stumbled across a copy of the Debbie Bliss magazine for Spring '09 while waiting for some prescriptions to be ready at the pharmacy.  I have a wee little hope that if I have to camp at my mom's at some point - I'll be able to have a cup of tea and look through it. Poor neglected Tangled Yoke, all on one needle and ready to fly forward may get some attention tonight if I don't pass out in my dinner. I hate to even ask Darling Daughter what her plans for this evening are - the prospect of having to wait up makes me want to whimper.  As Brenda pointed out in the comments - I can only "hope" she's home around midnight! Thank goodness reading week is almost over - too bad this basement project has only just begun!

Have a great weekend! 



Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! I feel overwhelmed and exhausted just reading about how things have been going for you. I wish you quick and great progress on your remodeling project...or at least quick electrical work today so you can have heat again. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you.

Sandra said...

My son is off to ski country today as well for School Elective Day. I wish we had those at work! Between the cottage thing and this, we really are spearated at birth at times!

Brenda said...

I left the ski hill this morning at 10:45, just as a big bus pulled in. Wonder if you son was on it?
The candle at both ends thing always makes me think of this little poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay
My candle burns at both ends,
It will not last the night.
But, oh my foes and oh my friends,
It gives a lovely light.

I think that's close to her original.

Hope you weekend is filled with lovely light.

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