Monthly Archive for July, 2014

Slow moving what!?

Movement, very difficult to gauge at the moment, which is pretty scary really since I am apparently moving on Monday the 28th, which yes, is just a little over a week away.

Let’s do a checklist to see what’s ready and what’s not ~

Ready:

  • Terrace – ok, that’s only ready because there is nothing to do. So there is at least one place we can safely sleep…well…..

Not ready:

  • Bedroom isn’t painted, or even ready for paint yet – this is the one room we definitely need ready, otherwise there will be nowhere to put our stuff.
  • Bedroom floor requires refinishing, booked for Friday 25th, yes, that is tight.
  • Kitchen – we removed the kitchen, so we could remove the floor because someone thought it was corner cutting time when they laid the floor.
  • Tile the kitchen – not done, and until it is done we will have a living room full of kitchen furniture.
  • Which brings me on to the living room – no change at all.
  • Lower bathroom, should be done in September if all goes well.
  • Hallway, no time to even think about that.
  • Stairs, same as above.

So although I’m not stressing, I mean, I haven’t even packed yet, I probably should be. I guess my weekend will consist of a lot of sanding, swearing, and hopefully some paint.

The walls are essentially flat, it’s just where the walls join the ceiling that all needs to be sanded back, and I discovered that I am really, really, shit at that. In fact, so shit that I just destroy all my hard work in the end. Plastering around all the windows is not my idea of a good time either. I mean, I am no plasterer, it is a trade for a reason.

We were hoping to get a plasterer in to fix it up, and on Wednesday morning we met with one. But when he saw the place he didn’t know what we were talking about and thought we’d done a great job. “Just needs a bit more sanding here and there” he said. Yes, perhaps his standards are not as high as mine, but safe to say we did not employ him to do the job.

Really hard to find someone in Germany that can do a skimming job to your walls as well.. I mean, it is essentially unheard of. People just aren’t used to smooth walls here. Smooth walls have zero value. And this guy was one of the guys that could actually do it….you can just imagine the quality of his work when he said it is completely normal to run a bead of silicone/acrylic compound down each corner where walls meet. Why? Because walls can move and crack you know!! I mean, who wants corners anyway, so 80s, I want everything rounded – EVERYTHING. Yeah, fuck that.

Anyway, baby steps. Bought yet another sander today, so I am hoping that helps. If not, I guess I will check myself into a mental institution because that’s the state I’ll be in. Anyways, without further ado, here are a couple of photos to give you a general idea of the horror we have created for ourselves:

Finally….mini job down

Yes, don’t ask me how I managed, but in between working on the new apartment as well as at my job, I have managed to also build my new bike which I now have the pleasure of riding all summer, yay! I tell you, it was bloody hard to find the time to do so, it was definitely a case of burning the candle at both ends. Anyways, here’s a preview – bit of a crappy picture since it’s from my phone, but you get the gist 🙂

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