If you were around Mary Brady in 2006, odds are you knew about her kitchen remodeling. I emailed Brady about something else entirely and of course asked her how the kitchen was progressing, as I knew that her reply would be almost as amazing as suggesting she go to Cracker Barrel*. Specifically, I asked her if she was ready to sew her face to the carpet over the whole ordeal. Her reply captures what it was like to talk to her and what I go to when I need to remember what talking to her was like:
And I am ready to do something drastic. However I will not sew my face to carpet as all of my house is full of dirt, sanding debris, and filth as contractors have been sanding old wooden cabinets for the kitchen (I refuse to pay outrageous prices for “pressed wood” cabinets when I have the real thing; 40 years old but still tough), tearing out walls (lots of filth behind those walls that have stood for 40 years), and ingeneral making incredible messes. You cannot even tell the beige color of carpet any more!
I put off kitchen renov. For 30 years; now I know why. It goes on and on and on and on. Can’t boil water, literally. I saved my Mr. Coffee however, and stuck it in the corner of my bedroom (house is literally full of all the crap that came out of kitchen plus new appliances that got delivered before contractors were ready to put them in. Funny to see me run through 4 rooms to get coffee, water, a filter, put in pot and manage to get my drug of choice in the morning.
So– between students and the first test of the sem that always freaks them out and the fact that I live in a narrow-walled maze with a man who drives his wheel chair as if he were training for the Indy 500 and contractors who promise to finish soon, whatever that means according to them as we began this first week of Jan, I may take the head off any student who whines tom when they get the tests back.
*Why would I go to Cracker Barrel to get food that I can cook myself at home? …