And the House is almost Transformed! My Life 11 MAR 2013

paint-can-and-paint-brushWith the transformation of our house from light to dark well under way now, this weekend was a bit of a bust in terms of being able to go anywhere thanks to having painters over for all of Saturday and pretty much a huge chunk of Sunday.

Friday evening was a bit disappointing in terms of finishing off Army of Two with Ryan, thanks to spotty Internet connection (which culminated in having no connection for pretty much the whole Sunday evening!), and with Chantelle busy with her baking, I was left to fend for myself in terms of entertainment. That said, Saturday evening was even more of the same, with Chantelle off for her sushi, cocktails and soppy DVDs girls’ night out with Trish and the rest of the bunch in Bellville, and Jess (who was really in a difficult mood on the day) off chilling with Oupa and Ouma! Still, nothing that an evening of pizza and the awesome Dredd movie couldn’t fix!

Saturday also saw me make an unscheduled trip through to Stellenbosch, thanks to learning on our morning supply run to Builder’s Warehouse, that they had run out of stock of the Severe Weather Cyclone colour paint that we desperately needed in order for the team to continue with the paint job. (That sounds pretty awesome written down, but in case you are wondering “Severe Weather” is Builder’s Warehouse paint brand and “Cyclone” is the gorgeous gray colour we’re covering the house with). The trip was fairly successful, but I must admit, locating Builder’s Express in Stellenbosch not so much. Still, I managed to get another 20 litres of the necessary paint back to the boys so it was all good.

The only other thing I managed to achieve on Saturday then was the total rearrangement of our house, basically removing the last remaining ‘leisure’ section of the braai room and redistributing it to the rest of the house (my tiny office now even has a 40 inch television crammed into it!). This allowed us to open a ton of space for Chantelle’s work area to expand into, which needless to say does not bode well for my wallet in the coming weeks!

So the house looks a little bit strange at the moment with things a little out of place, but with the rocking chair sofa already relocated back to Bellville and one of our couches being advertised on GumTree, things should get back to normal as space starts to open up again!

Sunday kicked off another round of DIY for me as with the painter busy outside, I got busy inside playing with my new jigsaw and pretending to be a carpenter, building what will hopefully result in my first ever shelf with bookend combination. My highschool wood work teacher would have been proud! :P

(Note to Dad. I need to bring over some planks which I need you to rescue for me with your circular saw. Don’t ask.)

Chantelle and Jess arrived home in the afternoon and after a nice lazy afternoon of playing with a much more cheerful than Saturday Jess and in general just soaking up some sun, we capped the day off with a family trip to Pick ‘n Pay, bath and bedtime routine for Jess, and then some ostrich burgers in front of Big Bang Theory (finally, we’ve made it to season 6!).

And with Chantelle once again picking up her baking tools, I passed the rest of the night (remember, no internet), by playing some solo FIFA 13 – which didn’t go so well.

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.