I'll admit I was a little cranky when my son's alarm woke me up at 6:30 this morning, especially given that he didn't even spend the night at home, but I quickly turned it around and got a nice early start on breaking down my creative station.
My creative station as it is in the above picture has caused me much stress and anxiety over the past couple years. It's not even close to as efficient as I'd like it to be. Where I used to have a full room, then downsized to a full closet plus hall, I'm now in the kitchen and have very little work surface. So little that I challenge you to even try to find it in this photo. It is there. Honest. (hint: look under the coffee cup)
With the kids gone this week, I actually had a few minutes to think. I spent over two hours yesterday with catalogues, tape measures and a shopping guide. I ventured out to the local resale shops, Habitat for Humanity and the hardware stores looking for pieces that fit my vision. I had drawn up what I wanted a couple years ago already - all I had left to do was buy the pieces, tear this all apart and begin putting the new one together.
The biggest hurdle has been that because it's in the kitchen - it's going to be a mess to redo. People seem to think we should eat in the kitchen three plus times a day. *as if*
Down to three or fewer inhabitants this week, it might be doable. Beginning today. I spent several hours at IKEA last night going from department to department with my drawings and hopes, asking questions, reconfigurating, asking more questions (I learned that the kitchen people can't answer the office questions and vice versa - so I had to go back and forth asking questions just on coutertops alone).
They were out of one piece that I wanted, so I'll be buying the Lowes version instead - Greg will pick it up on his way home from work this afternoon.
Now I'm hoping that with him having at least two more work trips before the end of the month, I can latch onto him long enough for some of the bigger installs.
Stay tuned. It's going to get messy.
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