Assuming everything goes to plan, P and I are taking a week off in August.
We have needed to have something to look forward, so we tentatively locked in some leave a couple of months ago. We're not going anywhere because we're trying to save, though I toyed with the idea of booking a getaway to Milford Sound and Queenstown. Instead,we're going to engage in a spot of light demolition at Chez Mauve.
This has (expensive) disaster written all over it. The plan:
- Remove all the internal linings from the spare bedroom.
- Insulate the walls.
- Replace linings with fresh gib.
- Get the electrician in to move outlets, and the plasterer to finish the linings.
- Sand, including window and door frames.
- Replace manky door, or at least give the current door a handle.*
*What, all your doors come with a handle as standard? The Purple Palace really is, um, unusual.
What is likely to happen:
- Have fight over logistics while moving all furniture out of spare bedroom.
- Rip down linings and create hellish mess.
- Discover serious issues with timber frames which no doubt means whole house is screwed.
- Call builder, discover no one can help for at least six months.
- Leave the rest of it forever.
I can conjure at least six different permutations of the 'What is Likely to Happen' list. Most of which end with all the bedroom stuff living in the dining room while the bedroom is unfinished for months, nay, years. I am cursing our DIY efforts, no doubt, with my predictions of dire consequences. But I know my limitations and while I'm not sure of P's, I'm nervous.
So, in order that the holiday feels, well, holiday-ish, I booked a long lunch for us the first weekend we're off. Think of it as a marital counselling via pasta and wine before the arguments actually occur. Aren't I optimistic?!*
*Please note the move away from yell-y caps to an angular italicisation for emphasis. I am attempting to be less...strident...in my piffling. I know, not much of an improvement. Still a great deal of overuse of the exclamation mark, to say nothing of the other egregious grammatical offences.