You have no idea what four (almost five, ugh) weeks without internet or cable will do to a person! I have been dying to share photos with you all, and had no way to do it...and actually, we are still officially without internet, but my fabulous hubby was sensing my unrest and brought home his wireless work connector thing [I'm sure that's the official term] for me to use tonight...
Now where to begin!?
Let's rewind a little bit to the week before Christmas.
One month ago today marked the last weekend we had to work on the house before Christmas, and also only five days before our first houseguests were due to arrive. Things were still in rough shape and we knew we had an insane amount of stuff to get done.
Let's just say that Mother Nature had other plans... 22 inches of other plans:
The night before the storm, we took one look at the forecast and knew we were about to get snowed in somewhere for the weekend. Given the amount of work we had to do, we knew that that somewhere had better be the house. So we packed some flashlights and sleeping bags and spent our first night camping out (okay, we did have a mattress, but no bedframe!) in our new house.
The big items on the agenda for the weekend were finishing the shower in the master bathroom (the only functioning shower for the time being) and readying the kitchen for countertops that were set to arrive three days later. Do you think our street was cleared in time for that delivery? Mother Nature and Murphy's law agreed on that one: no, of course not.
I know I'm a bit biased having grown up in Maine, but seriously? Maryland, you suck at winter.
Exhibit A, taken a full three days after the last snowflake had fallen:
In addition to no place to park, an icy path, and heavy countertops, these poor guys also had to deal with a camera-wielding, over-excited blogger. They were such good sports!
That precarious cargo that you see there is a piece of my beloved soapstone countertop! Soapstone is an amazingly beautiful and resilient material. If you're interested in checking it out, this is the company we used: M. Teixeira.
One of the coolest things about soapstone is the patina that it develops as it ages. It looks like this at first:
Adding a little mineral oil speeds up the aging process, and in minutes it looks like this:
Okay, I'll stop teasing you with my countertops now and show you the whole room...
Remember what it used to look like?
And how bad it got?
Do you still recognize it?
Best. Christmas. Morning. Ever.