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Diary of a Reno: day 1


What really happens on that first day of work.

9:00am: Wake up. It feels like Christmas! After weeks of waiting I finally get 5 whole days to beat this house into submission!! Life is great! I’m going to get so much done!!

9:30am: Drop Dominic off at daycare. Discover there is no daycare today. Crap. Oh well, I will make lemonade out of lemons, I can do this!!

10:00am: First trip to Home Depot. Buy all the things.  Try and convince Dominic that wall decals are not toys.

11:00am:  How is it 11 already!?!  Start power sanding.  Feel like a boss because things are finally getting done.

11:15am: Realize that maybe all that dust isn’t good for a toddler.  Get grumpy.  Regroup.

12:00pm: Eat some lunch and try to brainstorm what can be done with a toddler in the house.  Hmm…

1:00pm: Hermit tries to make me feel better by attempting the plumbing problems.  Realize we are in over our heads with this one.  Resolve to call plumber tomorrow when it’s not a stat holiday.

2:00pm: Hermit sends me on an errand to get out of the house and cheer up.  Buy mug that says “think happy to be happy.”  Realize mug is cracked after having inaugural cup of tea from it.

4:00pm:  Do dishes and start supper, because what else are you going to do?

4:30pm: Secretly curse HGTV for making it seem so easy.  Go scrape some more wallpaper in the living room.  Tomorrow is another day!!

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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