This Day in ASV history
We still haven't finished unpacking. There are boxes piled up in the garage, still swathed in packing tape, the magic marker scrawlings all faded.
We finally - this week - got the curtains we really like in the living room. We're still hanging with the mediocre crap in the kitchen and bedroom.
The bathroom is still unfinished.
The driveway still needs to be repaved and the walkway that goes to the back yard needs to be ripped up and redone.
The office windows are still sealed in plastic wrap, waiting to be replaced.
There's a box of junk in my bedroom that's been sitting there since we moved in. There are books that haven't been moved on to shelves and pictures that haven't been hung on the walls. There are crates filled with trinkets and mementos that have yet to be sorted, placed or stuffed in the attic.
What the hell have we done in the past year?
I'll tell you what I haven't done. I haven't killed the Japanese Maple. I haven't broken an appliance or set the kitchen on fire. I haven't spilled red wine on the wood floors or dropped something heavy enough to chip the tile floor in the kitchen.
I have kicked a hole in the bathroom door. Long story.
We've had several parties (most of them Nat's) and bought a year's worth of holiday decorations. We've paid nearly $20,000 in mortgage payments and a few thousand dollars to heat and electrify this thing.
And we still haven't finished unpacking yet.
[Did I mention that we are really, really happy here? That there is nothing like a home of your own, craptastic as it may seem at times? I probably should have mentioned that]