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09:38 am: From one thing to the next
It has been quite a whirlwind week around here. First of all, my refrigerator was delivered last Tuesday. I ordered a specific model based on the fact that the website listed "reversible door" as one of the features, since I needed the door to open on the opposite side. When we tried to read up on how to reverse the door, however, we discovered that the door on the stainless steel version is NOT reversible, even though this was not listed as an exclusion on the website. I called and complained to the refrigerator company for having a misleading website, but they said it was the fault of the salesperson for not knowing all the facts about their products. I called the vendor to ask that they replace the refrigerator with another model that is exactly the same except with the door opening on the other side. The manager I spoke to was agreeable, but they apparently don't carry that model in stock and would have to special order it, so it may take a while.

Anyway, aside from that little setback, the kitchen is mostly done. I'm still waiting on four custom decorative tiles to place over the stove, and someone is coming on Wednesday to show me samples of window coverings. Those will be the final details.

Here are pictures...

View from living room:
Before
After

View inside kitchen:
Before
After

Baking nook

Once that was done, I spent the weekend going through all my boxes of stuff and sorting out things I didn't need to keep anymore. I got rid of several boxes of old clothes, some of which had been stored away since high school. I also unpacked lots of baking supplies and dish sets that should (hopefully) fit in the kitchen now. A couple of friends are coming over soon to help me organize everything.

Meanwhile, things are going on in the government that affect me as a federal employee. I am not being furloughed because my job falls under the exemption for "protection of life and property." However, I am currently in "working non-pay" status. I will be paid up through whatever I earned as of September 30, but payment for any hours I've worked after that will be deferred until appropriations are approved. I'm not too thrilled about this, since my savings are at a low point due to the big kitchen renovation I just completed, but I should be able to manage for about two months without a paycheck if necessary. I certainly hope the shutdown doesn't last that long.

To add insult to injury, my desktop computer died on Sunday evening. I still have two old laptops for accessing the internet, but they are extremely outdated and not powerful enough for, say, graphics-intensive online gaming.

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From:firesign10
Date:October 8th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
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What a fantastic transformation!! Really gorgeous, it'll be a pleasure to cook in there now :-) Kudos on your perseverance :-D
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
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Really gorgeous, it'll be a pleasure to cook in there now

Thanks! I'm looking forward to getting everything well organized for holiday baking.
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From:photoash
Date:October 8th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
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wow your kitchen is so gorgeous :) I love reading about your garden and home renovations <3
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:October 9th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
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Wow, that is truly stunning. It's amazing to see the (almost) finished product after so many in-progress pictures.

Here's hoping the government gets its act together soon!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
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It's amazing to see the (almost) finished product after so many in-progress pictures.

It's definitely quite a change. I'm still getting used to it.

Here's hoping the government gets its act together soon!

Yeah...this week would be nice...
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From:gnine
Date:October 9th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
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The finished kitchen looks AMAZING! (sucks about the fridge though :-p). You and your folks did incredible work!

And ouch about the shutdown! Sucks does not even begin to describe that!! *fingers crossed that this all gets resolved quickly*!!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
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You and your folks did incredible work!

They did nearly all of the work. I just directed.

*fingers crossed that this all gets resolved quickly*

Same here. ~_~
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From:mvrdrk
Date:October 9th, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
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Gorgeous! I hope the shutdown is over soon too!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 9th, 2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Amazing transformation! I can't wait to actually see it in person (someday soon, I hope).

not powerful enough for, say, graphics-intensive online gaming

I assume graphics-intensive = WOW, but what about Dominion? Can they handle that?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
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I can't wait to actually see it in person (someday soon, I hope).

Anytime!

what about Dominion? Can they handle that?

After about 15 minutes of downloading and installing multiple software upgrades, I managed to get Dominion working. It's slow and jerky, but functional.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 10th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Yay for Dominion! I hoped that would work out, since it ran on my old laptop, even if it was a little fussy sometimes.
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