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hutch0
Date: 2009-05-24 00:17
Subject: days twelve through fifteen
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Location:home
Mood:calmcalm
Music:vast
I think I lost track of days somewhere, but anyway, Wednesday to Saturday. Wednesday evening I came home and the entire kitchen-space was full of assembled cupboard units, to the extent that it was difficult to actually get into the kitchen-space.
Thursday, the lads put the cupboards in their assigned places, and that's where the problems began. In Bogna's vision of our new kitchen, one wall is occupied by two rows of cupboards above a worktop, and on said worktop will stand the kettle and the toaster and some other stuff, including the microwave, which needs a certain amount of clearance above it. Bogna has planned this project to tolerances which would make a NASA engineer blanch, and unfortunately the lads had not hewed to them. They learned that this was a mistake.
The upshot of all this was that on Friday all the cupboards had to come off the wall again and the top row had to have exactly six centimetres cut off them and then be put back on the wall. Other units had to be shifted left or right by centimetres. Bogna came home on Friday evening, went into the kitchen-space with her tape measure, and emerged forty minutes later pronouncing herself satisfied.
However, this extra work meant that we had lost another day, to add to the day we lost when the lads did all the unplanned replumbing and window replacement. And the oven, extractor hood, sink and dishwasher won't be delivered until Wednesday.
Yesterday, the lads came in for four hours and fitted the worktops, and they'll be back for an indeterminate time on Bank Holiday Monday to do more stuff, but, Bogna's promises notwithstanding, I still cannot cook in the kitchen.
I was quite looking forward to this weekend. Bogna's back in Poland until Tuesday for some more dental work, it's a Bank Holiday weekend, I was told the hob and the sink would be usable and I would be able to do some primitive cooking. Peace and quiet, a chance to do some tidying up, knuckle down to some writing. A chance to get some sleep.
Not going to happen. Today will be a rest day, and then it all starts again.
To be fair, all but three of the units are installed, the worktops are in and only need some slight adjustment, and we're two weeks and one day into a build I was promised would last two and a half weeks, so if you factor in the lost days and the late delivery of some of the hardware, we're not doing that badly, and it does actually look kind of like a kitchen now. The build has to end on Friday, whatever happens, because Krszysz's mate Jarek, who's been doing most of the fiddly stuff, is going back to Poland next Saturday.
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teacher_bear: Flying Thoughts
User: teacher_bear
Date: 2009-05-24 00:15 (UTC)
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I admire your stamina and fortitude during this building work. Hopefully it will all be over soon.

We talked to my Mum and my sister today on Skype. At least , my sister talked! She doesn't give the rest of us a chance too often! K has posted a picture of them (and us) on her computer monitor!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-24 00:28 (UTC)
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This is actually nothing. There was one very fractious day during our loft conversion when I actually packed a bag, and if I'd had anywhere to go I'd be writing this from somewhere else. Compared to that, this is a breeze.
I haven't used Skype, but I can imagine it's a brilliant thing. Although this stuff has its limitations. One of Bogna's cousins insists on phoning us via her computer using VOIP, which is free, but we'd get a better connection with a Ouija board.
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Kat: Swing
User: artykat
Date: 2009-05-24 04:40 (UTC)
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That last line made me laugh out loud, truly!

My icon makes me think of what you are going through... 'round and 'round you go!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-26 20:38 (UTC)
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It's a nice icon. Is that Kiera Knightly?
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teacher_bear: Flying Thoughts
User: teacher_bear
Date: 2009-05-24 04:43 (UTC)
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So far we have had excellent results with Skype, both with video and VOIP phone calls. It is the best deal around for calling the UK, way better than any international plan with the phone companies. Mind you, we do have a good Broadband connection which helps.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-26 20:37 (UTC)
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Yes, I think the broadband connection may have something to do with it, although the connection doesn't drop out or anything, it just sounds as if they're phoning from the other side of the galaxy.
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2009-05-24 01:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It will soon be over and you will have a new, wonderful, workable kitchen!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-24 01:38 (UTC)
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I just WANT TO COOK! I'm going to go out of my frakking mind if I put many more anonymous plastic trays into the microwave.
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2009-05-24 01:43 (UTC)
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Dearest Hutch, just get on a plane and come visit. Dearest and I will cook big yummy dinners for you.

You know, the UK has wonderful Indian takeout. There is no need to eat the prepared stuff - I hate it too.
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Kat
User: artykat
Date: 2009-05-24 04:41 (UTC)
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I so agree with Pam! Shoot, you could come here, too... Bear is a mean cook. 'Course, the cost of the plane ticket COULD be better spent on take out..there's that... *walks away mumbling*
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-26 20:39 (UTC)
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One day, when I have money again, you may regret saying that...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-25 00:03 (UTC)
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Trust me, sweetheart, if I could afford it I'd be sitting on your doorstep right now.

Edited at 2009-05-25 12:04 am (UTC)
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2009-05-25 01:01 (UTC)
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Well, you know you are always welcome. My Dearest is cooking tonight.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-05-26 20:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're very kind. I would never have made it for dinner, though.
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