Monday, September 17, 2007

Beware- Rants ahead!

As you have guess this blog will be dedicating more time to my house, sometimes not the most thrilling thing, but this is it baby! By the way, this is a long one.

I have a few pent up rants, be forewarned…..

Rant #1: A King Size Bed:

To go with my new grown up house, I thought it was time to get a grown up bed. The bed I had been sleeping in for the past 12 years was a full and well the cat and I needed more space. So The Specialist and I went bed shopping, it’s actually kind of fun. I even laid on a $20,000.00 (no, I didn’t add a zero) mattress. But the first mattress we laid on was my favorite, I was sold. I opted to get the Eastern King instead of the California King , the Eastern King is wider but about 4 inches shorter than the California King and since neither The Specialist or I are over 6’2” in height, wider seemed better. What I didn’t account for was the sheets, apparently us Californians are bias and only stock Cal. King sheets, with a few East King sheets thrown in sparingly to make it look like we are prejudice. But when all you want are white, over 400 thread count, Eastern King Sheets, you are asking too much. I went to every local store to find sheets for my new very awesome bed. By the time I hit Macy’s I was ready to throw the spoiled brat tantrum. Macy’s carries Eastern King Sheets, but only if you are willing give them your first born in return. I kid you not one (yes, one) fitted sheet was $80, so by the time you end up with the entire sheet set you are penniless. Now of course the smart thing would have been to order sheets online. But I am big on the sense of touch, I need to touch the sheets before I buy them, make sure I am not buying something that will give me a body scrub in the middle of the night, I can go to the spa for that. I did find a set of sheets that look nice, but from now on, I am ordering them online. It just doesn’t look right when I am stomping my foot or flailing on the ground in the middle of the store screaming “ But all I want are Eastern king sheets.”.

Rant #2: Neighbors

This isn’t about my new neighbors, so far I love them. Mind you I live in a 5 unit condo complex, there is no anonymity there. But I am referring to my old house, this past week it has been given a little face lift for resale value. The kitchen counters, cabinets, and carpets were all redone. New paint and crown molding where added. The workers had 7 days to do all of this. And I commend them, they did a lot of work in a short period of time even with the threat of cops being called on them. Yes, I just said cops, and no you won’t see them on the TV show. Before all the work started I consulted the condo management company to make sure I didn’t need their permission for the work, it turns out that I didn’t so I gave the green light to the realtor and designer. I get a call Friday night from the realtor letting me know that some of the work will be “delayed”, of course I was curious. Apparently a neighbor that I have never met in my four years of living there was taking it upon herself to throw a fit and threaten the cops on the workers because of the noise. Yes home improvement isn’t a quiet past time, but the workers were after 9 am and gone by like 7 pm in the evening, they weren’t breaking any noise pollution rules. But this woman was home sick and they were disrupting her. Gee whiz lady, I am surprised you didn’t drive down to the local Air Force base and ask them to stop all flights because you have the sniffles. How dare you trespass on my property without my approval and yell at my workers causing a delay in the work to my house. Go ahead and call the cops, I would love to have a chat with them as well. She continued to disrupt the work for three days even though she was given the realtors phone number in case she had any “concerns”. Oh course she didn’t call realtor because why would she speak with someone that might actually fight back. Sadly I wasn’t made aware of these intrusions until it was after the fact. I was dieing to give her a piece of my mind.

Rant #3: Sometimes it’s better to do it yourself:

The new place required a little painting and cleaning before I moved it. So painters were hired at the recommendation of my realtor as well as a house cleaner. I was so excited about not doing it myself. I am not the best painter or house cleaner, but even I have standards. I was disappointed to see that the painters did only an ok job, there was paint on the carpet, white paint freckles on my dark taupe bathroom wall and the outlets covers were painted over. I of course complained and some of these items were taken care of. Everything but the outlet covers. But it really pisses me off that a sub par job had been done on both the painting and the cleaning. I paid good money to have this done and when it isn’t done to what I expect, it’s irritating. Even with the cleaning, great you made my windows shine, awesome, thank you. But what about the cat hair bunnies under the lip of the stove FROM THE PREVIOUS CAT. Its little stuff like that. I could have cleaned myself and left the cat hair bunnies, at least I have only myself to blame. But I parted with money to have those left behind.

Ok that is it for now.


At 1:28 PM, Blogger Retro Girl said...

That neighbor lady is a witch! She needs a nice batch of Ex-Lax brownines! lol. What an ass!

They always seem to do that--invent a new size/thing - then they don't make the accoutrements to go with it readily available for some time...and make them super expensive! What the heck?! LOL. Try - they have tons of linens at really great prices. I've gotten comforters like 60% off there.


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