Jack of All Trades

Yes, we're still working on it...

Yes, we’re still working on it…(Photo Credit: Amass)

The dining room is more or less finished. Now we are waiting for the delivery of tables and chairs, which were delayed by one week. The installation of the kitchen is well under way. This is the first time in my career that I will have worked in an entirely new kitchen. You measure equipment and draw the space then re-measure and draw again. You repeat this over and over again and when you finally think you have it down, they dig into the ground and find a large electrical line that they didn’t know exists or there is a wall that they had planned to take down, but later find that it is a wall that supports the entire building. Then everyone stands around smoking cigarettes discussing what should be done next and then goes home early because they didn’t bring the right equipment. AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!. WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?!!!!

Foot Soldiers

Foot soldiers waiting to be unleashed…. (Photo Credit: Amass)

We don’t really have a project manager overseeing the entire project, so it has been a challenge to coordinate the painters, electricians, builders, graffiti artists, etc. I just got off the phone Diana with whom I have organized the pick-up of our trash. I know, really exciting huh? For me, just the fact that she is so quick to respond to emails and the process with her has been quick and efficient really got me excited. You would be surprised at the sense of urgency – or should I say the lack thereof – that I have experienced during this process.  As hard as I work to coordinate everything here, I can’t control everything. And sometimes I feel I’m playing Russian roulette with contractors. Most are very hard working and do what you need them to do, but when there is that one person that doesn’t come through…ARGH! I just have a hard time relating to that because, for the most part, I have been surrounded with people that really care about what they are doing. I guess we are lucky to be able to do something that we are passionate about. I can’t imagine having a job that I didn’t like or didn’t interest me. Especially working the way we do. Even though there are bad days, I am thankful every day for being able to do what I do for a living. Imagine if you had a bad day at a job you hated. No thank you – and I never take for granted how fortunate I am.

It's alive, Dr. Frankenstein...it's ALIVE!!!! First pot of water boiling....

It’s alive, Dr. Frankenstein…it’s ALIVE!!!! First pot of water boiling…. (Photo Credit: Amass)