Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Household Meme

Yay! Steph over at Sweet Water Journal coughed up a meme (I'll bet that would hurt, actually!) and rather unceremoniously tagged anyone who was so inclined. Since I'm not much lately for scintillating thoughts, this'll have to do. Mayhap I'll have something a little meatier following today's presidential primaries. Oh, and yeah: if you wanna do this one, you're tagged as well.

When you walk in your front door, which room do you enter?
The living room. It's a lovely, spacious area with large open passways into the dining room (straight ahead) and the office (on the right). The first time we walked through the door, when we were home-shopping, we felt like we had "come home."

Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes, thankfully! That was part of our now-3-year-old kitchen restoration. We'd HAD a dishwasher at our old apartment, so to go back to all hand-washing was a drag. We still have enough "delicates" that require hand washing that I have permanent dishpan-hands in the winter. Have you noticed that Florence Henderson doesn't do those Dawn commercials anymore? Apparently selling a liquid soap based on its ability to prevent dishpan hands is no longer a mandatory marketing ploy.

Is your living room carpeted or does it have hardwood floors?
Carpet over softwood. I really like a carpeted living room, 'cause I like to be able to get down on the floor sometimes. (Nothing dirty intended there, morons!) However, we've had the yellow pine floors in the dining room and kitchen resurfaced, and they look fantastic. When the time comes to renovate the living room/office, I suspect we may go with area rugs.

Do you keep your kitchen knives on the counter or in a drawer?
On the counter, in a block. I've become a little paranoid of the knives now that there's a Spawn in the house, even though she isn't getting up to the counter yet. Or really even standing. Nevertheless, they're good knives, very sharp, and I'm a little freaked out.

House, apartment, duplex or trailer?
House. 2-storey, roughly 1,500 sf, built in 1900.

How many bedrooms is it?
Well, for the previous owners it was 4; they used the office as a bedroom. We use it as the office, and further converted one of the upstairs bedrooms into a largeish walk-in closet, there not being any OTHER closets in the whole damn house.

Gas stove or electric?
Ceran-topped electric. Funny story: when we first bought the house and went appliance shopping, we had the option of EITHER gas or electric as there was both a 220-v outlet AND a gas pipe by the opening for the stove. We decided on the electric simply for cleaning purposes: as an Energy Star stove it was nearly as efficient as the gas, and the Ceran top made the inevitable spills MUCH easier to clean up after. During the kitchen re-do I needed to move the stove and eliminate the gas pipe sticking up out of the floor, and so...I pulled it out. HA! It wasn't connected to anything on the other end!! Can you imagine our chagrin if we'd had a lovely gas stove delivered to the house? Standing there, trying to figure out why the damn thing won't work...

Do you have a yard?
More than I'd actually CARE for when it comes to mowing, but it will be a nice space for The Rozzle to play in. The "front yard" isn't much more than the streetside right-of-way, and the two side yards are also spitting distance away from either the neighbors' house or the street. The back yard is lovely, maybe 50' x 80', mostly grass with a big ol' pine tree right in the middle. Have I mentioned that I hate to mow???

What size TV is in the living room?
Uh...I dunno. It's big. 23" maybe? Eventually I'd like there to NOT be a telly in the living room; I'd move it downstairs to an entertainment room, and it would be just a phenomenally huge plasma-screen job, movie-screen dimensions and all the hoopla with surround sound. I likes me my movies!

Are your plates in the same cupboard as your cups?
Yes. The mugs are in the cupboard next door.

Is there a coffee maker sitting on your kitchen counter?
A lovely new one with a stainless-steel carafe. It was a gift from Tess' folks, and I'll tell ya what: that whole not-leaving-the-coffee-warmer-pad-on-all-the-time? Really DOES make for better tasting coffee!

What room is your computer in?
The office. On the desk. Uh...where it belongs?

Are there pictures hanging in your living room?
There are many more in frames scattered about our "occasional tables," but yes, there are some: one is a full 360˚ panorama shot of the Island, one is a 50th-anniversary poster of the Mackinac Bridge, and there's also an 1860 bird's-eye map of St. Johns. Oh, and I think our Resevoir Dogs photo of the parents just post-wedding is still behind the coat rack somewhere.

Are there any themes found in your home?
I have no idea what this means. Uh...well, every room has a horizontal surface upon which to step, so sure, floors are rather a "theme." To avoid snideness: I'm trying to tie together all the rooms with crown moulding (more because I hate the quality of my finished inside-corner work), and likewise I think all the rooms look like they BELONG in a 108-year-old house. That's really it, though.

What kind of laundry detergent do you use?
Seventh Generation HE liquid. Steph's husband Eric is on crack: it works just fine.

Do you use dryer sheets?
Yes: Bounce Free. (That way, Eric, you don't get the "stink" OR the "static!)

Curtains in your home?
Hells, no!! Tess couldn't get rid of them FAST enough! Ugh, the living room was festooned with these floral, billowy, icky-nasty-shitty draperies that were SO not us! We have grass blinds, of a slightly higher quality downstairs than up.

What color is your fridge?

Is your house clean?
Yup. With my Friday schedule clear of classes, AND we're paying for two days of daycare a week minimum, I drop The Rozzle off first thing in the morning and spend a few hours cleaning, doing laundry, and getting groceries. It's nice.

Are the dishes in your sink/dishwasher clean or dirty?
The ones in the SINK are dirty, duh! In the dishwasher...I dunno. If the little green light is on, they're clean.

How long have you lived in your home?
Coming up on 5 complete years: we moved in (literally) on Easter Sunday, 2003. That was the ONLY day that Tess didn't have some sort of gig!

Where did you live before?
In an apartment that was every bit as "home" as our house is. I loved our apartment together, and I actually had TONS more "free time" that wasn't consumed by maintenance and renovation. But, I gotta say, home ownership really IS better, even with all that time-on-task taken into account.

Do you have one of those fluffy toilet lid covers on your toilet?
(*shudders* and moves on.)

Do you have a scale anywhere in your house?
Yup. There's a postal scale in the top drawer of our desk that I use to calculate eBay shipping costs and, occasionally, the weight of dry beans.

How many mirrors are in your house?
Uh...the bathroom cabinet, a full-length behind the stairway door, another full-length hanging on the wall in the closet, a smallish one mounted over the dresser in our bedroom, and the one inside my jewelry-box lid. YOU do the math.

Look up. What do you see?
Depends on how high I look: either an autographed poster of Paul Stanley as the Phantom of the Opera, or the ugly-ass drop-in tile on the ceiling. (I'm in my work office right now, by the way.)

Do you have a garage?
Technically? Yes, a single-car attached garage. Functionally? Well, it has a wooden floor made up of whatever scraps of plywood and card-table tops that the previous owners could scrounge, so instead of parking a CAR in there it's home to bicycles, the lawn mower, the snow blower, and all sorts of lovely power tools and renovation supplies.


Blogger Suze said...

YOU clean the house?

Lucky, lucky Tess.

(I've got cabin fever. Can you tell?)

3:22 PM  
Blogger Tess said...

Yes, I AM lucky!!! Thanks Scottathon!!!

9:11 PM  

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