Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Happy Weekend! Who’s doing Halloween parties this weekend? We have one today at the home of a classmate of Jackson’s, plus a parade in the park we might go to and/or a Halloween party in the Botanic garden and/or a Halloween fundraiser carnival at a neighborhood school. And those are all the options just for today. Tomorrow is more of the same plus a Halloween-themed birthday party.

In between everything, I’m doing more Swedish Death Cleaning, as we prepare for our upcoming move. We close on our place on Wednesday and I’m feeling super excited, a little overwhelmed, and a lot “Oh my god, I can’t believe this 20th — 21st? — move of my life is going to be my last for hopefully a long time!”. We’re going to do some small renovations before we move in, which we hope won’t take more than a few weeks, and they include replacing the kitchen countertops, so I’ve spent the last couple of weeks educating myself on the pros and cons of various countertop materials, as well as choosing paint colors for different rooms we’re re-painting along with wallpaper for the powder room, and researching sleeper sofas to see if it’s possible to find one that is both comfortable as a sofa and a bed, as well as stylish. It’s all starting to make me feel a little crazy, so I now have a better understanding of how people who undergo extensive house renovations, rather than just small ones, must feel.

I also just started reading this new book yesterday, which is lovely so far, and there’s a line in it: “There’s no better way to get to know a new place than painting the walls,” which is something I’ve always said. I’ve painted my last seven apartments, and it’s work that is exhausting, frustrating, and sometimes grueling (especially the times I painted entire apartments on my own, with no help). This is the first time we’re outsourcing the job, and while I’m really relieved about not DIY’ing it this time, I’m a little bit sad to miss out on that intimate part of getting to know a new home. But there will be other ways this new home will reveal itself. I’m looking forward to learning who it is and to raising our family there.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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    Anonymousse October 28, 2017, 4:41 pm

    I have no idea what’s the quality is like, but this caught my eye the other day!

    https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shop/adeline-storage-sleeper-sofa

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    Kate October 29, 2017, 12:03 pm

    Oh man, we just went to the “Oriental Relaxation Therapy” on the third floor of the mall, for massages. The guy did an amazing job (though I could have done without the last 2 minutes when he wrecked my hair and makeup). He got all into my back where it hurts from sitting and being tense, and even threw in some hot stones. It was only $45 for 40 minutes. So awesome.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne October 30, 2017, 8:14 am

    We have quartz counters and they are awesome. Low maintenance and clean well. With granite and marble you have to reseal them every so often which sounds so unappealing to me.

    Good luck with your closing this week! I hope all goes off without a hitch. Can’t wait to see pictures once you’re officially homeowners!

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    • Skyblossom

      Skyblossom October 30, 2017, 10:05 am

      We also went with quartz. Needing to seal granite and marble every 3 months sounded like something that wouldn’t happen and Corian scratches easily. Quartz looks great, doesn’t need sealing and is tough and durable. All of my friends who have redone kitchens in the past ten years have gone with quartz. Before that it was all granite but the granite was high maintenance and people were always stressing about whether a spill would stain it. Everyone likes their quartz. The other downside of granite is that it can be radioactive.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy October 30, 2017, 10:10 am

      Thank you!

      We’re leaning toward marble, despite many people’s recommendation to go with quartz. I’ve done a lot of research and I understand the maintenance and the risk (well, not so much risk, but guarantee, really) of etching and staining. But we really love the way marble looks, and don’t mind — actually, we like — the worn-in look of etched and even stained marble. Sealing doesn’t sound like a ton of fun, but my understanding is it needs to be done 1-2 times a year and it takes about 20-30 minutes plus letting it sit for a few hours. In the big scheme of things, that doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. But we’re not totally decided yet. I know our contractor really does not want us to go with marble, so maybe he’ll still talk us out of it. we’ll see.

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      • Lianne

        Lianne October 30, 2017, 11:59 am

        Totally have to go with what you want the most! Marble is beautiful, for sure!

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      • Kicia

        Kicia October 30, 2017, 1:42 pm

        Have you looked into quartz that’s meant to look like marble? When my sister and I were researching for her kitchen renovation, we were able to find a couple quartz options that looked close to marble.

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        Dear Wendy October 30, 2017, 2:10 pm

        I have but I haven’t seen anything that looks like the kind of marble I especially like (calacatta Gold). The closest alternative I’ve found is a quartzite (not the same as quartz) called taj mahal. And since quartzite still has the same issues as marble – and costs about the same- I guess I don’t see the point in going with a substitute.

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