A Kitchen Update.

I’ve been sitting here for an hour staring at my computer waiting for some sort or revelation. I felt like I should write an update on the kitchen, but the truth is not much has been updated recently.

I got a new lid holder from Ikea if that counts.



See, when you renovate a kitchen you’re at the mercy of those around you. If one thing isn’t ready yet (in this case the counter) you’re at a stand still. Waiting. Sitting patiently on the kitchen floor surrounded by wet tissues and an old copy of Tiger Beat magazine remembering a time when you were happy, carefree and the future wife of The Fonz.

For me, no counter means no sink, no taps and no dishwasher. I’ve taken to hiding the dishes behind the shower curtain in my tub. Since my tub is occupied, as a result I’ve also taken to washing myself with a rag and a bit of dish detergent.

UPDATE FROM 4 SECONDS AGO: No joke. As I was about to start typing my next paragraph here, lamenting the loss of my bathtub to a 2 foot high pile of dirty dishes I got an email. MY COUNTERS ARE COMING MY COUNTERS ARE COMING MY COUNTERS ARE COMING.


So now I don’t really want to write this post because I’m so excited that my counters are coming.  It feels like an event.  

Waiting at the door wearing heels and a party dress may seem like too much … but it’s not.

Waiting out on the road might be.





You’ve probably been wondering why I haven’t included more pictures of my kitchen in the process of being renovated. Part of the reason is I want you to have that GASP moment when you see it all done (without having seen too many bits and pieces of it).

I, personally have had several GASP moments since the start of this kitchen, many of them ending in choking on my own spit and going to bed around 2 in the afternoon with a wine cooler and a Dramamine.

There are so very many things that can go wrong in a kitchen renovation and so very many things that need to be decided on.  The electrical boxes. Where should they go?  How many appliances will you be running at the same time?  How high on the wall will they be?  You’re going to put your coffee maker there?  Oh … well a plug won’t fit there.

Decide, Decide, Decide.

And the longer you take to decide the longer the project takes, but if you decide too quickly you may be staring at a mistake until you redo your kitchen again in the year Never.

Update from 30 seconds ago:  MY COUNTERS HAVE ARRIVED.

Yeah.  You’re not getting any more outta me today. I have a party to go to.

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  1. Gail says:

    Yeah—I just got my ‘new’ countertop installed on May 2nd. I just keep wandering into the kitchen at just the perfect angle and stare!!! (I have to be at the right spot so I can’t notice the giant hole where the dishwasher will go, when the electric gets right and then the plumbing gets corrected. You know what I mean!)

  2. Kari says:

    Hsha you look so cuteee

  3. Kathy says:

    I think you look absolutely adorable in your printed dress!

  4. Maureen Albertson says:

    Cute picture! Thanks for the morning giggle. So happy for you :)

  5. Barbie says:

    THAT DRESS! I LOVE IT! The purse, the shoes….all of it! It looks great on you too! Your arms look really buff!

  6. Anne says:

    This post made my day! You are so funny! Also, you look smashing out there on the road, not OTT at all.

  7. Linda S. in NE says:

    So, did one of the delivery guys take the picture? I bet they did not give the camera back, did they? As usual Karen, Cuter than Cute!

  8. theresa says:

    congratz! and I am sure the delivery guy is thrilled to deliver to a lady who looks like a lady and not a woman who’s been crushed by dirty dishes as she tries to sponge herself off…

  9. Carole-Ann says:

    OMG you’re so much FUN!!!
    That giddy smile is contagious! Now I’m smiling and I HAVE counters!!!
    Tee hee but I remember …. oh too well the loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong wait for counters, second fridge because the first was scratched in installation, the under counter lights that are now soooooo much cheaper at Lee Valley Tools and the waiting, waiting, waiting ….. for the workers for the work to be finished! Now that was stressfull and there was no way in HELL I ever even contemplated looking as good as you!
    You have the right attitude! Keep it! It will wear well on you and keep you healthy!
    You keep me sane!
    Keep up the good vibes …. (maybe you’ll be Mrs FONZ someday or in your dreams ….what would THAT look like????)

  10. michaele anderson says:

    You’re adorable and never fail to entertain!

  11. Maureen says:

    Totally reasonable behavior, Karen. After mine were installed, I was very close to making a pallet on the floor and sleeping in the kitchen. And I still love my kitchen. We had a down-to-the-studs remodel. No kitchen for about 2 months. It was totally worth it.

  12. Olga says:

    Oh my goodness, I have a feeling that this whole renovation is coming to the end and I might as well get all dressed up too. I’m in a way afraid for it to come to the end, what if you leave us because you will be too busy in your new kitchen with your new counter tops?

  13. Kristin Ferguson says:

    I dress like that pretty much all the time. I mean, when I’m not actually working. I wish I had that dress–It’s just about the loveliest sundress I’ve ever seen.

  14. Karen says:

    BWWWAAHHHAAA…I don’t know what I’m laughing the most at. Your writing or the surprise picture of you in a party dress. You look fantastic but it sooooo took me off guard (no idea why I should have suspected it was coming). I would have not guessed you owned such an outfit. Or did you steal it off from June Cleaver’s clothes line down the street? So happy you are so happy.

  15. Marion says:

    Oh happy day! I think this occasion definitely calls for that awesome dress. Can’t wait to see the big reveal, hopefully it’ll be soon.

  16. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Karen, you look beautiful!!! Can’t wait to see what you wear for the kitchen revel :) Enjoy the party. I am thrilled for you.

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