Monday, May 31, 2010
All this and a kitchen sink
Had a super-early start to the day this morning, or was that a late ending to yesterday...Nick and I stayed up until 3 am as sideline supporters for my brother who ran the Comrades Marathon, one of the longest marathons in the world with an 89 km route in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Well done Al on placing 9,556th out of 20,000 entrants. He missed a bronze medal by 3 minutes and 42 seconds but we are all still terribly proud of him for his 11-hour endurance run. After a quick 4-hour sleep we were up again to be ready for the kitchen fitter who arrived promptly at 8. He spent the whole day here, visited by an electrician and a plumber. And it's in!! It looks really awesome although there is still much to be done (pantry doors to be painted, among other things). The electrician will return tomorrow to wire up the plug points, so it's not really usable at the moment although we have water. It was so exciting to watch it develop and progress after so many weeks of thinking about it, talking about it, visiting kitchen places and discussing colour options - to see it come together is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to populating the cupboards tomorrow. During the morning, being the occasion of the 36th anniversary of my birth, Nick and the boys took me shopping and then to lunch. I think it was Nick's sole mission today to make me happy, and he did everything possible to that end! I was very spoiled by my men who bought me chocolates, socks and thermal items, and by so many friends with e-mails, texts, Facebook wishes and telephone calls; gorgeous cupcakes from Joan, a cake and delicious bodywash from Bronwyn, and a doormat and Proper Kitchen Scissors from Rachel...and since family and friends are scattered across various timezones, I guess my birthday will still be going strong for several more hours! It's been a really special day.