An undisclosed side effect

19 Jun

I have the dreaded lurgy, and I swear it was caused by our renovations.

I have no kitchen you see, and as a result we are eating staggering amounts of take away and restaurant meals. Who goes to a restaurant and says “oh yes, give me the steamed vegetables and grilled fish, please?” It just doesn’t happen.

Over the past 24 hours I have eaten: Mcdonalds for breakfast, nothing much but carrot cake for lunch, and 2 Panadol, 2 Nurofen and some Sudafed for dinner.

No wonder I feel all shimmery.

On the positive side, the renovations are going swimmingly. The new tile floor is down, the plastering is mostly done, new skirting boards are mostly in place and the painter and carpet people are due to arrive over the next few days to measure and quote. I’m trying very hard not to think about the fact that we have spent almost double our budget. Double our budget.

It’s going to look fantastic.

Our builder is a magician. He speaks Chinese and I have no idea what he’s talking about, but he seems to understand me, so I’m ok with that. That and he’s finished his stuff in 10 days, despite a leaky roof and an ever-expanding scope of works. Did I also mention he’s cheap and reliable? If you need a builder in Sydney, give me a shout.

View to the kitchen area from the dining room. Structural stuff done, ready to paint

Now I know that this post is useless without pictures. As much as I would like to hold them back now until it’s all finished, August is a very long time to wait. Believe me, I know – that’s how long the kitchen company is going to take before installation. I’m going to be sick forever.

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9 Responses to “An undisclosed side effect”

  1. Asydfoodie June 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Camping stove on the patio! Should be fine now it has stopped raining

  2. L June 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m actually fairly well sorted for cooking tools. I have a slow cooker, a portable induction cooktop, a rice cooker, a toaster oven, a microwave, an electric frypan and a bread maker. No excuse at all really.

    I had grand plans of blogging my temporary kitchen meal plans – but I’m just lazy.

    And sick.

  3. everydayinthegarden June 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi dear, sorry to hear you aren’t well. The reno is looking very good. Chin up! =)

  4. Brendan @ Merewether Life June 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Looks very exciting – hope you are feeling better soon!

  5. Leanne Cole June 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Mmmm, nothing like a house in disarray, I hope for you that it doesn’t drag on. How is the garden coping?

  6. Asydfoodie June 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Where did you get your portable induction cooktop? The first I heard if them was my recent trip to Hainan, China when one of the group bought one back with her!!

    • L June 28, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      My parents bought it at the caravan and camping show. The instructions are incomprehensible, but the cooktop itself is great!

  7. Jake June 30, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    Mazing for you to get such a great builder. Did you see some of his previous work before you took jim on. I think I might have felt using a builder that did not speak a language I did was a risk.

    • L July 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      I was exaggerating quite a bit 🙂 He does actually speak english – I just have a little trouble understanding him sometimes 🙂

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