We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to our massive home renovation. After 8 years and countless hours, we are actually planning the finishing touches.
Which lead us to spend an afternoon at several home improvement stores.
Since we live so far from anything, we don’t just “run” to the local Lowe’s to pick up what we need. We usually wait until we have a lengthy list before we drive the 2 hours.
It requires a great deal of thought and planning. It also means added stress.
We had quite a list as we pulled into Menard’s. The list was so big that I needed a clipboard to keep it all straight. (Which must have made me look official since I was mistaken for a store employee! Me? An expert about paints?! Now that’s funny!)
We started out strong with a game plan, but that was quickly tossed aside as we struggled in the lighting section, unable to find the first things on the list.
The afternoon deteriorated from there.
I almost hyper-ventilated in the paint aisle trying to figure out basement floor sealer and what to use on the stairs. Enamel or latex? Semi-gloss or satin? Silicone additive? Arghh!!!!
I almost cried at the dismal collection of vanities to purchase for the bathroom. Cheap particle board junk with hefty price tags.
My husband bravely set out to conquer the plumbing section to find the last few pipes and valves and whatchamacallits to finish up hooking everything up. He came out an hour later with his eyes glazed over.
Then there was the caulking. Fifty different color choices. Ten different kinds: windows, doors, sinks, and more. Who knew you had to caulk so many different things! Help!
We move on to Home Depot.
More dismal vanities. Longer and higher rows of plumbing gadgets. The caulking choices stretch to the ceiling. We look in vain for a salesperson to ask.
Frustration is mounting. Exhaustion sets in.
Then, finally, we scored two lights for the bathroom! Three hours into this adventure, I thankfully cross the first item of our massive list.
On to Wal-Mart where we pick up speed and quickly find everything on the list and mark them off with big bold marks.
Encouraged by our success we head back to Menard’s determined to overcome.
It was then that the miracle occurred.
Sales people actually found us.
They helped us.
They answered questions.
They were even friendly.
In a blaze of glory we finished the most important things on the list, deciding the rest could just wait.
After a mad dash through the store to find a bag of Sun Chips to munch on the way home, we headed for the car, exhausted but triumphant.
We had conquered.