- all my spatulas. I own a dozen or more.
- all my whisks. I have to have 6 or 7.
- the bag of stuff from under the sink which includes a bigass bottle of JetDry.
- all the tall drinking glasses. I can drink out of the shorter glasses, but why should I?
Last night we unpacked about 20 boxes. We didn't unpack totally into the pantry because the paint was scratched in several places while they were installing the shelves, so they had to touch that up today. Tonight we will be able to move even more into the pantry. I can't wait.
We ran through the numbers. We will finish up about $6,000 over bid, but $300 under what we budgeted. And the $6k includes the new refrigerator, all new wiring and a new electrical box, all which were not included int he original budget. (Please advise anyone you know who might be planning a major rehab project to make certain the budget includes 10% to 15% "padding" for emergencies. I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't. Shudder. I don't even want to think about it.) We are planning to buy Norbert a Wii with the $300, if we can ever find one. (He's been displaced the most by the construction -- he's still sleeping under the dining room table in the living room!
I promise some "After" pictures soon, but I want to get unpacked first! Oh, did I tell you? I found the batteries!
We are going to work our assets off to have the house presentable by 6:00 p.m. Friday night. I'm making our first shabbat dinner in the new kitchen. Our Rabbi, who leaves our congregation in two weeks, is coming to dinner with his family, and my dear friends Nancy, Ben & their son, David, will join us. I'm making challah (of course! I've dreamed about baking bread these last 5 weeks!), baked halibut in an anchovy/balsamic marinade with red onions and peppers (Thank you, Martha Stewart), mashed potatoes with sour cream and roasted garlic, Sephardic green beans with tomato, onion and allspice, and Ravani -- a moist, sweet, syrup-soaked Greek cake -- with coffee for dessert. I wanted to make gefilte fish from scratch, but I've still got a lot of work to do to get the house in shape.
You know, it would be much easier to bake a cake if I knew where the ding-dang spatulas and whisks were!