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Czech out the Angry

November 17, 2009
by thenestinggame

My buddy¬† The Angry Czech gave The Nesting Game a shout-out for Share-a-Blog Monday. Thanks, pal! In his honor I thought I’d compile a list of home-related things that make me angry.

1. Having a constant pile of things to return to Home Depot. For instance, this weekend we bought some house numbers for our front entrance. They were all in packages labeled black. Except one was actually antique bronze. Which, of course we did not realize until we were (Taylor was) mounting them on the door. Sigh. Back to Home Depot we went. Then last night, I ran out to buy belt sander strips for the Fireplace Project and picked up some light bulbs for a new Ikea lamp we got for the guest room. Got the wrong size bulbs after the Home Depot guy recommended the right ones and I thought he was wrong. You can do it. We can help. Unless you’re an idiot. Then you’re on your own.

But the door numbers turned out pretty spiffy, no?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Stickers that do not peel off. We have fancy trash cans. Trash cans that I bought a Lowe’s, took BACK to Lowe’s (see #1), looked for better ones at Home Depot then RE-bought the originals at Lowe’s. Specifically, they’re trash PANS because the rim of the can is edged like a dust pan. However, they have GIGANTIC yellow stickers all down the side and they won’t peel off. And I refuse to spend 30 minutes with a bottle of Goo Gone trying to spruce them up. I’ll just have to look trashy on trash day. Sorry, neighbors.

3. Our side door. Not sure if it’s because the house has settled or if the previous owner was a scaredy cat, but our side door will. not. open. or. shut. without superhuman strength. It is wedged so tightly in the door frame that I have to put all my bags down in the morning and pull with both hands. Then when I shut it, I have to slam the heck out of it. I would like a new door for this reason alone, but also a window would be nice to let a little more light in the kitchen, so one day we’ll get around to that. In the meantime, I’m going to have to start wearing one of these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Paying for being an idiot. When the home was inspected, my inspector mentioned that the heater wasn’t lighting and that the ignitor might need replacing. But the unit was relatively new and once that is fixed, it should be fine. Okay. No biggie. (I mean, it could potentially be a biggie but there were other, biggier problems I was concerned with then so I didn’t dwell on the heater issue.) Anyway, Taylor peeked at it and, because it was gas, decided it was smarter to leave it to the experts. So Mr. HVAC came and looked at it and — Good News! The ignitor works great! All he had to do was take the panel off and switch the furnace on. Yes, I paid someone $80 to flip a switch. There’s a first (and last) time for everything…

So that’s the angry so far!

In non-angry news, the couches are here and are wonderfulamazingfabulousity. They’re under cover now because Taylor is working his magic on the fireplace, but here’s how they turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get a glimpse of the swanky Craigslist table too. I’m loving the room and can’t wait to get it all done.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2009 5:41 pm

    You can expect to find the unitard under the Christmas tree this year.

  2. Elaine Smart permalink
    November 17, 2009 9:52 pm

    You should be a comedian! Bill and I both had a good laugh at your experiences.
    Only Taylor would hang the house numbers like he did – love it!

  3. Jackie permalink
    November 18, 2009 2:49 pm

    Ah, the Home Depot. I’m sure Drew has shared his own personal rendering of their slogan, “You might be able to do it. But we won’t help.” We have the surliest Home Depot workers in the land here in NoVa.

    I love the couches (did you sit before you bought? We have been wanting R&B stuff for YEARS) and the house numbers!!

    • November 18, 2009 10:10 pm

      Jackie, we did test-sit the couches. Room & Board just opened a store here in Atlanta. Can’t believe there’s not a store in the DC area! I’m glad we did go because, from simply looking at the catalog, we actually preferred another style that we weren’t as crazy about in person. So, you’ll just have to get Drew to schedule more focus groups here and see for yourselves. Drew and I can commiserate about the Home Depot at the same time. :)

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