I'm feeling pretty good about myself today. There are these pictures going around on the internets which feature an apartment that is filthy beyond belief. Perhaps you've seen them? I saw them, and I nearly threw up. I know that I have a more sensitive nausea center than a lot of people, but if you don't feel the same way, I'll be worried a bit. Looking at them made me realize I am extraordinarily clean, if a touch disorganized and prone to messes. But, see, I do clean them up. I also know how to tell my husband to take the garbage to the curb. And, I even do it myself if he doesn't notice it piling up, although I admit to being pretty stubborn about it being his job and not mine.
Anyway, here is the link to these pictures. Click with caution, they are not for the faint of heart. I am not even kidding.
And with that, here are the 8 pictures of my lovely kitchen. I just rearranged it last week, because I purchased a new computer armoire and my awesome dad put it together for me while my parents were visiting. He likes to do stuff like that, and he did it amazingly fast, too. Before that I had a really big corner desk unit. It was great, but it was just too gigantic for my kitchen. It worked well in our last house, but it drove me nutso here. When we first moved in, we saw there was a spot in the living room that was perfect for the desk, but then we realized that there was nowhere to put the piano. It just made more sense to have the computer in the kitchen than the piano, as I'm sure you would agree, even though it has bugged me for two years now. The rolling thingy that you put the keyboard on broke a few weeks ago, so I had a great excuse to find something I liked better.
Here is the first view, with the computer armoire closed (much to Joel's chagrin, as he was doing important "research" on youtube while I was taking these pictures last night). The corner unit used to be right where the armoire is, and it was so behemoth that my table had to be situated the other way and the desk extended out to the middle of the window. It was pretty cramped in there, to say the least. Also, the old desk was a junk sucker. It just couldn't stay clean no matter what I did. Now, I have doors to close on the mess if necessary.
In this view you can see how the new armoire works so well with my hutch. The old desk left barely enough space for the garbage can between the hutch and the desk. I really, really like my table turned this way so much better. You just have no idea. Also, you can now see that Joel is back to "researching" Maynard Ferguson and jazz music.
Did I mention I really like my table turned this way?
Another new thing in the kitchen is this tin magnet board. I used to have an el cheapo bulletin board/white board combo there. It was ugly. I kind of miss the white board, but since one of Sophie's latest pastimes was climbing up and erasing everything I wrote there, it's a moot point. I bought this thing at Robert's, unfinished. I also bought red paint. But when I got it home I realized that I did not, in fact, buy red paint. I bought brown paint. I was too impatient to go back and switch it, so I just painted it brown. Not sure how I feel about it, but it works for now. I can always paint it red another day.
Here is a lovely view of a counter. Actually, for those of you who have been in my kitchen and then had the gall to move away, you might remember that I had some ceramic canisters here that had really seen their best days. Much as I loved them, I threw them out. Then I replaced them with the one big metal canister you see here. If you open it, you will find cell phone chargers and my collection of Box Tops.
Here is Chloe getting her sippy cup for the night, and another view of the place and my cell phone. I used to have a lot of other stuff on my counters, but I sold it in our garage sale. It feels so good to be rid of the clutter. That funny looking thing by the fridge is Bria's lunchbox, waiting to be packed up in the morning.
When I took this picture, I was standing in my living room. This is my least favorite feature of this house, because if you have even one dirty dish in the sink, the whole world will know. Well, at least they would know if you invited them in. It bugs me, because I often have many more than one dirty dish in the sink. I'd love to hide that fact. Oh well, it gives me impetus to just do the darn dishes already. And I did, last night, as you can see. Unfortunately, now I have breakfast dishes to contend with. But first, I have to unload the dreaded dishwasher.
And finally, a view where you can kind of see how it all fits together. You can also see my pantry door.
There you have it! My lovely kitchen. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Look for other rooms in future weeks....not sure I (or you, for that matter) can handle doing this every day, but I will try to do it weekly until my whole house is done. Which shouldn't take too many weeks. It's a small house.
P.S. I really like roosters.