we did it!

Last weekend we finally cleaned the living room. For most people, this is not an event, but it was the first time we cleaned it in the seven months since we moved in. It was so foul it was almost an endorsement for homelessness—compared to our mess, a Dumpster looked pretty sanitary.

We threw out five bags of trash; the other half Joe won’t let me throw out—part of his Great eBay Money Making scheme. Which we both know means that I’ll be throwing it out in the spring.

And while words cannot express how happy I am to finally be able to see the rug, there is a downside: I can see the rug. It’s the exact shade of cat vomit (I have had occasion to compare the two) and would be hideous even if it weren’t stained and moldy. Ripping it up is not an option because asbestos tile lurks underneath. Although I sometimes wonder if that’s not less of a health risk.

But overall, I haven’t been this happy since we put up walls. I can finally start to think about more fun home projects—and phase II.

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5 responses to “we did it!

  1. The asbestos tile will not hurt you at all unless you disturb the fibers. And the only way to really do that is to rip up the tiles themselves. But just walking on them will not do you any harm at all.

  2. Thanks, but we had the same tile under the bedroom and hall rugs and they are old and crumbly. Not something I want to be walking on every day.
    Eventually we’re going to have to remove them (we’ve got the equipment) but that’s all part of phase II.

  3. Congratulations!

  4. *poke poke poke*

    If you have a living room, do you have a Christmas tree?

  5. Just wondering what you’ve been up to. I hope you are well and enjoyed the holidays.

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