Starting with positive news: We got new carpet installed yesterday!!! (in our 3 main level bedrooms)
Now for the negative news: We got new carpet installed yesterday!!!
Just kidding. It is good news, and I’m very happy, and grateful. The carpet looks (and feels) great. But omg, I’m exhausted right now.
Prep + Clutter…..
Tuesday evening we spent the entire evening prepping the rooms for Wednesday morning install. Meaning literally every single thing in the rooms had to come out. Everything from on the floor in the closets + lower level hanging stuff. Everything from under the beds. The drawers. Lamps/ alarm clocks/ picture frames/ etc. We had to take apart our king sized bed and move the box spring out and take the frame apart. (Doing anything with a king sized anything is a royal PAIN. Those mattresses weigh like 1,000 lbs. and it feels like wrestling an octopus or something. So awkward.)
The carpet guys dealt with moving the actual dressers around, but we had to do everything else.
We made like 1,200 trips up and down the basement steps to move everything to dump in separate piles. I specifically insisted that we NOT dump everything out in the main living areas of the house because I did not have faith that we would get the rooms reassembled promptly (being the middle of the workweek and all), and I couldn’t stand the thought of looking at all that stuff the rest of the week.
But the install went well, with the minor detail that our new carpet is thicker than our old carpet. So we have to have our closet doors cut down/ shortened a little bit in order to fit back on! Grrr.
Whistle while you work
I also got some joy/amusement out of the Mexican installation guys. When they knocked on the door, I opened and the guy looked down at the carpet order (presumably looking at our very Hispanic sounding last name), and then said in heavily accented English, “Someone here speak Spanish?” I said I did, so he launched into Spanish, happily. 🙂 It’s always fun when my language skills come in handy. Before they left I learned one is from Acapulco, the others from Guanajuato. Both places we’ve been, both gorgeous cities.
I sat and worked in the kitchen while they worked from 8:30-noon or so. I texted Ivan at work: “Mexican people are so funny. These guys have their ranchera music playing (loudly) and are singing along and whistling as they walk in and out, right past me here on my computer….” He responded, “hahahaha, yep!!”
I would have personally been a) embarrassed to be singing along to music in front of a strange lady and b) worried that I would be disturbing the person on the computer. (It was fine! Didn’t bother me at all. But I know I would never have done that, myself.)
It just made me laugh, because it’s just a cultural thing, I think. They like their vibrant music!! (I do, too. It’s very…cheery? Upbeat? Catchy? I don’t know the word, but I like it. Also a fan of the trumpets.) Ivan does NOT really embrace Mexico’s musical culture too much or often at our house, which sometimes makes me a little sad, because I think it’s fun.
We spent the WHOLE night getting our room, at least, put back together, and made some progress on the boys’ rooms. Still have more to do, and my house still feels all cluttered which is annoying me!! But that’s okay. 🙂
I am grateful that people know how to install carpet, because, we do not.
More carpet photos coming! Once things are more done. Here’s a random fall scene from the walk home from the bus on Tuesday: