It's been a wacky few months. We jumped on the house-buying roller coaster last fall. In San Francisco, trying to purchase a home with one income is rather like trying to cure cancer with a band-aid. Everyone appreciates your effort, but they don't really think you can do it.
We did it! Our first house together--a house with clear, strong bones and twenty years of neglect:
After a lot of hard work by our contractor Paul Nash (Nash Construction), and by the good grace of the San Francisco Planning Commission, our lovely bathroom now looks like this:
The afternoon sun makes it look like a spa! And our shower is a sanctuary--here's a picture before the door was hung:
At the back of the shower, there's a bench! My husband and I plan to be carried out of this house feet-first. The stress and turmoil of recent days is easily washed away. Worth it. If anyone out there has ever lived in the Sunset District of San Francisco, you know why we went crazy here. In 1945-48, they built these tiny vestibule-style showers. After ten years of that, we wanted room. We got it, and then some!
The only thing I hadn't planned on was not quite finishing my draft of By The Numbers before the move. My beta readers have probably given up hope--but Saturday morning at 6:00 AM I'll be on a plane for Minneapolis--work is sending me to a conference. I'm going two days early to FINISH THE NOVEL!
Of course my beta readers will no doubt suggest plenty of revisions. But I've got to hit that first milestone while people still believe I'm a writer!
So, house buying, done, and I'll never have to do that again I hope! But the novel, just the first of many.
Now, what are you doing for fun this weekend?