But a large part of my life right now is the necessity to buy a lot of stuff, including stuff that I don't even know if I want but am required to buy, such as drain tile. And I do want to document this whole nutty process, especially for anyone else foolish enough to consider buying a foreclosure and then doing a gut renovation. (My friend Venu said that when she first heard what I was doing, she thought it sounded like fun, and like something she might want to do...and after a few months of hearing about all the details, she realized it was way more work and way more time-consuming than she wanted to take on. So that's one person saved, at least.)
I admit, I'm getting a little overwhelmed by just how much stuff there is to buy for the house. I mean, you know lights can be expensive, right? But then you realize you need, like a hundred different lighting fixtures, and then you're talking crazy money. (That's just for the fixtures, of course -- not the bulbs or the actual wiring that leads to each fixture -- that's more.) It's all in the budget, and if I can just resist the urge to buy the prettiest things and stick to things that will work fine, we should be okay.
But I don't want to buy super-cheap things that we'll just end up replacing, because that seems wasteful -- the frugal New Englander in me says the fiscally prudent thing to do is buy the highest quality item that we can afford, because that's the one that will last decades (or longer). Making those decisions over and over again is a constant struggle (especially when I have to take Kevin's opinions into account, which I do on pretty much every item). It makes me tense.
I woke up early this morning from a stress dream about lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. We need four of them. I think I like this one:
It's a little funky, a little steampunky. Too funky? Maybe just for one bedroom, and something more traditional in the others, like the one below?
I think when I started this, I thought all the shopping would be fun. And it is sometimes. But mostly, tense and stressful.