4:38 am is a time that should be banished from the world.
In fact, 3:56 am should also be banished from the world.
Remember that bathroom reno that has taken over our lives? Well, it’s also now compromising my sleep.
You see, Mr. MPB happened to stumble upon professional tilers (is that a word?) who had one day available to tile our entire bathroom for an amazing price. The catch, the day is tomorrow. And so we had less then one day to basically finish all the behind the scenes stuff in the bathroom.
And so, the two of us, we literally stayed up doing paint touch-ups and waterproofing the bathroom until 3:56 am. Clean up took us until after 4:00 am. And the last time I looked at the clock before finally falling asleep was 4:38 am.
These are times on the clock that I have no reason to see – I don’t have a kid to be awake with in the middle of the night, I am no longer in university partying all night, and I am not about to catch a flight to a warm destination. So, as I said, 3:56 am and 4:38 am should be banished from the world. Or at least banished from my world.
Thankfully I work from home so I was able to sleep in a little bit. But, I have a deadline. In fact, I have two deadlines tomorrow that cannot be missed. So, I pulled my sorry butt from bed at 8:30am and I am now sitting here at my desk with giant bags under my eyes, wishing I drank coffee.
After spending nearly an entire night bending over, kneeling down, climbing a ladder, applying unmodified thin-set mortar and the Schluter waterproofing system to most of a bathroom, my entire body hurts. Parts of my body I never knew could hurt, are aching right now. Thanks to the mortar, which sucked all the possible moisture out of my hands, even the skin on my hands hurt from being so dry. In fact they also seem to have Permian white spots on them too.
But, I have to admit, at about 1:30 am, when Mr. MPB suggested cancelling the tile contractors, I gave him the look. We have disagreed for months over the tiling of this bathroom – he thought we could do a good enough job, I didn’t trust us to do it well enough as we aren’t experienced tilers and so I wanted a professional finish. And so my look simply said, over my dead body are we going to miss having a professional finish this bathroom. Get to work!!
And so we worked. And we worked hard. And we also worked surprisingly really well together while stuck in a 40 square foot room for hours. We didn’t argue. We found things we were each good at and split tasks accordingly. We seemed to hit a groove and just worked.
But, I have to say, if I never have to waterproof a bathroom again, my life will be complete. This has been forever scratched off my list of possible future career paths.
And once the tiles are in, all that is left is relatively easy:
- Counter top purchase and install;
- Toilet install;
- Fixture install (i.e. faucets, towel racks);
- Light bulb purchase and install (thanks to that photo, I just noticed one light bulb is dead);
- Shower glass door purchase and install (which probably wont happen for a few months as they surprisingly expensive).
And so today, I am thankful the end of the bathroom reno is in sight. And, as I struggle to keep my eyes open, I am also thankful it’s almost the weekend!
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