We were chatting about something and nothing last week when Dan suggested it was time for a bit of updating. Much as I would like to disagree with him, he is right, there are a few things about the place that are worn out and past their best but we've not done anything about them due to saving for other things.
I was a bit surprised when the first thing on his hitlist was cutlery. Ours doesn't all match, we bought our 16 piece set (Viners Gresham) when we were first together back in 2001 and things like matching soup spoons didn't matter, and if someone came round for a meal it would almost certainly have been delivered from the pizza place or kebab shop anyway.
The weird thing is that when he mentioned it I cleaned the stuff we have and realised I still really quite like it, it's very simple, mismatched soup spoons or not. I did look online for spares, but we're in that weird situation where it would be almost as cheap to buy a whole new set than to buy four spoons and a dinner knife - one of ours is bent after someone used it to ease open a jar.
Dan also bought a new backpack for cycling to work, it has been so stressful watching him attempting to cram everything into a teeny bag that now he has a large and very bright one my morning is far more relaxed.
Fast forward to yesterday when we received an email from the bathroom fitter. The bathroom is off as he's injured himself at work and doesn't know when, if ever, he'll be back. I feel so sorry for him, he sounded devastated.
There was nothing we could do about that yesterday, so we got on with a few other upgrades on our list. There is so much that needs to be done with the house but Dan started with filling the green bin with garden waste, that helped us feel a bit better, then we tackled some of the simple things on the house shopping list.
A dish drainer, not quite as exciting as the new bin, but it makes so much difference to the kitchen, our old drainer was black, and very bulky by comparison. We also replaced some tea towels that were more hole than towel, one of them was reduced when we got to the till *hooray* and we used another of our £3 off £20 vouchers which took some of the pain away from having to make such mundane purchases. Plus we had coupons worth £3 to scan, we're saving that credit up for some unknown purpose.
I also wrote a to-do list for today, then did as much of it yesterday as I could, doing tomorrow's list today is good, doing it on the day is something I avoid!