Or at least that’s what I keep telling the kids when they ask. The general insanity of our life just got pushed to eleven. Every time I tell our story to someone, they just stare. And then they start laughing. And then they ask if I need to do laundry, or a bottle of wine. Or a bottle of wine with my laundry.
So…we knocked our house down 3 months ago.
Without another home to move in to.
And our new house will not be ready until next spring.
Here’s a video of what happened.
Of course, the knockdown was preceded by an epic Knockdown Party, full of neighborhood kids, spray paint and sledgehammers.
We camped locally in the Airstream for April and May to get the kids through the end of school. A very cold and rainy spring. We’re still in the Airstream, parking the camper with family and friends and commuting hours to work and the construction site. Next month we’ll take the show on the road for a month out in Maine. I suppose I should look for an apartment or home to rent come September…
The upside is that our kids are getting a Banshee Summer full of flip-flops, construction dirt, and free-range parenting. They’re getting lots of time withcousins,grandparents and great-grandma. I’ve listened to some incredible books on my commute: Sarum, Measure of a Man, The Martian, Fahrenheit 451, God’s Smuggler, The Moon is A Harsh Mistress, The Unbroken.
Downside is utter chaos. Everything seems to be held together by one last stitch. How many meals of cereal or hot dogs are ok? Are you kids brushing your teeth? Gosh, did we make a dentist appointment yet this year? Did we do allergy shots this month? I’m sure our cello and piano teachers are just aghast at the level of non-practicing, but gracious enough not to mention it.
Speedbump Kitchen has fallen into disarray as I’m lucky to have a few bars of 3G on my iPhone from time to time. The web has moved on, while my plug-ins and themes have become orphaned and glitchy. I threw a Hail Mary at the website in the form of Shay Bock’s Foodie Theme. I know, it’s boring. But it’s not broken. I’m gonna let Shay’s impeccable code keep this site running while I keep the rest of the world spinning.2