Get On With It

Writing and drawings about work, family and the stuff in-between

Tag: moving to scotland

  • Looking forward to a (wood-burning) fire

    Looking forward to a (wood-burning) fire

    I haven’t shared much about the house renovation because, well, there hasn’t been much to talk about. We’re on a steady schedule of about one “thing” getting done a week, so at least things are moving at a pace, even if it is a snail.

  • How to guarantee your house renovation project will be the most stressful thing you’ve ever done

    How to guarantee your house renovation project will be the most stressful thing you’ve ever done

    We’re at 134 days and counting on our house renovation project. At this point it’s in easily in the top 3 of most stressful times I’ve ever had as a human being. You can have it too if you want it bad enough! Just follow this guide.

  • It’ll be worth it when it’s over

    It’ll be worth it when it’s over

    Whoever said this has never done a house renovation while living with their in-laws. If builders are from Mars, we must live over in the planetoid Farfarout. We are at 120 days and counting on our project and despite me saying there was light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve realized that was one […]

  • Houses here tend to look the same, which fits the location

    Houses here tend to look the same, which fits the location

    I’ve been noticing the houses around our little part of Scotland for a while now. We moved nearly three years ago and have since bought a house and embarked on a renovation project, each of these things offering ample reason to closely examine the types and styles of houses that are available. My initial impression […]

  • The genius of saying sorry with your hazards

    I entered the roundabout at a very, how should I say, “deliberate” speed. Ok, it was bordering on too fast. To anyone watching, I was clearly on the move through the roundabout and had the right-of-way. However, a truck pulling out just ahead didn’t see it that way, or didn’t see me until it was […]

  • House renovation update: spinning the triangle

    House renovation update: spinning the triangle

    Like all projects, our house renovation project is all about a balance between scope, schedule, and cost. As all project managers know, changing any one of these points of the triangle impacts all the others. Right now it feels like we’re constantly spinning our our triangle like a roulette wheel, adjusting things and trying to […]

  • House renovation update: it’s “going”, just not sure where yet

    House renovation update: it’s “going”, just not sure where yet

    My buddy asked me how the house renovation project was going and I responded quickly without thinking: “It’s going good” I said. Then I thought about it more. “Welllllll, good probably isn’t the right word there.” It’s “going”, that is for sure, but I don’t know where just yet.

  • Winter solstice in Scotland

    Winter solstice in Scotland

    Today is our 3rd winter solstice since moving to Scotland, and it is dark. There are quite a few things I’ve learned since moving, and the vast shifts in light that one experiences over the year is one of them. The light, not the weather or temperature, is the biggest difference between the seasons in […]