Prep for the Wiring

So as I was in the kitchen rewarding Shelby, our dog, with a treat - in part for her successful "speaking" when prompted but also for helping me procrastinate on my paper just a little longer, I heard a noise. Like boards clapping together. So I looked out a window and this is what I saw:

This pile came from our attic where Chad is tearing out the finished from the words "finished attic." I mean, this is a necessity for our re-wiring that I have been fighting, not that the finished attic was nice or anything but certainly nicer than not finished. However, it has to be done so that's how it goes, right? Here is what the attic looked like this morning and what it looks like as of this afternoon:

The paneling has come off (whatever - it was hideous anyways), the carpet is gone (um, it was ugly but now I feel bad that it is going to be in a landfill - along with the paneling - and I won't be able to go up there barefoot as comfortably now) and the ceiling tiles are gone. I complain too much - I should look at this as progress because now we can wire for the fans and lights in the bedrooms which means we're closer to the floors being done and then painting the walls.

Don't you love how everything in old houses is connected to some other project?


Soapstone Obsession

Now that I have a *little* extra time on my hands, I am beginning to think (dream) about our future kitchen. I have successfully quite thinking about the kitchen at all. I don't think about the one we have now because it sucks - ugly, no room, ugly, no dishwasher, ugly, no icemaker, uh...did i mention ugly? And I've successfully not entertained any thoughts about the future kitchen for awhile because, well, it depresses me. But recently I've started thinking about what the future holds for our ugly, tiny kitchen. Right now I'm obsessing about soapstone countertops. Okay, the kitchen isn't happening any time soon (surprise, surprise), however, does anyone have experience with soapstone countertops? Just curious.
Aren't the countertops just so...beautiful? It reminds me of science class. Not that I really liked science class or anything.

(Photo from: http://www.vermontsoapstone.com/soapstone_ctexamples.asp)

The other thing I've recently been thinking about is a butcher block area. Even with the eventual demolition of a wall in our kitchen nook area to make the kitchen bigger we will not have enough room for an island or anything like that. So I was thinking a butcher block corner. Like this:

(Photo from: http://www.cottageliving.com/cottage/homes/article/0,21135,1139078,00.html)

Kind of cool, uh? Okay, enough dreaming...I'm starting to get depressed. :)