Some of us are easy to please. My neighbor? Not so much.
They are having their kitchen renovated. The existing floor plan was not a very good use of space and was fifty years old. There was no pantry, and the place just did not function well. I would say they are spending between $20,000-$30,000 to have their entire kitchen ripped out and redone. In their eyes, small beans compared to what they could have paid. They did not want to go gourmet, just an updated and functional kitchen. This process is supposed to take about three weeks, and for the past week and a half they have been living with no kitchen at all.
When I spoke to my neighbor over the weekend, I learned that the cabinets had been installed.
Me: Oh my god! That is awesome! Did you just walk into the kitchen and go "Ahhhhhh!" (that is my blog translation of angels singing).
NeighborChick: Eh. (shrugs shoulders). Not so much.
Me: Seriously? Don't the cabinets look fabulous? Do you not want to weep for joy when you see how the new kitchen is turning out?
NeighborChick: Nah. I mean, the cabinets are okay. I don't know if we'd spent $50,000 on the kitchen that I'd hear angels singing.
Me: Well, I am going to come over when the kitchen is done, and I am going to weep for joy when I see how great it looks.
I am utterly confused by this entire dialogue. You are going to spend that kind of money on a major upgrade to your house and not feel the teeniest bit of excitement? Not even a thank god it's nearly done smile?
Hubbie and I talked about it this weekend. Our kitchen is very small. We could get it redone in a decent fashion at IKEA for under $2,000. I would turn cartwheels if we were not renting and in a position to turn a non-functional space into something workable.
What about you? If you and your better half dropped 30K on a project, would you expect them to be excited about it? What is the price of your wow factor?