Finally, after 6 months without a functioning kitchen the wait is over. This was a big week. Friday, my coworkers installed the butcher block counters and the appliances were delivered. The counters look amazing, especially with the farmhouse sink. Today, as I type, our friend Angel is finishing up the installation of all our appliances (range, hood, sink/faucet, and dishwasher). On Sunday, I actually went grocery shopping for real food and it felt great. No more microwave and hotplate! The kitchen finally looks like it's supposed to. There are still a few details to be finished (tile backsplash, painting the walls, new lights, hanging the upper cabinet doors...) but all the functional part is done. I must say that it's all turning our exactly how I imagined it. It's quaint, cozy, and feels like it should have been an original part of the house. Rejuvenation (a lighting and house parts store based in Portland) is having a home remodeling contest, and I'm thinking about entering the kitchen if we complete everything by the deadline (hmmm, which is May 1st...maybe a bit soon). Who knows? It could be fun, and the $1,000 gift certificate wouldn't be bad! We'll see. For now, I'm just happy with cooking our own food!