Monday, December 31, 2007

Please help me justify my rationalization

This little cheapo thingy that was put (not by me) onto our bottom-of-the-line kitchen faucet to allow you to direct the water and also (supposedly) to select between a stream and a wider spray of water has just broken off.

I think this completely justifies my buying the nice gooseneck faucet that we need I want. Yes, I know we could replace that doohickey or just put the regular screen thingy back onto it (which we still have... somewhere; and yes there are technical names for these things but I'm far too undercaffeinated to imagine what they might be) but since clearly SOMEthing needs to be done, why shouldn't that something be that we put in a nice new faucet, yes?

If you agree, please let me know. And please share your own really stretched rationalization stories, like "the toilet paper holder broke off and so we completely remodeled the bathroom." That sort of thing. I need backup here, folks.

Maybe, in the spirit of "it's easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission," I could just pick it up on my way into town to pick up the sushi and wine for tonight's dinner...

6 comments:

We are in said...

Go for it! The way I work those types of conversations around here is by saying things along the line of - "it's really a waste of time and money to repair something that we're going to replace anyway."

I'll confess I have a history of getting carried away - and in keeping with the "ask forgiveness later" angle:

Many many moons ago I attended an estate auction while my husband thought I was out running errands. I fell in love with, bid on and won an entire 1940's Heywood Wakefield bedroom suite that I thought was perfect for our 1940's cape cod.

Needless to say this wasn't planned and since there was no way it was going to fit into my Toyota I had to pay the guy I outbid (and who was smart enough to attend with a pickup truck!) to haul it home for me.

Working at the fever pitch that only someone nervous and in their twenties can manage I somehow got the bedroom painted (no time for primer!) the furniture assembled, mirror hung, bought new bedding and curtains - got them up and got all the old stuff hauled out before my husband got home from working the night shift.

What could he say? What's done was done! LOL

Good luck!

MisterMoonStruck said...

Leslie. GO for it. We ended up renovating an entire bathroom, because the tub faucet leaked...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-Stan (aka MisterMoonStruck)

Kathy from NJ said...

In 1999 we decided to buy a new laminate counter top. While looking at laminate we decided to replace all the cabinets above & below the countertop, changed the location of the sink (major plumbing bill), then we needed a new kitchen floor which led to removing carpet & putting in a new floor in the living room & dining room, which led to all new taller molding around the new floor which led to a new tile floor & floor molding in the powder room, then we decided to add crown molding in living, dining & powder rooms.

Leslie said...

Hee! I love the stories, I hope I get more!

Sadly, Lowes was out of the faucet that I really really wanted, so I have to wait until they get more in. I'm strongly suspecting that it's the same faucet we put in our last house, but hey, the style's great (a sort of old-fashioned flair to it, while most that met my other criteria were just too contemporary), the setup's exactly what I want (single handle with a sprayer to the side and a plate to hide the extra holes in the sink), the color's right (brushed nickel), and the price was definitely right ($100, and still I liked it better than most of the ones that were 2-3 times that). So I got the part number and hopefully it will come in while I'm still on break and I can just "ooh gee, honey, looked what I happened to pick up this morning and install this afternoon" one day...

EGE said...

Our stove broke so that justified a bigger one. The bigger one justified moving the kitchen sink. Moving the sink justified putting in a dishwasher. And the whole think justified new cabinets. Then the money ran out, so we never got around to re-doing the second half of the kitchen. It's on our list of things to not get around to doing this year, either.

Jen said...

Oh my, I thought my story was good, but it has already been outdone. I was not in the mood to mop the old vinyl kitchen floor and made the comment, "Hey, if we ripped out the vinyl [to expose the pine floor we knew was underneath] I wouldn't have to mop it anymore." My husband immediately ignored the bad logic, extremely uncharacteristic, and ripped out the vinyl and 1/4" ply underlay, which also included moving out the chopping block, stove, refrigerator, and a few other items. We have now spent a year living with an old pine kitchen floor, half of which was finished originally (old mud room) and half of which has never been finished, and all of which is covered with multiple layers of old mastic (think your dining room). Luckily our old mastic comes off using a method of old rags, boiling water, plastic scrapers, and 3 & 1/2 hour phone conversations with my father-in-law. However, 18 months later, it is still only partially cleaned off, prior to refinishing someday.