So, I was supposed to start editing my novel this week but haven't been able to thanks to My Kitchen Hell (tm). Here's what I've faced so far this week:
1) A built in fridge not fitting due to some 'who knew they were there?' pipes
2) A replacement fridge brought in that, on closer inspection, has no freezer compartment. As I've just sold my fridge freezer (because it didn't fit in the new kitchen) this discovery didn't go down well. A third fridge is ordered (not here yet though)
3) An electrician (whose quote I hadn't accepted) turns up to do the electrics.
4) A 'heated discussion' with the fitter about which way round the drainer should go. My suggestion was logical, his way saved him doing a bit of extra work
5) Another 'heated discussion' with the fitter about the fact he hadn't booked someone in to do the tiling. Apparently 'kitchen company' had told him I wanted tiling after he'd received the job spec. Funny that because his job spec printout was exactly the same as mine. After telling me I should get a refund for tiling from kitchen company he suggested he'd 'do the job myself for cash in hand'.
6) Fitter tells me I have to come back urgently from where I'm working to discuss something with me. I wait outside on a cold step for THREE separate taxis that failed to show up. When I finally turn up the fitters are gone.
7) Fitter tells me that he'll get the kitchen company to refund me for 'finishing to decoration standard' because the flat doesn't need it. When I examine the work there are MASSIVE HOLES IN ALL THE WALLS. Cue another heated discussion.
8) One piece of the work surface arrived damaged so the fitter tried to find a replacement piece. Tells me it's out of stock everywhere...EVERYWHERE. The only replacement piece there is is being held to ransom by a woman who has lodged a complaint with the kitchen company and won't release the piece of work surface until they pay her a million pounds (or something)
9) Fitter tells me he can recommend someone to replace my boiler. I try hard not to laugh in his face.
One day all this will be a distant memory...(and I'll actually have started editing my book)