Monday, June 29, 2009

The Cool and The Uncool

The “Cool House Tour” is a tour of houses which have gone to great lengths to become green dwellings. It’s an admirable effort, not only are these remodeling / building / and passive design elements (such as incorporating shade trees) good for the planet, they represent long-term savings for the consumers – savings on energy bills, etc.

For me it’s just partly to see the green renovations but mostly to just get to see all the marvelous houses. The art studios, the kiddie accommodations you wish you'd had, the courtyards, the tile, the gorgeous patios, the incredible countertops and showers and closets, and gizmos! In this pic you can see a screen that goes up or down with push-button controls. Then the doors behind it can optionally be opened accordion-style to completely open the area to the courtyard. Gah! Plus, these people are just so damned organized! And tidy! Even with children! And pets! grrrr.

I have to say that while MrB is inspired and encouraged when he gets home from a House Tour, I mainly just feel like an inadequate failure. That grrrr is not for all those people whose houses and lives are better than mine - it's for me. What a loser I must be to have all this clutter and such a huge pile of things I've been meaning to do but can't seem to start - and all of them covered in dust.

New Despair.

(I have house envy... and regular envy. In fact, I am green with envy... does that count as being green?)

3 comments:

Ptelea said...

Wow....'What a loser I must be to have all this clutter and such a huge pile of things I've been meaning to do but can't seem to start - and all of them covered in dust'

Are you sure you didn't steal this line from me? I could tell you stories but I am too embarrassed to go into detail!

Blueberry said...

Do tell, Ptelea! :-)

Freida Bee, MD said...

Same here! And, even worse, is that I have rented a house that has many green features that I have let go unused, a water collection system, and a beautiful garden space. I've put those behind getting past the clutter-- which has yet to happen.

Some day. This summer. Today. Blah. Right. I'll go home from work and be too tired.

I bet the tour is nice.