Author Archives: DC House Cat (Catarina Bannier)

About DC House Cat (Catarina Bannier)

I'm a journalist-turned-Realtor based in Washington, DC. My clients have come from five continents--not unusual in a city that's full of life, history, world politics and stories Some of them, however, have lived here all their lives, and they have been the ones that taught me the most. For the past thirteen years, helping people buy and sell homes has been more than a business for me. It feeds my passion for house history, it's a way to make new friends, and it has become a way of life. Nothing tells more about you than the home you choose for yourself.

The Kitchen Timer, Day 35 — We’re Getting There. Or Are We?

Before I get deeper into the dramatic  continuation of the Counter Intelligence issue, let’s look at the whole picture. Week 5 of our kitchen remodel has passed, and this is where we are right now: The cabinets are about 75% assembled … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 31 — Failed Counter Measures

Something was wrong with their phones today. The stone company’s Silver Spring showroom number switched to a jolly little kid’s cell phone voice mail. The salesperson’s direct number got disconnected, and the corporate number on their website was answered by … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 30 — Wordless Wednesday

The Other DC House Cat apparently isn’t so sure about all of this, but I’ve entered the phase where I can hardly wait to get home every day. This is fun! (To start following the kitchen project from the beginning, … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 29 — Spring Is In The Air

Finally, finally, things are starting to happen. The big empty space in the middle of our house is flooded with sun. And it’s now going to get filled with whatever has been waiting in those mountains of boxes we’ve been staring … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 26 — Carried In, Crowded Out

This is our family room, or better, the room off the kitchen that ordinarily serves as such. We’ve now been further displaced from our regular habitat because the cabinets arrived. They were conveniently delivered immediately before a weekend so they … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 25 — It’s The Winter, Stupid!

Hibernation, according to Wikipedia, is “a state of inactivity and metabolic depression” and “refers to a season […] that is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and heart rate, and low metabolic rate.” If I haven’t documented any kitchen … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Timer, Day 19 — Sound Advice Needed

One of the curious relics from the 1980s in our house is a 5-station intercom system. Presumably, you could use it to call the kids in from the backyard or basement, or wherever else they might hide out. We have … Continue reading

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