Ever-Changing Reflection

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


So it is, and with the beginning of the holiday season, I have been absent. The past week and a half since Thanksgiving has just been crazy, so let me catch you up (sorry about the long post).

Thanksgiving was lovely. It was good to be home, surrounded by family -- even if Jed couldn't make it because he was sick. Black Friday, we were up and ready to tackle our hallway project. No shopping for us, minus a trip to Home Depot to pick up some paint supplies. The project started as just painting the hallway. Then, I decided I wanted to replace the baseboards because they were grimy. Jed figured, while we were at it, we'd replace the door frames as well.

We pulled off the baseboards and door frames, then applied joint compound to even out the walls where we'd messed them up, pulling stuff off. Saturday, we sanded the walls (our entire house looked like a cocaine-producing factory with white dust everywhere!) and got ready to paint. By Saturday, night we were watching our new hallway paint dry.

Until Jed noticed you could see some of the lines where the joint compound met the wall. Ugh. Let's start over. Apply joint compound, sand Sunday morning (more white powder), paint. *sigh* I started cleaning up the white powder before the cops showed up as Jed is pondering whether the hall looks "too blue."

Yup, he decided it was "too blue," and he got his wish to change it when paint starting peeling in large strips from the wall because nothing had enough time to dry! Start over. Joint compound, let it dry overnight.

Monday morning, Jed headed back to Home Depot for paint, but not before searching the entire house for just the right color of "tan" we wanted in the hallway. He brought the rug in front of the kitchen sink with him to match the color. When he got home, we sanded (more crack everywhere) and painted.

*Whew* Um... nope! Paint's peeling again! Our wall looks like a rainbow with light tan, then light blue, then off-white, then peach, then lilac, then white drywall. Ugh! GRRRRR! We both stood in the hallway, pissed, at wit's end, and almost ready to just up and sell the house. After a rational debate, we decided to leave it for the week.

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that I came down with Jed's cold Saturday night. Perfect. Now we're both failing at DIY, at wit's end, can't breathe and cranky.

... {to be continued} ...

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Apollo is a lhasa! I'm in love with that breed now! Someday I'll have another lhasa.