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Things that I’m doing to avoid doing the things that I should be doing

Things that I am doing right now:

  • Eating Lucky Charms and wondering how General Mills makes them so magically delicious.  Maybe it’s his special military training.  Seriously though, they are delicious.
  • Texting my college roommate about a soap opera called Capitol that we used to watch back in the day.
  • Texting my son with information that they are expanding our local Apple store.  Ha!  Mom knows something that you don’t, Mr. Smarty Pants (not his real name).
  • Singing to the cats.  Operas don’t write themselves, people.
  • Searching craigslist for a white accent table for the newly painted blue room.
  • Sending randy text messages to W.  But not too randy because she is at work and that’s totally inappropriate (and she gets distracted by my flirtations).
  • Thinking about scrubbing the bathroom floor.
  • Screwing around on WordPress.
  • Writing this post.
  • Thinking that I should take a 15-minute power nap.
  • Wishing the kids came home at 4 a.m. instead of 4 p.m.

Things that I should be doing right now:

  • Scrubbing the bathroom floor.
  • Scooping the litter boxes.
  • Answering my copy editor’s queries.
  • Writing the last article for this week’s deadline.
  • Taking our pile of to-be-donated books to the library.
  • Reading Life of Pi before W yells at me again.  (We both read the book years ago, but decided to read it again before we see the movie.  The movie comes out next week.)
  • Vacuuming the bedroom.
  • Doing the laundry.
  • Picking up my flannel shirts from the drycleaner.  Yes, I get my flannel shirts drycleaned.  Well, just the good ones.  Yes, I have “good” flannel shirts.

This old house and this old lesbian (Part II)

I haven’t been posting much lately because I’ve been busy with a slew of home projects.  My goal was to get the entire downstairs finished by Thanksgiving.

We are hosting a large turkey dinner, so we thought it would be nice to actually clean the place up a bit.  We’re hospitable like that.

Truth be told, the house had fallen into disarray thanks in large measure to our three teenage boys and three rebel cats.  And other annoying things like jobs and dentist appointments.

Anyway, last time I posted about home improvements, there was a great cry for pictures.  See here.


As I had mentioned, all of the rooms in our house were painted mustard yellow when we moved in.  You can read about it here.  They looked like this:

W said the color isn’t actually mustard yellow.  Well, it is under the principles of creative license, I replied.  This is a pic for the insurance company showing water damage  from Hurricane Sandy.


Here’s the downstairs bathroom painted a shade of green called “recycled glass.”

Another angle showing a framed print of Warren Kimble’s Cat in Hot Tin Tub.  Our tuxedo cat Magic loves to go in our bathtub after someone takes a shower, so this print reminds us of her.

There was a lot of hubbub over the color of paint for this next room.  You can read about it here.  I had painted over the yellow with a blue that turned out to be a shade of Smurf.  After another coat of paint, the room looks like this:

W made the curtains for the floor-to-ceiling windows.  I absolutely love everything about them.  I framed two pictures that the kids made when they were younger.

Here’s a closer look:

I am thrilled with how the room came out.

There is still work to be done.  For example, the wooden floor in the blue room is going to be painted an antique white.

But for right now this homeowner is content with the improvements.  And, very, very tired.

Here’s one last picture of Magic sitting on top of the bearded dragon’s cage.  I used to call her “french fry” because she likes to sit under the heat lamps.