Sunday, January 10, 2010

She Said, "Do You Think There's Some System That Controls and Affects?"

Here are my counters. Waiting out their installation in my bedroom. The sink hole seems cut out to accentuate the weird stain on my floor. Nice.

Soooooo, this weekend? This weekend I was really tired. I thought it was just from all the annoying little crappy things I had to deal with for a week straight, but my girls were both exhausted too. So, I'll just go ahead and blame it on the mind numbing cold.

I decided to give myself a little break on Friday night. I took the girls out to eat to Chili's (their choice). We never do that anymore, but since my kitchen was torn apart and we were all exhausted, it seemed like the thing to do. We had a nice meal and the girls went on and on about their high school stuff. I'm so glad they have each other to talk to about that stuff with. If I had to listen to it all the time and try to pretend to care, my head might just explode.

Stinky went out for a bit when we got home, but Coadster and I stayed home and we watched Valkyrie, while I drank my two beers. Last week we watched Inglorious Basterds, so I think I've officially met my quota on watching Hitler assassination plot movies.

Stinky came home from hanging out with her friends that I don't particularly like. She just started hanging out with them this Fall and got into trouble with them. I've been talking to her about the fact that these kids aren't the best influence. I try not to make a huge stink about them, because if I've learned one thing about having teenagers, it's that the more you tell them you don't want them to do a thing, the more they want to do it. Anyway, I think Stinky might be over this latest boundary pushing/rebellion exercise. She finally told me I was right about those kids and doesn't think she wants to hang out with them anymore. She said all they care about is partying and she's bored by the fact that they really have no other interests. Sweet. I'm glad that she came to that realization on her own...Eventually.

Saturday was good in the fact that my pipes weren't frozen and my car started. Coadster and I went to the rec building to run and that felt great. I was still exhausted all day. I don't think it helped that when I got back to working on the kitchen, everything I touched in there turned to shit. Behind every moved appliance was a new project. There were so many cracks and so much peeling paint, I felt like I was reconstructing every wall in the room. I finally gave up around 9'ish. Stinky and I tried to watch a movie, but we were both too pooped and we ended up going to sleep around 11. Yeah. We really know how to party.

Anyway, I finally got the kitchen walls scraped, spackled, sanded, taped and primed. Now, all I have to do is my favorite part - paint. I love adding color to a room. I can't promise anything, but I might be able to show you the freshly painted walls tomorrow or the next night.


rel said...

You had quite a productive week end. Now I know who to call the next time I redo a room!
It is difficult to let our kids learn some lessons on their own, but, as you know, we need to let them practice while we're there to catch them so they'll be ready when they are on their own.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I have the same issue with MPR telling all about her highschool stuff.. it's enough to wanna scream.. But she has this thing about bringing drama around her and all I can do is shake my head and say Uh huh..

Tara said...

What did you think of "Inglourious Basterds"? I haven't seen "Valkyrie" yet.

I'm glad that Stinky decided that those friends weren't the type to hang out with. I knew some people in high school who only talked about getting wasted. My friends and I were blissfully boring, and our only wild side was seeing if we could stay up all night watching movies.

SkylersDad said...

Good for Stinky for figuring out the crap friends on her own. And well done on your part mom!

Pamela said...

Ah, the glories of a home. Always something to be fixed. Glad it's coming together well though.

Brando said...

Can't wait to see pictures when you're done. I also think it's been colder in Iowa than up here at the Pole, which is just wrong.

I like the idea of having a Hitler Assassination Film Fest.

laura b. said...

Oh, you crazy homeowners and your projects :-) I am really looking forward to the photos.

I commend you for letting Stinky draw her own conclusions about her new friends. You know how it is with the is just that much more alluring.

dmarks said...

I've heard that "Inglorious Basterds" is kind of in a Hogans Heroes vein.

booda baby said...

Whoa. You fit a whole big life into that post! Maybe you needed to get exhausted to just give yourself permission to relaaaaaaax.

And maybe you got exhausted from months of unbelievable restraint. I can hardly resist telling FRIENDS to ice an obviously bad person in their life, much less a daughter. Eeek.

Ananda girl said...

Good job mom! And kudos to your girl. I can hardly wait to see that kitchen color. So far, I love everything about your house.

MrManuel said...

I am so amazed that as cold as it is there, you go running, even if it is somewhere indoors. I would never leave the house!

Churlita said...


That's just it. I'd rather have her struggle while I'm here to guide her than when she's out in the world and hours away from me.


With my girls, it's just a lot of conversations about who's pissed off at whom and who just broke up and blah and blah and blah.


I really liked it, but I need to watch it again. I didn't understand that it was a fantasy, so I was very confused at the end.

Skyler's Dad,

Thanks. We'll call this round 25. I'm sure we still have several rounds to go.


You aren't kidding. It's always something....


It's been ridiculous here. My friend that lives in your town was keeping a consecutive days of snow count on her FB for a while. It was impressive.


I know. It would just be so much easier if my girls would listen to me and not have to find things out on their own, though.


It does have more of a comic book feel to it in some ways. I'm not sure I'd say Hogan's Hero's...

Booda Baby,

That relaxing thing sounds pretty nice. I'm pretty close to getting there. Hopefully, in the next month.


Thanks. It won't be that exciting. It's goes with a lot of the other rooms I've painted.


Believe me. It's a struggle. All I really want to do is eat and lie around and read books. Sigh.