It’s Not All Mary Poppins

What I did on my HOLIDAY


Oh, my LORD, I am productive this week! You would be amazed, astounded, and just generally impressed right out of your SOCKS if you were here to see it. And it’s only TUESDAY. Who knows what I can accomplish in TWO WHOLE WEEKS?

If I don’t kill myself first.

Don’t worry. I will indeed be taking a break. There is ‘vacation’ in my holiday time, never fear. You’ll hear more about that next week.

But this week? Emma and I have primed the hand-printed stairwell. Twice. (Emma volunteered. I didn’t even have to ask. Yes, she IS fourteen. Isn’t she the most amazing teenager in the world? And we CHAT, and LAUGH, and just generally HAVE FUN while we WORK TOGETHER. I just love this child!) We have primed the dining room wall – the mural is gone. That took three coats. The whole rest of the dining room is primed. Which involved emptying the ENORMOUS china cabinet and moving it away from the wall, where it’s sat for three years.

Dustballs really DO breed. And they turn nasty in their old age. But we killed them anyway. HA.

And this afternoon, after I meet a girlfriend for coffee (see? see? Relaxation and social time!!), I will prevail upon her (and her CAR) to accompany me to the hardware store for ONE MORE can of primer, and – this is where it gets REALLY exciting – THREE CANS OF PAINT!! Two of a creamy yellow for front hall and dining room; one of misty green for living room.

And next week, the PORCH GUY comes. (I hope, I hope, I hope.) And the week after the sofa cleaning guys come. It’s just so exciting.

I tell ya. The fun never stops. You won’t RECOGNIZE this place when we’re through with it.

And now? Now I’m going into the basement to DECLUTTER!! While Emma primes another wall!!

August 21, 2007 - Posted by | holidays, my kids


  1. God, you really do have the best kid. And the walls in my house invariably end up in shades of butter yellow and light greens, too. With maybe one or two crazier things for fun. My holiday next week will be used painting pumpkinpie’s new BIG GIRL room and helping misterpie get his new classroom all ready to go. Whee.

    Comment by kittenpie | August 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. Awesome, sounds like fun. Though I don’t have the stamina to do it all in one go like you guys are doing, I do so love the feeling of a freshly painted (especially by your own hands) room.

    Comment by Sheri | August 21, 2007 | Reply

  3. Whoo-hoo, let’s here it for productivity! I’m always amazed at how much I’m able to get done when the kids are at the grandparents.

    Emma, you’re too good!

    Comment by mamacita tina | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  4. haha! What a vacation! Actually I wish I had your motivation and some “vacation time” to do the same!

    Comment by Carissa | August 22, 2007 | Reply

  5. Kittenpie: I really, really do. And I know it.

    Sheri: I’m not sure I have the stamina, either – but I also don’t have much choice. It’s now, or not.

    Mamacita Tina: Part of it, of course, is what I said to Sheri. If you don’t do it when the kids aren’t around, you just won’t do it. Which is highly motivating… And Emma is WONDERFUL. I would be exactly halfway as far as I am without her – and tired, bored, and discouraged, instead of energized and nearly done!!! (And bored. I confess, after that many hours spent doing the same thing, I’m bored!)

    Carissa: Motivation? Not so much of that left… By the end of the third straight day at it, I’m powering through more on grim determination than anything else. But it’s looking good! (And not to worry – there will be some real vacation in my time off. It’s coming.)

    Comment by MaryP | August 22, 2007 | Reply

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