I spent most of Labor Day priming the new dining room. I'd thought, "Hey, it's just one room. How long could it take?" LONG. For one thing, it's a dining room but there's also a mud room. And both rooms need not only the walls but also the ceilings painted. Best purchase: the $12 extendable-handle paint roller I dithered over in the store. Mediocre purchase: the $7 non-stick paint pan that claimed I could let the paint dry and then just peel the paint off in a sheet (FAIL---but fun to pick at the paint).
We chose and ordered the floor. It's Armstrong Laminate, the Black Walnut. It's the kind of floor you snap together. I hope it's not going to be too dark/dramatic.
Oh, hi. Have I mentioned we're putting in a dining room?
I went to the dentist this morning about a tooth that's been doing painful little twinges. I'll say this: it is WAY more satisfying to go to the dentist when something hurts. What I hate most is when I go in for a routine cleaning and they find $1,200 of work that "needs" to be done. It's like when the auto place says the car "needs" $1,200 of work: What if they're just totally making this up? There's no way I would know! But if something hurts and they can make it stop hurting (or, for the car, if something is clattering/smoking and they can make it stop doing that), I still hate to spend the $1,200 (panic panic financial panic) but at least I know I'm getting something out of it. ...Unless they broke it last time they were in there. Well, not thinking about that.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...