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Saturday with paint and funny stories

Yesterday turned into Paint the Goddamn Bathroom Day. We taped and plasticked, and while the husband was Guppy-wrangling and handing me tools and refreshing my book stats because my hands were covered in paint, I did two coats of primer and a coat of white sand paint and the bathroom is PAINTED. We even have covers over the electrical outlets. It loos like a room, not just a scary box of doom. Now we can shelvinate, and put in a sink. AT LAST! AT LAST!

It goes a lot faster when you aren't trying to wrangle a 3-year-old at the same time. Protip: Trying to get your preschooler involved in bathroom painting is not efficient or good for your blood pressure. We did get half a wall a coat of primer up a week earlier, but I decided I wasn't going to do that again. EVER. Teaching life skills may be important, but I need to keep my hair.

At one point yesterday, I had the husband hand me a knife to cut through some paint to remove some tape. He watched me make a clumsy start and offered, "Do you want me to do that?"

"I don't know how to take that," I said suspiciously.

"I saw that you didn't know how to take it," he answered. "But then realized you were holding a knife and decided to go quietly into the kitchen and make food instead."

Between painting and the swimming I did on Friday (Guppy had lessons, I did some laps and sat in the hot tub), my arms and shoulders feel all rubbery and abused.

Have a photo of Guppy hugging a giant knit squid:

I told her that she had a birthday in a week, and that she'd be four, and she just about threw a fit. "I don't want any more numbers!! I'm THREE. I'm not going to be four. NO."

Also, just this week, she has turned into 'why' girl. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is met with "Why?"

My reply is to explain why, so things like "Why is the fan cold?" gets an answer of "It's not actually cold, it just feels cold because it increases your convective heat loss."

"Oh, Okay," she replies. "I get it!"

I'm not sure which of us you should feel sorry for.


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Feb. 21st, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
I laughed out loud at the birthday thing. Hey, I can relate! I don't want any more numbers either! I'd throw a fit too if I thought it would help ...

Congrats on getting the bathroom done!
Feb. 22nd, 2016 12:38 am (UTC)
(I logged into my abandoned account just to comment, Ellen!)

Anya's 6 now and keeps saying she wants to stay a kid. She's very insistent, even though she wants the birthday presents.

And whaddaya mean the "why"s stop when they "get it". That's impossible!

Yay bathroom! I feel ya on the muscle ache thing.
Feb. 22nd, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
Squidglomphing! :)

Why is a totally normal frustrating small child phase. Eventually they reach the point where they can look things up for themselves. Meanwhile, yay informative answers with quality vocabulary words!

Postponing some life skills lessons for after Ms. Guppy has gained more mass, height, grip, and manual dexterity is a fine thing. (She's also learning a lot just watching.)
Feb. 22nd, 2016 04:37 am (UTC)
Love the knit squid!

I love that you are actually explaining things to the Guppy instead of telling her 'because I said so' like I hear so many parents doing.
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