Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Bitch & Moan…And For What?

I know I like to listen to myself complain endlessly about my problems. So naturally, I assume everyone on else wants to listen as well. The constant drone of a nasally, whining voice going on and on about how things aren’t working right. Who wouldn’t love that? Case in point: My plaster work.

For weeks I’ve done nothing but complain about my skills as a plaster, the mess, how it is taking so long. And then, of course, there was yesterday’s issue with that one area of the room that I am no longer mentioning by name. You know what I’m talking about.

Well, anyway, here’s the kicker. After I went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about how much everything sucks, and what a pain in the ass it all is, it really doesn’t look that bad. In fact, I’m quite pleased. (Except for that one area. Shhhh!). I got the first coat of paint on and it looks good. The dark green does a good job of hiding some of the, shall we say, less than perfect areas of the room. What really came out better than I expected were the areas that I rebuilt from scratch. You can hardly tell where the two doors used to be.

Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t perfect walls. I’m aware of that. This is only the second room I’ve plastered at it was a tough one (There I go again). I knew going in that it would not be perfect, and I except that. On the plus side, it only cost me $120.00 in plaster and about $20.00 in sand paper and I learned some lessons about plastering. Ideally, there would have been improvement over my first plaster job and the kitchen would have turned out better than the bathroom. The bathroom turned out shockingly well for a first attempt – or even a 10th attempt. Perhaps that was part of the problem. I did so well with the bathroom, I got cocky with the kitchen, and when things started going bad I panicked. We’ll call that a working theory.

Anyway, the paint’s on the walls and I’ve got about a half gallon left to touch up some areas tomorrow. I’ve very pleased with the paint. The color is fantastic (pictures soon) and the coverage is great. Tomorrow I’ll start on the trim. Wish me luck.



PS In other news I got a call-back from the job interview I went to on Tuesday. The message was on my machine. I think they are going to offer me the job and I think I’m going to decline. I’m just not ready for full-time work. Besides, if I went back to work full-time, who would stay home and care for the house.

9 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Now I know how you get so much accomplished during the week! I was just thinking on Monday how I'd like to cut back and only work 4 days/week but I doubt my boss would go for it.

Can't wait too see the paint pictures.

Jocelyn said...

one more thing...I didn't hear nasal whininess, but then I can't hear you in blog world :)

Greg said...
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Greg said...

Hmmm, maybe an audio track for the blog.

Or, has the web cam. Maybe I could set up a Whining Mike for my blog.


(oops, had to repost comment)

Greg said...

I guess links in comments don't work. That should say - "Pigeon Point Project has their web cam".

Gary said...

Hey, I remember someones answering machine message from way back went

"Bitch and Moan aren't at home,
Leave a message at the tone."

Nick said...

You could be the first house blogger on the block to do a regular podcast...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting

Kristin said...

I like complaining. When other people complain a lot, it makes me feel like I'm not such a bitter, unpleasant woman after all. :)

Sean said...

In the multitude of projects I have done over the years, there is always an area or detail that didn't turn out as "perfect" as I think it should be and I get discouraged, frustrated, and pissed off...Then after everything is all done, I realize that it doesn't look so bad after all. Then I start to look around at places i consider "perfect" and realize that they are not either. I once designed a columned room divider for a friends 1902 Colonial Revival; It had a gorgeous staircase with fluted Newel Posts that I really found attractive. I was using them as a model for the fluting on the new columns. After measuring very carefully, I realized that the fluting was uneven - one flute was 1/4 taller than the other. I studied the other ones and noticed that they too were irregular - Noticeable if you really looked carefully, but didn't detract from the beauty of the stairway. It was a great lesson in realizing that even an expert craftsman's work is not flawless, and it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.