Epilogue to this post
I live in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are now experiencing a summer to go down in the history books…THE COLDEST SUMMER IN THE HISTORY OF EVER!! Apparently, NL doesn’t give a shit about El Ninio or Global Warming. While the rest of North America is wallowing in ‘heat waves’, we sit with our woolies on contemplating using the kids bunk beds for firewood. Apparently, NL only cares for pissing off peeps desperate for some sun and temps warm enough that the furnace doesn’t click on and hope we have enough propane to last until fall arrives…next week. Ugh. We have had only one day above 20C so far….
I have a lovely group of friends who tolerate my inane sense of humour and my ever-incessant need to email them on a nearly weekly basis about the happenings of the ‘hood or mainly, my life. They seem to wander on over to my blog every now and then, but I email them out of a sense of desperate attention seeking behaviour and all the applause I routinely receive following an epic monolgue about kids and house paint. Here is an email I wrote yesterday that they actually read. I know because they told me. Now I’m letting you in on the email. Enjoy….
What up Ma Homies? (Yes, I often address them as ‘Ma Homies’. They
like tolerate it. See? THEY ARE WONDERFUL)
I hope this fall- like weather has you in the mood to spend some quality time in front of a roaring fire and burn down the nearest weather station. Or, like me at 6am this morning, ready to throw a brick through the television set as the anchor woman declared “it’s so hot in the Boston area right now, it’s going to get to mid to high 90’s, you should all head to the beach to cool down….” I think I heard the words ‘fuck off’ in there somewhere, and I then went a bit delirious and started talking in tongues. I was looking for sharp objects when I thought I should get ready for work….
Right up there with the crappy weather is the onslaught of home redecorating that’s going on at our house. Or, as I call it “The Great Paint Off”. I’m realizing that as I paint one room, the room next to it looks awful, so I have to paint that one and so on. There was a debate going on about colours ( I wasn’t sure about the Nimbus Gray which is actually blue, but is called grey to piss everybody off, and question their Kindergarten education) On advice from the “paint experts” who claimed the paint darkens as it dries, I literally sat down and watched paint dry for almost an hour to see if I could notice the colour change. Sad but true. And it did change a little bit, but to actually admit I sat and watched paint dry, is tragic in and of itself. AND, just to prove that I am a glutton for all out punishment, I decided to paint my backsplash in my kitchen. OH MY GOD WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK WAS I THINKING??!! This is where I should have a logical angel sitting on my shoulder whispering to me “ Now, Kayjai you know that’s going to be a lot of work and you will be painting and stenciling until wee hours or until you at least you go crosseyed because you know how anal you get about paint lines and colour coordination…” but no. Instead, I listened to all of the paint peeps on the internet and the glossy home reno mags that stated “Stenciling is fun, easy and inexpensive. Can be done in an afternoon” I GOT ONE SQUARE DONE IN AN AFTERNOON! And, ‘fun’? That seriously depends on your definition of ‘fun’. Mine involves beach, sun and alcohol. Obviously, you are limited in your fun adventures, internet-painting-peeps and glossy-magazine-editors. Get a life.
So, in the absence of intelligence I started…and now I can’t stop.
Two Three days and massive hours later I have all of ONE wall done. ONE. That’s it. The only reason I had to shut it down temporarily is that I have a job where I have to leave the house and be available…but I really want to go home and finish the damned stenciling to then see if I like it, wherein, if I don’t, I HAVE THE OPTION TO PAINT OVER IT. I think I’ll get a bit cranky and stabby if I decide to paint over three plus days’ worth of back breaking stenciling and listening to the remarks of “Ugh, aren’t you done that yet? Mom, I think that square is crooked” OR, my favourite yet, “Mom, not to be critical or anything, but how are you going to finish the bottom half? You know that that part there is kinda off from the rest right?” STABBY.
Oh, and just to top it all off, my training for the Tely sucks, by the way. Yeah. I ran almost 14k yesterday and I got a sore foot and more freckles…from the clouds. Apparently clouds gives me more freckles. Yay me. I’m too old for this shit.
So, hope you are all having a stenciling-free week where you can sit back, crank up the heat and drink yourselves into oblivion…Since summer has evaded us, the least we could do is get drunk enough to appreciate bad weather and poor judgement.
My love to all and if you see stencils blowing around outside, just ignore that…I plan on stenciling the sidewalk with this phrase “Fuck summer. I choose wine.”
The stenciling project from hell…