Monday, November 18, 2013

Fast Weekend and a Bleak Outlook for "The Project"

The weekend seemed to absolutely fly by.  We began it with a very nice evening Friday, and followed that up with a good day meeting my newest nephew and then doing a little shopping in the Tri-Cities' area.  None of us was really too into shopping, though, and we only came home with some tea.

After going to China I have a better respect for all things tea.  We had some very good tea and some very bad tea.  We learned that Jasmine tea is very popular and is very good.   We learned that chrysanthemum tea is NOT.  We brought some small tea pots home with us.  They were okay for brewing tea, but often dribbled in places you didn't want them.  Finally, this summer we visited a tea shop in Ocean shores and got a tea pot for loose leaf teas.  No bags for us, thank you!  We also bought some tea.  This was the second time we had visited the shop, and the owner remembered us from two years before...but, Chloe's so danged cute, who wouldn't?  But I digress.

When it was realized we were going to visit the area, I looked up tea shops and came up with one place.  I was worried it might not be as good as the one in Ocean Shores, but I need not have feared.  If anything there were more teas available.  Which was great!  We got to sniff our way through about 40 different varieties, which was not all of them.  We bought a couple black teas, a white tea, and an herbal tea.  Nothing too exiting, but still, for a dyed in the wool coffee drinker, it's a major step to go bagless.

Yesterday went too fast.  I'd discovered a pea coat/mackinaw jacket at Eddie Bauer in Kennewick and found that it made me look...well, better than I am.  So I wanted to see if all pea coats were the same, and alas they are not.  We ended up visiting Costco, Toys R Us and a few other places.  Chloe was great at all but Costco, where I may have overreacted to her squalling.  Still, all-in-all, it was a good day and we came home and set about letting her have a nap and we relaxed a bit.  We made beef jerky again.  It's still drying.

It looks as though I may be working on the bathroom today.  I managed to miss out on a couple jobs, due mostly to not being home to take them, and none have come up in the 5am hour, which is when most teachers seem to realize that are not going to shake the little tickle in their throat or whatever problem they have comes up.  So, while I'm sad not to see the income, it will be nice to make more progress on my project from hell.  My main problem now is to locate a stud that I hope is in the vicinity of where I need it.  You would think that being a carpenter's son, I might have a knack for the skill?  You would be totally wrong.

I can think about it for a long time, but never having put a shower in, I am finding a few things that might have been nice to have known.  For instance, the shower that was already there was pretty heavy-duty compared to what we put back.  And then there is the fact that whoever did the plumbing did not care too much about keeping the pipes all the way IN the walls...that was an awesome discovery.  Oh, and the bastard who put that whole wall together after the sloppy-assed plumber wasn't very familiar with straight lines either, because the whole thing sort of zigs, when there should obviously not be any zigs, or zags, for that matter, in that particular wall.  That is where my dad's spidey senses would come in handy.  He makes shit like that look easy, but I take a lot more time to think it out and second guess myself.

So, that will be my day.  Stand and stare at the project, tap the wall with my hammer...go out and look for a tool in the thirteen places I keep tools only to discover it's in a place I don't usually keep tools, or to discover I actually don't actually own said tool.  I'll have to make a run to the store, then come back and find I should have grabbed something else while at the store.  Then I will yell at the tool for not working like it's supposed to.  Then I'll go on line to see what's wrong with the tool. only to discover that I was what was wrong with the tool.  Then, before going and using said tool in the correct way, I'll check my email, and laugh at a forward, and then I'll check Facebook and then I'll lose an hour of my life that I'll never get back, then I'll get hungry and realize that nothing we have sounds good, so I'll have to make something from scratch and then I'll go stare at the project again, then I'll tap the wall with my hammer, and...I think you see my problem.  I should just never start projects.  It's that whole, "If You Give a Jim a Project" thing all over again.

I hope everyone else enjoys a productive Monday.

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