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You're Pinching My Thighs

Posted on 2014.05.04 at 13:02
Life is joyous, etc. Classes are over. (Still remaining: finals, grading, and also a field trip to SeaWorld, but whatever.) The last few classes required Herculean strength, and now they are done. I would like to take this moment to express my supreme gratitude to the passage of time. I couldn't have done it without you.

Here is a thing I found intolerable:

At Hawaii's birthday party, we set the cake down at our kiddie table, and sang happy birthday. Then, sitting in a mini-chair, knees around my elbows, I received the knife and set about cutting the cake and passing plates around.

In my cramped, tiny chair, four and five year olds stood taller than me, and swarmed in. They pressed against me, wanting cake. I had an urge to swing the knife menancingly around me and warn them to stand back or I'd cut them.  Yes, yes, you all want cake. You are all two inches from my head, pointing at different pieces of the cake and issuing demands. I hate you all.

Next time I will remove the cake from the tiny table and regain my height and head-clearance, and cut and serve cake from an adult height.

Somehow our toilet seat cracked:

May 4th, 2014 (2)

When it was just a little crack, it would pinch your thighs as you shifted your weight. Now that it's a big flagrant crack, the whole seat just bends ominously. I think we shall replace it today.

The kind of (adorable) Easter thing we get deluged with:

May 4th, 2014 (1)

I played with Ace on a picnic blanket. Our friend's daughter B sat down with us and solemnly said, "You know, I still like some shows for babies. Really! And some baby toys."  She and I chatted about such things. In the meantime, Hawaiian Punch came over and joined us.

Hawaii adores B, and began...I don't know how to describe it. A parody of adult fascination. (She wasn't being sarcastic, though.) More like experimenting with adult inflections. "Really!" Hawaii said, faux-rapt, "Tell me more!" B obliged, talking about some baby shows they used to stream on Netflix. Hawaii threw her head back and laughed. "So interesting!" The interjections weren't exactly coinciding with pauses in content. "Really!" she exclaimed. "Do go on."   (She probably didn't say "Do go on!" imploringly but a blogger can dream.)

The counters, the counters

Beautiful pink onyx, it turns out, is a terrible choice for a kitchen.  It is fragile and not at all recommended.

Beautiful blue macauba quartzite is an excellent choice for a kitchen. It is a terrible choice for our budget. Beautiful blue, you were quoted to us at $240/square foot. Holy fuck, you assholes, I know when I'm being hosed.

You know what is cheap? Floor tile. Since I really do want stone countertops, I would prefer a bit of grout over a laminate or IKEA or something.  Floor tile is about $1.50/square foot.

I am in the process of haggling over the beautiful blue, just for giggles, but seriously - that is too expensive.

Did you know that I'm almost on sabbatical?
This was probably contributing to my extreme semester fatigue - I am nearly free from the shackles of work until January. (That is not true - I am planning on doing some assorted math projects. But they are inviting and fun, at least from this distance.)  Like I said above, beside myself with joy, etc.


lolliejean at 2014-05-04 20:08 (UTC) (Link)
That blue is really beautiful but whoa! Or woe! ha. We put silestone/quartz countertops in the condo and I love it. Home Depot has it for $10 a square foot, installed. The house has granite countertops (spec house - here when we bought it) and it's beautiful and shiny as long a you don't touch it. It's smeary and yucko and hard to clean and make shiny if you actually do anything on it. Eventually I'm going to replace it with the silestone.
(Anonymous) at 2014-05-05 14:40 (UTC) (Link)

concrete counters

(gah, I have no idea how to comment properly and sign my name, sorry)

Have you see the concrete counters from YoungHouseLove (I won't link but if you google it comes up)? They basically applied a thin layer of concrete to their existing laminate countertops and it looks pretty great.

heebie_geebie at 2014-05-10 21:30 (UTC) (Link)

Re: concrete counters

I do like YoungHouseLove! I did see that, and gave it some serious consideration. The texture of concrete slightly gives me the willies? I'm sure it's smooth when it's stained and finished. It looked great, too.
heebie_geebie at 2014-05-10 20:53 (UTC) (Link)
Silestone is pretty! It's been one of my considerations. Now that I've ruled out 8K of blue, that is.

I feel bad getting rid of this granite because it's so completely reasonable and functional, but I'm superficial and I hate how it looks.
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