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Panic about the grout, cars not for riding in

Posted on 2016.02.21 at 21:20
The coffee table:


I feel deeply conflicted. It ought to be repaired, according to some deep truth of the world. Antique furniture ought not be destroyed. But also, I don't feel like acquiring grout and mixing it. That is the hard part. (I think if the grout were mixed and someone showed me what to do, I wouldn't mind actually placing the tiles back in place.)

Part of me wants to throw it in the trash and buy a new one. I like shopping on ebay more than I like feeling overwhelmed about grout.


I did a possibly dumb thing? I applied to be on the local planning and zoning committee.  It felt important to do now, because of the recent flooding. Also, in November we elected a rather progressive city council, so it would be a more cooperative experience instead of an infuriating one.

I had to talk to as many members of City Council as possible. Several friends know Council members and said nice things about me to them. I was informed of the major issues shaping the town, (but those are the subject of a different, less anonymous blog.) There were 13 candidates including one incumbent, and three open spots.

(I spent an inordinate amount of time during the city council meeting analyzing the voting. There are seven council members, each with three votes. No matter how badly the votes are distributed, five votes will secure you being in the top three, or surviving to a run-off, if four candidates each got five votes. However, four votes would get you in only under certain circumstances. The two factors are how many candidates end up splitting the votes, and how lock-step the council members are.  For example, if four council members are in unanimous agreement on three candidates, they can vote in lock-step and the remaining three council members would have no way to get enough votes for any other candidate. On the other extreme, if there is no lock-step voting whatsoever, you could have five candidates all getting four votes (and one stray vote) or six candidates all getting three votes (and three stray votes) or seven candidates all getting three votes, etc. I tried to game out how much entropy I expected between councilmember picks. I was very confident I had two votes. Heebie, quit being so boring! What happened?)

It was a bit nerve-wracking to sit through the city council meeting. In the end, I got four votes, and that was enough to get on the committee.  Hooray! I was momentarily victorious and then I freaked out.

The appointment last three years. I panicked due to the time commitment - why on earth did I think I could carve out time to be on a big committee? I can't even glue tiles on a stupid coffee table.  I decided thusly: I have one month to panic. For the month of March, I can fret and gnash my teeth.  But come April, it must be adopted as the new normal. (Actually, when I woke up the next morning, I felt less terror. I'm sure the peaceful feeling will come and go.)

The next morning my name was misspelled in the paper. I even have my own (misspelled) hash tag now.


Rascal now walks from the car all the way to his classroom. It feels momentous and noteworthy - an era has ended. No one needs to be carried. (Of course, small children get carried all the time. It's not the end of carrying kids.) But it's the end of something, something that has lasted for six years. I felt sad and happy.

That car is for riding in!

This one is not:

Aww, poor stuck baby. Those photos tickle me.


Guess who just remembered she has to finish grading Cal II tests tonight! And has two thumbs! Bye now.


(Anonymous) at 2016-02-23 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
Seriously? Repairing that coffee table seems like it would be just about one of the least demanding and funnest fix-it projects around... You could even personalize it with a couple chips of stain glass or tile not in the original scheme.
Jeremy Osner
Jeremy Osner at 2016-02-23 00:48 (UTC) (Link)
heebie_geebie at 2016-02-29 05:03 (UTC) (Link)
I am so vindicated! It truly is too big a PITA to fix. I could enjoy the repetition of laying mosaic tile down, though.
heebie_geebie at 2016-02-29 05:05 (UTC) (Link)
Also it says more about my general panic about being crunched for time than anything else, I think.
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