Saturday, October 18, 2008

Monkey Shines

We've moved back into our house after 5 days of self imposed home improvement project banishment. They said the fumes from the polyurethane were pretty noxious and would make the house unlivable. It's had more than a day to blow off and I'm finding that it kind of smells like a combination of burnt plastic and Elmer's glue with just a hint of bongwater.

Staying in the hotel was cool while it lasted, kind of like business as usual during the day, but being on vacation in the evening. We ate out for dinner every night and it was quite luxurious to have clean towels every day and someone else to make the bed, although I have a few bones to pick with the Ramada, not the least of which is the unexpected week day closure of the giant indoor water slide that had been prominently featured in all of the hotel's advertising and not a small factor in MDH's decision to stay at the establishment.

Apparently they only get business travelers during the week and apparently business travelers don't care for indoor water slides enough to warrant having a life guard on duty during pool hours. Whatever.

I was more upset about it because MDH had been looking forward to the water slide and was horribly disappointed to find it would be closed for the duration of our stay.

I, on the other hand, am never overly keen to dunk my body into the kind of pool that is geared toward child persons. I get a case of the shivering willies even thinking about all the filthy youngsters too busy flapping around having fun to make their way to the little boys and girls rooms should the need arise. And don't even get me started on those babies that I see in public pools swaddled in enormous diapers, swollen with pool water.

Besides, after my experimentation of late with hair color, I'm not sure what would happen should the chemicals on my head co-mingle with the scary brew that burns my nostrils in a public pool. Perhaps something like this...?

Anyhoo... we're home now and here are some pictures:

The Living Room Before:
The Living Room After:
Turtle's New Cat Bed - I realized that he had no soft place to curl up in the living room anymore...



The best thing that happened to me all week? Finding the most adorable slippers EVER in which to pad around on my new floors ...



17 comments:

Dr Zibbs said...

It looks great!

WendyB said...

Nice floor and lucky cat!

SkylersDad said...

It looks wonderful! And you made a wise choice about the pool, my wife went in with us shortly after a perm one time and the color of her hair was approaching clear.

pushing said...

Wow, you've got it all--the cat, the slippers, the floor. Nice.

silverneurotic said...

Wow, looks great! Too bad about the waterslide though...

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sparsely kate said...

OH the floors look awesome. That was worth it, eh?

And your slippers are just the bomb. :)

Michelle said...

Nice, I am jealous. My floors look like crap!

Renaissance Woman said...

Love, love the slippers! Love the kitty cat. And the floors look amazing. I can't wait for you to send that person to my house!

dmarks said...

Don't you hate those pools that start out blue in the morning, and after a day of kids the water is green?

Suze said...

Your floors look great. Please hide your slippers when Whiskeymarie visits.

CDP said...

Very nice floor. And I don't apply any hair color between May and October...I've never had any freaky color event, but the combination of pool water and color results in completely fried hair.

Gwen said...

The floors look awesome! Great job!

Love the slippers.

Churlita said...

That floor is gorgeous. Well worth the hotel stay, I think. And those slippers? Awesome.

Leonesse said...

Sweet floors! I want to live the not rich version of Paris Hilton too! You are so lucky.

Falwless said...

Wow, those floors really do look wonderful!

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

Zibbs - thanks! I'm thrilled with it.

Wendyb - that cat is spoiled rotten! The bed has a little catnip pouch in it too.

Skydad - Clear? Like soba noodles? I love to swim, but that pool smelled like a bleach bath and I can't take chances with my doo.

Pushing - We are in hock up to our eyeballs, but I have cute monkey slippers and am hoping to recoup some dollars when we sell this shitbird of a house.

Silver - thanks! I was disappointed for my darling husband - I'm sure he'll get over it as soon as a football game comes on.

Sparsely - we look at it as an investment for when we try to sell the house - also totally worth it because the carpet was yucky.

Michelle - if you've got hardwoods - it wasn't that hard to prep and it wasn't nearly as expensive as I thought it would be. $1500 for 3 large rooms and a hallway. We did all the prep and demolition though which cut down the cost.
Get an estimate - what can it hurt?

RenWoman - it was much less painful than I thought it would be - it still stinks though.

DMarks - so you've been to the Ramada on 28th street too? Green water for sure - it was gross.

Suze - She'd better keep her damn mitts off.

CDP - I fear the frizz.

Gwen - thanks!

Churlita - got the slippies at Target of course - they had other animal varieties, but who can resist a sock monkey?

Leo - The not rich Paris Hilton - I never though of it that way - I'm like Lifestyles of the Poor and Dumpy. Hee!

Fawless - I can't believe that these beautiful white oak floors have been filthy, unfinished and covered up with carpet for 64 years. People in the olden days had carpet on their hearts.

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