It's been an house busy weekend and still doesn't end. This weekend consisted of moving furniture, lots of quality time on LA freeways (more on that later), home construction, planning for painting, cleaning, messing it all up again, etc.
Today - Monday - Gloria and I have more stuff going on. She's at the house dealing the painters and our construction guy - who is really nice and does good work, but can't keep an appointment time for his life. Here's what she sent me earlier today.
I am completely impressed with both of us. We are about to go crazy insane and yet, no fight between us, no harsh or bad words. We're working together, knowing we're stressed yet not taking it out on each other - which is an amazing situation in itself. We are kick-ass women. ;)
Anyway, we've decided that new and current boyfriends will have to pass the Heather and Gloria Future home test. Which basically means they must be handy and be available to help us with manly home improvement. Like pulling down the tree, digging a hole for the fountain, painting the eaves, drywalling the garage, building shelves, etc. We have a whole list of projects for your potentials. But stay potentials for the time being.
In the meantime, enjoy the show that is our life! It just doesn't stop!
12.10 p.m., phone call.
-Gloria, this is Ray. I'm so sorry, I was so tired last night and I overslept. is it ok if I come now?
-Sure, but come soon because the painters are waiting for you.
-I'll be there immediately.
12.40 p.m. The painters have just finished priming the three rooms. Now, they open the gallon of yellow paint and try a strip on the wall. Only, it's not the right yellow! One of them has to go back to the paint shop and return it, bring the right one back. No trace of Ray, the never-on-time handyman.
1.10 p.m. A never seen before guy shows up, and says "Ray sent me. What should I do?" This really starts to look interesting.
1.11 p.m. ray show up. two minutes after he takes his place "at work,",
-Gloria-he hollers from the stairway-do you have some plastic I can put on the floor for not making it dirty?-
-Sure, here's the plastic--aren't handymen supposed to carry that? well, whatever!
1.13 p.m,. -Gloria, i forgot some...
--I swear, at this point I don't even know what's the other piece he
needs to go get disappearing again--.
1.14 p.m Now it's Melissa.
-Gloria, since it's now obvious I won't be able to paint the bathroom too today, can I come back tomorrow?-
-Wow. Not really, I just set two appointments tomorrow and I need to do a bunch of writing as well. Could you come eventually on Thursday?-
As soon as I say that, I think about how disappointed my roommate would be if her bathroom can't get done asap. Plus, Melissa is just hinting that she might not be don with the living room as well by tonight. Plus more, didn't I just set also the cleaning people plus the termites inspection, all on Thursday to keep my precious sanctuary on tracks? So:
-Well, Melissa, if you could be here tomorrow at 8 a.m.
Deal. Melissa will be here tomorrow. I'll just have to get the hell away from here and stay away until
they're done before going totally nuts.
Meanwhile, I am also thinking to book a suite in a nice (and expensive, and clean) hotel for me and
Heather so that all these people who need to work at our house on their own time don't get too disturbed by our presence and needs. As and added advantage, I might even get some work done at the hotel, without anybody hollering to me or asking me this and that every five minutes.
1.25 p.m. You know what? Now that everybody's here, I'm going to get out for a walk with my dog. Not very productive but surely stress-relieving. I'm sure they will survive without my reassuring and soothing --for their stress--presence.