I had some time off coming and, with incredible wisdom, I decided to take it now.
My ideal holiday involves resting, reading and writing. In any order. The food can be iffy, the coffee weak, it can rain all it wants. I just need my books, my laptop and I’m good.
Since my days off didn’t coincide with my hubby’s, he’d be mostly at work and I was going to be alone in the house. That was just fine by me. I envisioned a week of days where I could read and write to my heart’s content.
Alas, the reality was somewhat different. There were some…issues.
Issue #4: Hubby rented 2 seasons of Sons of Anarchy.
I don’t normally watch TV. I avoid it like the plague because I know how addictive it can be and how much time it consumes. On the other hand, Sons of Anarchy is a show about bikers who rarely follow the law. How addictive could that be?
I watched one episode (one!) and had to find out what happened. Problem was, one more episode and I had to know if Oppi was going to return to the club and if Gemma was going to accept Tara….That meant watching more episodes…
Issue #3: The doggies
My doggies are both protective and fluffy, but intelligent? Not so much. Otherwise, Ocean wouldn’t have decided to chew on the metal fence post and lose a fang.
One appointment at the vet revealed that not only was she fangless, she was also vaccine-less and, since she managed to break the tooth and not lose it, the root was still there and had to be removed. That meant an operation. And that meant 3 more visits to the vet because we might as well take River in and have his shots done.
It got to so I started to know the receptionists by name.
Issue #2: Selling the house
We’ve been trying to sell our house since last June. The fact that it hasn’t sold hasn’t really bothered my hubby until this week when it was suddenly imperative that we sell. Pronto.
An emergency appointment with our realtor later, we had a plan in action. The house was fine, he told us, but we should change the bathtub and the colour of the bedroom walls and the cushions on the sofas. He insisted on this last point several times.
We ran off to find cushions that wouldn’t offend the average person (neutral colours) but would still be an accent in the living room (bold colours with patterns). We also needed show-curtains. They look like curtains but they’re only there for decoration and are basically useless. They might look like they can cover the window but they’re too small. They can’t cover a toothpick.
With my incredible expertise and my hubby’s tendency to validate me, we ended up with cushions that are both too ugly for words and curtains that were too short and narrow even for decorative-curtains.
Issue #1: Another visit from Pauline
Pauline had, of course, a solution for our house. She showed up in another car-matching outfit and with eyebrows even thinner than I remembered.
“What you need is rugs,” she said wiggling her microscopic eyebrows. “You can’t have too many. They’re really in.”
I wanted to tell her that hair was also in, especially in eyebrows but I chose to be civil and kept quiet.
My hubby, the therapist, seemed enthralled by her comment. “That makes sense. Is there more you want to say about that?” he asked.
Maybe I can go back to work early.