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Monday, February 23, 2009

Unmistakably Monday

It was a fast-forward weekend but I think my switch was set on slow motion. I just couldn't get it together. Everything I did felt backwards or upside down or complicated by some unanticipated factor like, oh say, thinking? I just can't seem to find my groove let alone get in it.

That's another way of saying that Project Mancave did not come fabulously far. I did lay down some actual paint, though. Yay! And then I ADD'd my way to cleaning the pantry and then out to clean the driveway and ramps and gutters. We live on a hill so all kinds of detritus jams up in front of our house and since we are between snows, I took advantage. It looks SO nice!

Much of my weekend energy was spent hurling mental daggers at Omega who lost the last set of keys to my car. And at Homer who was supposed to have extras made weeks ago. And at myself for trusting anyone else, even though they may have MUCH more free time, to get it done.

Turns out you can get a key made based on your vin number, but since the car has an immobilizer, the key won't actually START the car so you can drive it home. My poor Trix sat in the high school parking lot all weekend. The first night Omega's cheer gear was locked inside and, omg! her Seven jeans and her iPod! I am not terribly proud that I took a bit of satisfaction knowing that she was sleeping uneasy that first night.

Homer decided to wait and see if anyone turned in the keys at school today since it's going to cost about $200 otherwise. I wonder who gets to pay for that.

Saturday, I grabbed the bottom of our vehicle food chain- a 14-year-old Pathfinder with almost 200k on it - and headed off to run some errands. The lights don't work on the radio, the driver door requires a different key to open it (don't ask), the front speakers are toast, there's a big crack in the windshield and it has no drink holder. But Patti runs like a dream.... even without a gas cap. Tell me, when you refuel your car are you ever tempted to put the gas cap on top of the pump instead of hooking it into the neat little BRIGHT ORANGE bracket inside the fuel door? Apparently some men are. Not naming names.

My first stop was, of course, the auto parts store for the gas cap. And then I went to the home fabric store and scored a killer deal on fabric to reupholster the Mancouch. It can't be described as edgy, fun or fashion forward but it will be appropriate for the theme we're going for.... which is early Anasazi, I think.

Okay, I'm probably crazy to even think about reupholstering the couch but I set myself up for it a few years ago. We bought new leather furniture for the living room with the intent of putting the old stuff down in the family room. Only the old couch, no way no how, would NOT fit down either stairway. It was just about 6 inches too long. Unbelievable. Well, Jane was not about to let details stand in her way, so she took the couch apart. And glued it back together.
Shut up! I was all high on the smell of leather.

The couch came through fine but it won't be going anywhere soon. I suppose we could chop it up and buy a new one but that seems wasteful right now and upholstering is something I really do like to do. It may take me a year or three to get around to it, but....

And then I got a glimpse of Sunday as it flew by and now I know it is Monday because I spilled smoothie on my suede boots first thing this morning, I left home without my cell phone, and sorry to have to overshare but when I went to use 'my' stall in the restroom at here work, someone had already left fresh skid marks in the bowl. BEFORE 9am!!! I not a public pooper myself, so I'm bothered. Probably just because I have no one to yell at about it. Maybe I should bring Homer to work with me.

19 comments:

Lucky Wife/Bookaholic said...

Oh I must know about the couch, our couch has been used up... it's threads are bare and I am a MAJOR cheaP skate, especially since I can't find a flipping JOB, or one that the paycheck doesn't bounce... I have been playing with the reupholster idea....

thesleepdeprivedmomma said...

Hope your keys turn up. Thanks for being a voice of reason. I know I shouldn't beat myself up so badly, but then again, I know how silly the mistake I made was. LOL

Queen-Size funny bone said...

sounds like a tiring weekend.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

sounds like a tiring weekend.

Diane said...

You glued a couch together. You are now, officially, my hero. And I am not at all certain what that says about me.

Sheri and George said...

Ok, I thought I was a control freak but you have me beat all to hell! I am tired just reading your post. If I hadn't already been on vacation I would be tempted to take oyu with me.Sounds like oyu could use it.
Good luck with the couch.

lisa said...

My Mom once sawed her couch in half and shoved it though the window when it wouldn't fit through the door. She was a women before her time.

It sucks about the car keys. :(

Shanna said...

Now THAT is a Monday...yikes!

Awesome that you seriously took the couch apart. Seriously.
Good luck on reupholstering it though. I once had the motivation to do that as well...then I read the instructions I found on-line to do it. I gave up then and there. There should be a law against that many instructions!

And 9 AM skid marks? Who DOES that? UGH! ROFL ;)

I DID get most of my own to-do list done this weekend! I still haven't finished the hellacious med forms tho...talked the hubby into filling one out for me while I did the other two...not sure how I managed that one!

binks said...

I swear, my whole house is a mancave project. I will not, however, be tackling any re-upholstering. I can barely get the mouldings in place and the walls painted. Your weekend sounds as tiring as my own.

lizspin said...

My dear, if that is a weekend when you didn't get much done. . .I'd hate to see one where you do. The trip to get the gas cap would have done it for me!!!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Ugh!

Paige said...

Keys are a big deal at our house too, and I know for sure who would NOT be paying for the new ones

Noanie said...

Sounds like you're in a bit of a funk - hope that passes soon.
Be well. Peace

j said...

You're back!! I knew that one stoned weekend would probably do me in at this stage of the game so naturally I worried at half hearted Jane but, you're back and you know what day it is!

Tracie said...

I worked all weekend, but hubby got 2 out of 3 things done on his honey do list.

g said...

I admire the fact you have held on to a car that long.

Oh, how I wish I knew how to reupholster! I know I could get a book or video but I am a hands on learner. Any suggestions?

Hope the rest of your week gets better, g

Debbie said...

I had to saw the legs off a sofa once to get it down out of an attic. Desperate times...

Lisa said...

yes, weekends on steriods around here- never enough time for anything

Kat said...

Can't wait to see this manly couch and mancave - would you hurry up with it already?