Unprofessional painting

If me of now went back in time to warn me of five years ago that future/current me would be covered in flecking blue paint (Martha Stewart Surf 286) and honey-mustard sauce, me would not believe me! But it is all true. Me has no idea how me’s life turned out this way.

A few days ago, I had a few glasses of wine (with dinner, not at 10AM, although heaven knows…) and decided to start painting the bathroom a different shade of blue. I have good ideas all the time! I can’t even tell you how frequently. I have a whole folder on my desktop called “GOOD IDEAS!!!!!” My bathroom is 50% old blue and 50% new blue now, and I may work on it one hour per night for the rest of my life. Because either I get some paint in my hair, or someone wakes up and starts screaming, or a cat wants to come in because the door is closed, or maybe the fumes just become too much and I wake up on the floor the next morning even dumber.

After the bathroom is painted, I will have to tear the “shelving system” out of the linen closet. That means I will have to put better shelves in. I can’t just leave things in a heap in the bottom of the closet, much as I wouldn’t mind. It’s hard to find shelves. At IKEA, they expect you to cut them to the length you desire, like, with a saw or the power of your mind or something, so all their shelves are eighteen feet long. No. The Container Store has a sale on shelving, and that’s great, but everything is sold in systems, and I, a professional internet user, can’t figure out how to find JUST SHELVES. Single shelves of the correct length. In desperation, I typed in “http://ijustwanttobuysomefuckingshelves.com/” and crossed my fingers, but no luck there. Where do you get shelves, good people of the internet? I am hoping my own Google ads will tell me.

Local color report:
Lowell High School is back in session. Before we set out on our nightly trek for takeout, the phone rang: a “PRIVATE CALL” according to the display.

“Bee dee booop,” said the caller, voice breaking with hysterical giggling.


“I’m sorry, your penis did not go through!” The caller then died from laughter and somehow managed to slam the phone down in a dying act of valor.

Once downtown, a roving pack of teenagers conspiratorially made the aside “PENIS!” to us as we passed. Then we passed Marty Meehan over by the Masonic Temple. He was going to hassle us about voting when a young voice shrieked “I like penis!” out a screened window from the housing project across the street. We continued on, not stopping to vote in the primary because we had already seen Niki Tsongas having a victory dinner two streets over at the one nice restaurant in town, oblivious to the penis crisis in the streets. If she isn’t in touch with the penis issue, she does not need my support.

“If we were actually insane,” I remarked to Mr. H, “we’d assume people were only saying penis to us!” One never knows.

How I got covered in honey-mustard is another boring story for another time.

3 responses to “Unprofessional painting”

  1. I think Google is more interested in the “penis” as the ads are for ringtones. Porntones, perhaps? Oooooohhh yeah baby… Have John cut your shelves. He will just have to attach little pieces of styrofoam or wood after he is done to make them “fit”. OMG. I can’t go on….our roof is about to cave in. Are you still interested in that yurt? We can probably get a deal through a co-op on a loop I subscribe to…hmmm….

  2. Apparently, you can get student storage solutions at http://www.canadiantire.ca. But you really have to be discriminate in what you buy there. We buy at IKEA and cut to size with a very small hand saw. Well, we did before we got a garage to hold a bigger saw.

  3. The guy at Lowes cut shelfing to size for me. But when I told my Dad this later in the week he said “They don’t do that”… um….
    So I might suggest going in to the store and looking particularly hopeless/ clueless, preferably with one or two small beings clinging to you in hopes of some actual help.

    Or you could get the Ikea stuff and borrow the tool from HD or Lowes. The have a tool rental option. However my neighbor is quite proud of his use of the “borrowing option” where they buy the needed item and then return it. Apprently HD let’s you return anything. I am not saying it’s right… I am just sayin’.

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