I know that most people I know are dreaming of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. While I look forward to Thanksgiving as much as the next person, what I'm really looking forward to is the next day.
No, I'm not going "Black-Friday" shopping. If I step into any store on Friday, it will be a Home Depot for painting supplies. This coming weekend, God-willing, I will FINALLY get my bedroom painted.
For the 3rd consecutive Saturday night, I spent a few quality hours with a putty knife in hand chipping away at wall number four. And it's done. There may be tiny spots to chip here and there, but I'm done. Four walls that were...well, whatever color you might want to call it...are now chipped down to plaster. This gives me several days to do some repairs to walls and ceilings, fill eighty billion nail holes, sand and wash the walls. I'll take off Thursday to eat, drink and be merry, but then Friday starts three solid days of "Get it done, or ELSE."
Take it from me: there will be no ELSE.
As I was chip-chip-chipping tonight, I thought it would be really cool if I had some sort of display that would flash my progress. If it would should how much was done and how much more there was to go, I might be more encouraged as the hours passed. I guess my own eyes and judgment don't give me enough positive reinforcement. But I can report tonight's wall went very, very quickly (as wall-chipping goes), and TeenTuna was extraordinarily helpful helping me getting this chore done. Silly kid, she thought it was fun. Too bad I don't have a fence to whitewash.
So, come the end of next weekend, I plan on being the most thankful person in the entire world. To have this room painted marks the end of the 2008 house renovation projects. Sure, there will be more to do in 2009, but I'm going to spend some quality time patting myself on the back and looking at all the progress we made, inside and out.
Change. It CAN be a good thing.