Sunday, June 12, 2005

The fun has just begun ...

So we started painting the house today ... more on that in a moment, after I talk about the fun bits of the weekend.

Yesterday I got up early to do some "lure chasing" with Lucy at PBH. Lure chasing is sort of like lure coursing except that it's not a competition--just a fun thing to do with a dog--and any breed can do it if they get jazzed up by something moving away from them that may or may not resemble a critter. Sarah and Georg were there with Jane and Thirteen, and Sarah's account is here. (You can also see Sarah and Jane here) I was happy they came out and very happy to see Jane having fun chasing the lure. Lucy loves it--she just goes nuts when it's running for some other dog and she has to sit there waiting her turn. When it's her turn she just takes off and runs, looking deliriously happy. I let her do three runs--I would have let her do a fourth if it hadn't been so hot out.

After that I had to come home and help Mr. Pants with the house. He's been scraping and sanding all the flappy bits of old paint for the past few weeks, and now at least the front can be primed and painted. Before we could prime we had to clean the part we were working on, and we were going to use a rented pressure washer that our neighbors had used the day before, but it had decided to conk out in the morning. So we just used a cleaning solution (allegedly non-toxic and biodegradeable ... I hope so because you have to use a lot of it) and a really high-pressure hose nozzle. It seemed to work pretty well, but it took a while. It turned out the be a great day for working outside--not too humid, and not as hot as we expected. After the fun we had some pizza and beer out on the patio of Satisfaction at Brightleaf Square. It was very pleasant but the atmosphere seemed to lack something ... Mr. Pants and I decided that the missing ingredient is roaming mariachis. We should write a letter to the Brightleaf management suggesting they invest in some mariachis.

So today we painted. First primer--we splurged on the high-falutin' premium Kilz because if we're going to make ourselves miserable doing all this work ourselves (and saving thousands of dollars in the process), we want it to last. Then when we had a decent section primed, we wanted to test our color, which I had thought should be one called melon. We had bought a quart of it so we could see it on the house before we bought a big giganto tub of it ... and I'm very glad we did because it turned out to be a bit more shocking than I had intended. I mean, I want a house that says "HI THERE, YOU'RE NOT IN CARY" to everyone who passes, but I don't want it to induce seizures. So after our little test I decided that I would get the next shade darker on the paint card, which is called "Autumn Orange." It will still be nice and bright, rest assured. Unfortunately, our house currently looks very bizarre, with a combination of the previous blue-gray on most of the house and primer white on the porch punctuated by a swath of very bright tropical orange. We'll try to make it slightly less bizarre tomorrow evening. Unfortunately, our stupid day jobs will make the painting process seem to take forever, and I'm going to be sick of it in ... well I already am.

3 comments:

andrew said...

We started painting our house 13 months ago. Will it never end?? We've done about one third of it. We opted for a colorful chice. Check out houseofleaves.ca front page for the vivd blue we opted for.

testy said...

When it does end you'll have to start again!

Lisa B. said...

Yep, purple this time ...