I resisted refinishing the bath tub because I was convinced it would look like somebody painted it with White Out. Then the woman from the tub refinishing company came to check it out and said there was fungus growing in all those ancient cracks in the glaze which convinced me to go ahead and get it done because me and fungus don't bathe together - but I remained skeptical. On Christmas Eve morning, the technician arrived and covered the whole bathroom with protective paper. After he cleaned, he filled in the chips and divots in the surface, and then he sanded that. He set up a major ventilation fan, then he got serious.
The process didn't take very long, which was good since that porcelain spray smelled to high heaven. After a few days, it still kind of smells like Diaperene in there, but that smell is fading along with the smell of paint and polyurethane from the floor. The bath tub itself is surprisingly gorgeous. I like it so well, I may have them come back and do the kitchen sink once we've finished up everything from the original Scope of Work list.
Another angle - just to show off my fancy plumbing:
Notice how he wrapped the faucet so that no drips would damage the surface while it dried. I let it dry for 48 hours because we're not fucking up anything in the new place through negligence - through foolishness, maybe, but not through negligence.
Foolishness may be the reason why the Christmas tree has had to lean against the window for support. Velvet and I chose a tree that had a big, gaping bare spot on one side since the tree was going in front of the living room window. As convenient as that bare spot is for positioning, I think it has thrown the whole tree off balance because the tree kept falling over. At first, Velvet and I thought the tree was falling over because neither he nor I had ever been responsible for putting the tree in the stand. Buzz Kill wouldn't let anyone else near that job, so neither Velvet nor I had ever done more than assess the straightness of the tree trunk until this very Christmas.
It's not so bad, though.
Velvet made the angel for the top of the tree when he was two and a half. I helped a little, but he did the face all by himself. It's begun to look a bit like something out of Nightmare Before Christmas, and we love it like that.
The Starship Enterprise survived another move and is exploring the Christmas tree system:
The best news by far, however, is that I have successfully avoided joining Cupcake's parents for a New Year's Eve dance at their Hungarian church. While I'm sure it's a lovely event, I am strongly opposed philosophically to becoming friendly with Cupcake's mother. She will surely pull me into their family's general arguments, which is reason enough to avoid her in and of itself. Worse, though, she seems 100% likely to meddle in the kids' relationship so that Velvet will graduate from college and get married to Cupcake on the same day.
Granted it will be years before Velvet graduates, and I'm delighted that both Cupcake's parents believe it's important for the kids to finish school - it's just that they may not even want to get married. I love Cupcake and am especially happy that she's taken over administrative tasks for Velvet so that he's registered on time and his class schedule is easy for him to manage in terms of both workload distribution and commute. They really do make a good team, and there are couples who get together when they are kids and stay together until they die within months of each other in their 90s. Could be that Velvet and Cupcake are as Good As it Gets. However, too many kids get married too early because parents are pushy with their own expectations. I believe Cupcake's mother is one of those parents.
I, on the other hand, seem to be the kind of parent whose example convinced her child that marriage is a bad idea unless somebody wants to procreate. I still think it's better to be married if you choose to have kids because of all the legalities involved around property and health care. It's much easier to get child support from an ex-husband than a Baby Daddy (or Momma), and little kids require a relentless amount of care so that it takes at least two adults to deal with the situation. Buzz Kill and I did okay in that department.
Parenting adult kids is different than parenting little kids. For the most part, once a kid is older, s/he is no longer relentless - at least if they are functioning in society (whatever that means in your own family). The kids aren't under foot the whole time, so you can relax and do your own stuff. Gigi is on her way over, and she's very much like an adult daughter in that sometimes I hear from her a lot, and other times I don't hear from her for a week or two. She's a blessing in my life, for sure, so I'm glad we've become family by choice. Diane is family by choice, too. She's just enough older than me, and her kids are just enough older than Velvet, that I was able to get a glimpse of how parenting might be for me in the near future. Diane is already in the Grandma Zone since her grown daughter is married and lives in Connecticut with her two year old.
While I was living with Diane, I realized that Diane has been present during all the major transitions in my life. Before I went into the looney bin, Diane talked me out of the store room at work where I was hiding in tears, struggling to contain my feelings since I was so angry I couldn't face anyone. She had a front row seat to my divorce, and she nurtured and supported me through this transition to the next phase of my life. She cooked dinner and everything. Going back to my favorite place - the intersection of Real Life and Fairy Tale, Diane is like the ferryman who takes the hero from one side to the other on his/her journey. I think in mythology the character is Charon who takes people across the River Styx into the Underworld. I'm pretty sure every hero's journey has a ferryman, at least if you believe Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers.
I'm on the other side now, for sure, and the entire New Age is upon us. Even though it looks a lot like the Old Age out there - with war, crime, mass murder, political bullshit, GMOs and climate change - it looks to me like more and more people are starting to notice this is bullshit. I still think that things will get worse before people start demanding change like they did in the 60's; and there are reasons to believe that workers revolt every 50 years or so as if it is part of the cycles of life. Multi-national corporations that practice mutant capitalism may have influenced the cycle to the point where we have to have a global meltdown. Destruction often makes way for new growth, though, just like fires clear out the underbrush in a healthy forest. Kali shows us how destruction and creation are inextricably tied together - so I'm not worried.
Now that I think about it, destruction and creation has just occurred in my very own bathroom. We're still waiting on the medicine chest, so there's no mirror in there for me to see a reflection of myself. The funny thing is, though, that when I lift up my head after brushing my teeth over the sink, the image in my head is so strong, it's almost like there is a mirror. Could be I'm projecting - but it could be that my internal self is finally so strong that I don't need to look in a mirror to decide if I like who I see. More evidence of the consciousness shift.
|from Blueberry at Texas Oasis|