Destruction Can Be Good For The Soul.....
See? I am really starting to get good at this! To heck with the office! I shall destroy woods! I am the POWER!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, so maybe that wasn't me. Sure do wish it was tho, a little woods havoc might be just what I need at the end of this Sort of day. Cheer a girl right up, it would. Ah well, we will leave Woodsman Hans and his Brother-in-Law Woodsman to the woods havoc and I shall concentrate on ruling the rest of the world. Or at least making it do what I need it to, which amounts to the same thing.
I think I just talked to my Boss while he was asleep. I had a List for him, but after the first 15 seconds it was pretty clear that wasn't happening, which is no matter as I can make some pretty darn good guesses about most things. The only clear words I got from him, and that via his girlfriend were "Change Country X again"
By morning I shall be banned in Country X. The Country X trip has been changing daily for the last week. It made me laugh. I mean, it's not funny exactly, but it IS, if you see what I mean.
And I think that would be Lesson 14 in my Personal Assistant course. (No, you didn't miss the first 13, I am going to go all over here, as I think of them, just for anyone out there who might want to consider this as a career choice, or anyone wanting a picture of the Real, the True and the Behind the scenes)
Roll with it. It will change. Again. And Again. Make it work. That would be your job.
Turn up your stereo and dance.
Tomorrow the Destroyers come for my Bathroom! Sans Bobcat, one hopes, as the thing is upstairs. Pretty darned exciting. Not sure what the Royals are going to think about this. Actually, that is not accurate, I know exactly what they are going to think about it, and it isn't going to be printable.
Even if I shut them in the Forest Bedroom for the day, they are going to Suspect Something. No way to rip out a bathroom silently, you know. Which sounds more profound than it ought.
OK, long day.
I am going to back away from my desk, slowly. (another inaccuracy, I am fleeing it as fast as I can) and go outside with the Dog. The Bobcat left today. And in its place is something bigger. With more power. And larger Claws.
And I have Plans.
Love and Destruction,
I think we all have our wildly destructive sides.
Not that this is particularly wild in any way.
Ohhh, something bigger? A real bulldozer? Hans has to teach you how to drive that!
If they won't let you destroy forest, I highly recommend some harsh pruning. Nothing cheers me more than giving something a good hard prune.
"harsh prune" is a good name for a band.
is that a hooray for bathroom destruction?
i need to flee work as fast as possible, but that doesn't seem to be happening.
Oh, destruction can be so much fun!!
I hope you have more than one bathroom. I was having a toilet replaced once (Just a toilet!) when the guy said "You might want to come up here..." Never a sentence a homeowner wants to hear.
It seems that some previous owner, not wanting to bother putting in the new copper piping correctly, just sawed through all the joists.
It was a miracle, my handyman said, that I hadn't ended up in the basement one of those times I'd gone to sit on the loo.
Oh good golly.
Happy to hear that there are other advocates of the slash-n-burn style of gardening. (Sycamores. Bane of my life they are.)
And Lioness - yikes! I'm very glad to hear you got that situation resolved. It could have brought a whole new meaning to long drop!
i'm going to post this title on my 'fridge. and tell myself this everyday for the next several weeks whilst the giant machines of destruction are here and the old garage is leveled and the new garage is (hopefully) constructed. if nothing else, i can try the destruction part on random objects that annoy me. . . .
Emily - how are things going?
Destruction is great, if you don't have to live in it - replacing all the flooring on the ground level made me very sad for many days....
Love the new floor, though.
Pa has offered to pay for new floor in the bathroom - he hates what's there now. I have fanasies about replacing the whole thing, but he says he's only paying for the floor.
What with a tree coming down, and a new patio door, and the air compressor in the car, I don't think a new bathroom is in the cards.
I need to stop watching TV shows which fill me with the desire to flip off the characters.
Dan, what are you watching? I need to know.You should turn off a tv and get a Bobcat, really.
I wish I could do a new floor in the bathroom, but tole is expensive, to say the least, but I am pretty darn happy that I will be having a proper bathtub and shower.
Now I have a clawfoot tub, which is lovely, but one can't take a bath in it, no room for stretching out, and I have a shower that is icky, you know, just a Shower.
All the corner tubs we looked at were too big and did't fit the space, alas, but this will rock, I am sure of it.
Right now I am just looking forward to a real bath, in my own house!
I don't think it will be done tomorrow tho. I think it takes longer than that.
Ah yes. Shiva makes way for something new!
Yay for real baths. I sure do say Yay for things a lot.
Things are good, Siri, thanks for asking. It would seem I almost definitly didn't make Pippin, but that's okay. I am join community chorus now. And the illness is a bit bitter. Still not well enough to jump on the trampoline, but I hope it will be soon.
How marvellous. BRUMM. KABOOM.
Happy new bathroom beginnings! It will be a thing of beauty. New bathrooms always are.
Feel better, Emily.
I do want to hear all the bathroom news as it happens. We'll be starting our bathroom remodel soon. I have to get estimates in the next couple of weeks. We remodeled the hallway bath a couple of years ago and that was my project. Jetted tub, granite, heated floor. I picked and designed and spent far too much. This is hubby's. He gets to pick the shower, toilet, etc. The Man bathroom ;-) So far i think i'll love it though!
Make sure you tell me all the nightmare parts so I'll dread our project!
Are you going to help demolish? A sledgehammer perhaps?
Mostly just a ticky box from me tonight. All tuckered out from dance class. We didn't have one last week because of Labor Day, so this was just the second class. Led once at the end. That is so much more difficult. Uses different shoulder and arm muscles too, and I'm feeling that.
So...the moral of the post is to let sleeping Bosses lie?
To paraphrase a famous song:
"I wanna destroy.
I wanna Destroy.
I WANNA DESTROY!"
Good way to stay out of the military. ;)
It's nice a cool for a couple of days. Lows in the upper 60s and highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Isn't fun how all things are relative? ;)
Tired ticky box.
((hugs)) to all.
Destroy - destroy - destroy.
I will live vicariously through your reconstruction. :)
Cat downstairs = 16 yrs. Full of fleas. Me=limited income. Do i flea treat kitty knowing my indoor cats will have one less treatment? My heart goes out to him. Can my pocketbook afford him?
I had missed a post that went up and so didn't get the ticky box checked and I missed all kinds of wonderful things like bobcats & bengals & rock & heart shaped cat puke! *sigh*
Oh, and my Twitter has been feeling particularly Fiendish lately. Hi everyone!
Huh. Must have been signed into the wrong Google account because it posted as Sharon instead of HellZiggy... Maybe this one is right?
~other Sharon, suffering from Multiple Personalities
Nope, still Sharon, and now also confused. Is *this* the right one for me to be HellZiggy?
No? Angry royals then, maybe?
Poor kitties, they will get mighty upset. I hope for your sake and theirs that the works will not drag on for too long.
I, too, am wildly jealous about the new bathroom (I was going to have a new bathroom, but I ended up spending the money on a holiday to America in stead...Don't regret it, but the new bathroom would be nice, too!)
And the Bobcat lots lots of fun. Hope you get to play with the bigger one as well.
I've been working my way through Battlestar Galactica on DVD now that it's over, and -wow- does it hit me on an emotional level a lot of the time. Last night I finished "Season 2.0", which ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger that had me seeing red and wanting certain characters to die painful deaths for the atrocities they had committed.
To cool down I tried to watch the VMAs, which I had DVR'd, and ended up flipping off Kanye repeatedly and then watching Lady Gaga's number several times savoring the culture-jamming involved. And that's as far as I got, about 25 minutes in.
Kanye reminds me of one of my cousins, which leads me to the hypothesis that what people mistake for visionary genius and radical uniqueness may just be mild retardation.
Dan, we re-watched season five not too long ago. Sorry, I think I've got something in my eye. *sniffle* *whimper*
I did not watch the VMAs, but Mitch Benn says that Kayne West is an idiot, and I believe him.
I thought it was only four seasons long? Maybe you mean "Season 4.5"?
Do I? Maybe I do. I've got five boxsets downstairs. Does one of them not count?
Wait a minute. We're not talking about Babylon 5. We're talking about Battlestar Galactica. Other program what begins with B. My bad.
Only ever seen the first two seasons of that, and it never made me cry. Never mind. :D
Destruction, creation, all part of the same cycle, all necessary. Especially if you have a Bobcat to hand. Enjoy! ;-)
Oh yeah, the last episode of B5 when Joe turns off the lights on the station? Not a dry eye in the house.
My only experience with bathroom remodeling is when I came home at 10:00 pm to my one-bedroom apartment to find my toilet sitting in my bathtub and a hole in the floor. There was a note explaining that water had been leaking and weakened the floor until it almost crashed into the apartment below. I was also given a set of keys to a vacant apartment in the building. Good times...
oh i have a bathroom remodel story!
we were going to florida to visit grandma for pasover and i was taking a bath the morning of our trip. i lightly touched the soap dish built into the wall, and half the wall crumbled into my bath. after 40 years, the drywall behind hte tile gave out. the grout probably wasn't sealed properly.
i don't remember how long it took my dad to redo the bathroom, but i do remember hating to take showers in the unfinished basement. the shower was cinder blocks and the basement was cold. i was totally creeped out by the basement.
to this day i am slightly terrified of showers in tiled bathrooms, because i expect the wall to crumble into me.
Good luck with bathroom remodels :)
I'm never going to get caught up on anything, but I'm back!
We met Jess's precautionary fire trucks on the return trip, but except for the resulting 5-hour delay actually getting home, it was a lovely trip to the Netherlands.
Got home at 3:30am after 24 hours of bus, train, plane, and was at work before 9:30am. *yawn*
Kayne West was an utter idiot. And Beyonce a great lady for bringing Taylor Swift back for her moment.
I like that "Culture Jamming" of Lady Gaga , Dan. That was exactly it. I think that's what I like best about her, the mix of theater and music, and the complete devotion to art, and not the "Business"
SO, on another topic, people keep telling me to use my old clawfoot tub as a planter.
Am I being put on?????
I was thinking of putting it in the dinning room and making a cat bed out of it. A bathtub would work better than the dinning room table as a bed, I am thinking.
But it doesn't matter what you think - do the cats think it would be an improvement?
Dining room cat bed.
They will especially love it in summer (I often find Phoebe in the tub when it's hot). Throw in some favorite blankets, and it will be cozy in winter too.
Point Mistress. Mim LIKES sleeping on the table in her bed.
I am just feeling Bathtub in the yard has been SO done. Like, so five minutes ago. Now, the dining room...Possibilities. And if I had a proper skeleton....
With some cushions in it it could totally be a cat's bed. A large cat's bed.
And luckily Miss FabLo has some large cats! :)
I <3 Destruction.
Although the replanting or the rebuilding after is much fun. !!
I'd vote for planting the tub in the garden. :) Though as a cat bed is novel, at least in terms of deliberately using a tub as a cat place for cats to sleep. Eh, whichever you choose, you can always rearrange later.
ariandalen, as improbable and upside down as it sounds, temps are WARMER here than there. !!!
Dan, I've probably said it before... I almost envy you watching BSG for the first time. Although you might want to make time to watch it all over again after you finish it, just so's you know. One of the best fracking shows to ever grace the airwaves. Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.
And poor Bobina! Can you bathe the flea-bitten kitteh yourself? And combing. Combing can go a long way towards getting out the fleas, and is low cost. And if kitteh has fleas, be sure to test for tapeworm. Luck to you!
Forget the cat bed in the bathtub in the dinning room, I have moved on. Clawfoot will go in the dining room, but now I need some skeletons.
Full size. Like three or four of them.
I have a Plan.
There isn't that much room in the dining room. Are you planning to do away with the table?
It does work, under the window. The table moves down a little nearer the bath.
I like this plan. Human quality skels cost tho. I want a nice one. I mean, if you are going to have a skel in a bath in the dining room, you need to do it right.
Marjorie sent me a link to some human quality factory 2nd skels. Who knew?
The Royals will survive. I had a room demolished once (rebuilding was rather quiet) and locked Maine Coon Boy in a back bedroom with food, water, litter, toys. There was some yowling but he survived. And as a wee kitten there were once men knocking ice dams off of the then-apartment home's roof with sledgehammers, and he survived that too (tho because he had company and reassuring head pats).
Oddly, now I want a factory 2nd human skel too (must have been all of the biological anthropology courses way back when).
Bury the tub on end, halfway or more exposed, in the garden or yard so it can be a grotto shrine to Kali, or Cthulu, or whomever you can fit into the shrine. Bastet maybe.
Speaking of skeletons, have I told you about the capucin's crypt in Santa Maria della Conciliazione?
Someone (or groups thereof) took the pain to decorate the vaults and walls with thousands of bones. Amazing results... Check out the pictures
Dan - Oh, I start bawling way before JMS turns off the lights. Waaaaah!
If you got a big piece of oak or something to put on top, the bathtub could be the table. But then you wouldn't have a place for the actual table. (Extension? Tell the good Woodsman to bring the Bobcat round.)
Better: beveled glass. Then the skel could go inside. It'd put everyone off their food. You'd never have to cook.
Jess, I love that idea (although not all of us would be put off. Just sayin')
I want a skeleton. They make great hat/coat stands.
We had one for a little while - he belonged to a group of local promary schools, and as my mother worked at 2 of them she volunteered to transport him, and he stayed with us over the summer holiday. He stood in the corner of the dining room, and we gave him a hat and scarf to wear, as he looked a little naked.
We got some funny looks, though. Y'see, the easiest way to move a full size skeleton is to just sit it in the car and put a seat belt around it. . . .
One Day, when I have a hallway, I am going to have a skeleton to go in it.
The schools had a life-size torso, with removable organs, too, but I never felt the urge to keep that.
Although it was quite fun disembowelling it from time to time.
you are my ice cream cone and my chocolate covered strawberry, Destroyer-Lady. i think i am finally home.
You are my popcorn with butter. Calling you now!
welcome home kitty:)
you know., if you use the tub as a cat bed, you could get one of those stands for the shower curtain, if it is sturdy enough, and make a bengal climbing thing.
i really like jess' idea of skelie bathtub table. that would be sooo coool.
Yeah! Kitty! Hot popcorn!
A cat bed would be kewl. But if that won't work ... there's so very very much you can do with a claw-foot tub. And you being you, you'll think of something, of course.
It's okay, Sharon, we like you as Sharon OR HellZiggy.
Doing demolition is the most fun EVER.
Fods YES! Skeleton in tub in dining room!
My old neighbor had a small garden pond in his front yard. One day I came home from work and saw he had put a life-size skeleton in it as if it -were- a tub.
Then he surrounded it with life-size rubber alligators.
I laughed so hard...
Hey, if Hans is moving up to an excavator, tell him to be careful not to sink it- they are one unholy b**** to get unstuck.
Working in a gravel pit you learn many things that you never thought you'd need to know.
I love the tub in the dining room idea. I wouldnt think the tub could fit w/ the table in there!
Had to go to the ear/nose/throat dr today to check out this weird poking feeling in my throat. Turns out it's nothing to worry about. But because i freak out about things in my nose, i got xanax from my doc to prepare for the appt. Turns out he didn't have to put anything in my nose and i got all dopey for nothing. I fell asleep in the recliner when I got home. Oh well! At least I got a nap!
Ben gets home w/ his carpool in about an hour. I've done nothing productive today beside finding out i don't have throat cancer. (which i didn't think i had anyway!).
Still haven't gotten an update from my friend who does have cancer though. I'm so worried about her! I have a feeling this is not a "no news is good news" situation :(
I'm sorry, Robyn.
Beez, you make me laugh! I so want that. Well, Woodsman Hans IS making a pond...
Home early for a change, hurrah!
Cooking chicken for me and Bengals tonight. Put it in the oven and bake it chicken. My fav.
I ended up with so much to do today that I never got to the things I had wanted to get done. Tomorrow.
I expect I should take some pics of the Destroyed bathroom. It's not a LOT destroyed, just sort of starter destroying.
Beez! That is the funniest thing I've read in ages. Bwaaaaaaah!
*UPDATE* Me--"I happen to have some flea meds, do you mind if i treat your cat?" Neighbour-"Oh, thank you so much!" ... He really really needs it. I can't always help my neighbours cat, but today is good.
and i dont really have 'extra' flea meds...first lie ive told all year....but it's for a good cause....right???
*NA* for your encouragement.
What you have there is a Skid Steer loader NOT A Bobcat which is also a skid steer loader
I'm finally on the computer after spending the morning using the vacuum cleaner to demolish layers of dust on top of bookshelves and things. This involved climbing high - so I waited until Pete was out for the day because he would have stopped me doing it - risk of falling and all. Phht. I pwned that dust.
Beez - what a neighbor! Now that you've told us about his pond, I can see a Fiendish trend starting.
Welcome home Kitty -must be lovely to contemplate sleeping in your own bed at last.
Oh Fods, I forgot...Phiala, welcome home!
Well. We don't have any destroyed bathrooms (although I have some serious remodeling to do upstairs...)
And in fact we haven't moved in yet. But that is because the stairway from ground floor to upper is being completely rebuilt. Instead of swooping steeply straight down without enough headroom, it will take a sharp turn halfway down (w/a landing) and continue gently.
At the moment, however, it is an unholy mess fortunately surrounded by plastic sheeting. Not nearly as entertaining as moving a claw footed tub around and about the house.
Personally, I think you should take a series of portrait shots (after you have the skeleton house guests) in various rooms and poses. A lot of work to haul the tub around, of course, but that is what you have WH for, right? :)
Welcome back to sleeping in the same bed on a regular basis, TigerKitty!
For those who like vampires in their media (including Selene!), this is good for a few chuckles: Vampire Diaries: The Diaries of Other Vampires Revealed
My, it''s certainly easier to get up at 7 when there are Destroyers in the next room! Nothing like a little ripping up tile to wake a girl up!
The Bengals are NOT amused. This sucks, as far as they are concerned.
I'm all for the end result, but it IS early.
Dan, I feel I must go and read this link/ Lovely breakfast reading I am sure.
Thank you Anon, I had heard that too, about Skid Steer. I am afraid I am more poetical, than accurate here at times. Especially when it comes to such things.
'Morning Q. I'm not surprised that the Bengals don't approve. I guess they would disapprove just as much to being moved elsewhere for the duration of the wrecking.
Oh Phiala, I also forgot to welcome you home! WELCOME HOME! I hope you had a great trip.
I did, Emily, and thank you. I brought you something small back: if you send your mailing address to me via email (sarah dot goslee at gmail dot com) I will eventually send it to you.
I think we should call it The Doombuggy.
Q, why can Team Destructo get into your house while you're still asleep? Sleep before sledgehammers: that's my motto. Though perhaps it's best not to be asleep if there's a sledgehammer involved.
Phiala! \o/ Glad you got back safely. It is Something to be met by the emergency services. (And yet: what else are you gonna do? Stay grounded, like a scaredy Bruce Willis? No way.) Did everyone applaud the landing?
Thanks for the Vampire Diaries - I know way too much about TV and movie vamps :-)
Q, you could make the tub into a low sofa, cut out one side and put in cushions.
Phiala, welcome home. Sounds like you had a fun trip!
Jess, I was quite impressed at the number of flashy lights involved. They put out a lot of precautionary fire trucks, don't they?
Nobody applauded the completely uneventful landing, but we did thank the flight crew for not letting them put us right back on the same plane, even if it meant an extended wait for the new one.
Bengals LIKE the bathtub in the dinning room! Tonight I will, uh, bring home the memory card for my camera and we will have pics.
My new tub is lovely!
I need now to go and buy 10 replacement tiles, either matching or accent. To go with my "Plan" for the new bathroom.
One PLANS these things???????
How should -I- know?????
I will pick the tiles, THEN plan the rest around them, I think.
Found out I can get new lights too, to replace the horrible sconces in there now. One can simply switch them out. Who knew?
All very exciting.
The Destroyers can get in when ever they like. Head Destroyer has a key. He is Merry Housekeepers husband and built all the builded bits at Boss's. Kind of family.
The Plumber Destroyer is an Underworld fan, and was seriously impressed with my signed poster.
Ah, that's all right, then. He can be the alarm clock. :) And hooray for swappy lights!
You don't already have backup tile?! Everyone needs a box of backup tile.
Phiala, you got more than one truck? Classy! We got one fire engine, and a police car. I guess that's Northwest/Delta for you.
Jess, this was Northwest. Maybe I should have been scareder? There were lots. And I'm assuming they sent us back to Detroit for the longer runway and fire truck availability.
Nah. Nothing I could possibly do, so why worry about it.
Indeed! Wake up in a cold sweat some morning at 2:00 am instead. :D
I'd say if you weren't smokin' on the way down, you were all right. But: I think I may avoid Northwest from now on.
I think the tile may be original to the house, Jess. AT any rate, there wasn't any when I moved in. I don' mind, I like it that it will be different.
Mistress, I think I missed the bit with the plane and firetrucks. It's the sort of thing one can't MIND I would think, as it is an inconvenience, but the alternative being huge news when the thing went DOWN, not so bad.
I am leaving the Destroyers to their destruction now, with a few parting words about if the Bengals NEEDING to stay IN. They are very clever about escaping, we have found this morning.
Oh, more Bengals on adventures! Eek.
Welcome home to Phiala and to Kitty!
Bobina, yer welcome! And kudos to you for caring for a neighbor's kitty. Clever, cool way to go about it, too.
Speaking of fleas, a neighbor has a new puppy, so so cute, a toy American Eskimo, they said. White and very fluffy, and they call her Izzy, but I've taken to calling her Fluffy. :) And we've bonded, this puppy and I. But t'poor wee thing had fleas, which is nearly unheard of in this climate, so they reckon she had to have come from the breeder's with 'em. Booooo.
quiche, you should look around, there are some awesome custom tile places, and if you don't have many to replace, you might want to go with some funky tiles.
Sure Phiala, I'll e-mail it to you. I can't believe you did that ...
New post is up with pictures of the Destruction! The dinning room bathtub! And Bengals!
What more could a post want???
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