July 7 – Things I am bad at, and goats
– I’ve historically never been much of a reader. Reading is something that I do very slowly. It will take me a LONG time to get through one. But only lately, I’ve felt really protected by reading books. I discovered it when I pulled into Reno after a long drive. I was going to pop-out of my car and dive in to some art parties where I didn’t know anybody.
The funny thing was I couldn’t. It wasn’t working. I was getting really anxious. And I just didn’t want to do anything. So I went back to my car and drove away. Feeling defeated. So I thought about it. What I really wanted to do was go and read my book – Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. So, I pulled my car over, and read my book for a bit. It calmed me down. And boosted my energy. And let me go back into being social.
It’s funny to find books as a refuge, after all of these years. Now, I really need some time on the couch with a book. I also REALLY like sitting on my front stoop to read.
I am now reading World War Z by Max Brooks. It’s good. It reads like a bunch of short stories. I can tell why they did the movie the way they did, which is nothing like the book. But I think both tell a story that works for its medium. Good job on being flexible folks.
– Today we started painting the downstairs room. This put me into a panic. I never really learned how to paint. Painting (and I do mean painting walls) has always been a terror and mystery to me. Growing up, I think I got yelled at a lot when painting was happening. I see it as very serious. Tiffany and I were working on this together. While I approach things to do them as perfectly as possible, Tiffany sees perfection as an obstacle to getting things done. Jump right in, get it done is her way.
I told her when we started how I really didn’t like painting. Mid-way through she asked me how I was doing. I wanted to say – “it’s fine” and avoid talking about it. So, what I actually said was “I’m internally having small panic attacks. It’s okay, I am working through it, but it’s hard. I hate doing this.” This spawned a lot of conversation. But it was great to have an honest conversation about it.
And, when we were done, it wasn’t so bad. Pretty good actually. I mean, as Tiffany pointed out, it will always be a basement room. But it went from sort of terrible basement room to just a basement room. And we have plans for stunning. In time.
One thing I learned is the saying – painting is 50% of the work, if you are lucky, meaning that all of the other prep work and cleaning is most of the work.
Yes, you can rent a goat herd and the flock to come and clean up your yard, or just liven up your party.
– I found out that these people will sell you fabric by the yard –
– And you can get a good price on custom stamps here:
What do you do with a rubber stamp?
– It seems more people learn things from YouTube then they do from most post secondary institutions. Could you get a degree from YouTube?
– Thank you Kelly for answering questions about the trailer hitch lock!
– Frozen Bananas, skim milk, dark bakers chocolate, throw it into a Ninja, best dessert ever – for today.
– GPS, DashCam and Bedding for the back of the truck is in my possession! In action pictures on the way!