Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Wallpaper and Road Rallies
So what could those two possibly have in common? What can you not do with your husband without ending up doing time in prison for it?
This is Barbara Phinney, and I will explain. But first, allow me to back up a bit.
Our daughter is getting married, and she and her husband will need a place to stay. I offered our house, but for some reason, that was flatly refused. So we checked out the housing market, and discovered it was cheaper to buy a house and pay the mortgage, than rent a place. Sad state of affairs that is.
So we've bought a mini home. My daughter didn't want to live in a 'trailer' but legally it is a mini home, so we're going with that.
And we're, in one sense, flipping it. It was desperately in need of updating, so we're redoing the bathroom, the kitchen, ripping up decades old carpet and painting walls. You all know the routine.
We've put up paintable wallpaper. Which now leads me to my title. Wallpaper is one of two things that I'm sure is legally allowed by law as an excuse for splitting husband and wife, but I am proud to say, my husband and I have survived this. The last time, we nearly didn't survive as a family, but I guess as time goes on, we all mellow, and find the right balance. He cuts, I wet, he does the high stuff, I do the low stuff, I smooth out while he's cutting the next piece.
But road rallies are different. We did one years ago, in Germany no less! and we had to pull over to the side of the road to argue.
Then two years ago we did another one, and had a blast. (yeah!) It was pretty much like that goofy movie Rat Race. We survived that.
I guess what I'm saying is that don't give up on something because you wanted to bop your husband when you both did it. Try it again in a few years, laugh about it and relax. If we can survive road rallies and wallpaper, so can you.