Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk

Do It Yourself

And I've returned from NC! The trip back Friday night was pretty uneventful, though I have to comment on the music that was played on the plane. Apparantly US Airways is promoting some European pop singer. I can't find the song anywhere online, but when we landed in Boston a recorded voice came over the plane's speakers and said, "You're listening to 'Hero,' the latest song from the European pop sensation..." I didn't quite catch the name of the "artist," but I swear my ears nearly bled as I listened to a warbled guitar intro, followed by the strangled words of a high-pitched male singer.

At first the rest of the passengers and I who were waiting to get off the plane just stood there in stunned silence. We all started glancing at each other. A woman near me started snickering. I looked at her and said, "It sounds like a dying cat!"

The people around us started laughing. Finally the doors opened and we were able to escape the moaning and screeching. As I walked past a flight attendant I commented, "This is the worst song ever."

She wrinkled her nose and flatly replied, "Welcome to our world."

I grabbed my bag off the carousel and wheeled it out to the curb where Tina was waiting for me. I tossed my bags in the backseat, and went home where Tina surprised me with this:

Tina pulled up the carpeting in the master bedroom and started laying hardwood floors while I was gone. We had been talking about doing this for quite a while because no matter how much we vacuum, the carpets hold onto the cat dander, wreaking havoc on my allergies. I was dreading removing the carpets because I was afraid of how sick I would get by all the dust that would get kicked up.

Tina said the dust in the carpets was, in fact, pretty bad. So I was extremely grateful to her.

Saturday and Sunday we put down the rest of the flooring...

...and here is the finished product:

The next step is to put in new baseboards and thresholds. But I love it! I can already breathe so much better in there and it just looks so much nicer. I have the best girlfriend! I would never have put down flooring myself. I would have suffered with the carpeting until years later when I had enough money to pay someone to do it for me.

In other news, I'm not a fan of the snow. I spent yesterday's lunch time shoveling. And poor Mia begged me to take her outside, but I had too much work to do. Finally she resigned herself to the back of the couch and wouldn't look at me. I just had to take a picture of Her Majesty's aloof self:

As bratty as she can be, she's still adorable!

And she got over herself enough to share the basket with her sister for naptime:

So sweet!

So that's that! Back to work...
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