I DID offer the sheetrock guy some brownies. I put them on a plate and went out with them, and he said no thank you. But I liked what Denise said about how just because you don't want to dance doesn't mean you don't want to be asked, and what Hillary said about how if you're going to feel awkward either way, it's better to feel awkward and shy (when offering) than awkward and guilty (when not offering).
And this morning I found it actually EASED some awkwardness to offer something: he came right in and started working, and I wanted to greet him somehow, but it was going to have to be through a plastic sheet so that seemed awk. But I called out "Good morning!" and then when he said good morning back, I said, "I'm about to put some coffee on---would you like some?" It made the greeting a little longer, which makes it more casual. Note: he said no thank you to the coffee, too.
About the floor for the dining room, I'm totally stuck. I've reached the point where I can't even think about it anymore. There are too many choices: too many materials, and too many choices within each material. I have five new vinyl samples to look at (the first ones turned out to be from the most expensive "luxury" line), and they're just sitting there in a pile because I can't choose one: this one's pretty, but too grey; this one's nice, but too kitcheny. And we could also go with Pergo! Or with another highly-rated fake wood! Or with vinyl from another flooring place!
And then the prices vary so much. It's $5.50, which includes installation. Or it's $4.00 but you have to install it yourself. Or it's $2.20 but you have to order it online. Or it's $3.00 but there's a $200 rebate. Or it's $3.50, and it doesn't look any different from the stuff that's $2.50.
The fake woods look the best to me: I like the way they don't catch the eye, but instead just disappear into being Floor, and they don't have the problem of looking chilly and kitcheny. They look diningroomy to me. Paul thinks they look fakey, and so does everyone else. But ALL the vinyls are fake! There's no such thing as vinyl that isn't faking SOMETHING: it's fake wood or it's fake stone or it's fake tile. I don't see how fake tile is somehow superior to fake wood. How about this: let's just have the plywood! I could put a throw-rug on it!
Honest and Truly is showing the giftie she got, and starting a new contest.
Two Sticks and Some String is starting a new contest.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...