Saturday, July 21, 2012
The One Where She Talks About Strippers
This weekend, we've been prepping the house for a new baby girl. Nate has officially moved into his big-boy-bed in the guest room that is now his room. His old room has been ransacked and repainted the loveliest shade of light dove grey (I like to spell grey with an "e" instead of spelling it, "gray", which looks ratty. I prefer British spellings of things, too, like "honour" and "colour" and "splendour" and "procrastinatour". It has the tiniest bit of snobbishness and I'm all about that.)
Part of Nate's new room set-up will be a cedar chest that I procured in middle school from a garage sale with homeschooler dreams of making a hope chest. I grew up and the chest has remained half-sanded and unfinished for the last ridiculous number of years. But there must be a thing in the boy room room for toy corralling, so today I sanded it down. When Jon and I attempted to sand the thick paint on the back, however, it gunked up the sandpaper and we realized we were going to need some paint stripper. Off to the hardware store.
We did stop at Costco, where I ate every single sample. I'm pregnant.
At Lowes, we walked up to the paint counter Jon addressed the paint guy, "Hi. I need some advice about strippers."
Paint Guy: "Uh..."
I walked away.
When I found the strippers, Jon and I proceeded to disagree about which formula to get. He wanted the one with skulls and warning labels. I'm growing a human being, so I can't be breathin' in fumes. Strippers are toxic. I don't want to be smelling strippers right now.
Jon asked a sales associate who quickly grew uncomfortable:
Jon:"The stronger stripper is better, right?"
Me: "Well, I'm pregnant. I need the non-toxic stripper."
Jon: "Well, I'm the one doing the stripping."
Me: "If it's outside, I can do the stripping. It's well-ventilated."
The sales person walked away with a polite, albeit awkward smile.
Jon: "I think we should get this one and I'll do the stripping. You don't want to be there, anyway."
Jon won. Nathan and I played inside while Jon stripped in the backyard.
The cedar chest turned out great. I'm kind of excited about it. Totally worth paying for the stripper.
I'll post a picture later.
Of the chest. Not the stripper.