On Friday, I was all set to write a post about this:
I was going to have a plethora (yes, a plethora) of artsy photos of my funky, retro enamelware stockpot, much better than this one on the mid-century teak table:
I was going to show you the details that made me fall in love with it, like this:
And then I was going to delve into the deeper meaning of thrift shopping and link parties in which we share our thrifty finds–such as the one at Southern Hospitality, or the one at Her Library Adventures–two very different sorts of thrift parties, which I like for different reasons.
But I didn’t have time this weekend to take a plethora of artsy photos or to ruminate on the deeper meaning of thrifting, because I came home on Friday afternoon to this:
And with me was this girl, who is graduating from 8th grade tonight and hosting an end-of-school party tomorrow:
Doesn’t she look amazingly grown-up? Of course, in my mind (and more importantly, my heart), she is still also this girl:
You can see that she is a very serious, thoughtful person. And from this one, I’m sure you can intuit that she has some definite ideas about entertaining:
And so, when she came home on Friday to see the stairs in a carpet-less, paintless, pretty-much-nothing-but-ugly-state, she had a minor little freak out.
She already thinks Cane and I are weird when it comes to making this house. And that our house is weird. She does not share our taste in art…
…or just about anything.
So, it really was not good when she went into the family room, where much of the party is set to take place, and saw this:
Which she saw because I just could not bear the idea of a party taking place in a room that looks like this:
So, I had to promise promise promise that the stairs would look “normal” and the room would be painted and “normal” before the party–which happens tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. (“Normal” is very important to middle-schoolers about to be high-schoolers.)
And that is why you won’t hear much from me until Wednesday. And why I haven’t responded to all the great comments left in response to Saturday’s post about family chores. (But I will–I loved the thoughtful ideas and reactions to that post.)
I’ve gotta get my paint brush on, right after I hit publish and link to the parties you see listed below.
Wish me luck. I think I’m gonna need it!
In the meantime, if you’d like to see some cool thrifty treasures, check out the link parties below (where you’ll find this post). And even though I probably won’t respond to comments on this post until Wednesday, I always love to hear what you have to say. And boy, I could use some encouragement right about now.
Update: You can see how the story unfolded in the links below: