First, I discovered that refinishing a dining room table and 6 chairs is way beyond the limits of my patience. I'll do DIY stuff, essentially to save money, but I don't really enjoy most of these tasks. So when the guy at the hardware store told me what a big job I was taking on, I quickly changed my plan. With all the sanding to remove the stain and finish already on the set, and they re-staining, refinishing and sanding between coats, he estimated it was a 1 month job. I trust him because he would have made money off all the supplies I was about to buy. So, um, no thanks. I was thinking 2-3 days. Perhaps we will, in fact, just buy a new set.
Second, apparently age 9 is the new 13. Big A is definitely pre-pubescent with that impending blossoming right around the corner. Her sleeping habits are a dead giveaway. Its harder and harder to drag her out of bed in the morning. Gone are the days when this former early bird would get up before 6am. This morning I tried 3 times to get her up and it was way past 9am when I was finally able to rouse her. Then she was grumpy and quickly reverted to asking like a 2-year-old when I told her we didn't have time for her to sit and eat a second bowl of cereal. With a bag of cereal in her hand, I dragged her out the door. I dread September when I actually need to get the girls to school before 9am!
I also discovered that sometimes you can find some very valuable information on the Internet. For example, after we pulled a load of laundry out of the drying this weekend and found a whole bunch of our (Adam's and mine) clothes covered in greasy, pink lipstick stains because Little A left some tinted chapstick in her pocket, I discovered that if you soak the stains in rubbing alcohol or hairspray, they will actually come out. The one caveat is that the extent to which this works depends on the fabric (Adam's cotton shorts turned out much better than did my white Handful bra).
Finally, I discovered this morning that the weather all week is going to be super hot and humid. That pisses me off. I don't care if that's normal for this time of year. It still pisses me off. I'll be staying close to A/C, but you have a great Monday!