After staring glumly in the mirror at the ever-increasing strands of gray hair gracing my head, I went downstairs to pose a question to my husband.
“Is it time for me to color my hair, to hide the gray?”
He turned an unhealthy shade and stammered and sputtered his way through an answer, the gist of which was “Your hair looks fine just the way it is. Don’t do anything on my account. But if you want to change the color, that’s your peroxide…I mean prerogative.”
Ruminating upon this exchange later, I concluded that I’d never had any intention of coloring my hair, and I asked poor TechnoGeek that question just to watch him squirm. That was kind of mean. But he comported himself quite well, don’t you think? He even asked if I wanted him to dye out the gray in his beard. I don’t. I like a gray beard on a man.
My 12-year-old, who enjoys decorating herself with makeup, is struggling to learn the art without any help from me. I never touch the stuff. Recently she tried to use me as her own personal Barbie Styling Head. When I couldn’t tolerate any more doodads in my hair, she asked if she could make me up.
“Please? Just a little eyeliner?”
“Oh come on…can I?”
“Hell no! Get that wand thingie away from me.”
In case you are wondering, yes I do let her wear makeup to school. I just don’t allow it in the house.
Have I mentioned that we are gearing up to remodel a bathroom? Ok, actually, we’ve been gearing up to remodel that bathroom since 1995. But we’re really going to do it now. As soon as we finish picking out all the stuff.
It takes an astonishing amount of stuff to create a bathroom. It all has to be researched, debated about, shopped for, and decided upon. The stuff includes:
Vanity size and configuration
Color of finish
Style of doors and drawers
Style of knobs or handles for doors or drawers
Sink—size, shape, color
Faucets—center set? widespread? single or double handle? Style? Color?
Mirror—size? shape? framed or not? medicine cabinet or not? Light bar above? Lights on the sides?
Tub size, color, material, type (drop in? Stand alone? With apron or requiring enclosure? Doors? Curtain? Tile on walls or some other enclosure material?
Tub faucets—same questions as sink faucet, add shower head questions.
Tile—all one color? patterned? earthy tones? bright? color of grout? wall tiles?
Walls—painted? What color?
Window—clear or frosted glass? Slider or sash?
Toilet—thankfully, we have a perfectly good toilet. It is the only part of the old bathroom we are going to keep, and therefore I don’t have to shop for one.
There’s more, but I’m already so disheartened from typing the list it may add another 2-4 weeks to the process because now I can’t bear to think about it for awhile.
Shall I post before and after pictures? Yes, I think I shall. Stay tuned.