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Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Change of Plans
We were originally going to go to Iowa for Christmas this weekend. Trash's mom has typically had us down to exchange gifts the weekend after Christmas, but we just got a call. Someone in her house has come down with something not life-threatening, but highly contagious to many of the relevant demographics. Pretty much the only member of the family who can still qualify for a visit this weekend is me. And I don't think Trash and M. Edium would appreciate my being gone for three days so I can open their gifts. Especially since there might only be room in the car on the return trip for mine.
So instead we're all staying home. This also has some advantages. For one, we haven't even begun to think about packing. For another, it loosens up our schedule quite a bit for what remains of our vacation. And lastly, I think it will allow me to fix the ceiling in the main floor bathroom that kind of makes it look like we're squatters.
I don't know why this is happening, but in the past few months, the ceiling has first cracked, then bubbled, then bubbled and cracked, and at this point a section of plaster or drywall is working on opening down on the south end of the shower like a trap door. I can't explain it. I run the fan when I shower, M. Edium generally doesn't splash higher than shoulder level when he's in the tub, and I don't think my lengthier visits to the bathroom have become significantly more corrosive in recent months.
So now I'm in a situation where we need to either replaster or re-sheetrock the entire ceiling. I won't be sure which until I get started. So in that way, it's a little bit like a gift exchange. I'll still be opening things up and finding surprises, but those surprises might include things like dry rot, black mold, and spiders. Which I guess is what I get for trying to open my gifts after New Year's.
What's going to be even more problematic is explaining to M. Edium what's going on. For the last week, every time we're in a store and his eye lands on something that "Santa forgot to bring me," we've been putting him off by reminding him that Christmas at Grandma's is still coming up, and who knows what he might get there? Now the question is, who knows when he might get it?
Maybe we'll just tell him that Santa forgot to put gas in the car. posted by M. Giant 4:05 PM 4 comments
Sorry about your thwarted vacation plans. Hopefully everyone gets better soon. Another look on the bright side: perhaps by the time the quarantine is lifted, the weather will settle the hell down and there won't be a 99% chance of a snowstorm during your trip.
Sorry we weren't able to connect when we were back home. On the other hand, I start Monday at my next clerkship, and that's back home. So, yay.
@KKB - I'll be checking that out.
To add to the "boring and helpful/useless" category, you might want to check your showerhead. I once had one with a tiny crack in it that was shooting a stream of water right onto the ceiling, causing it to bubble and crack.