Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tickled Pink

Just when we had geared up for Thomas returning to work he was back home at 8:30 a.m. Seems a water main at the plant broke and all nonessential workers were sent home. I'm not sure what the big deal was, I mean we had days without water in the Philippines. Aren't there any Boy Scouts there to "Be prepared."?

Anyhoo, tomorrow he should put in a day's work. It is ironic to say the least that he will need to go through the inprocessing he was in charge of not so long ago. In fact I seem to remember he got an award from the NEI for some part of the program he helped develop...

Not wanting his self-esteem to suffer after being referred to as a nonessential worker, I made sure there was plenty to fill his day. He taught a couple math lessons and answered the cries of "Help me please Daddy" as the girls faced what they deemed impossible math problems. Then there was the bathroom project. He has been diligently working on it for a while and spent most of the weekend putting the finishing touches on the walls. Even had it all painted. Am I the only one who struggles with selecting the right color from a little itty bitty square sample? I like pink and 3 out of 4 girls surveyed like pink, but this turned out to be too much possibly for Barbie herself. So being the guy he is repainted it today. We mixed the pink with some "Nostalgia White" we had on hand to get a much more soft pink. This is not the first time we have had this experience. I remember when we first started painting our family room. I thought a sunny yellow would be cheery. We started painting and even got out a hair dryer trying to be confident that when the paint dried it wouldn't be quite so intense. In the end we mixed 2 parts white to 1 part yellow to get what is on the walls. Maybe this is why many of our rooms are shades of white with fancy names like "Crisp Linen"!

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