Early this morning, mom and I headed to the house for the paint party. I told everyone to be there at 8. No one was there at 8. My grandparents got lost because they refuse to get smartphones. My mother in law had to take her dad to the VA. My sister in law was sick. My best friend just got home from Milwaukee or something.
My aunt and uncle showed up first – uncle showing up was a surprise – turns out he had oral surgery a few days prior and Loritabs are the secret weapon for fast and efficient painting. He and my aunt covered the entire basement AND the fucking lilac living room in about 2 hours. I couldn’t believe it. My grandparents had to call and be directed but they finally did show up – with FOOD!!! Nana helped mom paint the kitchen (I need to give credit here – they covered hunter green with white COMPLETELY!!!) and edge the hallway leading downstairs. Pawpaw helped hang lights and edged the basement room, the den, and assisted nana with the hall. He kept saying he wished he could do more but DAMN. Everyone that came to help did more than I ever expected. My sister in law helped me cover the marigold in the den –
My mother in law helped us edge around the crown molding in the fucking lilac living room. My best friend helped me put a second coat on the fucking lilac living room. Mom started painting the puke green bathroom white. Jordan had to work today, but he agreed to paint the vaulted wall – I’m a little shit for being scared to climb a real ladder to paint. See the ladder below. Who wouldn’t be terrified? Jordan, that’s who.
BUT, today, we found a leak under the kitchen faucet.
AND, today, our neighbors brought us brownies and hot chocolate and cooking spices and I think my mom got really angry at me for answering the door for strangers. I got a lecture.
Tonight is our last night in the apartment. It’s really sad for me and bittersweet. It was our first home, we raised Jaq there, we learned how to live together there. He carried me across its threshold on our wedding night there. It is a very important space to me. I have cried about it A LOT.