Jennifer Lyon

Monday, December 5th, 2022
Weekend Roundup

Santa brought Wizard a cold. I’m probably getting it too, so yay us :-) But the bright spot is…

After four different tries, one return and waiting for the new mirror, countless holes in the wall, and discovering that the ceiling is off a half inch — we have hung the mirrors! This feels like a major feat, LOLOL! We had them hung at the third try, but they were they were too far apart on the wall (in my opinion), and one mirror was slightly higher than the other. I kept my mouth shut. I was not going to say anything because Wizard tried so hard and I really appreciated it. Seriously, he kept measuring down from the ceiling, and I’d double check his measurements, and they were exact. But the mirrors kept coming out uneven by half an inch. It was maddening. Then when he was out in the garage, it suddenly dawned on my what might be wrong, and I measured both ends of the wall from floor to ceiling. Sure enough, the ceiling sloped nearly about half inch from one end to the other. Who knows if that’s intentional with the pitch of the roof or just not squared. But we’d both had it that day, so I figured we’d live with the mirrors the way they were.

The next morning, he surprised me and asked me if I wanted to try one more time to get the mirrors even. He meant so that one mirror wasn’t higher than the other. I said, “Sure, I’ll try if you want to.” And then I added,  “Since you’ll have to make new holes, do you want to move the mirrors in closer together?”

He was startled and that’s when I realized that “centering” the two mirrors on the wall meant something different to each of us. In his mind divided the wall in half and center one mirror in each half. Doing that left a bigger space in the middle than on the ends, but it made perfect sense to him. While my brain wanted even wall space between all three sides of the mirrors. He wasn’t upset, just curious what I meant. Once I showed him, he was happy to do it.

Even after 40 years together, we sometimes still don’t read each other minds :-)

Otherwise, our weekend was normal stuff, how was yours?

4 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. Silver James
    December 5th, 2022 at 9:27 am · Link

    Mind-reading can be hit or miss. And thankfully, you figured out the problem That’s frustrating! You’d expect everything to be square in a new house but that so very seldom happens. This is the joy of living in old houses–nothing is level. 🤣🤣🤣

    Saturday was busy, especially for the Kids. Only and Stormy did a morning 1-mile Jingle Bell Fun Run with the school’s running club. Then it was off to noon siren test, lunch at Alvarado’s, followed by the first indoor soccer game at 7:00 p.m. I’m betting they all slept hard. LOL We were tired too, but the time we got home. Jake did good, even if he didn’t really want to sit or “down.” Luckily, the parents around us all knew him from fall and love him so he got lots of pets.

    Friday, I discovered that my sense of geography sucks, and does my “skippy” brain when it comes to geo-political things in Eastern Europe. My inner nitpicker wouldn’t let it go. Soo….Saturday afternoon and Sunday (in between loads of laundry), I did more research. Who knew Ukraine was so flat for the most part. I mean, just because it’s the “bread basket” (ie. biggest wheat exporter) in Europe, why would it be flat like Kansas? 🤦🏼‍♀️ Yes, I AM an idiot, thank you very much. I’ve switched two countries, two cities, and am not mentioning any other cities, towns, or villages along the route of march. I also gave up, and Nitpicky backed down in the face of Literary License, and decided that the enemy maybe got a little be farther in-country than reported on the news. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. After my Wallyworld run here in a few minutes, I’ll get started on putting all my notes into action as I got back and fix things. Looking on the bright side, that means another “pass” on typos and editing stuffs, right?

    I’m ready for a quiet week with no great weather changes, fixes and new words, and Stormy time. He’s probably here four afternoons this week. Fun!

    Have a great one, all!

  2. Viki S.
    December 5th, 2022 at 4:07 pm · Link

    That is SO true! Our brains work totally different. It’s amazing that we don’t all argue all the time 😁.

    I’m happy to hear that you were able to determine what was going on with hanging the mirrors and adjust enough to make you comfortable.

    I have all the decorations done but nearly no shopping done. Harrison is done and his dad took his presents back with him last week after the funeral. As for the rest of the family – nope. Middle has given me ideas. Tomorrow I’ll work on that.

    Youngest came by yesterday to give me my Christmas present. He said he couldn’t wait after seeing how bad my hands were the other day. He bought me a hand massager. Hubs thinks it’s his. So he wants me to get him one 😄.

    I’m having the Reverse Osmosis system replaced tomorrow. Another water thing – I know 😐. Fingers crossed.

    I hope you have a great evening.

  3. Jennifer Lyon Apodaca
    December 5th, 2022 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Silver, very true on houses rarely being square! Every house we’ve had has spots that are off.

    Wow Saturday was a marathon day! Sounds like it all turned out well, and of course, everyone loves Jake! Maggie feels for Jake — those sit and down stays are hard when there’s so much to do and so many people to visit!

    Been there on geography! If you need to move things around for your story, just put a note in the book that you returned all the landmarks and topography when your characters were done with their story :-) Most fiction readers like those notes letting them know you took some liberties for the sake of the story — or at least I do. But yeah, I can sympathize with the headache this caused you.

    I liked on the “like Kansas” comment. I’ve never been there and somehow, I know it’s flat. Considering about geographically challenged I am, I know feel almost smart, LOL!!

    I wish we all got a pass on typos and stuff. How do those suckers get in there and hide so well?

    Hoping your quiet week and fun with Stormy!

  4. Jennifer Lyon Apodaca
    December 5th, 2022 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks on the mirrors! On marriage, I think it helps for us that I’ve learned to “trust the process” with Wizard. We both have a way of doing things and me nagging him in the middle doesn’t help :-)

    Okay you’re amazing. I’m trying to get started on my shopping and we have nothing up. Part of that is cuz Wizard is sick. Plus family stuff keeps happening. But we’ll get there.

    Yay for getting Harrison done!

    Youngest is such a thoughtful son! He really does try to get your want will help you out the most. I’m sorry your hands are so bad though.

    LOL on hubs.

    Hope your water thing is fully solved. I’m waiting on a guy to show up to look at a window frame. This is endless with all this waiting for repair people. Tomorrow is the chairs, Wednesday is for meds — I’d really love not to be trapped at home so I can get things done. But I’ll find a way, I always do :-)

    Happy Monday!

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