Week 53: Throw yourself into something!

Despite the featured image…don’t throw yourself into a fireplace!

Last week was a little weird.

The weather got increasingly nicer and it felt like spring was truly right around the corner, and that made everything feel slightly better and was maybe moving towards “normal.”

Then school was closed for the rest of the year, and in the face of four more weeks of distance learning, and no return to normal, and what feels like endless uncertainty, nothing felt slightly better at all.

So, as I have a tendency to do sometimes, I threw myself into something that I could control in an effort to feel like I was able to stabilize something…anything.

Thus, I painted. A lot. I edged, and I rolled, and I did second coats, and I got unreasonably angry when I dripped on the floor or accidentally bumped the ceiling with the roller (all fixable issues to be sure!). I stood in a long, socially distanced line at Home Depot to pick out one more paint color for Josh’s office. I wash paint out of my hair…more than once. And when it was all said and done, I’d painted the majority balance of the house.

And then I took a big, deep breath and a short break…because Josh told me my next task is going to be to install 80+ outlets and light switches.

Josh spent much of the weekend building the fireplace housing and mantel, as well as the railing posts. And the hardwood floors continue to creep towards the front door as well…though we’re waiting for our front entryway tile to come in so that we can plan out how the two are going to come together.

Next week…much of the bathroom tile is here, and the accent tile that took me months to find is going to be fabulous! Stay tuned for it’s imminent arrival.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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