…and it was good


Do you remember in the Bible, where it goes something like,

“…and Jayhab begat Ishmaelica, and Ishmaelica begat Abednigoriah, and Abednigoriah begat John…”

…well, life is kinda like that too. One thing always leads to another. Rarely is there ever a,

“…and Abednigoriah decided enough was enough and he sat down, surveyed his kingdom, and chillaxed with a cold one.

It’d be pretty cool if it did though right?

I’m slowly getting things done at the house, but it seems I’ll never catch up. For instance:

  • I took the curtains down out of the now, baby room (three windows). This required patching and sanding the old holes, painting the patches (two coats), and then installing new curtains.
  • Taking the old curtains and putting them up in the living room, since after looking at them, and after looking at the crap-tastic cream, swag thingies we still had there from the previous owners, we decided we could re-purpose the old guest room curtains since the new guest room in the basement has no windows (pray that we never have a fire).
  • Having to also patch and paint over the holes from the old curtains in the living room. And somehow in ALL that, the quart of paint I had in the basement that was left over from when I originally painted the living room, turned out to have a different sheen (hey, I dunno either, they both say “Eggshell”). So now…yep, gotta paint the whole wall again in order for the sheen to match up.
  • Putting me in a REALLY foul mood!

But CareerMom, despite being full-term pregnant, is being a really good sport about it all. She knows I’ve been running around like a chicken w/out a head and she has generally refrained from “reminding” me about this or that. But last night, after dinner, I mentioned that now that the curtains are up, how she could really finish decorating the baby’s room since she now has the baby’s bedding as well. And she said, “Well, I have sort of been waiting on you to adjust the crib mattress up a little higher (we had it adjusted to the lowest setting so MLE couldn’t jump out), because, I suspect, she can’t bend that far over into the crib in order to retrieve and properly outfit the mattress, being nine months pregnant.


I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but despite the crib being of well-made Italian origin, they used your basic cheap-o aluminum frame and springs for the mattress holder, and of course, the tallest setting lines up directly with the slats in the crib, making it a complete pain in the arse to adjust.

But now that’s done too and there are only about 20 more things I need to get done in the next three weeks, else risk not getting them done at all until the baby turns five, at which point I figure she’ll be able to play by herself thereby giving daddy time to do his thing again.

Let this be a lesson to all of you out there—there’s always a “begat” waiting around the corner…

“…and sex begat a baby…”

10 thoughts on “…and it was good

  1. You are seriously going to repaint the whole room because the sheens don’t match? I guess that is where you and I are not at all alike, LOL. I would just hope (or assume, even) that nobody would notice.

    Are you going to post pics of the new baby room? Glad to hear everything is coming along!

    1. dobeman

      RE: Well, luckily it’s only one wall, the accent wall. However, it’s also the focal point wall. But truly, you can only tell it when the sun shines directly on it in the afternoon. But yeah, I’m really anal about stuff like that. Perhaps I’ll let it go long enough to fuggetaboutit!

  2. GREAT post Chris…. And very timely for me… I started a project to repair the bi-fold door in our front entryway closet, and it has turned into a nightmarish ordeal… Begat, begat, begat… (Post planned) – You may have read a touch about it on facebook…

    THREE WEEKS AWAY ALREADY???? Where did that time go?

    Take care of yourself!


    1. dobeman

      RE: LOL! I remember asking about that project. Did you ever finish?
      And yeah, I’ll try and post photos, though I don’t think it’ll be any sort of earth-shattering design. Both CareerMom and I are practical in that we want to decorate now, in a fashion that is easily upgradable in a few years when the child get older. So, no pink wallpaper for us or anything!

  3. Just remind yourself that you are such a great husband and father! It’s amazing to read how much you do. I mean, yes, part of it is because you’re so anal, but that’s not always a bad thing – LOL:)

  4. Sweet mercy, this is just so typical of nearly every home project we do!

    For example, we just migrated our toddler from his crib to a twin-sized bed. I wanted to go with a fairly basic twin-bed set with a sturdy metal frame, the box springs, and a nice mattress. That led to a slightly better quality mattress, but it seemed like a sensible investment. That begat a waterproof mattress pad (also a sensible investment!), which begat a sheet set, which then begat a matching bedskirt to hide the not-so-pretty metal bedframe, which also begat a ready-to-assemble headboard from Wal-Mart. I know it’s all reasonably necessary stuff, but sheesh, a simple twin-sized bed ended up tallying nearly $500!

    Now there’s the dresser given to us by some neighbors that needs to be repainted to match the headboard…

    1. dobeman

      RE: Oooh, a “hand me down” dresser might entail all kinds of “begats.”
      paint remover
      cloths to put on the floor so the paint remover doesn’t ruin it

      Good Luck!

      1. dobeman

        RE: No, I am more worried about CareerMom reading it. Though, these feelings would be no big surprise to her.

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