Nov 222008

I generally have glorious visions of productivity for my weekends. I invariably (on Friday anyway) see them as an opportunity to get just a little bit ahead of where I am at the time. Saturday often presents itself with a few extras I hadn’t considered on Friday, that make it difficult to get those couple of step forward I so long for, but I can usually manage at least one. This morning, dvh3 had other plans for me… he woke up at his usual hour (about 6:45) and Mary Lou stuck him in front of the digital babysitter so we could sleep in a little. At 8:00 his show was rolling credits and he needed his “muck”, so I rolled out of bed to tend to his urgent demands. Too late it seems. He managed to get his hands on a red permanent marker and proceeded to furiously color the floor, the two new leather ottomans, the new leather chair, and the new area rug… you picked up on the repeated use of the word “new” I take it? We had just barely finished furnishing this room, it had taken us months… and it took him all of 2 minutes to destroy it. After reading silly things on line about trying rubbing alcohol… uh yeah, might as well have tried a spit shine! I lined up the various solvents I had on hand and tried them one at a time to find the weakest one that would remove Red Sharpie. Alcohol… no, mineral spirits… no, finger nail polish remover… a little, lacquer thinner… BINGO. Now, how do you suppose lacquer thinner will affect my hardwood floors, leather furniture, and area rug?… well… it can’t really be much worse than the virtual bloodbath that currently covered the room. Working quickly so as to avoid destroying the finishes or disintegrating the carpet, we wiped off and dabbed up the marker. A couple hours and 25 terry clothes later, the floor and furniture look as good as new and the rug… well… it looks pretty good, but I think the lacquer thinner may have dissolved the glue holding the backing mesh to the bottom… Ah well. So much for a step forward this weekend, at least in the end it appears to be only a small step back from Friday…

  2 Responses to “One small step back”

  1. Wow. Are you sure it was merely a virtual bloodbath? I think that that point a literal one is justified. I know what Devon is getting for Christmas. His very own brand new kennel.

  2. Amen to that. Can you imagine the trouble the _dogs_ would have been in if they even came close to causing that much damage?

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