school started and i am really tired and i should just go to bed but on the plus side at least i am not making repairs to one plank that is not behaving properly which is of course in the middle of the floor... mocking me.
back story: i very responsibly with Spousal consultation and help of all three children did a long-weekend project installing a vinyl plank laminate floor in my kitchen.
previous readers may recall that i have replaced the floor twice already in the last 12 years. First with cheap laminate flooring that eventually started to wear off and look like cardboard. Then more recently with kind of decent vinyl self-stick tiles... but the adhesive was several decades old at the time of installation and they had started to come up. When I priced what it would cost (plus the inconvenience of labor involved) to reglue the whole floor...
so, vinyl laminate planks. lock together. waterproof. look nice. more durable than the wood-type laminate.
it felt kind of like a manicc/hypomanic episode in slow motion. where i was engaged in frenetic activity for long stretches of time... but i was able to break for things like meals. and i was able to schedule different things for different days.
one day laying the planks. one day to caulk the perimeter. one day to affix baseboard edging. now it looks nice. EXCEPT for a few places that it is not perfect. which elder boy (who helped lay the floor) pointed out would not bother anyone but me.
AND THIS ONE SPOT THAT WILL BOTHER EVERYONE.
because i am not a professional. so clearly i made a rookie mistake.
ugh. but i have a plan. and all is not lost. and most of the project is a wildly awesome success. and i think that most of this whole thing (frenetic floor replacing and the angst of imperfection) is compounded/caused by the frenetic activity that comes with the new school year.
elder boy started high school today. he seems to like it. he's decided to return tomorrow. i will try to set a schedule of writing. perhaps i can use writing as an excuse for the children not to play games on my computer for a while when they come home.
Quaker, teacher, parent,