I have spent most of my MLK weekend painting the eight-year-old's bedroom. Ceiling, trim, walls. Extra difficulty points for having to deal with an "accent wall." Triple word score for having the boy "help" me paint.
For a little while today I actual contemplated trying to figure out just how many gallons of paint I have laid down in my lifetime, but I couldn't count that high. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy painting (at least for the first few days of a project). It's something you can do that doesn't require too much thinking, yet it also offers the opportunity to be anal-retentive. That's a good combination for me, being the dim-witted perfectionist that I am.
What I don't like about painting is cutting in. Trying to perfectly paint alongside trim without wavering. It's always been a struggle for me, but this time it seems like I finally got it. Not perfect, but much better than usual - it shouldn't take me too long to touch it up. Something's weird about that, since this is the first painting project I've done since I started drinking coffee. How is it that my hand is steadier now that I'm on the juice?
And I admit that I'm having a hard time justifying painting my house on MLK Day, which really isn't an appropriate activity for honoring Dr. King. Home Depot, on the other hand, seems to see a link between King and painting. How else would you explain this rebate:
You know, they use Veteran's Day for sales, Labor Day is just one last chance to get to the beach, and they use Abe Lincoln impersonators to sell cars in February. Is this MLK rebate the start of finding a commercial use for MLK Day? Will a Dr. King impersonator ever be used for a Toyotathon? Lord knows I don't want to be around to see that, but what's the difference between using Lincoln and using King? Just that it's too soon?
If this thought is a litle too off-the-wall, keep in mind that I've been inhaling paint fumes for the last 13 hours.