Days 4 and 5 of 30 Days of Recognition

Quick update on bugs:
The momentum has turned in the Great Bug War of 2010.  We still find a couple dazed bugs clinging to life, but in general, I think we’ve dealt an impressive blow to their population. 

Day 4 Recognition – Party People
As we unleashed our prolific Bugashima attack, we needed to evacuate the house as the chemicals could be harmful to humans.  We stayed at a nearby Hampton Suites off route 611, behind the Houlihans.  It looked like a wedding was happening, in fact, Saturday night was completely booked and we secured the last available room on Friday, it is definitely a hotspot for local weddings.  At the risk of sounding like a complete old curmudgeon, hotels filled with wedding guests are an impossible place to get a good night’s rest.  Here’s what I think happens: people go the wedding, wedding wraps up around 11PM, shuttle takes them back to hotel, party must go on, people head to Houlihans, Houlihans shuts down at 2AM, people come back to the hotel to party more, people start filing back to their rooms between 3AM and 4AM.  I love a good party, but I also love my sleep.  Jac and I did not call security, we took one for the party team, but with every sleep deprived day that I endure, I get one step closer to being the curmudgeon that calls the front desk to complain.  I woke up around 6:30AM to head to the house and open the window and turn on the air, as I walked out the hotel, I passed a guy coming in, he was in a suit that had no button buttoned, his belt was unbuckled, his whole stance was crooked, he looked like he had partied until empty, he was returning to the nest, and I smiled knowing my kids were about to wake up and ruin his morning of sleep!

Day 5 Recognition – Wallpaper
I have never had the pleasure of removing wallpaper.  I was completely naive to the process.  We stopped at Lowe’s to get some supplies to remove wallpaper from the kitchen (the only room in the house with wallpaper).  We got the little round thing that punches thousands of tiny holes into the wallpaper and this liquid that you mix with warm water that penetrates those holes to loosen up the grip of the wallpaper.  We also picked up a specially designed wallpaper scraper that would make this whole process a breeze.  I spent a good hour running this little hole punching device all over the wallpaper, it has millions of holes in it.  I soak the walls in the super wallpaper dissolving liquid.  I initiate scraping, wallpaper does not budge.  What?  Are you kidding me?  The wallpaper is not coming off easy, why in the world did I do all of this work?  This wallpaper is stubborn, I feel like it would be easier to get a live lion into my refrigerator than to get the wallpaper off the wall.  After several hours of scraping, we are about a 1/4 of the way done.  Wallpaper sucks, if anyone knows a way to get it off easier, let me know!

3 thoughts on “Days 4 and 5 of 30 Days of Recognition

  1. Wallpaper is so annoying. I remember trying to take some off of my bedroom with my mom as a little girl. We both ended up in tears. what a process!


  2. Hey Rob, when I had to scrape the wallpaper off my dining room I used a combination of the paper tiger like you have the DIF liquid wallpaper remover and a good scraper. I used this type of scraper: for me was key. That and plenty of replacement sharp blades!!


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