Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mars & Venus Pulling a Carpet

I've been married for almost 10 years, and the opposite sex still baffles me. Over the course of those 10 years, we've completed survived several home projects. Today we finished up our latest: ripping up the carpet from the boys' bedroom.

The original plan was to pull the carpet on Sunday. For some reason, known only to hubs, he started pulling it up Saturday . . . with the 1 year old in the room with him. That right there was enough to stop me in my tracks. Why are you pulling carpet with a child in the room? A. He's all over the room, how can you pull it? B. The amount of dust and dirt that gets generated from this task is E N O R M O U S.

So we get past the child being in the room by the child leaving the room in disgust, and I come to find a lot of the furniture is still in the room . . . uncovered. Why? Just why?

Hubs pulls the carpet but the padding was still underneath. As some of you know, the padding sort of disintegrates over time turning into a pile of dirt. This carpet has been in the room for over 10 years. So the padding/dirt mound is still on the floor and now hubs is taking a break. Ask me how long the break lasts. I'll tell you . . . 2 hours. Why take a 2 hour break? Why not just finish? I have no answer to these questions but I can say I was on the verge of a serious nervous breakdown.

After some serious huffing, puffing, yelling and head-shaking, the pad gets pulled up and the room is now mine to be cleaned. Wouldn't it have been easier if most, if not all, of the furniture was out? Easier if what was left in the room was covered with sheets? Easier if the children weren't in the house screaming to get to the train table that is in the room, uncovered?  You know the answer. I won't even waste my time writing it.

After several vacuumings, washings, and furniture moving, the room is back in order and looks great. I wish I could say we've learned our lesson when undertaking a project, but we haven't. Hubs still doesn't understand why I get so upset, and I . . . well, I just don't understand.


  1. We are living parallel lives…

  2. I would have been freaking out over the kid being in the room too...mainly because of carpet tacks.

  3. This cracked me up--this so very much reminded me of my husband--he is fabulous, but sometimes I just don't understand. I think he feels the same about me:) Happy to be a new follower.

  4. Don't even try to understand!! I spent a night sitting on my stoop with my dog once long ago--my BF at the time decided he was going to VARNISH my bedroom floor at 8 PM at night--and no I am NOT still with him!!!I am a new follower on GFC
    Michele aka MikiHope