Call Me Sisyphus


I am so tired.

We are moving tomorrow. Again. And while I’m looking forward to living in our new digs, I loathe moving. The packing. The unpacking. It’s so tedious and never ending. Especially when trying to do it with toddlers.

Our new landlord seems like a very nice guy. However, he has horrible taste in paint (by his own admission.)

Witness. You may want to don shades first.

Teal. Very, very, very teal.

Which is next to the mauve. It’s like an 80s flashback.
Only without the hair. And jelly bracelets.

Reallyreallyreally ridiculously lavender.

And tangerine. Covering every colour option, really.

But the back yard is lovely. And mowable.
It has a huge maple tree, perfect for hanging
a wooden swing from. And the grass is lush and
inviting. Yesterday, the three girls were lying on
their backs, watching the clouds go by and I felt at
peace, and at home. And that? Felt fantastic.

(Now who wants to help me paint?)


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurie
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 21:43:00

    Very nice–except the paint. Wow, that paint. It’s very colorful. It’s good you can paint it. I lived in a Pepto-Bismal pink place that I was not ‘allowed’ to paint. It was nauseating. It very well may have taken a year off my life…


  2. Stomper Girl
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 22:02:00

    Excellent back yard. But i do feel ever so slightly nauseous after seeing that paintwork.


  3. daysgoby
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 22:23:00

    Is it really bad that I love the tangerine?Okay, maybe not that MUCH tangerine, and I’d do big trim with a pale cornmeal colour….That back yard is gorgeous.


  4. SUEB0B
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 22:34:00

    Dude should learn one word: eggshell. I mean, color is good, but not for people who have no sense in their heads.


  5. Heidi
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 23:10:00

    Donning my paper bag to tell you I’m pretty sure my kitchen is painted that exact shade of orange. By choice… šŸ˜‰ Congrats on the new digs!


  6. Lisa
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 07:01:00

    Hopefully the neighbors are just as wonderful as the yard!


  7. Andrea
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 07:56:00

    You know, if you picked one or two of those colours and just dialed them down a little, they would probably be quite lovely. Colour is good. Just maybe not four different extremely bright and vibrant colours.I’d help you paint if I were closer. Good luck!


  8. sandy shoes
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 08:28:00

    Keep the lavender till last… maybe after the other craziness is dealt with, it’ll be nice. Says me, who is thinking of painting her bedroom something similar… though, in my defense, a lot paler.


  9. crazymumma
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 09:35:00

    Paint colours and flying too close to the sun? Dude, you really do hate moving.It looks like a lovely home. Now go unpack and pick some nice colours and let us see the result.


  10. elizasmom
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 09:51:00

    Wait, did he do the thing I did once and raid the mistakes bin at the local paint store? I kinda love the tangerine too, but I’m guessing the problem is not so much the individual colors, but the fact that ALL of them are deployed within one small space. Yowza.If I wasn’t in the middle of Project Living Room myself over here, I’d come over and help you.


  11. Shannon
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 12:01:00

    I guess he’s not into neutral colors.Congrats on the new home and that you feel at home and at peace there. May the bad color palette be the worst of your worries.


  12. ourlittlefunnybunny
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 12:38:00

    I love the backyard!!! And the paint colors? Well it’s only paint and that can be fixed in time!!


  13. Ree
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 12:47:00

    There’s nothing as wonderful as a big back yard.And pssst, that teal kinda matches your blog. šŸ˜‰ At least on my monitor. Snort.Of course, I think it’s a lovely, lovely color.


  14. MsPrufrock
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 14:40:00

    Ohai ghastly colours. Jesus. I’m surprised (yet thankful) that the landlord has said you can paint. Phew. I am so very jealous of that back yard. Sigh.


  15. Angewl
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 19:12:00

    I don’t think the colors are completely that bad. Just way too much of it in a small spot. Love the backyard.


  16. kimmyk
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 20:22:00

    that mauve color is in my daughters room. when we moved here the guy had it painted that way. i dont know why…so until i paint over that junk, i let my 15 year old use chalk on it and her and her friends draw all over it. it works and keeps her off my back for now about painting it.i love the backyard…very nice. i myself like that kitchen color. i’m partial to orange though.


  17. Traceytreasure
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 21:10:00

    The teal matches your blog perfectly. How could you NOT love it? The lavender room would be great for the girls, no? If it’s in your wealth corner, (standing, facing your front door, all the way back to the left), it’s perfect Feng Shui. Don’t change it! And if the tangerine is in the middle of the house, I’d leave it alone. You have to live there so do whatever you want! Sorry, I can’t help you paint. I have to work tomorrow. Good luck with your move and I hope your new home is where you all love to be and you make happy memories there!! Hugs and love, T šŸ™‚


  18. Sara
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 22:28:00

    If I lived closer, I would be there! I love to paint! :)My last bedroom was an awful mint green color. Everyone who saw it said it would have been perfect one shade lighter or one shade darker but as it was, it was just awful. And I wasn’t allowed to paint so I just had to wear sunglasses to bed.


  19. Dea
    Aug 16, 2008 @ 07:25:00

    I would so come help if I lived nearby!!! šŸ˜€ Those are some – ahem – colorful choices….but I don’t blame ya one bit for wanting to repaint!! I’m so glad it feels right. That’s how it was when we moved to our house we have now. Just, right. Home. A lovely feeling! šŸ˜€ Congrats – though I too hate the move part. Again, wish I could help!


  20. Naomi
    Aug 16, 2008 @ 17:43:00

    But I *like* the tangerine!One day in the future when we sell our house, someone will probably complain about our color choices, too. Luckily, painting is a quick fix!


  21. Ms Picket To You
    Aug 16, 2008 @ 22:18:00

    i like the tangerine too.but i LOVE the yard. happy for you.


  22. Rich
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 23:18:00

    I absolutely hate to paint. But with those colors, even I may reconsider.


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