My friend Weyodi and I have been reunited, oh, 20 years or so after knowing each other in high school. We've since realized that about four years ago we both bought houses from about the same time period, just about the same size/shape, and then we painted them similar colors inside and out. I've seen her house, so here's a picture of mine today for her. I painted this picture when I first got the house---I used to paint sometimes. I don't know what happened...
Obviously we don't know what to do with the assorted shrubbery. Just let 'em grow and grow until a neighbor comes by, shakes his head and says, "Uh...ya like that jungle look, huh?" And we nod.
I also stole this question-thingy from her journal today. I never answer these when they come around in emails, but I'll do this one today because I feel like typing. It's just not a very fun list. There are no questions about my superpowers or my biggest fears or my hopes to open a kitten-bouquet business...
Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes, but.... too bad the "artsy" previous occupant tried to paint the outside of it to look like marble. Yeah, because the classiest of people have marble dishwashers...
Is your living room carpeted or does it have hardwood floors?
Hardwood floors. I hate carpet --- it's so unforgiving, and who knows what's hiding in it.
Do you keep your kitchen knives on the counter or in a drawer?
On the counter. What a boring question! Ask me where I keep my axe and why. Come on.
House, apartment, duplex or trailer?
Old crumbly house. I believe it's called some kind of "cottage," but I think a structure must exist in a charming location to have that name.
How many bedrooms?
Two, but there's this extra room that is maybe a bedroom---only it's the same temperature in there as outside at all times, so that would be more like a porch with walls.
Gas stove or electric?
Gas. The house came with an old Chambers stove from the 1940's or so. It looks neato, but I'm scared of it blowing up the house. I like for my relatives to stop by and churn open the fish broiler repeatedly, saying, "It's just like Rachel Ray's!" If anyone had a big enough car I would send this stove home with them.
Do you have a yard?
Yes, small front yard. Big back yard with an 8-foot fence. It was a priority to put up that fence and have a really private yard, but there's always a neighbor waving from the nearest roof, so that didn't really work... I've learned to no longer go outside naked.
The kitchen came equipped with a psycho yellow color that could induce seizures. We put a pale yellow over it to avoid lawsuits. Here you can kinda see the "marble" dishwasher to the left. Ha.
What size TV is in the living room?
I have no idea. I'm sure I knew the size the week I bought it and was very excited about it, but I don't retain numbers for very long. It's medium-sized, which is good enough, and it's gray.
For a long time I had a super old B&W television that actually had a GREEN picture. The picture tube would get too hot after about ten minutes and cause a black hole in the center of the screen---ya could never fully see what was going on unless I switched it off for a bit and let it cool. It was a great timer to keep me from watching much television, and to this day it makes any newer color television of any size seem extravagant.
Are your plates in the same cupboard as your cups?
Yes. And they said it couldn't be done! Tough question.
A better question would be, "Do you have cabinet doors in your kitchen?" And my answer would be, "No, they were all stolen."
Is there a coffee maker sitting on your kitchen counter?
Yessir. As of the last few years. I never drank coffee before then, and I wish I didn't now.
Again, this question is getting into my private, innermost thoughts!
What room is your computer in?
There's one in the extra bedroom, which is where I animate for work. And there's one in my bedroom, but only because it didn't fit anywhere else. We probably wouldn't have two computers, but we each brought our own into the marriage...
Are there pictures hanging in your living room?
There's a photo of my cat as a kitten. There's a holographic picture of an old man who morphs into a skeleton as you walk by it. There is a Shag print of a werewolf cooking a fish over a campfire. A movie poster of Bigfoot...
Ok, I feel a little foolish now.
Are there any themes found in your home?
Several pictures hanging are children's book illustrations. There are lots of monsters and critters on the walls/shelves. We probably have more octopus-related objects than your average person...
What kind of laundry detergent do you use?
I alternate between unscented hypoallergenic brands trying to find the one that won't eat me alive.
Do you have any curtains in your home?
I wanted an old house, and as soon as I found one I began looking for old curtains. Between garage sales, antique stores and Ebay I have all 1940's and 50's curtains. Seemed like a good idea until I realized I have to take all of them down and wash/shake them several times a year.
Why doesn't this quiz ask, "What phrase goes thru your head the most often?"
My answer would be: "Seemed like a good idea at the time."
What color is your fridge?
Ah, so personal... Well, I think it's white under all the papers we have stuck to it.
Is your house clean?
My friend with the similar house said that 10% of the time her house "looks like a museum of oddities threw up." I like that, and I'd say our living room looks like that all of the time. Everything is usually put away, tidy, but the house is dusty no matter what, and I think the contents of our house scare people, or it probably seems junky to them. Nearly everything in the house was bought used.
Are the dishes in your sink/dishwasher clean or dirty?
My husband and I both happen to have a weirdness about not being able to leave stuff in the sink. There's almost never anything in the sink except for a dying plant I might be trying to save.
How long have you lived in your home?
Where did you live before?
I'm not exaggerating when I say the number of apts/houses before this one (between childhood homes and my adult apts) is in the 30's---perhaps even 40. This is the first house of my own.
Do you have one of those fluffy toilet lid covers on your toilet?
I would if my husband wouldn't immediately rip it off and throw it away. I think those fuzzy toilet seat covers are funny.
Do you have a scale anywhere in your house?
I've never owned one, and we didn't own one growing up. The only time I see my weight is at the doctor's office.
How many mirrors are in your house?
Four. There's one I can't even see into because it's up high, and one is in a dark corner, rendering it useless and yet more flattering.
Look up. What do you see?
A cry from the house for foundation repairs.
Do you have a garage?
Whoa----that's none of your business!!!
My goodness that was fun. Well, not really.
Here's the latest picture of Angus as my apology:
I've never seen animals enjoy napping so much.