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Deliveries and Voting

We are having our two-story entryway painted. See?

We’re going from the mint green that I’ve never liked to a nice neutral gray.

Does anyone else have trouble picking out paint colors? Pinterest should be my friend, but it just overwhelms me. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from spending hours upon hours on it, looking for just the right gray.

Grays are hard, people. Some are too green, some too blue, some purpley, some yellowy –


I narrowed it down to two Sherwin Williams colors – Worldly Gray and Agreeable Gray. Here are the swatches:

I bought samples of the vastly different grays and started to paint patches of each on the walls, but realized I wouldn’t be able to tell which was which. So in a stroke of genius, I did this:

Is it just me, or does this make anyone else think of Wonder Woman? I’m going to have it put on a tee-shirt and it’s going to be my new title.

Wonder Ambivert

I should probably get a cape.

I went with the ever-so-slightly cooler & lighter shade of Agreeable Gray. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be in love with it.

Back to my story. By now you’re probably asking yourself what painting has to do with deliveries or voting. Well, let me tell you.

Not only is our contractor painting the foyer, he’s also going to replace the chandelier that I haven’t liked for the same 12 years I haven’t liked the mint green. I ordered it from Lowe’s last week and it was to be delivered by Federal Express today. And I wasn’t sure if they would need a signature or not.

So I wouldn’t leave the house to go vote until either the chandelier was delivered or the contractor showed up. I knew he was doing a job this morning and wasn’t sure when or if he would be coming today, but I knew the polls were open fairly late.

Fast forward to me talking to my mom on the phone. While chatting with her, I decided to check the Federal Express tracking and low and behold, the delivery had been made two hours earlier! No need for a signature, no knock on the door, no ring of the bell, NO BARK OF THE DOG!

She barks at everything. Why today of all days did she not bark?

Somethings will forever be a mystery.

At least she looks a little bit like she feels bad. But I think it’s a lie.

No worries about all of this, though. I managed to get the huge box in the door and ran to my voting place to take care of my civic duty. In the rain. Wearing loose yoga pants that are slightly too long for me. I looked quite the picture, I’m sure, tip-toeing through the puddles (no tulips, but I bet your thinking of that song, now) and trying to hold up the legs of my pants, all while holding onto an umbrella and my wallet.

Also, I’d like to address the elephant in the room. If this blog is called Midlife DIY, why are we not DIY-ing the painting and hanging of large light fixtures?

Because we’re not dumb, that’s why.

I’m not about to get on an extension ladder or even scaffolding to paint a two-story foyer and Todd, while he is so incredibly talented in so many home-project ways, is not a painter. And he’s not a fan of heights. I would end up with gray paint on the ceiling that would not be so agreeable to me. (See what I did there? Agreeable Gray… Not so agreeable on the ceiling… I know they say you should never tell a joke you have to explain, but I can’t help myself. It’s just how I do.)

Anyway, I feel very good about our choice to have the painting and chandelier hanging done by a professional. I can hardly wait to show you pictures of the finished product!


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