There is always a pre-holiday project. One year we fenced in the yard. Sometimes it’s a paint job. It’s a summer project that kept sliding because it was too hot or there was something more fun to do. We like to do pre-holiday to add that tension of “will it be done by Thanksgiving.” Keeps us on our toes!
This year we are replacing the floor tile in the downstairs powder room. Straight forward job except for project creep.
Any project that starts out simple does not end up simple. It can’t happen. There is a bible of projects that says everything is connected.
It works like this. We have to take out the toilet. This is a good time to decide if we want a higher one. It’s not like you pull toilets every week.
I’ve always disliked the stupid toilet paper holder with the spring mechanism. All our other holders are simple bars that are easy to change (which encourages people to replace the toilet paper). We went looking for those.
The design we have has been discontinued (of course) but there is something similar enough (if anyone points out that my toilet paper holder does not match, they will be crossed off my Christmas card list).
The new style is a pivoting holder. Holy crap batman! Where have I been? I didn’t know that toilet paper holders changed? It’s pretty cool, easy to operate and not outrageously priced. No brainer, project creep has been fed.
Our room is wallpapered in my most favorite paper ever. It has beautiful dogwood blossoms. Of course that pattern was discontinued as soon as I got my order 13 years ago. There is no change of replacing it if there is an accident. (This would be a very sad project creep as I am the sole wallpaper technician in the house.)
You know there are accidents. Walls gets nicked. A fixture gets dropped (hopefully not on my toes). Something doesn’t match. The very last tile cracks.
That’s also in the book of project fubars*. I am hoping it’s not our wallpaper.
Please oh king of project fubars, please don’t let it be our wallpaper.
Let’s see, rip up existing tile, put down mastic and tile (with sharp edges), then grout. I’m doomed. Something is going to ding the wallpaper.
Note: Fubar is a military acronym meaning f&#%d up beyond all reason.