Thursday, September 1, 2011

We're Calling It "Industrial" Right Now


There is Matt in his basement lair. It is his birthday today. The celebration of this event, however, has to be postponed, as he is too busy today to turn another year older. The guys are burning the midnight oil down there. Week before last, we got the basement to the white box stage that you see here, and then Matt and the boys moved in. They were dying to get out of the little room. So the basement still needs a lot, but Matt said no more until they meet their next deadline. It's working fine for them right now, it's just a little stark. It's a million miles better than it used to be, though. It's like a real place now. There's a there there.

One chilling thing, though, is that in the bathroom down there? The toilet seat is up all the time. And they don't even care. Men.

And there's weird soda in the fridge down there. The other day, Hank wanted to go down and say a quick hello to his daddy. And he was gone a long time. I called down the stairs, "Hank, whatcha doing?" He said, "Nothing!" And then there was a pause in which he apparently decided to be honest. "Drinking a drink called pineapple Fanta!" he crowed, with sugary joy.

So I'm counting calories these days and it's all going great, but tonight I went down there to visit with the boys and try to pump up morale. You know I'm a one-woman USO. But they didn't need my help, they had Mexican takeout and a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Then I got busy chatting and somehow ate a lot of cheese dip. It's a chamber of horrors.

Tomorrow night we're going up to the mountains, and we'll celebrate Matt's birthday (and our anniversary) properly up there. I clearly remember the first week I met Matt. It was his birthday then too, as it was our first week at college. Someone in our dorm gave him a child's toy Sheriff set as a gag, and I volunteered to be handcuffed to him. True fact.

So my August BeckBloPoMo has come to an end! I really, really enjoyed it. I loved sharing stuff with y'all and hearing back from you. Looking at my post count, it's clear I missed a few days in there. Eh, close enough? But I hope y'all have had a good week! I confess, I don't say this often, but I am exhausted. Love y'all, B

17 comments:

Aimee said...

Happy Birthday, Matt, and Happy Anniversary to you both!

Chamber of horrors indeed. I wish you many calories burned, because that's just too much for one woman's will power to handle.

nova said...

I'm extremely outnumbered, man-to-woman wise. So I have to remember to put the seat UP instead of the other way around.

Beth said...

Happy happies. I am saddened to see the Pomo blog month or whatevs go. I hope we still hear from ya frequently. Especially with photos of the newly grayed office.

Michele said...

Having raised 3 boys (two of which I bore), let me give you a little bit of boy wisdom. Stay out of their bathroom. Never go in there. Never clean in there. Hire it out. It will be worth its weight in throw pillows to not have to do that chore. Oh and they will never clean it because they don't even notice it is yucky.

Michele R said...

In my experience I have found that the toilet seat being up may be preferable over the seat that's down that never got put up and has residue on it. Ewww!
Happy B-day to Matt and Happy Anniversaire and also congrats on the awesomeness of growing the business--the work space looks great. I bet they love their workplace.

Christian said...

Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, Happy Queso!

Hootie said...

Just looking at that "industrial" space, I am exhilarated. That is a perfect space for the business. Many many other men would waste their secret lair on leather couches and school colors, trying to define themselves by some Sears wishbook ideal. But Matt has seized the tools of production and is keeping the American dream alive.

The one thing that's missing? A gift wrapping station.

Becky said...

Hoot, you READ MY MIND.

KathyS said...

No! More everyday blogging! I enjoy this, and prefer to place my own enjoyment over your use of down time. Seriously, I'm that important.

(Also, happy birthday, Suburban Mister! Happy anniversary to the pair of yous!)

Nina said...

Hmm, just on the calorie counting subject, did you see this: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/health/the-10-foods-that-most-affect-weight-gain-loss-150010 ? The links at the bottom have the full info including a bar-graph and a video. I'm not a scientist but it all seemed very sensible to me!

Common Household Mom said...

I think the dog makes for nice decor.

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

Veronica said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see pics of all the new paint etc. Happy birthday to Matt, and happy anniversary to you guys!

Elizabeth said...

I second the two Micheles. Happy Birthday to your funny husband and Happy Anniversary to you both. I've loved coming over there each night to read your posts --

Star said...

Happy b-day to Matt and Happy Anniversary to you both!

kathy said...

Please tell Matt Happy Birthday from us! Also enjoy your anniversary. Today is Steph's birthday! Lots of wonderful events happened in this month, weddings and birthdays. Enjoy the last days of summer in the mountains.

Amy said...

Happy anniversary!! I missed it, didn't I? You hate me, don't you?

Are the basement walls gonna be painted, do you think? Or do the boys like the white? Oh my gosh--best idea ever...are you ready? How bout matt gets the illustrators to do a mural of a scene from Dungeon Blitz? They could pain themselves in as warriors! It'd be so fun! I AM BEING SERIOUS ABOUT THIS.

The floors look great, well done!

Elle said...

You got married for his birthday? Oh, man, Becky ... I would never let that go. Like, Mari would never hear the end of it, The Birthday Wife. This is so good! Where is yr halo?