Design Wall Monday has been preempted by Stay in your Nightgown Monday. The 2010 Lowell Quilt Festival is in the history books and I’m taking a day to decompress. While the festival closed on Saturday, the museum is open on Sunday and it’s one of my ‘regular’ work days. I woke up Sunday morning wishing I could take a roll of duct tape and strap a couple of puffy pillows on my feet and call them shoes. (Probably not advisable to attempt the one-hour commute with pillows strapped to my feet. ) I could also use an IV drip of ibuprofen for sore muscles. Bonus – I’m sporting a large BUO (bruise of unknown origin) on my right forearm, pretty attractive since it is too hot to wear anything with long sleeves. Really attractive. Yes, today I need to stay home in my nightgown and just…..cocoon.
Between the ramp up to the festival and the actual three-day extravaganza the days are long and the hours are demanding. A good friend managed to get me two nights at a very reduced rate at a Holiday Inn near the festivities. I’m never one to complain about hotels (I think we stayed in one twice during my entire childhood) but I think I’ll be writing the management on a few issues. Namely the following:
- Why do you put the coffee pot in the bathroom? DO NOT put the coffee pot in the bathroom. Do you have any idea how gross and disgusting that is? I get the dry heaves just remembering it and I don’t need to pay for the privilege.
- Touch up paint. Buy it in bulk and apply it generously because it makes a big difference. Lotta bang for the buck.
- Put a sign in the hallway that says, “Unattended children who repeatedly run screaming up and down the hallway will be shot on sight.” If you don’t have the stones to do it, leave a BB gun in my guest bathroom. (Hey – then you could move the coffee pot to the far corner desk in the sleeping area. Think about it.)
- Doors to the room should not only lock securely but they should be actually CLOSED. This picture shows (I turned off the room lights) just how much room was between the door and the door jamb. Color me paranoid but I don’t feel all that secure when you could swing a cat through the crack in the door. The one along the bottom was even bigger. (Note: apparently not big enough for them to slide a copy of my bill beneath it (enabling rapid checkout) but I’m guessing big enough to slide under a Sunday edition of a newspaper without having to expend much effort.) Just sayin’.
All of that and more is why today is going to be just for me. I’m tired – mentally and physically. I need to be left alone for a while. I want to soak up some quiet and take a ridiculously long shower and do girlie stuff like scrubbing and buffing and putting nice moroccanoil on my feet and sliding them in to clean, cotton socks. I want to be pink and fresh and centered. I’m going to snooze, read, pad around in my socks and let the world turn without me. I’m always better after I do, and that makes life easier for everyone around me.
PS – I will also be enjoying as many cups of coffee as I like, from my coffee pot that is not located remotely close to a toilet.