My mom is delving into a DIY project for a friend right now. Just listening to her talk about her ideas and plans has somehow given me a boost of energy to "fix up" our rental home. (This is huge, since I am not naturally inclined to decorate, and, clearly, because we are currently renting.) As we talked about colors, she mentioned a popular color known as Sierra Sand. I googled it. It is pretty. I don't know how it would go with our dark brown trim, but I thought, 'Oh well! I should just try it!'
I was so excited. (I should mention that our landlord said she would pay for all of the materials if we do decide to paint... which makes it a constant looming possibility, of course.)
So, after cleaning up dinner while my husband was playing with the kids, I started researching the best painting tools, tips, etc., and then, little by little, my energy began to wane, my excitement deflated, and then I found this: Paint Job Tips: Neater Painting. I never read the article. I stopped at the picture. Yes, that little picture is all it took for me to decide that I will not paint - even one room in - our home. AND, I decided further that I should not and will not officially paint during the remainder of my lifetime.
While I sat researching all of this and experiencing this extreme range of emotions, my 2-year old was finger painting with bright orange Catalina salad dressing across the kitchen floor, with the help of his older brother's skateboard.
So, after finding him and his mess, I decided that maybe I should not make any drastic decisions during these years. Maybe right now I just don't have enough energy to spare... because my energy is in constant high demand elsewhere.
(By the way, my husband will be so tickled to know that I will not be pursuing this painting idea, but I think I'll wait to tell him until I can use it somehow for the benefit of our relationship... you know what I mean?)