We played musical rooms in our house a couple of months ago. The best part about that game was that it freed up a room to be my yarn room. This all coincided with Thanksgiving when I had to clear out all my yarn/paraphernalia so we could actually celebrate Thanksgiving room in the dining room.
Thing #2 is well versed in the art of painting a room. She volunteered to paint the room for me ~ including spackling and all that other mysterious preparatory work. OF COURSE I chose purple. I think I mentioned the whole accent wall thing ~ a darker purple. Which would've been the whole room color, however everyone felt the room would be too dark. OK, I could see that.
To set up the next part of this happy tail, I need to explain a perverse family tradition. You see we like to lull family members into a state of potential disappointment. You know, prepare them for not getting whatever they thought they might get. Or prepare them for not getting anything and then surprising them big. I warned you, perverse family tradition.
Well, Thing #2 has learned well. When she volunteered to paint the room one of her sisters said, "hey, you could finish it for Mom's birthday". Thing #2 balked at this idea as it confined her to a time frame. She quickly managed my expectations and said she would finish it over break. I was bummed, and how could I say anything ~ she's doing a kindness for me and has school/work obligations.
Today is my birthday (insert birthday greetings here ;) . After waking her up for school she called me to the room in mock sleepiness under the pretense of asking me a question about the room. Being a parent I balked at having to go "all the way upstairs" when my knitting lies unattended with a puppy wandering about. She was persistent and up I went.
This is what awaited me. Awesome present! I'm so happy, I cried tears of joy. My own yarn room and it's purple. Do you think anyone would mind if I played hooky from work today?