Happy New Year to my vast readership!
We had a great holiday. We got a chance to see the whole family on both sides. First we visited my dad and stepmom, and saw my sisters and their families and my bonus siblings and their families as well. Then we went to visit Jeff's parents, and got a chance to see his siblings and their families, and spend some extra time with his nephews.
Vinny got a lot of great presents. The highlight to him was a portable washing machine that Santa brought for him. It is a small, hand-cranked washing machine that is basically a giant salad spinner. The moment he saw it, he lost all interest in opening his stocking or playing with anything else. He pretended to wash a lot of things, but it wasn't until yesterday that he and I actually used it to wash a few of his clothes. It worked amazingly well!
In other news, I had long been annoyed by the hideously ugly wallpaper in the master bathroom at our house, especially because it was halfway peeling off the walls. So I decided to solve that problem by removing the wallpaper. Once I began peeling the wallpaper off, it was really hard to stop. I was late to work on Friday because I couldn't stop peeling the wallpaper. The wallpaper is mostly gone, but even halfway done it is an improvement. The problem is that the bathtub and tile in the bathroom is a hideous dusty rose color from the 60's. It's on the orange side of pink -- kind of like this. It is the equivalent of that 70's avocado color, only pink. My plan is to paint the walls a neutral color that will not clash with the dusty rose. After this project is finished, I'm going to replace the hideous peeling vinyl floor in there.