Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Small Talk

Do you like small talk? I do not. I'm all about deep meaningful conversations and relationships, but unfortunately it takes a lot of small talk to get to that point.

When you meet someone or are standing with an acquaintance with nothing to talk about (or if you have nothing to blog about -- ahem), the weather's always a safe conversation, right? And the weather here has given me plenty to talk about. It's been springy and sunny, then rainy and cold, sun then clouds. And windy. It's been really windy.

Strike one. I was wrong. The weather might be safe, but it's pretty dull.

I need to call the Guinness World record accountants, because I may be on the verge of breaking a fiction reading record. I am always reading more than one book at once, but they are usually different genres: a novel, a memoir, a children's chapter book, and maybe a non-fiction book or two (and not ever ALL of those at one time). BUT according to my nifty reading journal in which I've been recording my reading habits over the last six months -- these are all the books that I'm currently reading (defining current as in-progress, and having read it in the last two-weeks):

Children's Literature:
Non-fiction books
Oh I see you've glazed over, so as a good conversational tactic, I will change subjects and ask you a question.

We are about to start a bathroom remodel. Do you know anything about bathrooms? Remodeling them, that is? Picking out fixtures and tile? Is there anything that you'd caution against.

I really like the look of some of this Datile Slate for the kids'/guest bath. I'd use it on both the walls and the shower wall. Do you want to see my samples? I like the Sunset Glory and Autumn Mist and Indian Multicolor. I'm a pretty casual person, so I think I like the natural look, but might it bug me in the long run?

I know that we'll love the results, but the getting there is no fun for me (picking a contractor -- done, picking all the pieces -- not done, dealing with the mess and noise -- not even started).

Now I've left it to you -- give me your feedback. Speak honestly, even though it's just small talk. Do you have a horrific remodeling story to share? Perhaps a bit of encouragement?


Martha said...

I like the Autumn Mist too. You are so brave. We can't even get moving on getting the house painted let alone starting up a remodel (which we are starting to think we need) and we have been in the house for nine years! So we will be contacting you when we need help! Good luck and let us see what how the progress is going.

morninglight mama said...

Oh, my dear hubby completely gutted our two upstairs bathrooms and completely redid them over a long period of time from 2007-2008. We're FINALLY finishing the downstairs ceiling below all that construction this week! While we're at it, we're also adding crown molding and painting both the dining and living rooms (all one connected space), so I know a little something about living within a construction zone, but I have no advice to offer other than to say that I really do like the Autumn Mist tile! :) Good luck!

And about small talk? Yeah, I stink at it-- I usually end up saying something inappropriate or just out there, so it's best that I steer clear.

Carrie said...

I'm with you on hating small talk, btw!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Another rotten smalltalk-er, here.

I think I like Indian Multicolor best. Also, we went with a slate tile in our basement bathroom and I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I really do. The room is pretty much all white (including the vanity), but we went with a darker vanity top and darker tile (dark olive-ish), and I think the contrast looks good.

As for books... for the first time ever, I found myself half-way through about 4 different books last week. I never do that! It's usually 1 fiction and one nonfiction... not sue what's wrong with me.

Lisa writes... said...

I'm terrible at small talk and therefore most social situations.

I'm no help on decorating decisions. I could, however, give you my sister's or my mom's numbers. They have incredible taste and the ability to make a firm decision. Unlike myself. I've always said if we were to ever build a house (God forbid) I would have to move my sister and mom in temporarily to make the multitude of decisions required. Light fixtures? Paint color? Tile? Cabinet finish? I would lose my mind, no two ways about it.

I will, however, enjoy seeing the fruit of your labor!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

Thanks for popping by my blog...it led me here!

I too share your love for reading and had to laugh at all yoru books in progress...I too seem to ready many at once :)