Last night while I did cardio at the gym, I alternated between tennis and Canadian football on the TV screen. The tennis was evenly matched between two dudes I don’t know, one of whom used a lot more spin than I’m used to seeing in tennis.
The football was fascinating.
It appears that Canadian football involves twelve players on a side. Offensive players can be in forward motion, so most plays involved two or three guys running forward at full speed, with the snap occurring just as they reached the scrimmage line. It looked really cool.
From what I could see, they had only three downs to make ten yards, so punting happened frequently. There also were a lot of fumbles, which may have been a coincidence.
One of the teams was the Montreal Alouettes. What kind of team name is that?! I suspect it’s the league’s equivalent of A Boy Named Sue, chosen to keep the players sensitive and angry. Can you imagine an NFL team named after Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes, or maybe The Hokey Pokey? (Actually Virginia Tech’s team is named the Hokies, which may explain some things.)
In other news, my kitchen cabinets are coming along slow but steady. Last night I primed the backs of the doors, but I didn’t have time to paint them, so that will happen tonight. It looks like the door fronts will need another coat of paint before I can hang them. If all goes well, I’ll be putting the doors back up on Friday night. Then I’ll move everything into those cabinets and start on the other half of the kitchen.
We have decided to put laminated wood floors both downstairs and up. Lowe’s has very nice 30-year laminates for only .99 a foot, far better value than anything at Home Depot or Floor & Decor. The nice thing about laminate (compared to tile) is that once you’ve installed it, you’re done. I can do an average room in 4-6 hours. Tile takes a couple of days and makes much more of a mess.
I do plan on tiling the kitchen, breakfast room, and laundry. Most of that area is currently covered with a brick-pattern vinyl. If I can get the old vinyl up safely, I will. Otherwise I’ll need to float out the edges with thin-set for the transitions to bare floor.
I also plan to install tile backsplashes in the kitchen, and to tile the risers on the stairs (although the pattern will be simpler than what I used in Dallas). There’s nothing like nice tile work to make a house memorable to a potential buyer.
Better get back to work.