Today’s post is all about You! Well, those of you who have asked me questions on various topics, that is.
Question One: Would love to see a pic of your bathroom when you get it done.
I’ll do you one better. How about a series of photos? The half-bath has gone through multiple facelifts over the years. By the way, all photos were taken from just outside the doorway.
This is what it looked like when we moved in seven years ago.
The bathtub was unusable and in sad, sad shape so I came up with an idea to hide it altogether. Here’s makeover number two, done about 3 years ago:
Our contractor was a bit confused when he first saw my makeshift bench. When I told him it’s purpose was to hide the bathtub, he said, “Oh! I was wondering why you would have a seating area in a bathroom. Personally, I wouldn’t want anyone sitting there watching me use the toilet, but that’s just me.” Har-har, Mr. Contractor. You are a funny guy.
Once we found out that our sub-floor was rotted, we decided to take the tub out and move the toilet. If you can’t already tell, it was a pretty tight fit in there. I could sit on the toilet and wash my hands at the same time! Here’s the final look, after adding a few finishing touches over the weekend:
Look at all that ROOM to walk around!! I am looking for the right apothecary-style cabinet to complete my vintage ‘look’ and will put it in the front left corner. The plant and painted footstool may or may not stay. I’m not sure yet.
Anyway, I’m just grateful that after three long months of on-and-off construction, our house is ours again.
Question Two: How was your Thanksgiving?
After writing this post about my difficulties with the holidays, I had some anxiety about going to my mother’s for Thanksgiving. Thanks to your wonderful comments, my husband and I decided to place little expectation on the day and instead concentrate on creating our own traditions between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am happy to report that things at my Mom’s went without incident. At the last minute, my handicapped brother decided not to attend, instead, wanting to eat at his group home. So, for dinner there was my husband and I, my mother and my sister. We four had an intimate, relaxing dinner and it was very pleasant. Whew, and Yay!
Question Three: How are those new jeans fitting (aka, George)?
I’ve worn George on and off within the last couple of weeks and he’s been washed twice. I have put him through a slew of stretches while waiting for my hips and rear-end to conform to the fabric as I was told they would. It is also just about time to send Aaron, my Nordstrom consultant, the photo I promised him of me wearing my jeans, proudly verifying that I indeed bought the correct size (even though I told him that I thought they were too small). Just for fun, I thought I’d include two photos for Aaron. The first one shows me right after my purchase, back at the hotel. Now, before you think I’m some weirdo who’s gone a bit crazy, I’m trying to be funny here by imitating the abominable snowman in the Bugs Bunny cartoon that I posted here.
On the other hand, I am still calling my jeans George. Hmm….Maybe I am weird.
As for the two-week photo, here is what Aaron will get in his early Christmas card, and here’s a lesson to you all: when I say I’m going to do something – even if it’s following through on a thought this was a good idea at the time but now it’s a little embarrassing promise to send a photo of me in a pair of jeans to a young fashion consultant that I probably will never see again, by God – I do it
If you have no idea why I’m sending photos of me to a young man named Aaron, then you need to read the post about my Chicago trip in search of the perfect jeans, which you can find here.
I am thanking him because – he was right. These jeans have done exactly what Aaron said they would. Even after I wash them, they stretch out just enough to fit where they are supposed to, with no butt-sag (see above photo), and not enough of a muffin top to spill a single teardrop over. I am happy. My husband is happy. My wallet is a bit less happy, but it will get over itself. This was my Christmas present to myself. Ho-Ho-Ho!
So, to wrap up my riveting Saga of the Jeans series, here’s what I will remember the next time I need to go shopping for a pair:
- If I try on a pair and they fit perfectly, try on a size smaller – especially if there is any stretch to the jean. Do NOT expect them to fit perfectly right out of the dressing room. A good pair of jeans needs to be broken-in and will stretch to fit my body in time.
- When trying on a pair, make a fist and slide it down the backside of the jeans as a test to see if there is too much gap. If the fabric doesn’t fit flat against the small of my back, I need a smaller size.
- Because I am short, a petite boot cut style will look best on my frame because the break in the jean will make my legs look longer. Petite sizes don’t always work out for curvy women, however. If I find the perfect pair and it’s way too long, don’t look for a boot cut style. Instead, ask for a straight leg jean. The reason for this is because the break of the leg will fall improperly on a boot cut jean since it’s meant for a taller person. Since there is no break in a pair of straight leg jeans, they’ll flatter at any hemmed length.
- Jeans come in many different washes. Notice where the whiskering and faded placement are on the pair I’m trying on, as those are areas meant to be accentuated. If I don’t want those areas to stand out, I need to opt for another pair of jeans.
Well, that about wraps up the Q&A for the Day. I always enjoy doing posts like these so keep bringing on those questions, and I’ll see you all back here on Wednesday!