Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Here's the countertop story. We used to have laminate, because we are Poors. When we moved into this house we spent all our money right out of the gate on replacing the 1920s wiring and installing kitchen cabinetry. By the time we got to the countertop we couldn't afford marble, so laminate it was. It split and molded and swelled just like the countertop people warned me it would, but it was all we could do at the time. This year one of the things we wanted to do with our tax return was get a new countertop, and we did. I chose concrete because I still can't afford marble. The end.

That isn't a very interesting story. I could say that I disagree with the environmental cost of marble, or that I think it's so played because it's what all the magazine people have, but the fact is, I love marble, and if someone gave me a 12-foot piece of it I would install it in in two shakes of a lamb's tail. But I like the concrete, and I think it fits the house.

It's taken me a long time to get my act in gear, but I finally got it together yesterday and watched the whole first season (or "series," for y'all limeys out there) of Downton Abbey. I loved it. The costumes really do make me feel smarter. There is ample meat for discussion in the gender and class roles portrayed. I hear season/series two is a real clunker, though. I'll watch it anyway. What else am I going to do?


tipsybaker said...

The entire season! I'm impressed. Season 2 is indeed bad, but also so very, very good.
I tortured myself over the countertop decision and for a while was leaning toward zinc. Glad I didn't do that.

Matt and Emily said...

I just started Downtown Abbey too! And I want to come see your counter top.

highdeekay said...

I REALLY wanted concrete when I moved in here but couldn't find anyone local to do it. When I tire of the laminate and have a tax return I will do concrete and I will get a referral from you.

Downton Abbey: loved the first season and although I have watched all of the second I keep telling myself it is just Edwardian Dallas or Dynasty. Pooh. Poor writing, silly plot lines. I thought the finale last night was entirely useless and dissatisfying. Yet, I watch...