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Over the weekend, I got inspired and wrote my little 1k-word [livejournal.com profile] dramionelove promptfest piece in one sitting. But when I went to check the submission terms again, it seems I forgot an important point: the story must be written from either Draco's or Hermione's POV. My story is written in the POV of a third character. Rookie move! Hell's bells! HOW many fests have I written for?

Anyway, I'm still really excited about the thing I wrote. I'll probably do the same story line for the fest, but tell it from Draco's perspective. When the fest is over, I can put up both stories as companion pieces.

Guest room update: Brought in a spare dresser, boxed up one solid metric ton of YA novels and cleared the bookshelf. On Sunday, with the room empty except for two fairly light pieces of furniture, it was time to steam clean the carpet. Understand this carpet is a light shade of no particular color, installed 20 years ago when we first moved in. We are diligent about removing occasional stains, so it is still pretty clean except for the guest room, because there were years when you literally could not see the carpet for all the clothes and toys.

So the Groom and I were standing in the room, and he says, I have an idea, and I want to tell you so you'll shoot it down.

Me: Go on ...

Groom: Let's just rip out the carpet.

Me: Yes!!

So, uh ... we did.

Impulsive, I know, and it's going to mean a lot more work, but you have to know how badly we hate this carpet. Besides, the flooring is nice-looking hardwood that probably hasn't seen a full day's sunlight since the house was built. Besides-besides, in life, if you stop creating messes, that means you're dead, right?

In the coming days, we'll finish pulling up the tack strips, mop up the dust and then treat the wood to its first good rehab since 1965.

Date: 2016-03-21 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teddyradiator.livejournal.com
Bravo Groom! Sometimes you just have to rip out the stuff you know to find the gems underneath - what a coup, finding hardwood!! That's going to be absolutely beautiful.

After this spring, only one room in our house will still have carpet, and that's ironically enough OUR guest bedroom. Eventually we'll get it ripped out, but our own bedroom is a priority. The cats have absolutely molested it, and it looks so awful we actually have a rug sitting on TOP of the carpet to hide it.

Can't wait to see your finished Dramione fic - so proud of you!

Date: 2016-03-22 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stgulik.livejournal.com
Very cool! I say if the carpet is still comfortable and good-looking, keep it. Ours is neither!

Date: 2016-03-22 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mimimanderly.livejournal.com
One of the first things I did when we moved in was rip out the carpeting. ALL of it. The hardwood floors are nice, but nothing special. But: it is so much easier to keep clean. I vacuum every day in the main rooms, because we have parrots and they are messy. But if anyone spills something or tracks in dirt, all I have to do is mop it up. With a carpet, there is all this fuss about carpet cleaners. And also, when you vacuum a carpet, you never get all the junk out of it. They are terribly unsanitary and harbor a multitude of dust mites and who knows what-all.

Date: 2016-03-22 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stgulik.livejournal.com
You're completely right! Especially about not being able to vacuum up dirt completely. When you rip out carpet, it really drives this home. It's such dusty work.

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