Fun with Polyurethane

We finished the new space above our garage back in October. Well, almost. The last step we needed to do was put up two coats of polyurethane on the walls, ceilings, and floor. But it was the end of the project, and we were busy, and we were tired, and and and . . .

We decided to wait to finish it in the spring. It’s not like it really mattered, right? It wasn’t going anywhere. But knowing that it was there, still waiting to be finished, just sort of hung around in the back of my head, tapping me on the shoulder now and then to remind me that it was a Project To Be Done.

Over Christmas, I had lofty aspirations of finishing it. I had time off work, so why not? Except I played video games, watched movies, and read books instead. (Totally worth it.) We could do it later.

But then I started making purchases for the home theater, and I started wishing I could use the space sooner than later, and I started figuring out what would go where. And then I started trying to figure out how we were going to put up polyurethane coats when the room was furnished.

At that point, waiting didn’t make sense anymore.


So last night Denisa and I started the project. And of course it went much more quickly than we’d feared. Isn’t that always how it is? So much of getting a project done rests on getting the project started. There’s a huge amount of inertia you face when you know you have the whole thing to do. It’s easy to come up with excuses to avoid it. But once you’re actually doing it, it often takes less time than making up all those excuses took in the first place. I see this with my kids all the time. Too bad I still struggle with recognizing it in my own life.

Anyway. Today, we were gifted with a snow day. No work for either of us. So it looks like today’s the day to finish the project. I’ll take it! Because Wednesday, my projector arrives . . .

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