I have this memory from just after James and I got married. I bought a shower curtain for the main bathroom in our house while James was on a work trip. By the time he got home, I had it hung and looking fabulous. I didn’t think much of it, and so I hadn’t mentioned it to him beforehand. When he got home from his trip, the shower curtain took him by surprise.
HIM: “Uh Stef? What’s this hanging in the bathroom?”
ME: “Most people call it a shower curtain.”
HIM: “It’s nothing like the old one.”
ME: “Correct. Which was a big selling point.”
HIM: “I don’t know, huge change here. And how come you didn’t tell me?!?”
ME: “I didn’t think you’d have any feelings on it, after all it’s such a small thing…”
HIM: (full on whining now) “How can you call it small?! It’s like, 36 square feet!! That’s… That’s eight percent bigger than our bed!!”
It was one of those pivotal moments where I learned how hard change is on James. I’ve adjusted since, but still like to push him a little every now and then, hoping to increase his ability to be flexible. Which brings me to THIS project:
With James gone on his crazy French cycling adventure, I decided to tackle a little creative DIY project of my own. I like to collect stickers when we’re on the road. But after all these years, I still haven’t put any up on Lance’s windows because I don’t want to have to deal with removing them when we go to sell. So, I bought some peel and stick wallpaper and built a little sticker display board on the side of Lance’s fresh water tank. That space is the first thing you see when you open our slider door, so it’s a perfect spot.
I was TOLD by the internet that peel & stick is easy to deal with. Yeah, no. You’ll see what I mean in the vid.
Anyways, James has no clue I did this project. He HAS heard me talk about it before that I wanted to do it, and seemed neutral on the topic. So, it’ll be interesting to see how well he handles this when I pick him up at the airport in Lance and he sees it for the first time. Heh heh. I’ll turn him into a flexible human yet! (...insert evil laugh…)