0900 pack super excited wee boys, big boy and big uncle off to the Pagaent of Power
0915 have shower
0930 read paint instructions (and yes, it's Dulux): quick dry (good), two coats (inconvenient), no undercoat required (what!!!! spent all week undercoating, grrr)
0935 send text to friend to try and induce long telephone chat
0936 start painting first door
1000 one side done - only another 9 sides to go : /
1005 start 'blogging' in my head to amuse myself
1009 change tunes from Proclaimers to random shuffle...
1048 first spill on the dark wood floor - eek! Baby wipes to the rescue - phew!
1050 one whole door complete. Second door of choice is the family bathroom. Unfortunately kneeling in close proximity to family toilet, I realise it smells like a family bathroom so spend some time introducing the toilet to the bleach. After that, the second door is far more satisfying - it's one of the pre-undercoated ones so I can see it becoming pure white as I paint.
1123 paint brush cramp-hand kicks in
1158 Door 2 done - am I getting quicker??
1200 coffee break time! Luckily my girlfriends left some Extra Special chocolate chunk cookies yesterday. Nothing like sugar and caffeine to keep me working...
1220 decide to take the washing in and discover how much the house smells of paint so have to open some windows
1231 much as I love all my genres of music, jumping from bagpipes to pop to Michael Buble crooning about Christmas is a bit much for the senses. Switch from random shuffle to the Beautiful South.
1233 discover I've had paint on my sock so arm myself with the baby wipes and follow the trail round the house. Thank goodness it's a water based gloss (ironic chuckle to self - this is why the first batch went yellow!)
1256 Me time! I jump on my bike in my DIY rags to go and get my eyebrows shaped. Trinny & Susannah would be horrified that I even left the house! And whether you can call getting your eyebrows shaped 'me time' is debatable.
1338 bit of sustenance before I crack on with round four...
1428 change playlist (again) to Keep Calm & Relax. Not sure that's the right sentiment but cue paint roller as pretend microphone and belting out tunes at full volume!
1458 Door 4. Done.
1503 Door 5 - this is going to be interesting. I have already painted the door with the (not so) brilliant white and now the frame is going to be painted with the Dulux replacement.
1520 every time I think I'm nearly done, another door appears! I'm like Alice in some obscure DIY version of Wonderland. Argh!!
1600 hand has now achieved 'the claw' look and shoulder starting to ache
1605 only two more to go...
1621 get word that the boys are on their way home so stop to put on spaghetti, and clear a path through the paint trays and paint sheets.
1819 Finished! Until Round 2. At some point. But it does look so fresh and lovely.