Up on the roof

17 Jun
Yesterday was a long and busy day.  Actually, it started off slowly, as I slept in a bit while Michael got up to feed Jade breakfast.  I was looking forward to sleeping in until 9:00, but at 8:00 Michael came in and said he was feeling a bit nauseated.  He came in again a few minutes later to announce that he was having a shower and taking Jade with him because she had somehow got her hands (and mouth) on a chunk of cat poo.  Which, as you can imagine, did not alleviate his nausea, or make for a peaceful sleep to wake transition for me.
 
I was in charge of Jade all day because Michael had some work to complete.  She made it really easy on me, though, by taking an early nap (starting at 10:00) that stretched for three whole hours, unheard of in Jade’s world.  The long nap gave me the opportunity to lend a hand in the home repairs/renovations we are currently undertaking.  I got up on that there roof and participated in the worst job of all: stripping off the old shingles.
 
Luckily, our roof was very easy to strip.  There was just a single layer of shingles (sometimes there are two or three) and the nails weren’t that long.  Using our newly-purchased roofing shovel and some work gloves, I pried up nails, peeled back shingles, and hauled them over to the enormous bin parked in our driveway, while Tim finished re-shingling the other side of the roof.  I figured any bit of work I did would speed things up.  But when Tim had finished with the shingling and came over to help strip the side of the roof I was on, I realized what an amateur I was.  The speed with which he could tear up that old shingling was astonishing.  Not to mention he can carry a lot more weight than I can, so he was able to make fewer trips to the dumpster.  Still, it’s one of his least favourite parts of roofing, so at least I was able to spare him a few minutes’ worth of pain. 
 
Besides, for a layperson like me, a roof is an unusual place to be, so it’s fun to stroll around up there.  Not to mention it was the absolute best place around to get a tan yesterday.  Whew!  After working for a few minutes in long pants and a t-shirt, I needed a drink and a change into shorts and a tank top.  That’s one great thing about having been pregnant… I have a number of clothes that probably should no longer be worn in public because they reveal more of my body than ought to be revealed post-partum.  But they make great work duds.
 
After the stripping was done (that sounds a lot more exciting that it actually was…) we had to get rid of all the small bits of torn shingle still on the roof, sweep off the crud from the broken shingles and the leavings of the surrounding trees (that’s not a pun, since the surrounding trees are mostly conifers), and pound in any nails that were sticking up.  But the time we got to that point, Jade was waking up, so I got to haul myself down from the roof and into the basement to attend to her.
 
Since all that activity wasn’t enough to slow me down, Charmaine and Tim and I headed out for a night on the town around 10:00 p.m.  We started off at one bar but didn’t find the music danceable, so we checked out a few others and ended up at Lizard’s Bar and Grill.  Since Charmaine doesn’t drive, I was the designated driver, so I unfortunately couldn’t partake in any of the drinkable fun, but we did spend a significant amount of time dancing, laughing at the antics of the surrounding dancers, and warding off a few pick-up attempts that Charmaine was subjected to.  We got home around 1:30.  Thank goodness Jade decided to sleep in this morning!
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2 Responses to “Up on the roof”

  1. Selena June 18, 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    When this old world starts getting me downAnd people are just too much for me to faceI climb way up to the top of the stairsAnd all my cares just drift right into spaceOn the roof, it\’s peaceful as can beAnd there the world below can\’t bother meLet me tell you now…
    Hmmm, this definitely does not sound like your rooftop experience!

  2. Fawn June 19, 2007 at 12:19 pm #

    Tee hee!  Thanks for picking up on my reference, Beanie!  I *did* enjoy strolling on the roof, even if it wasn\’t as "peaceful as can be"!

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