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{Blogging without Borders} 50 reasons why the laundry room is still unfinished

Today is the final installment of the Blogging without Borders Series, in which some blogger friends and I challenged ourselves to try new things, think outside the box, and post the final results today!

Since I’m positive you all marked this blessed day on your calendar months ago and have been up all night refreshing this page to see if I’ve finally posted the finished pictures of my laundry room makeover (see part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of this project…)

…I feel that I owe you an apology. We didn’t finish the room yet. But we’re close.

. . . Proving once again that here at View Along the Way, you always get your money’s worth out of every cent you spend to read this blog.

Don’t worry guys, I have a good excuse… or 50. Here are 50 reasons why we didn’t finish the laundry room yet:

1. Because we decided to try to paint the vinyl floors (!) which is a long, LONG process during which we had no access to a washing machine or dryer.

2. And we had to hit the local laundromat! #TrueStory

Fact: the quality of free party-related clip art online is lacking.

3. I spend ridiculous amounts of time searching for good free party-related clip art online.

4. I tried stenciling in the laundry room for the first time, which took me exactly 342 percent longer to finish than it would’ve taken you.

5. – 6. These guys. It’s like they expect food and care every single day or something. Are your kids the same way? Should I expect them to be making their own enchiladas by now?
sibling photos: baby and toddler
7. Andy started teaching again, so he works himself to the bone all day, then comes home and plays hard with the kids until their bedtime, then promptly melts into a puddle of exhaustion every single night. (And I’m like, “Who’s ready to paint?!!”)

8. – 22. The Olympics. Every single day of them.

23. We’re still reeling from the craziness associated with the lamp hack we posted last week. That post has taken on a life of its own – I’m so so grateful – and my little rescue lamp is currently negotiating his own book/movie deal. His goal is *Broadway!* (He says, wiggling his jazzy spirit fingers.)

24. SEC Football starts this weekend! (I reserve the right to claim future activities as excuses for past lapses.)
UGA bulldogs audience front row
25. I had to wash my hair.

26. My sister-in-law (this one) had her baby! No, it hasn’t actually cost us any extra time out of our lives… but mostly I just wanted to tell you about it.

Baby Kellen. Wasn’t it nice of them to name him after me… subconsciously?

27. There was a disturbance in the Force.

28. I overslept. (Just kidding. I have a baby. I barely even remember how to sleep.)

29. Procrastination. <-- It's a real disease. 30. I keep waiting for my two-year-old to get in there and install the shelves. But so far he's like "Can we play outside? Mama let's play with trains!" Earn your keep, kid.

31. The dog ate it. (Don’t think too hard about this one.)

32. August is National Panini Month… so obviously… in the midst of the panini-related festivities… things got delayed…

A gazillion websites on the vast interwebs and this is the best free panini image there is. What’s going on here? Is it paint-by-number panini? Impressionist panini?

33. Something about the astronomy and the stars not aligning properly for maximum DIY project effectiveness, and other reasons that are out of my control.

34. Oftentimes, in cases of “legitimate” DIY projects, the body has a way of shutting that whole thing down and just not completing the projects on time.

35. I got distracted by Facebook. (Follow my page?)

36. – 49. I got really distracted by Pinterest. (Follow me on Pinterest?)

50. Speaking of pinterest…

This applies to bloggers as well.

I rest my case. Have you had any project delays recently? Want to come help us finish this thing? (We’re SO close!)

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  1. ha ha! this post was still totally worth it to me…. too funny!

  2. I like your projects, but it’s posts like this one that are really my favorites. I think ten weeks was a pretty ambitious time frame for most of us, especially with National Panini Month falling in there. I’ll be anxious to see the laundry room when it all comes together. And I can’t wait to hear about that floor – I’ve got 3 vinyl floors in my basement I’d love to paint.

    • Thanks! 🙂 Ten weeks seemed like plenty of time when we were first getting started, didn’t it? Your comment made me laugh. Panini month always throws me off my game.

  3. You are too funny. I am painting vinyl flooring as well. I look forward to seeing yours!

  4. I’m glad you didn’t finish because I’d hate to miss out on this post. Amazing.

    Those darn Olympics got me too. I’m still recovering. They should put our faces on a box of Wheaties. It appears to have taken a lot out of both of us.

  5. No worries! I do look forward to the final post, however!!

    And well, because I HAVE to… GOOOO COCKS! 🙂

  6. Goooooooo Dawgs! Sic ’em! I’ll be in Athens on Saturday and I’ll do my best to rub your face in it (unless you’re going, in which case we should meet at a tailgate and party blogger style – if there is such a thing).

  7. How did the stenciling go? Can’t wait to see it! This post cracked me up. I appreciate real life.

  8. I agree the stars have not aligned properly for maximum DIY project effectiveness! I’m so behind on my DIYing and projects!

    Love all your reasons! 😉

  9. LOL — you are a master of weaving a fun post, even if your laundry room isn’t finished! Good luck wrapping it up — can’t wait to see it!
    xo Heidi

  10. Can you explain #27 to me? I need further information about it so I know if I can use that excuse for something.


    • All I really know is that any force propelling me toward work was disturbed, and just about any star wars reference will work with my husband as an excuse for anything. So yes, you can use it as an excuse for everything.

  11. Love your list but I can’t wait for the big laundry room reveal! #33 seems to get me all the time too! Stupid stars…

  12. Reasons 5 and 6 should really be taking care of themselves by now. I mean, if not enchiladas then certainly they could pull off a simple taco, right?


  13. I like this much better than an actual reveal! Maybe Mr. Jazz Hands battery operated lamp will help out now that you’ve given him so much exposure! It’s the least he can do. That, and whip up some panninis for those kids!

  14. I totally understand how the boys in Speedos could distract you from your household duties.

  15. Hahaha! WELL, I’d probably have something super cool to post about, but I’m getting so *distracted* reading fantastic blogs! 😉

  16. Lol, I love #50. Too funny! And that lil’ baby is so sweet.

  17. Like yours! Love your ideas. 🙂

  18. and this is why I love your blog 🙂

  19. Now THAT is a funny post. And I would think at a minimum the kids would be making quesadillas .. I mean, we’re talking screwdriver toting tots here. 🙂

  20. You forgot #51: Some girl named Erin kept emailing you about some craft challenge and demanding your genius be further shared and compromised.

    Can’t wait to see this room when it’s finally done!

  21. haha! This was so much better than the reveal anyways 🙂 I can’t wait to see the painted floors!

  22. Way to own it, gurrrl. #29 is my biggest problem. It is a disease. We should develop a vaccine.

  23. Hahaha! Love this post!! I was so hoping that you’d painted that panini paint my numbers yourself and all would have been forgiven. Given the fabulousity (yep totally a word) of the lamp hack as well as your never failing sense of humour, it’s all good!! Oooh the pressures we put on ourselves as bloggers eh? 😉 xxx

  24. yup, all believable , legitimate excuses!:) You get a pass. We will be waiting!

  25. The olympics took over my life too. And I wish it was still here!

  26. Some great reasons, all genuine too, although the panini picture looked so sad, I thought I’d find you some more panini pictures –…0.0…1ac.tdldUkGCN1Q (hope that link works???)

    • Ohh, sorry, not sure why there were all those extra numbers… weird?

      Really made me laugh though, and let me tell you, kids get no better at pulling their weight when they’re 19 and 23 either!

  27. you are seriously hysterical. and i can’t believe you haven’t whipped those kids into house-cleaning-dinner-cooking shape yet!

  28. Can I just lift this post and repost as mine? Well, with the exception of the newborns … and can I substitute in “Master Bedroom” for “Laundry Room” …



  29. Sadly, this is the first time visiting your blog… how is it that I never knew about you before??? After reading this post I’m convinced you just might be the wittiest person alive! Thank you so much for the much needed smiles and inspiration you gave me this morning.


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