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*happy sigh* So I'm sitting at home with my adorable kitty curled up next to me, after a lovely Thursday evening and Friday morning with [livejournal.com profile] neeuqdrazil, followed by a delightfully indolent afternoon. Much of this evening has been spent writing this post...

Supernatural thoughts (spoilers through 5.16; pure speculation beyond)
You know, I've been loving the hell out of this season of Supernatural. It's just been so completely crack-y! Between that convention, the "channel surfing" episode, the future one with hippie Castiel, the Paris Hilton one, the weirdest tooth fairy ever courtesy of the Antichrist, Gary the teenager as Sam...the list goes on and on! It's like Kripke said, "Screw it, it's the last season - what are they going to do, cancel us? We've had our five years - high-five, fandom!" And of course we have our usual brotherly angst which grounds the show and, for me at any rate, makes it worthwhile. I'm so sorry to have lost Ellen and Jo, but if they had to die (grrr) it was at least helluva way to go.

Random thoughts about this week's ep: really, really terrific. ASH, OMG. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. All I could think was, "[livejournal.com profile] nixwilliams is going to LOVE THIS SO MUCH!" And boy, just when I thought they they couldn't ramp up they boys' angst-o-meter any further, Kripke just shows me how wrong I am, doesn't he? The amulet! Dean's beloved amulet! He tossed it! *flails* Can't Dean see that Sam just cares differently? Aaaargh! *flails again, some more* (And for the record, I maintain that wasn't really their mom, just an illusion by Zachariah.)

My unspoiled guess is that it will be Dean and Sam moving apart that causes Dean to say "yes" first - heck, if he says yes at least Satan doesn't win the Apocalyptian (totally a word) standoff - and not having Dean to ground him will make Sam fall in the end. THEY NEED EACH OTHER. But eventually they will realized that (again) and LOVE WILL WIN IN THE END. *nods firmly*

Can I say that I really, really reeeally hope they wrap up this Apocalypse thing by the end of this season, and figure out something different for the sixth season? I love larger story arcs far more than monsters of the week, and I feel like they're kind of stringing the arc along at this point. We get it: they boys are fucked, out of options, and will say yes. We get it. We really do. Can we please move on to what happens next?

In other fandom news, I've signed up for Wincon! I never thought I would, but it's being held in Chicago this year, which just happens to be where [livejournal.com profile] eboniorchid lives. So [livejournal.com profile] neeuqdrazil and I are going to take a road trip down there after our annual Ottawa visit! :D :D :D

In other news, my renovations are finally (!!!!!!!!!) due to start this Tuesday. FINALLY. I'll believe it when I see it. Below the cut are some details and larger pictures - including a request for assistance from all of you and a POLL.

So, bathroom first, after which I will get the carpet replaced, after which I can paint (yes, I'm waiting to paint until after the new carpet goes in, since I need to see what it does to the light in the room). And then if I'm very lucky the kitchen will happen soon after that. (I am NOT HAPPY that dude who came to measure for the new kitchen cabinet doors in February still hadn't fucking ordered them when I saw him this week. NOT HAPPY, GUYS. *fumes*) And THEN. I can finally START to move all my crap out of storage. YAAAAY! And if THAT goes well and doesn't unearth any more bedbugs, THEN I can buy a new couch. Are you exhausted yet? Cuz I sure am. It's daunting, but also exciting and FINALLY MOVING FORWARD so I'm actually feeling hopeful about it for the first time in a long while.

So at this point I only have one question left, and I am paralyzed by indecision but have no time left to be wishy-washy: what colour grout do I use on the walls around my bathtub?!?!?

Firstly, here's the "before" picture of my bathroom. Perfectly serviceable, just not...great.
med bathroom before

Now, here are the new materials: dark tiles in the foreground will be the new floor tiles, the large tiles piled against the wall will be going in the area around the tub, and the pebble "tile" will be cut into three strips about 3-4" wide to go around the tub at about eye-level as an accent (see mock-up below).
med materials

Here's a closeup of the wall tile and pebbles. As you can see, the wall tile has a subtle, almost "linen" texture. Enough to make it interesting, but not enough to be distracting. I also overlayed (overlaid?) the pebbles to show how they look together.
detail

Oh, and I have a new vanity! Basically the same as before, but with maple veneer and full maple doors.
med vanity

I'm using a dark grout for the floor what with the dark tiles, no question. But what about around the bath? The large spaces around the pebbles will be filled in with grout, so you'll be able to see quite a bit, and as you can see here different grout colours really do change the appearance a lot.

In an effort to get a sense of how it will look, I've done this (extremely crude, sorry) mockup of what the area might look like with three different grout colours: light, medium and dark grey. You will note I did not include white: that's deliberate! Nothing shows mildew more quickly than white, and boy do I have better things to do than clean grout.

Here's the dark grey grout. While it's quite striking (and might go well with the dark floor?), I'm not sure it isn't a little too dark, and boy would it be unforgiving in showing any tiles not pefectly aligned!
med dark

Here's the light grout. It creates a nice, airy feel - but it really makes the few dark pebbles stand out. Does that look weird? (If it makes a difference, there isn't a "repeat" in the pebbles in real life; I just cut-and-pasted a tile over and over to do this quick mockup.)
med light

Here's the medium grout. I can't tell if it's the worst of the other two options, or the best of both...?
med medium

If it's easlier to see them all together, here (left to right they are dark, medium and light):
small dark small med small light

In conclusion, I DON'T KNOW. I have been torn in indecisiveness for weeks now, but I have to buy the grout this weekend, so it's decision time! Help me o flist, you're my only hope!

[Poll #1546786]

In other random news, this game wins for sheer title-ness: I Was Hungry But There Were Cannons.

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Date: 2010-04-03 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aelfsiden.livejournal.com
LMAO - that game is addictive. Level 2 kept killing my little Amish dude, though. o.O

*hugs*

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Date: 2010-04-03 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
Heh. I know what you mean - I kept dying at level 3! *rueful grin*

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Date: 2010-04-03 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/shing_/
Oooo, the renovations are starting! I'm excited for you :) And look at you, with your different tiles and grout decisions! Mine was use the same tiles on the bathroom floor as the lobby & just slap on that smooth bathtub wall over existing tiles LOL

My hardest decision is the couch shopping. I can't decide! Too many choices!

c-square

Date: 2010-04-03 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Congrats on finally starting! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. As for the grout, it wouldn't let me vote (guess I've got to be a registered LiveJournal user or something), but could you do dark grout for the stones, and light or medium grout for the tiles? I like the dark under the stones because it makes them stand out, but light or medium for the tiles so that they blend into the background more.

All the best!

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Date: 2010-04-03 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bassringer.livejournal.com
Either medium or dark; I don't know which I like better. But I'm not fond of the light.

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Date: 2010-04-04 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
Fair enough - thanks for your thoughts!

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Date: 2010-04-04 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] betgirl.livejournal.com
I'd go with the one that is closest to the wall tiles color, which in the pics seems to be the light grey.

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Date: 2010-04-04 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
Thank you for your advice! :)

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Date: 2010-04-04 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawedamythyst.livejournal.com
OMG you're coming to WINCON???! YAY! I'm going to be there too! Awesomeness.

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Date: 2010-04-04 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
EEEE! I get you see you again!!!! *twirls you excitedly*

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Date: 2010-04-04 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spiraldurga.livejournal.com
I can't decide between medium and dark grey - I think you should compare with the floor colour in order to decide. Hope that helps!

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Date: 2010-04-24 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
Thanks for the thoughts! :D I did end up going light, sorry - but will have to get you over in person sometime to convince you I made the right decision! ;D How's...er, mid-June? *rueful grin*

Wilf1ollie

Date: 2010-04-04 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] awwo.livejournal.com
oddly, i like the dark grout around the pebbles, but not with the tiles (cause the dark makes the stones "pop"), but I like the light grout with the wall tiles, but not as much with the pebbles. But, if you went with light, you could pick up a slightly darker grey colour with the wall paint colour, which I think would also make the stones pop. but, if you want a light wall colour, maybe go with the medium grout... So, basically I was no help to you at all...

anyhow, that's great your renos are finally starting!!

Re: Wilf1ollie

Date: 2010-04-24 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
...wait, did you create an LJ account?!?! :D :D :D This means you can see my replies to you!

It's great indeed, and I hope to have some pics up shortly - and of course soon you'll get to see 'em soon in person! :D

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Date: 2010-04-04 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostandalone22.livejournal.com
Is it bad that I can't tell the difference between those three grouts?

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Date: 2010-04-24 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
LOL. I don't know about "bad", but it has me grinning! ;D I have this mental image of you, head tilted sideways, just kinda going "huh."

*hugs you*

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Date: 2010-04-05 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trias-cube.livejournal.com
I like the light color one. I love the pebbles!

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Date: 2010-04-24 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
Thank you! I am so thrilled with the pebbles too, and did end up choosing light in the end.

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Date: 2010-04-06 05:30 am (UTC)
caffienekitty: (ponder)
From: [personal profile] caffienekitty
Light grey if it's a small bathroom; light makes it less claustrophobic. Dark grey if you don't want the grout to show grime as easy. *paws at your pebbles*

Also, you link evil games. Also also, I don't know how but I wound up going from there to finding Oregon Trail online and lost four hours of my weekend that I really couldn't spare.

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Date: 2010-04-24 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendritejungle.livejournal.com
Love the icon. Thoughtful Sam FTW! *glee*

I agree about the light grey, and think you will be happy with the results...which I hope to have posted shortly...

(Also, CLEARLY you need to come to Toronto and experience the pebbles for yourself. I have a long and storied history of hosting random (http://dendritejungle.livejournal.com/14364.html?thread=137244#t137244) friendly fen (http://dendritejungle.livejournal.com/31706.html?thread=574938#t574938). Just sayin'. :D)

*chortles evilly* FWIW, I ended up googling Oregon Trail out of curiosity and got likewise distracted, so you returned the favour whether you knew it or not. ;P

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Date: 2010-05-04 06:48 am (UTC)
caffienekitty: (giggle)
From: [personal profile] caffienekitty
I agree about the light grey, and think you will be happy with the results...which I hope to have posted shortly...

I look forward to seeing it in the 'Grand Post-taxseason catchup' of 2010 I'll be embarking on soon, now that my reaction posts are caught up. :-)

(Also, CLEARLY you need to come to Toronto and experience the pebbles for yourself. I have a long and storied history of hosting random friendly fen. Just sayin'. :D)

Sadly, aside from having no available cash for cross-country trips (or even day trips usually), I can't leave my house for more than 14 hours at a time due to the medication requirements of my cat. :-/ Probably for the best as I'm much more tolerable in text-only format. :-)

*chortles evilly* FWIW, I ended up googling Oregon Trail out of curiosity and got likewise distracted, so you returned the favour whether you knew it or not. ;P

Evil isn't it? There's a whole website with all the old old computer games up as flash games. I lost a solid day poking around in there. :-D

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