I suppose at some point, probably many, I'll be subjected to someone's opinion of tacky wood-look linoleum. Actually, real wood would have been our choice and (Gulp!) it would have been cheaper. However, with four kids, a dairy farmer, salesmen, etc. it seemed wiser to go this route. Can you picture me chasing after those seed salesmen with a mop? (Yes, yes, I know most of you are thinking, "What happened to her broom?") I really don't want to be overly concerned with standing water on wood or laminate. Let's face it, if (when) my kids spill a bowl of cereal and it sits there for awhile(you know, like 'til Saturday) I don't want my floor ruined over my casual housekeeping style.
I've really missed my piano while the living room was being done. It was shrouded in plastic and I wasn't able to get at it. After dropping mom off at the airport, I came home, sweet-talked my husband into putting the pedals(you know, sustain, damper, and that other one whose purpose I never figured out - not to be confused with those old pump organs) back on and played (butchered - I haven't practiced in a month) Christmas music for an hour. Don't you wish you'd been here? It was more like Blue Christmas than Holly Jolly. :P
I have a bunch of errands for tomorrow but the rest of the week will probably be dedicated to the preservation of wood trim...otherwise known as staining and painting. :)