When I got them they were an ugly brown wood grain color. In May of 2006 I decided to paint them black. I started with one of the end tables and it looked a lot better black so I continued with the coffee table. I ran out of paint, so it was black all over and went to brown on the legs.
I left it outside to dry. When it started raining I brought it right inside the door to finish drying (well, I think I made Tashina do it; she was visiting.) I was gone sightseeing with Tashina all the next day and came home to find the table moved, the glass inserted, and magazines covering it. Ok, annoying, but whatever. I told my roommate I was just letting it dry and that I just needed to buy more paint for the rest of it, but since she'd set it up, I'd just leave it like that.
Ok, TWO YEARS LATER...
Susannah: Ok, so this morning I walk out of my room, and if I don't hurry I'm about to be late for work, so I'm rushing out of the house. SHE IS OUTSIDE SPRAY PAINTING MY TABLE!
Tashina: oh geez
Susannah: Am I being completely stubborn, or is that horrendously annoying?
Tashina: well, if it were me i would be "meh. whatever." but i would also be annoyed, because really, who asked her to do that?
Susannah: Seriously. I mean, its one thing if it were like a week after I told her I just needed to buy more paint, but YEARS LATER?!
Tashina: yeah really
Susannah: I've been debating between being horribly annoyed by it and being like meh, whatever. I really hate: A) My stuff being touched B) My projects being done by others C) My roommate
Susannah: So being annoyed is pretty much winning out.
Susannah: So tonight when I got in the door I erased everything on my whiteboard on the fridge, and wrote: "Please talk to me before you do things like paint my furniture"
Susannah: Because I'm a pissed off non confrontationalist. hahahaha
Ok, so I come home from work today to find my message erased and a piece of paper pinned up:
That table was already partially done! You told me you had run out of paint!!! I was only doing you a favor! It has been sitting undone for a long time! By the way-writing notes to communicate is ineffective-and it's really not very efficient. Please come talk to me next time.
Suzaanah? Eww, what is that?
I was annoyed. So I replied:
Are you freaking kidding me?
My table. My project. There is no favor in that.
It has been in that condition for over a year because it is not a high priority. Not because I wasn't going to finish.
Actually writing notes is MY most efficient way to communicate.