A friendly tip to Nordic noders: If you ever host a Southern girl in your home for a significant number of months, be sure to warn her that wooden floors with a pvc overlay are not cleaned like stone floors. She will not notice the slight cracks developing as she washes away... SPLASH!SPLASH! She will pay no attention to the fact that the edges don't meet anymore...SWISH!SWISH! If she says that she is an architecture graduate just smile and nod - inwardly pay no notice...POUR!POUR! Everthing must be explained. Lock up your bucket if necessary and give her limited daily shower time.

Because when you look at her, say it isn't her fault... "You could not have known. I'm sorry. I just don't want to think about it anymore," she will know what you mean and it will break her heart.

I feel so incredibly stupid.

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