By Diane Ako
We have an extra room in the house. It's been used by various housemates, houseguests, and live-in babysitters over the years. It's come in handy.
The latest resident of the room, our babysitter, moved out in August. It took us nearly three months to even begin the cleaning process. We intended to deep clean it and then repaint the walls from white to light yellow.
In the interim, we used it as Olivia's time-out room. It is hard to send her for a time out in her own room because she has toys and books in there, so it's not really all that much of a punishment.
As a punishment room, the nanny's old room worked well, because there was absolutely nothing in it, and it wasn't all that welcoming. Unfortunately, we've lost the time-out room now.
After several weekends of labor, we finished. It's a cheerful, bright yellow, with a comfortable king sized bed and cable TV. It's also the coolest room due to the way the windows are situated. Because of the color, we are calling it The Limoncello Room.
We did such a nice job on the refurbishment that Olivia wants to go in there and watch TV, with or without us.
We are in the process of realizing this. Yesterday, Claus threatened Olivia that if she continued some unauthorized behavior, she would be sent to a time out.
"But I like The Limoncello Room now," she countered. (Sidebar: she has no idea what limoncello is.)
Oh. Now what!