Dear Diary,

Below are some of the excuses I've used to get out of helping the BHE sand and paint our dining room.

1. It hurts my hand.

2. America's Next Top Model.

3. I have to make a sandwich.

4. I think I'm getting brain damage from the lead dust.

5. I can't reach.

6. The dog feels left out.

7. I'm just not detail-oriented.

8. There's no beer.

9. I changed my mind about painting.