OK, I have to get the depressing post off the front page, so to speak.
I have spent several hours during the past few days, installing a ceramic shower in our basement. Tonight, I finished the grout. Adding grout (what is the verb for this? Grouting? maybe) is a pain in the butt.
It is also a pain in the hands since it is basic. I should know better. I'm a chemist, and I know exactly what a caustic substance will do to my skin (i.e. turn some of it into soap). However, I didn't wear gloves. After a couple days of this, my skin is dry and it feels funny.
My hands feel like when I'm using a base bath and the elbow length glove springs a small leak in one of the fingers and the glove fills up with base bath. That's always a lot of fun.