The Good Kind

I mentioned here about a month ago that we were having our entire roof replaced. The inspectors we hired when buying the house told us we could get another good two years out of the beast, but when you’re living underneath a 25-year-old roof that is more flammable than gasoline and a fire breaks out on the hill not two hundred yards from your house? And one morning you wake up to find your miniature Australian Shepherd running around the yard with a piece of the roof in her mouth?

You have to somehow find it in yourself not to puke when the estimates start rolling in.

Let’s just say that this was our creative way of living through it:

  • tokenblogger

    I see you came up with a way of showing off a very important purchase.

    Where were you when I had to pay too damn many $$$$ for a roof?

    Getting a new roof used to be kinda like getting new tires. You spend a lot of money, but you don’t get to show off anything for it.

    Showing off a new roof will never be the same.

    You looked great as “Serena,” too!


  • Zannah

    Brilliant! How’d you get Reese Witherspoon to stand on your roof? :) Honestly, it’s a little crazy how you much you look like her with that much hair on your head.

    I love it!

  • Lex Lemon

    Stay classy!

  • k8y

    Awesome! Love it, so much. Having also dropped an assload of cash on home improvements recently, I have to say had I thought of videotaping it in a fabulous dress and showcasing it this way, I would have. Makes total sense.

    You rock, as usual.

  • curlsz

    did NOT see that coming – nor did my co workers that just yelled “what ARE you listening to” – shingles ok?

  • Shea

    Thank you. This was awesome.

  • Lauren3


    I guffawed over the original shingles video
    I cackled over the pregnant redneck photos

    Dude, you guys are really getting the hang of this video editing stuff too.

  • jpshenson

    First – I love the picture of Marlo in the blanket I gave her when you were in Denver.

    Second – I got shingles like 3 weeks after you did and it was horrible – horrible!

    Third – We also got a new roof this year – however ours was a result of hail damage and it was FREE!! If you don’t count how much money we have paid the insurance company over the last 12 years.

    The video is AWESOME!

  • preppypitbull

    Hilarious. That’s the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time. LOVE the dress too by the way. You look fab :)

  • KatJMoll

    Well, that was just great! More Please!
    and also: those are some buff shoulders!

  • Ruthinks

    So AWESOME!!!! The best new roof celebration I’ve ever seen!!!
    Were you lucky enough to be at home for the hammering in of the new nails for the new Shingles ceremony?

  • sgigs

    Holy crap woman that’s funny.

  • BellyGirl

    I have a strong suspicion that “only a little crazy” Cami styled you for this shoot.

  • sarahdoow

    So good. Thank you for the laugh.

  • Fifi Coon

    Loved the video – I want your arms!!! Beautiful!

  • lueread

    You just reached an entirely new level of awesome with this video!

  • bzunder

    That was HILARIOUS. Thanks for the laugh! (and congrats on the new, improved shingles)

  • francabollo

    Well done (rump roast). I’m sorry … I couldn’t resist.

  • Adrasteia

    This was fucking hilarious. Also, when did your facial structure start looking almost exactly like Reese Witherspoon’s? Maybe it’s the hair? I don’t know, but I was watching that and chortling when it dawned on me that you guys have almost the same jawline. I hope that brightens your day.

  • JenHalo

    I just about pissed myself watching that video.

  • anniavee

    On the floor.

    I bet you/Jon had a blast making sparks shoot out of your gloved hands in post!

  • paulawebb

    Ok, I think i just wet the couch

  • KatieKat484

    Holy friggin crap. That was friggin amazing. Just like your arms.
    I loved Jon in the video. What a patient man;)

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  • ambermentz

    Mother of pearl…best Dooce post EVER.

  • agirlandaboy

    Oh man. Well done. *slow clap*

  • mybottlesup

    so. damn. funny.

  • PShizzo

    You are so weird.

  • musickatt

    Okay, hilarious video, but more importantly: DAMN, WOMAN!! LOOK AT THOSE ARM MUSCLES YOU DONE WENT AND GOT!!!! I am JEALOUS!

  • Sarah McDougall

    That was THE funniest thing I’ve seen today. I can so relate. I’ve had shingles and our house needs new shingles but I’ve never made the connection. Precious! What editing program is Jon using? His videos make me want to get into film making.

  • xj2608

    Um, this only makes me wonder what other kinds of shingles are out there? And how will they appear in your life 2 years hence?

  • MsKathleen

    That was fabulous… Maybe long sleeved gloves are coming back in style? Not!

  • edenland

    Gold gold gold GOLD.


  • klovescoffee

    Bahahahaha, awesome.

  • Jen Cottrell

    Ooooohhh…I see a shingle masthead coming!

    Madame Shingles? Shingles Woman Extraordinaire? Mrs. Goodshingles?

    You and Jon are hilarious! And the number of times you said shingles? Fourteen. Yes, I counted. ;0

  • Amanda Brumfield

    This is my favorite thing that happened all week.

  • Oakgirl

    Those still weren’t really jazz hands but that was awesome.

  • hildag

    That was the best video ever! Also, your arms look amazing!

  • Chloe

    A bit madmen-esque.

    Shingles vaccine – gotta be older to get it but I hear it works.

  • mcnallywow

    NOW you have lost it.

  • WindyLou

    Holy Lord, Heather! When are you going to break down and do some modeling? You look stunning in that dress/hair. Great video.

  • luv and kiwi

    Please don’t be afraid if I ever meet you one day and approach you with a hearty “Shingles” (magic sounds)

    It’s in my head permanently now. Great video lol.

    Can tell y’all had fun.

  • HDC

    We also just put a new roof on my relatively little house back in May. 16 grand later I’m poorer for it so I can relate to the anguish. But I decided I will never, ever pay for another roof so long as I live, so we got a stone coated steel roof. No more shingles for us, wood or asphalt. This mutha effah’s gonna out live the house! 25 years? Please. My modern high tech aluminum and steel alloy roof laughs at your feeble 1970′s GAF ‘technology’. Try 50+. Plus, that shit’s recyclable, yo.

    Also, I would pay good money to see the B roll of you climbing a ladder in that ensemble.

  • subjectivitis

    So cute!

    If you feel off the roof making this video it could have caused pun-demonium.

  • The Bold Soul

    So I’m watching that video, wondering what the hell it has to do with your roofing project, and next thing I know I’m peeing myself, laughing at you in that wig and evening gown (the gloves were a great touch).

    You’ll get my bill for having my sofa dry cleaned. But thanks, I needed that laugh.

  • Lucy_Luck

    This. Was. AWESOMES. Heather, you are hilarious. End of! :D

    And well done for getting the roof fixed!