totally psyched about the
crabtree pick for the niners. of all the guys in the draft crabtree may
have been the one on the top of my wishlist as a niners fan. not sold on
any of the qbs as a sure thing so the receiver position was next on the
wish list. crabtree was the best wr i saw last year. also like nicks.
nate davis is also a good
pick up in the later rounds. people were excited about him early so he's
a good value in the fifth round. not sure about the rb pick up in the second
round. would have liked a defensive lineman instead.
did some work for my boss's
boss today. electrical, took a few hours. then went to class. then went
to another guy's house and did a little plumbing. they're redoing part
of the bathroom and wanted me to install the new toilet and sink. i need
to start charging more for this stuff because it drags me away from the
house and frankly you can't get a plumber or electrician in your house
for under $100/hour.
yesterday was relatively
productive. took the front door to the door guy to frame. should be done
got the new range hood.
we had looked around at appliance stores and online and weren't able to
find anything for a long time. finally, meryl found one online. i saw that
they were based in hayward so we saved $60 on shipping. it's exactly what
we wanted - good style, good power, quiet, and cheap. can finally rough
in the electrical for that. then gotta rehang the kitchen door (a pain),
insulate, and hang the drywall.
also constructed the arch
detail for the pass through to the tv room and entryway between the breakfast
nook and kitchen.
elsewhere we still need
to do a lot before the laundry is up and running. back garden is looking
good. got a new game plan for the garage, but still need to figure out
what's happening with the floor/foundation.
finished making the raised
vegetable bed on sunday. mom helped with everything and the three of us
were able to clear the area, get the bed built and everything planted in
just one day. feels like the first done project so far.
will hopefully take the
front door to get framed today.
working for other people
dad visited sunday. it
was a short visit, but he got to see the house.
mom is coming up thursday.
she's going to give some pointers on the garden front so that'll be good.
had lunch with my old boss
today. he's still working on the kitchen at the alumni house.
painted the first coat
on the door today. still need to patch some holes then i can really paint
it up. that's on the docket for tomorrow.
thursday we're going on
a shopping spree. got a 10% off coupon at home depot. those are rare so
we're going to take advantage of it.
hope to get the door framed
next week, we'll see how that goes.
windy today. hate wind
more than any other normal weather event. rain isn't great. snow is fine.
sun is fine.
updated movie stuff.
did taxes last night. hate
that as much as looking for a new job. looks like i'll get some money back
this year, though, so that's nice.
did invoicing at work today.
the new girl is a scatterbrain who can't get stuff done in a timely manner
so i've gotta help out.
heard about a study that
that color blind workplaces don't work as well as those that celebrate
diversity and acknowledge the differences of the workers. they talked on
npr about the tight rope one has to walk because people want to be noticed
as different, but also want to be judged on their own. good show.
started work on the laundry
room because i cleared that area of the tools. probably shouldn't have
done it because now it's a distraction from other things, namely the kitchen.
there were some problems in the laundry room - one side has fallen about
1-2 inches out of level - in part because of water damage that deteriorated
the structure underneath that corner of the addition. ended up leaving
the building where it is and replacing the underlying structure. now i
need to replace the part of the exterior wall that was damaged and i may
as well stucco over it while i'm at it. that added a few days to my workload.
roughed in the cold water
supply to the laundry room today. one line for the future utility sink
and one line for the washer. still need to do two hot water lines, a gas
line, and (this is the bigger project) the drain. i have two options with
the drain - tap into the 2" copper drain that is underneath the nearby
bathroom sink, or tap into the 4" cast iron pipe that serves as the main
drain for the entire bathroom. tapping into the bigger drain is preferable,
but more costly and time consuming. haven't decided yet. may as well replace
the electrical that feeds that part of the addition while i'm in there,
kitchen is close-ish to
being closed up. gotta make a couple small plumbing tweaks and get the
range hood so i know where the electrical for that is going to go. after
that i have to fix that side door, then insulate and drywall.
painted one side of the
front door with primer today. used my hvlp sprayer for it. not in love
with hvlp sprayers. they're great on the one hand because they provide
precision, but they require a hefty air compressor and, since you have
to thin down the paint so much, also require multiple coats for adequate
coverage. think i'm going to just brush the rest of the door even though
that will also take a lot of time (because the door has 18 panels on each
side) and i don't like the brushed look as much as the sprayed look.
since when are we allowing
insane people who aren't able to keep a stable home to adopt kids who have
living family members who are willing and able to take care of them? i
guess when it's madonna it's somehow different. she's literally insane
and has been divorced like three times. she shouldn't be allowed to adopt
worked in the garage most
of the day. cleaned it out and made it more usable. built a large (4'x7')
workbench the other day which is already coming in handy. cleaned up the
other workbench that came with the garage. will replace the masonite top
when i get a chance. also started prepping the front door for paint. we
still don't have a front door in the opening, but at least we have a reasonably
sized front door now. sanded it down and cleaned it up. need to patch some
spots and do some sanding in the moldings. then prime, paint, get it framed
and hang it. easier said than done.
still bewildered by how
the garage has gotten to where it is. i don't know if the roof ridgeline
has fallen over time or what happened to that damn thing.
haven't been able to devote
much time to the house these days. working for other people mostly. alumni
house for charter gala on sunday, meryl last saturday, zalman (the electrician)
the last two days, etc. sunday is booked. might get some stuff done saturday.
next weekend my dad is visiting. mom the weekend after that.
worked the last couple
days for the electrician who did our service change. he needed some help
with a plumbing job he has going so i did that for the last day and a half.
didn't get any work done on the house and scratched my cornea in the process.
win some and you lose some. forgot my safety glasses at home. will try
not to do that again. hopefully tomorrow it'll be back to normal because
i have a busy day tomorrow.