4-28-09 (19:19)
  • 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.

  • 4-23-09 (18:11)

  • 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 next week.
  • 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.

  • 4-22-09 (09:53)

  • 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 tomorrow.

  • 4-14-09 (20:32)

  • 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.

  • 4-11-09 (20:46)

  • heard about a study that showed 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, too.
  • 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.

  • 4-4-09 (19:04)

  • 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 anyone.
  • 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.

  • 4-3-09 (18:08)

  • 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.

  • 4-2-09 (13:53)

  • 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.

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