working on a few different
projects right now. pouring a new foundation wall on the addition. right
now there is a pier there, but the engineer who did the initial home inspection
recommended we pour a new foundation there so we're finally getting around
to that. need a rebar bender, though, so not much progress will be made
on that until at least next week when i can borrow one from the lending
also still working on the
front room. tile around, and in front of, the fireplace. first we need
to chip away the old concrete surround though. also need to insulate in
the attic space above the room.
we went to a recycling
place yesterday and found a bunch of lumber that we will use for a dining
table that i'll build and put in the front room. meryl designed it and
it'll have a piece of glass inset with a bunch of old sports tickets from
games we've gone to over the years under it. it's going to be an unpainted
piece so the tolerances are less and i don't have a lot of furniture building
experience so it should be interesting to see how it turns out.
bowl games are starting
to heat up. washington gave baylor a run for their money the other day,
but lost. two pac-12 games so far and two losses. utterly predictable of
course because both teams were underdogs. unranked teams vs. #7 and #13.
ucla vs. illinois tonight. i actually think ucla has a decent shot.
i'm in the third season
of breaking bad now. it's getting depressing now because i'm not sure i
have anyone to root for anymore.
been watching a lot of
movies lately to try to get to 100 movies in the theater. we could watch
two tonight to get to the goal, unsure if that will happen.
been watching breaking
bad lately on netflix. started from the beginning and i'm almost done with
season 2. it's a good series. i much prefer watching drama series like
this, sopranos, west wing, etc. after everything is available on dvd/elsewhere.
having to wait a week between shows is b.s. and the water cooler discussion
with others is non-existent in my life so i don't worry about being behind.
also, since i have a shit memory, hearing all the spoilers on fresh air
or from other sources, doesn't make a difference because my memory is wiped
clean every few months. i know, for example, that i've heard spoilers from
lost, dexter, breaking bad and other popular tv series, but i can't remember
them at all so i could watch them now and not have the ends spoiled.
went on a run this morning
which is good because meryl puts the kibosh on working on xmas. i'm pretty
sure it's the one day a year that i do absolutely no work. this year, though,
i did injure my foot so there were probably a couple days right after that
that i didn't do any work. although i did get up and paint the front window
for a few seconds because that was exciting.
yesterday we worked on
the big front room most of the day. the cut-ins are plentiful so making
headway is a laborious task. most of the ceiling is done. there are three
bays that are broken up by the exposed beams and two of them are awaiting
their second coat. i also installed one of the four recessed lights yesterday.
it's an led retrofit kit that can fit into a recessed can of 5 or 6" or
a 4" junction box. we went with the 4" junction box and it worked out well.
looks pretty nice and uses a very minimal amount of power since it's led.
at the last minute we decided that it would be nice to have another light
by the door that goes into what is now my office. so, tomorrow we'll probably
get that done.
yesterday i also finally
installed a light with switch under the crawl space. it's required by code
since we have a serviceable unit down there, in our case it's the furnace.
i also installed a gfci outlet for the same purpose.
i also finished repairing
my basketball hoop yesterday which initially broke when i installed the
bolts too tightly, but it had held up pretty well until more recently when
the bolts started to slip. so i got 3/8 carriage bolts and those held for
a couple days until the backboard (made of plastic with little to no reinforcement
sandwiched inside) cracked even more. finally i took meryl's dad's old
lintel from the fireplace we demolished, cut it down to size, primed it,
painted it, and drilled a couple holes in it for the bolts. i put that
up on the bottom of the backboard and now the rim is as stiff as it's ever
so my goal was to get under
170 lbs, i set that goal in late march. first i had to stop gaining weight
and then i needed to lose it. i think my high was about 177 or 178lbs and
i had basically averaged 3lbs of weight gain a year since my freshman year
of college. i think that the first year of being in this house was bad
because we didn't have a kitchen for 6 months and it was a stressful time.
both of those things lead to weight gain. as of this morning i weighed
under 169lbs. so, mission accomplished. my goal for next year, and hopefully
for the rest of my life, is to be at about 165 because that seems reasonable
for my frame.
finished watching all the
movies a couple days ago. so, 51 feature length, theatrical, animated
films from disney. 2 of them i watched prior to this year, but the rest
i either rewatched or watched for the first time this year. it was another
goal that i started in march. my recap, awards and ranking of them can
be found here.
boise state took care of
business last night. the last two years they've had the opportunity to
make the ncaa give them a shot at the championship and they've lost easy
games. they cleaned the floor with asu last night, but it didn't prove
anything we didn't already know. it was a pick by the ncaa to sell tickets,
not get a great matchup.
article on the bcs system and the money that ruins everything.
ron paul is getting attacked
from the right now. some charges about him writing some racist stuff in
the 80s. personally i don't know whether i buy it or not, but it's not
surprising that the right and the mainstream media are doing this. they
go after sensational topics like race and sex and see what they can get
out of it. the right doesn't like him because he's a consistent conservative
instead of a hawk who doesn't want to run people's personal lives or the
lives of non-americans. he's not the right guy to lead the country, but
the way they attack him is just comical. just come out and say that freedom
and states' rights are nice things, but that they ought to have certain
limits and that paul goes too far. that's a more compelling argument than
trumping up charges or highlighting his republican party exit letter or
whatever. once again the whole process is broken from top to bottom.
don't care about the bowl
games so far. first one that means anything to me is tomorrow and it's
asu vs. boise state.
supposed to have jury duty
tomorrow. called and they said to call back by noon tomorrow. blah. i hate
that. what would be even worse is if they made me come in during my time
off of work next week. that would be great.
john and emily came over
yesterday to visit and see the house for the first time in about a year.
been mostly working on
the front room these days. it's basically ready for paint at this point,
but that is going to take a long time because there are a lot of cut-ins
newt is looking like the
front-runner right now for the gop, but i'm still not certain he'll pull
it off. there are a lot of top republicans who don't like him so it may
be a case where his burning bridges in the past bites him in the ass now.
our tivo box has been having
trouble lately so i've been recording all the stuff that was on there for
a long time. i have the last three games that usa women's soccer team played
this year. that brazil game was epic and that japan game was a let down.
pretty soon i'll get to
work on the best movies of the year. i hardly ever listen to new albums
these days so that will continue to be a "best songs" only category for
the foreseeable future.
don't think i'll make it
to under 170lbs which was my weight loss goal. i'm close, but not under.
i lost about a pound a month since making the goal which is a nice steady
and healthy amount. it also reverses the tide of gaining 3 lbs a year,
so that's good.
christmas doesn't feel
like it this year.
got today off as a "shopping
day" which is nice.
got a summons for jury
duty again. potentially have to report on thursday, hopefully they don't
the occupy movement has
resorted to somewhat pathetic tactics at this point. blocking ports just
annoys people and while it may affect the 1% in some way, i think it hurts
the little guy more. it's just a poor tactic and i hope they come up with
something else. it would be nice to know where the idea originally came
from since it's supposed to be a leaderless movement. did they vote on
it? pretty harebrained if you ask me.
updated the pictures page.
looking forward to
having some time off coming up.