12/31/11 (10:40)
  • 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 library.
  • 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.

  • 12/25/11 (10:51)

  • 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.
  • merry christmas.
  • 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 been.
  • 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 disney 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.

  • 12/23/11 (10:09)

  • 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.
  • good 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.

  • 12/21/11 (20:27)

  • 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.

  • 12/19/11 (10:46)

  • 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 to do.
  • 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 need me.
  • 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.

  • 12/08/11 (19:49)

  • updated the pictures page.

  • looking forward to having some time off coming up.