updated the academy
page. did the recap.
can't sleep, allergies
killing me. probably the down comforter. didn't have any allergies until
i was about 25.
got the recessed lights
in. started wiring them up, may finish tomorrow or i may watch a movie.
maybe both. three way switches on either side of the lights makes it a
little more difficult. overall, though, the can lights have been insanely
simple to install. i really enjoy electrical work because it's some of
the most gratifying work you can do. it's tough at times, but, unlike painting,
it feels like you're always moving in the right direction. painting is
good for the final result, but prep work and going over the room several
times (once to clean, once to remove hardware, once to sand, once to patch
holes, once to sand patches, once to spot prime, once to mask key areas,
once for the first coat, once for the second coat, once for the touch ups,
once for taking off the masking) gets really obnoxious. when you're done
with a wiring project you've got light where there once was none. plus,
anyone thinks they can paint, but not everyone is willing to even touch
electrical work. it's also a more cerebral job - how do a i wire a three
way or four way switch, where am i going to run the romex, what size circuit
will i need for an appliance that uses 2200 watts, what does the code say
about stapling requirements, what size box should i use for 5 pieces of
14/2 romex, etc.? if you don't get those things right then it's a bit more
serious than being able to see roller marks on the ceiling.
nice to have a president
you can respect. it feels like my entire adult life has been marred by
that last idiot's rule. the office of the presidency is actually relevant
again. i don't agree with everything obama stands for or has done, but
he's at least respectable. you can have a conversation with the guy. frankly,
i think he's a better leader/speaker than nader, but that's about the only
area where i think he's superior. if i had my way i'd have nader pulling
obama's strings. obama selling nader's policies. that said, given the fear-addled
state of our economy, being a great leader may be the most important quality
going forward. so much of this crap is a downward spiral and feedback loop
of fear. the media says we're in a recession so everyone stops spending
money. then the media reports that so people start laying workers off and
tightening budgets. the media reports that and we all start pulling money
out of the banks and they collapse. i'm not saying there aren't serious
flaws in the economy (there are), but i do think that a lot of this is
worsened by people's overreaction to it. since most people are essentially
sheep, it's very possible that the most valuable thing right now would
be to have someone who we trust say everything is going to be okay, the
only thing we have to fear is fear itself, go spend money. obama can do
that better than nader regardless of the fact that he's already pushed
back his withdrawal of troops from iraq timeline or has had several cabinets
appointments go sour or pulled lobbyists into his administration against
his campaign promise. i used to feel that the president needed to be a
good leader to those in the white house and an intelligent policy thinker.
but with the financial crisis i'm learning that sometimes idiots (i.e.,
the majority of the population) just need a good team captain to rally
the team together after an interception.
meanwhile, the republicans
are looking like a bunch of assholes by holding out votes and refusing
to bring anything of substance to the table. they're also looking like
complete panderers with guys like their new chair (steele) and jindal (who
gave the response to obama the other day). they look as lost now as the
dems did just a couple years ago.
put together a couple saw
horses today. built at least partially from stuff that was laying around
the garage which is nice.
didn't go to my class today.
cleaned up the garage and
got another pull board on the leaning wall. next i'll need to attach the
4x4s to the foundation, jack up the cross members and start pulling the
wall back into position. that'll be a big day.
next step in the kitchen
is to rewire the lighting in the dining room and breakfast nook. after
i get that sorted out i'll wire the kitchen lights and outlets. after electrical
i'll do the plumbing, replace the rotten wood and close up the walls. could
use some drywalling practice and i'm going to get plenty of it.
rained almost the entire
last 3-4 days which slowed down some of our activities on the house.
we have about half a dozen
leaky spots in the roof which means we now have at least as many pots,
bowls, and buckets catching drips in the attic and the first floor.
framing is essentially
done. still need to replace some rotten wood. might need to frame the opening
for the window. also have some sheathing to put up, but the substantial
framing is done. started working on the electrical yesterday. we bought
some can lights and insulation. will also work on the plumbing in the coming
weeks. yesterday was productive. i worked for 12 hours and felt like we
got a decent amount done. even worked a bit on the garage, just laying
the groundwork for pulling it back into position.
today was less productive.
ran errands and haven't gotten any actual work done yet.
cabinets arrived today.
look pretty good. kitchen isn't nearly ready for them yet.
updated house pictures
missed the pro bowl today.
it's usually not very exciting anyway.
saw ucla cream notre dame
yesterday. first ncaa basketball of the season so far. they looked good.
aboya is improved and holiday is as advertised. with kevin love they would
have had a shot at the title again.
made decent progress on
the kitchen. demo is done and started framing.
originally the kitchen
was a small boxed in room between the dining room, breakfast nook, and
laundry room. yesterday i tore down the walls to the laundry and breakfast
rooms. today we tore down most of the wall to the living room. we framed
up a bit of that wall, but still need to construct the knee wall. tomorrow
i'll do that and hopefully frame up one of the other walls as well. also
need to do some lawn maintenance. reason i have tomorrow off is because
the cabinets are coming.
going to try to watch as
many of the aa nominated pictures as possible before the awards. i've seen
all the best pic noms so far so that's good.
kitchen demo is almost
done. i took down two of the walls today, one more to go. it's a lot more
open now with the pocket doors out. hopefully tomorrow we'll get the wall
separating the tv room and the kitchen down. would also like to get some
electrical done. also need to finish making the hall closet organizer.
started ripping up the
rest of the floor in the kitchen. actually it's the floor in the old laundry
room, but i'll be part of the kitchen in the future. laundry room will
go where the tools are when the garage is done so the tools can go there.
if the inspector had seen the state of the kitchen we'd be working on getting
drawings together for the city. we'd also be saving our nickels to pay
for the permits. the city may or may not have been cool with the plan (which
includes drastically altering three walls) and could have required an engineer
or architect (or both) to sign off on our plans. it could have cost us
an extra $1000.
electrical inspector came
by today. apparently we picked the right electrical contractor because
the inspector knew him well. he told us some stories, looked at the main
panel, asked if the grounds were properly bonded and then wrote the approval
sticker and left. whew. dodged a bullet. now it's time to move on with
superbowl is supposed to
start right about now.
we've been busy moving
stuff into their places. got the bedroom closet up and running. i built
a custom shoe rack for meryl and we attached it to the wall and mounted
a couple bars for hanging clothes. cleaned the bathroom. started prepping
the garage for the work that needs to be done there.
updating the photos page.
might be uploaded by tomorrow morning (its several gigs so it takes a long
time). usually takes a couple hours just to run the update.
steelers by 5.