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Best laid plans of mice, dragons, and other fearsome creatures....

First of all:

Note to self: When living in a house with windows that don't open, refrain from using spray paint indoors until you've found your Darth Vader paint filter thingy....

Now, as the world slowly stops spinning, I'm sitting here at the computer (they call me States-The-Obvious) thinking on the day.

This was a fairly good day all things considered. I didn't get as much done as I would have hoped, and I'm perilously close to being broke for the next couple of days, but I did manage to make some progress on various things, and our friendly neighborhood cabinet maker delivered the cabinet for the kitchen sink + washing machine. He did the black lacquer thing and it looks awesome. It looks better than most "nice" speaker cabinets. Very shiny, smooth and now all my cabinets match (at least in design). Since he's doing a bunch of other work for us, I asked him to give the other cabinets the same finish. He should be taking those away later this week. That'll give me a chance to re-do all of the kitchen floor and probably slap on a new coat of paint (as well as deal with some electrical and plumbing stuff that'll make my cooking life much more pleasant.

Dad and I did some planning on what we need to do to finish the last two duplexes ASAP and it looks like we should be done within the month. This means I also have to have the drawings ready for the next 2-3 projects we're hoping to tackle. I'm going to have to do some thinking about when I can take some time off to go visit out East again and hopefully also hit the Big Easy with snowninja7 & clunymph. I was hoping to just do a long-ish 1.5 week vacation and split the time between both places, but I don't know if that's such a good idea given various scheduling considerations. It might make more sense to take two smaller vacations in consecutive months so that I don't leave the business alone for too long at any one time. The good thing though is that since I haven't been on a vacation in almost 2 years, it won't be an issue that I'm leaving for a bit. Ah the joys of being self-employed.

I did a fair amount of running around and I picked up my new glasses along with gallons and gallons of paint (for work), nuts and bolts and odds and ends (for my house), and some random groceries (for my mom). I was amused by how happy I was when I found the perfect ladder for home use (as well as finding an attic stair on sale that I'll probably pick up tomorrow at some point). Shopping at Lowe's tends to be a little bit too entertaining[*]. Once the day was done, I headed home and proceeded to indulge in my new hobby, "fixing broken stuff in the house"

Today, I finished putting up the shower-curtain hoop and shower-curtain, fixed another leaky tub supply line, came up with an amusing paint scheme for part of one room (hence the spray paint comment earlier, details on scheme TBA), and fixed a few other random things. I also finally got a good look at the attic and I think that I'll be sticking to only using it for storage (it's not quite high enough for use as living space).

Ok, the world seems to have stopped spinning excessively. Time for shower and then bed. ttfn

[*] = Note to self #2: Avoid having long drawn out conversations with yourself about home improvement ideas in public. Also try to avoid extreme shows of happiness when you find the perfect widget that you needed to complete project #342b ;)


Well I know I kept mixing it up a while ago when you were around. I probably said the wrong thing 4 or 5 times (much to everyone's amusement). When the cabinet guy was there, we were talking in Spanish and I know I didn't mess up.

That's actually why I mix up the English. I'm used to Spanish where its a "lavadora" in both cases ("de trastes" for dishes and "de ropa" for clothes). Since the person that I most often talk to about these things is my mom (in Spanish), I'm used to using the one word for both items and the phrase that most closely resembles it is "washing machine". This is why the dishwasher is always a washing machine, but the washing machine is never a dishwasher.

And I'm sure everyone wanted and needed to know that :-p


well Senor Pantalones Extravagantes...we never had a dishwasher haha..unless of course you count my mom LOL! :oP
Well, for the record, being in the construction industry does help when it comes to getting things like that cheaply. I believe my folks said that the first D/W they had was one that was taken out of a fairly new house because the owners wanted a newer/better one. So my dad took it out, installed the new one, and the old one made its way into their kitchen for quite a few years.

Very few basic quality home items are all that pricey. It's only when you get into the really extravagent finishes (e.g. gold plated, black ceramic, etc...) that prices go through the roof. Remember I was telling you about steam showers the other day? If you do the work yourself, it would probably only cost $400-$500 in materials for a basic unit (not cheap, but compare that to the cost of an actual house). Same thing with Whirlpools and Jacuzzis. They're only "luxury items" in that not everyone has space for them in a house, but they aren't terribly expensive... at least not if you know where to buy them wholesale ;)


we actually had a dishwasher back in the 80s that our neighbors gave us when they moved out. It sat in our storage shed for about 10 years. It was the kind you have on the side b/c it had a big butcherblock type top. We just never installed it and finally sold it for $50 hehe