Thankfully, the wire mesh is almost all gone now. The side of the kitchen has been removed of all mesh, plaster, and wooden lathes. The ceiling is all clear save one strip of wire mesh, containing the overhead light. I just now have one half of the back wall to demo (plus a decent amount of clean-up to do), and all the demo in the kitchen should be completed.
In a lot of the songs on this album, there’s a very interesting shift between tempos – a slow, single voice that shifts into the whole band singing, all instruments blaring. Initially, I wasn’t sure if I liked the group or not, but after a few listens they’ve definitely grown on me. So much so to the point where I’m now listening to this album nonstop.
The tongue and groove layer is all southern yellow pine, according to Bob. And you should have seen the way his eyes lit up, when he talked about this. Apparently, it’s completely un-treated southern yellow pine. Which would make it ideal material for other elements of the house (rosettes, trim) or even other projects entirely.
I’m delighted to announce that I’m participating once more in 20×2 Chicago, a fun event where 20 people are asked to answer the same question in two minutes. Our prompt this time is Where are we?, and to make things even better… Ben is going to be one of the participants as well!
So far, I’ve had my computer set up in the back bedroom – and it’s been nice to have a place to go that isn’t either the bed or the dining room table. For Liz though, she hasn’t had her own space until now.
As we were discussing things we could do with the yard (probably next year), we decided to take an old bird bath and place it back in the yard. There’s a small bit of cement in the middle of the yard, where it possibly may have resided before we moved in.
“A staggeringly pointless achievement, stemming so obviously from a place of deep hurt and loneliness.” —Kelsey Grammary”
I don’t really know this group, but on hearing this song… it just kind of locked itself into my brain for the past day or so. I’ve had it on loop for a few hours each day, and there’s something about the sound of the vocals – whatever that effect is – that just is very pleasing to me.
From time to time, there are large freight trains that kind of just “sit” at the 53rd street Metra stop. I don’t know if they’re paused here momentarily, but on occasion they seem to be here for a few hours (in my mind, the driver’s thrown on some blinkers, and has stopped off for lunch somewhere nearby).
Spaceteam is a free “cooperative shouting game” for phones and tablets. And you know what else? It’s awesome, in every way.
This group very much reminds me of Jim, and I have to say… on seeing this video – I’m now wondering why I didn’t check out more of their music. I’m in awe of the sound that the three of them can generate.
Fans of M. C. Escher will draw a lot of pleasure from this game, for all its angles and impossible walkways. It’s a gorgeous game, and I found myself at several turns leaning over to Liz, saying ‘Oh my god, look at this.’
From time to time, I’d see the holes in the fingers and became a little proud at their wear. I was reminded of an old fairy-tale: East of the Sun, West of the Moon. In the story, the main character goes in search of a prince in a far away land, somewhere “east of the sun, west of the moon.” In order to get there, one of the things she must do is to wear out seven pairs of iron shoes.
One in particular was this massive guy, protruding from our yard and hovering well over in the neighbor’s yard. It’s hard to really do justice to the scale of the thing, but on first seeing it… Liz and I were both concerned regarding the potential damage it might do to the neighbor’s house (and ours).