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A Long and Grueling House Night

This afternoon, Liz and I got a text from Bob asking if we’d be able to finish up the living room drywall before tomorrow. I agreed to the work (and to also relocate about 10 sheets of 10′ drywall out of the living room), all before tomorrow AM. So we could have a taper come over in the afternoon and begin his work.

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A Quick Wall

Before Bob left, the three of us put up a quick sheet of drywall on the South dining room wall. I forget now why we decided to do this (and just this piece), but we got it up and in place.

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An Empty Wish List

I don’t tend to really want anything. I like video games, sure. I’ve gotten several video games recently, but never seem to find the time to actually play them. I don’t have a desire for an elaborate computer setup. I have a fairly old Macbook, a decent monitor… and that’s about all I really need?

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The Liquid Crystal Shortcut

So I’ve been reading up on electronics a bit, and trying to get my head around amps and volts and Ohm’s law (and not doing a great job with that). There’s a part of me that is slapping a ruler in his hand, saying “Stick to the fundamentals! Learn the necessary boring stuff first, then do the cool things!”

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Taskmaster

The phrase “melon buffet” now causes me to giggle a lot. It’s a silly premise, but with just one episode in… I’m finding myself wanting to see more. It strikes the right balance between silly and competitive for me.

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Reinforcing the Dining Room Wall

Despite our late house night, I got up pretty early this AM to run a few errands. With many of our evenings spent working on the house, a side effect has been that we’ve had precious little time to actually do much cooking. So we’ve been ordering out a great deal. Which, hey, is kind of a good thing. But…

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A Late Friday Night House Night

Working on the East side of the wall involved getting behind the wall (an area that we had filled up, as a kind of temporary storage area). Rather than actually move anything out of the way, I opted to go the lazy route and climbed in, using what little space was available.

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Dining Room Wall Work, Continued

Our last bit of work tonight involved moving the many sheets of drywall from the fireplace over to this wall, freeing us up to continue work on the rest of the room. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the fireplace (forgot to take a photo), and it’s nice to imagine starting work on the rest of the walls here.

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Signs of Melting

I guess that only part of our yard gets sunlight, during the day… and the remaining snow is evidence of that trajectory. In the many winters we’ve seen in this house, I don’t think I recall seeing this pattern before.

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Blink

There’s a part of me that wants to study and better understand some of the basics of electronics. And then there’s a bigger part of me that just wants to ignore the fundamentals, and just dive in and hook up that liquid crystal display to see what cool things we can make happen.

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Dining Room Wall Work

With the backer board around the window, we got a few more smaller pieces of 3/8″ drywall up. Not a ton, but a decent amount of small progress for a school night.

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Walls and Doors

All told, the track and mechanisms seem to be in good shape. One thing we’ll be trying to do is to see if we can track down a professional outfit that repairs vintage doors. Our pocket doors definitely need some love and help to bring them back to their original state, and it’s likely more than we’re able to do.

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My Nerdy Valentine

Got this lovely valentine card from Liz today. It’s incredibly nerdy, and I keep staring at it wondering which of us (the giver or the receiver) is the bigger nerd.

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