After this step, the next phase was cleaning up – which was a total pain. I had a few bags in the office that I had to haul downstairs. Then I had to clean and shop vac the second floor. Then clean and shop vac the stairs. Then clean and shop vac the first floor hall. Then clean and shop vac the dining room. And then finally clean the stairs down to the basement.
While I was able to get to some of the demo in our stairwell, there’s a good amount of plaster and lathe that’s difficult to reach – and requires a scaffold. Luckily for us, Bob has such a thing (we’re so fortunate to be able to tap Bob’s awesome arsenal of tools/machines/gadgets).
Funny thing, I’d only ever heard of the event referred to as “Rhinebeck,” which is the name of the town. But I guess it’s officially the Sheep and Wool festival (awesome domain name).
I’m not sure where I first saw it. Probably some internet meme thing. But ever since then, I no longer think of them as coat hooks.
After an hour or so, Howard joined us and we hung out for another drink – catching up about our jobs and lives, and talking a bit about the old neighborhood. I passed a Target on my way down Division, which was very new to me. I heard that Happy Village might not be long for this world.
With all the street work and no-parking areas, it’s been critical for us to have the driveway available/open for Bob. And the thing with Bagster bags is that when you schedule a pickup day, they promise to remove it… within three days of that scheduled time.
Today was one of those days at work where I kept pushing to get something done, and ended up working through lunch. To top things off, I had a bit more to do after I got home, and kept on plugging away for a while afterwards.
Liz and I did a lot of errands in the AM, and got to doing some demo in the late afternoon. With the master bedroom closer to being completed, we want to also get the walls along the stairs cleared and cleaned up.
Today, while Liz and Bob were working on the master bedroom – I worked on cleaning and clearing up more space in the basement. We’ve got a lot of thing stacked up in the front office, and it’s getting near time to move all of that stuff down here (and out of the way).
Lately, I’ve been really enjoying playing Battle of Polytopia. It’s got elements of Risk and Civilizaion in it, with a small tech tree that you gradually expand over time.
Around 3PM, several of us headed offsite to a celebratory work function. Several teams have been working a lot on an internal initiative for the last few months, and this was a way we could collectively celebrate hitting one of our milestones.
Spotted this near the end of our block, where it seemed like some excess water was being relieved. I’ve spotted something like this a few times before, and the amount of water coming out always varies – sometimes it’s a steady stream, sometimes it kicks out in a strong burst.
A lot of these feelings, I’ve discovered, are in my head. The sense of urgency. The feeling that I am sprinting towards some future thing. Maybe it’s more accurate to say: the feeling that I need to sprint towards some future thing. When I think that’s not the case.
We had a lovely morning, with Julie taking the train in from Valpo to meet us for a brunch at Promontory. After visiting a bit, Julie and Liz headed out to go fabric shopping, and I did a bit of demo work on the house.