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GRAFFITI -- December 21, 2009 thru December 27, 2009

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December 21, 2009

No Post - Just a belated status update. First day of Winter. Third day of Sewing Room & Fabric Room migration.

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December 22, 2009

0809 - The day dawns sunny and cold. Clearly it's going to be at least a partially white Christmas, since all the snow won't melt too quickly, as long as we don't make it out of the mid-thirties. Our first day into the forties this week is Christmas Day, which is still forecast for rain and freezing rain. Hmmm. Only a low of 32° for that, though.

Yesterday saw the balance of the big stuff moved downstairs. Since there's a hairpin turn at the bottom of the basement steps, the moving involved a lot of dismantling and remantling of cabinets, rolling shelving, etc. I was able to squidge the corner cabinet in under the soffit that conceals ductwork - I had about an eighth of an inch to spare, given carpet/padding compression. With the corner in place, I was able to get the rest of the cabinets downstairs and emplaced. This time, I fastened them one to the other. As a whole, those aren't going anywhere, and we're covered against tippage, should one of the units get top-loaded. Today, the second "vacation day" of my work week, I'll haul the rest of the contents of the sewing room downstairs. Then I'll start preparing these two upstairs rooms for remodelling.

Oh, yeah. When yesterday's steam was finally exhausted, I played my "new" game for a while - Fallout 3. I made it out of the vault, but killed the overseer in the process. Yeah, he's a bad apple, but the daughter wasn't happy at all. Now, back to work, err, vacation, err, work. Ciao!

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December 23, 2009

2010 - So it looks like my writing instructor is taking a three week vacation, and I won't have a posted grade in the course until mid-to-late January. Crap.

Okay, here's something fun to think about instead. How long would you take to build a model airplane? How about 6000 hours? Check out this P-51D Mustang! Why is it that there's always more to do than there is lifetime to do it all in? I must say, that's very, very cool. And if small scale isn't your thing, check out Joe Harmon's Splinter, the Wooden Supercar. Yow! Now, I've got reading to do. Ciao!

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December 24, 2009

2115 - Half a day of work, half a day of baking. Day is done. We're not waiting up for Santa - I'm personally whacked. Happy Christmas, y'all!

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December 25, 2009

1448 - Happy Christmas, folks. I see that storms are covering much of the country today. The rain is about here, and we're under a flood warning. In addition, both Lucy and I are a bit under the weather. I made a coffee cake this morning for breakfast, and we did the pressie thing. Since then, I've roasted a bit of coffee, and Marcia's been working on the continuing organization of her new sewing and fabric rooms. Now, I've got a couple of calls to make. Ciao!

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December 26, 2009

2008 - A somewhat lazy day, since I'm still not back in top form. We did the weekend shopping together this week, a day early. Marcia has nearly finished her downstairs organization, and plans on starting to sew tomorrow sometime. I did some limited demolition in the new guest room, roasted a couple of turkey breasts, and made turkey tetrazini for supper tonight. Yum! And just now, I got around to the belated Boxing Day pressie for my folks - a donation to support the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces. Tomorrow, I'll probably start stripping wallpaper: Joy of joys. Ciao!

Current Reading: Peter Seibel's Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming.

Current Listening: Muddy Waters - The Complete Plantation Recordings.

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December 27, 2009

1719 - Wallpaper removal day. It was a good news, bad news experience. I spent an hour running the perforating tool across all the walls. The wetting of the wallpaper in two passes took another hour. Then I was ready for the pain to begin. I reached up with my putty knife and peeled the whole first piece of wallpaper off. Huh? To the left ... another. Boom. Wow, this is going to be a breeze! Then I reached for the third piece, which was apparently put on with a combination of industrial epoxy, superglue, and mastic. I changed direction and went clockwise around the room until I hit the other side of the really-well-glued section. All around the bottom half of the room (below the chair rail), the wallpaper came down like it really should - a breeze. So, when all was done with that first phase, about 85% of the wallpaper came off flawlessly in 15 minutes. I've spent the last four hours gouging at the remaining 15 percent. I just quit for the day, with about 2% to go. I'll finish that up tomorrow morning, on the ladder.

Current Listening: My back - Whine about the pain.

I spent a bit of quiet time on Christmas Day considering the sacrifices our troops make on our behalf, far from their families on one of the year's special days. Our thanks to all of our Armed Services members, today, and every day. And most sadly, some won't be home for Christmas, ever. Our condolences to the families and units of the fallen.

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