December 2nd, 2003

surya

Finally. . .

The attic is 100% wallpaper free. There's some gunk that won't come off, but I can't win there. And the closets are another story, but that wallpaper will come down as soon as I've had a chance to get in there and put in 5 new access doors to the crawlspace.

So here's the full plan for the attic:

Tonight, I kitten-proof it so I can toss Infinity up there again.

Then I have to do the following (in no particular order):

Paint the ceiling.
Install 100Mb ports.
Install lighting.
Change the plugs from paired outlets to grounded outlets.
Install 5 access doors (two in each side closet, one in the main closet).
Install a router for the ports.
Add the window seat I want.
Open up the north wall for bookshelves.
Add insulation.
Add one vent and one return vent to the attic.

All that can wait, though.

First, I have to work on the bathroom on the first floor, since Tina already started on it for me (after saying she refuses to live in a construction zone). There, I need to do the following fun items:

Rip down the wallpaper without damaging the drywall.
Replace the plug with a grounded outlet with a reset/test switch.
Install some nicer shelving.
Work on the tiles, including caulk the edges (the previous owners just used "caulk tape", which is, for lack of a better word, shit. That might involve re-tiling and re-grouting.

Then it's off to the master bedroom. I must admit that redecorating isn't exactly my idea of "fun in the bedroom", but one must take what he can get. There, I want to do lots of neat things:

Rip down the wallpaper (again without damaging the drywall).
Paint white over the peach/pink that is under it.
repaint the ceiling white.
Install a ceiling fan with a light.
Put up wainscotting.
Re-finish the hardwood floor.
Buy a queen-sized bed for the first time in years!

Then it's the basement.

I expect to be done with my house by 2055.

On a side note, I'm purchasing a copy of Curse of the Black Pearl tonight.
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ritual

BTW, for those intersted, the Erisian ritual went well. I dragged a couple of people into it, and the results have been, um, interesting.

Maybe one day we'll have more info forthcoming, but right now talking about it in any specific terms would be pointless and counterproductive.

(sorry for the vagueness, but in this case, I think it's required.)
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Humpty Dumpty and Alice

And now, one of my favourite quotes:

"I don't know what you mean by `glory,'" Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't -- till I tell you. I meant `there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"

"But glory doesn't mean `a nice knock-down argument,'" Alice objected.

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master-- that's all."

-Lewis Carrol
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