20081231

新年快乐! 我正在獵 Home Improvement 的龍! (Chasing the Home Improvement Dragon)

Happy New Year, everyone!

So what have i been up to? Home Improvement, mostly. Can I just say that it's hard to make any new construction look straight in a 120-year-old house? The more you measure, and the straighter it is, the more crooked it looks. But anyway, under my belt so far this week:

- Installed new track lighting in the Formal Parlour (formerly the library)

- Mounted the new flat screen on the wall of the Formal Parlour and installed a nifty cord guard

- Gutted a closet and began installation of a new bar (gonna finish that up today, hopefully)

- Built my own saw horses! (Maybe not a big deal for some, but i'm impressed with myself, nonetheless.)

- Put down molding between the Scullery and the Drawing Room to keep the floor from coming up any more

- Installed peg board in the closet opposite the new bar to have a handy place to hide my tools, so I can find them to continue my Home Improvements

- Did my own electrical work! Woohoo! (Don't tell anyone in the co-op - it's illegal!)

Still to do:

- Install a light and light switch in the new bar.

- Figure out how to fit all the booze in the new, smaller bar.

- Run conduit to the new track lights (so the cord isn't just hanging there!)

- Run conduit from the cable to the computer and the TV... no more coaxial cable running around tripping people up!

- Run even more conduit to install my new network jacks! (Oh yeah - I went there and bought myself some Cat-6 and some RJ-45 jacks and I'm gonna network this place up!)

- Install pegboard in the Scullery for kitcheny peg-board things, including, but not limited to, pot lids.

Otherwise, I'm just looking forward to spending New Year's Eve on the Island, where there will be fabulous parties and fireworks... all very exclusive, you know!

Anyway, 新年快乐 (Happy New Year), and stay warm!

20081221

Happy Yule!

So we're just getting ready for a grand old yule dinner for about twenty. Goose is in the oven, cranberry-oatmeal bread is rising, turkey-elk-beef-venison-bacon meatballs are congealing, bavarian kartoffelknödel are being stuffed with onions, bacon, and cabbage, homemade beer is being chilled, homemade garden pickles (beans, purple cauliflower, and purple carrots)... the list goes on.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and whatever other solstice-based tradition you may celebrate! Stay warm! Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

- Jamin & Peat

20081213

Wedding Pictures

I just posted a bunch of wedding pictures on facebook. Check 'em out! They're in four separate albums:

The Ceremony
Friends & Family
Setup & Scenery
The Food!

Enjoy! And if anyone has any photos they took that they'd like to send me, please do so! I'd love to see them!

20081204

There's no such thing as the Plague of 10,000 Pestilential Putrescences!

...or at least that what i thought until late monday afternoon.

I'm sick :(

And not just your regular stuffy coughy achy sick. We're talking about going on day three and feeling worse than ever! Tylenol, DayQuil, and aspirin all have no effect whatsoever. I'm drinking TheraFlu right now, but i'm pretty sure that's just Tylenol mixed with something to make it taste like ass.

Then there are the electric shocks. That's right - every once in a while i get these horrible electric shocks that make me fall to the ground. Kind of what i imagine getting tazed is like. I'm hoping that it's the result of me pinching a nerve in my back from coughing so violently, because a quick glance around the intertubes suggests tumors, radiation poisoning, and other less-than-savory fates.

Meh.