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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!