I’ve come to realize that one of the major contributors to my lack of happiness is the feeling that I’ve let control of my life slip away. I’m taking major steps at returning control, it’s becoming expensive, but is also rebuilding the foundation upon which I’ll live the rest of my life.
Rebuilding My House, Rebuilding My Life
My house has been one of the major out-of-control factors in my life. I’ve mentioned recently getting AT&T U-Verse installed (so far I love it!).
Soon I plan on redoing my inside phone wiring (trying hard not to fuck up my U-Verse install), install a new security system, have my gutters cleaned (some day soon I hope), have my deck restained (I have an estimate, just waiting on the gutter cleaning), replace the spigot on the back of the house which hash leaked and had its handle crumble, and install at least two new windows (with the thought of replacing most if the cost doesn’t cause me to shit myself).
Later this year I plan on finishing my insulation task (and while up there potentially rewire part of the house), fix the cracked living room ceiling, repairing the sink in my bathroom so that people who use the bathroom can wash their hands in the sink as instead of the tub (good thing I don’t have many visitors), get some quotes on repairing and replacing the rotted wood on my soffit, and paint all of the wood and iron work on house.
Oh, and then there’s that minor nit with the plumbing.
It sure sounds really expensive as I type this. It also sounds like I won’t be selling my house this year after all. Too much to fix, and when I do I’m not sure that I want to turn the house over to someone else immediately. Yeah, I’m scared as hell by this.
It’s not all building/repairing however. I am still in the process of culling a bunch of things I no longer, or never, needed. And finally, I’m working on setting up a small photo “studio” for the purpose of doing product photography.
1/2″, 3/4″, Whatever It Takes
Imperial vs Metric
VHS vs Beta
Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD
1/2″ vs 3/4″
Why must there always be competing standards? At Home Depot I had to buy two spigots, one for 1/2″ piping, the other for 3/4″ piping, because I do not know which my house has; of course I plan to return the one which does not work, but why do we have two pipe diameter standards?
And some questions for you plumbers out there: I’m assuming this spigot has been connected to the house for over fifty years. What precautions (other than turning off the water) do I need to take? Should the spigot come off with a wrench or will I need other equipment?
ITP Flickr Pic
Mine is a take off on using binder clips for cable management. For years I struggled with the hassle of losing cables behind my desk. For a while I used magnetic bulldog clips, but the magnets weren’t strong enough to guarantee that the weight of the cable wouldn’t pull them off.
Sorry for the shitty photo, but you get the idea.
An Almost-Vegetarian Day
I didn’t have a grilled pork sandwich at Lee’s Bakery last night while doing laundry. I had two grilled pork sandwiches at Lee’s Bakery last night while doing laundry. The first sandwich was delivered on a fresh-from-the-oven bun and was nearly orgasmic.
Up until I made the sandwich decision at Lee’s I had been having a vegetarian day, eating cereal for breakfast and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. I wanted to remain vegetarian but the lure of a Banh Mi won out.
As penance for my double delight I went for a little walk while waiting for my wash to finish. I walked passed the new(ish) Havana Restaurant and the Pirates’ Pub (with a sign outside indicating that it’s owned by the former owners of Fuzzy’s Place). I think that I’ll have to find time to try both places out at some time in the future.
A Non-Smoking Show At The EARL? Well Alright!
I’ve had a ticket for tonight’s Shearwater show at The EARL for some time. Yesterday I received an email alerting me that this show will be a non-smoking show. W00t! If you’ve ever seen a show at The EARL you know that it’s a lot like seeing a show inside the smokequarium at the airport, enter smelling okay, exit smelling like an ashtray.
I’ll be wearing jeans and a black t-shirt tonight. I’m debating on toting the camera with me. If you see me (which should be a lot easier without cigarette smoke billowing everywhere), please say hello.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – my knees are sore (and I haven’t either exercised) otherwise just feeling plump
Current Music – listing to the “Sound Of Young America” podcast
Website Of The Day – While in Florida over Christmas I passed a building and recalled that it used to be a Sambo’s restaurant that we ate at when I was a kid. Not many people know of Sambo’s which is why I laughed aloud when I stumbled upon Tim Putz Presents Sambo’s Photographs yesterday.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 203 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 20
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (19)
Vegetarian Days – 3, Carnivorous Days – 20
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem