Monthly Archives: August 2004

An index of the last week of my life, including future implications of my new housing:

Number of rooms in house to paint: 7

Minimum coats of paint (including primer over original oil-based paint): 3

Date we could officially start painting: August 26

Date we had to move all of our junk into new place: August 29

Amount of friends we had help paint: around 10ish (over the course of 3 days)

Amount of nails hammered into electrical wire, causing power outage on second floor: 1 or 2

People living in house: 3

Pets: none, except those of the stuffed animal variety

Number of third-wheels in house: 1

Number of days without hot water or furnace: 2

The fact that we even needed the furnace on in AUGUST!!: sad

Number of blocks away from University: 7

Time it takes to walk to school: 15 minutes

Amount of time it’ll take in -40: 8 minutes, hauling frozen tail

Friends helping move/unload boxes on Sunday: 8

Number of wireless networks in my area: 2

Amount of my body that is sore: 83%

Time spent today wiping down walls of old apartment: 3 hours

Number of triple expresso Cappuccinos consumed: 1

Allergy pills taken to combat paint fumes: countless

Longest stint of sleep to recuperate: 13 hours

Number of times I’ve hit my head on my sloped bedroom ceiling: 3

Finally being halfway settled in new home: priceless.

The Fellowship of the Renovation/Moving Process

Starring: A cast of unbeliveable friends and allies who sacrificed their time and energies in order to accomplish one daunting task in a matter of only a few days.


Becky/Marc/Ang: We will prime/paint/pack/and move into this house, though we do not know how we will accomplish all of this by September 1st.

Brennan: I will help you bear this burden, silly optimists — as long as it is yours to bear.

Laura: If by my sore back or arms, you have my painting priming skills.

Marc’s mom & sis: And you have our hard labor of detail touching up and UHaul van renting!

Scotty: And my strong back for lifting heavy boxes/furniture/other crap you’ve acculmuated over the last couple of years.

Tim Horton: And my large double-doubles to give you energy to stay awake and moving your sore body.

Of course, there’s a huge supporting cast to thank in this endevour — you know who you are (gold stars and karma to be dispensed later).

Moving and renovations are a true test. Not only of how much energy you can expend while painting the same wall over and over again … but it’s also a test of who your real friends are. We had so much help — and much of it was from sources I didn’t really expect (along with some disappointments of people you did expect to help, but were somehow unreachable all of last week).

Ah well. I’m comfortable blogging from my new Peking Orange room, with the sloped ceiling and windowsill draped with moonlight.

My body still aches, but it’s good to be home.

Pictures to follow sometime this week!

Arrrr, I’m a pirate!

Well, at least temporarily. On a whim, I decided to try and see if there were any wireless networks in my area — and lo and behold — there are!!

So while I’m on a desperately weak signal, at least there is one … so I can get in my fix plus stay connected until we’re hooked up on Thursday.

My only worry now is trying to figure out which of my cable-possessing friends will take pity on me and will allow me to catch Cheney’s RNC speech on Wednesday night. I promise it will be more entertaining watching me watch him — and that I won’t throw anything breakable at your TV screen. Any takers?

Alack and alas…

I’m without Internet access until September 2nd.

I’ll try to sneak off to campus to post, but that will all depend if I can navigate my way out of my box-ridden dwelling.

Play nice, miss my rantings, and I’ll be back sooner rather than later.

(it is the RNC convention this week — you know I’ll need the cartharsis of posting, after seeing some of those speeches!!)

ta ta.

Me and Ang, the forewomen of the ne’er ending house project

Oy. House painted, check! All belongings packed and moved? Not yet. But at least we’ll have a pretty house to come home to.

Moving on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Regular blog postings sometime after Mondayish? You’ll have a great photopage of before and after pictures to look forward to!

ta ta.

You know I must be tired if I’m too exhausted and discouraged to even blog.

This project is one that keeps growing and growing — and we’re not even halfway done.

Many thanks to those that came out to help. Without y’all we’d still be there painting.


(p.s. I’ve got 5 gmail invitations. Leave me a comment below if you want one, and whenever I’m finished extreme makeovering my new place, I’ll hook you up.)


free enneagram test

Type Seven

The Enthusiast

The busy, productive type. Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

Other Enthusiasts: John F. Kennedy, Benjamin Franklin, Robin Williams, Bette Midler, Timothy Leary, Steven Speilberg, and Elizabeth Taylor.

(that doesn’t sound like me at all! )