phew!

Dec. 19th, 2009 10:31 pm
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+ Aiko slipped out the front door tonight. He dashed hither and thither, afraid to stay where he was, afraid to go anywhere, very afraid to be caught. Hugh kept his intimidating figure between Aiko and the road. I followed him, sweet-talking. Nixie let Tai out. Tai obeys me, and Aiko feels safe with Tai, so with everyone's help I caught him and brought him back inside.

+ Finals week is over.

+ Hugh and Mungo painted Nixie's designated bedroom with yellow walls and sky-blue ceiling. It is lovely.

- Nixie won't use her bedroom until I deal with the floor.

+ I pulled up the horrible carpet in Nixie's bedroom without much trouble, to find

- horribler stained, stinking carpet pad stapled to disintegrating linoleum over unfinished hardwood.

- Don't know what to do next.

+ Have dog fud. + Have shower. + Have new mask for CPAP.

- Aiko's going to freak when I turn on the CPAP.

house!

Sep. 4th, 2009 09:10 pm
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So, I have a house! Have I mentioned that I have a house? And I've been spending a lot of time there, catching up on what they call 'deferred maintenance', and saying "What the hell?"

If you've ever had to maintain legacy code, you know just what tone of voice I'm saying it in. Not just "Why did you do it that way?" but "I can't even guess what you were aiming for here."

For example, I've been going around the house, removing plants to give the painters access to the walls. In the top-middle of this image you can see the original stone foundation. To the left of that is the cinder block foundation of the addition. Nailed into the cinder block is a small piece of plywood. What? What the hell? Why?

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