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November 28th, 2008


08:32 am
To keep up with my wife, I now have a myspace account.

Find me if you can! :P

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November 5th, 2008


01:36 pm - It's a boy!
Just got back from the ultrasound appointment this morning, and our baby is most definately a boy. :)
Current Mood: happyhappy

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November 4th, 2008


06:38 pm - We have WON!!!!!
PA and Ohio have been called for Obama. Florida will be called soon. Barring some completely unbelievable electoral shenanigans (such as CA flipping for McCain), McCain has no way of making up the difference.

America has turned down a new path, towards a new future. I can't even begin to think of what to say. We've won.

Oh- I did see a bunch of "Yes on 8"-bots standing on the corner this afternoon... with one woman, with a home-made green sign proclaiming, "No on 8!" standing among them. And more No on 8 supporters standing at the other corners. No on 8, folks. No on H8. California's results aren't in yet- don't let us down.

-Esn

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October 22nd, 2008


02:36 pm - I need ideas for Halloween...
What's everyone doing? (If anyone still even reads my LJ, that is...)

The wife and I got back from a vacation a week and a half ago, and we've been unpacking, cleaning, and dealing with general pregnancy stuff. Last night I installed two "hidden" shelves in the garage, up above the garage door where they can't even be seen when the door's open. They're tiny- 4' deep, 2.5' long, and 6" to 18" high, since they follow the shape of the roof. They are, however, a good place to store stuff we rarely use- like camping gear and wrapping paper. And storage space is tough to find right now, and it's only going to get worse.

In the meantime, I've got all these great ideas for Halloween, but no time or space for them. So much for the full scale, functional paper mache iron maiden (complete with foam spikes!) That one would have been cool. Heck, we don't even know what costumes we're going to where- or where we'll have a chance to wear them.

Oh- and before I sign off- if your state has early voting, and you haven't voted, get out there and vote! Or else vote early on election day- because long lines are expected, and every vote is vital this year.

-Esn

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September 30th, 2008


11:52 am - The home improvements continue.
Well, just this last weekend I finished replacing the floor in our kitchen and dining room with vinyl tile. I'll post a pic if I get a chance. It wouldn't have been too difficult except that, as usual, the builders took the lazy way and put the old carpet and linoleum directly down on top of the concrete slab. Which was cracked. That meant I needed to lay down a plywood subfloor before I could put in the new flooring. Which basically added a week of work, measuring, cutting, and gluing down plywood. Once that was finally done, it only took a day to lay down the tile.

Actually, I sort of impressed myself- we bought the vinyl tiles on Saturday afternoon, and I immediately started ripping up the carpet that evening... and I've never done flooring, or anything like that before- yet I had enough confidence to get in there and do it. And my darling wife never had a word of objection to me doing it myself. Her faith in me helped me have faith in myself. :)

At any rate, it looks pretty good. Now I just need to replace the moulding and lay down a transition strip between the tile dining room and the carpet living room.

Then we need to paint the entryway, paint the fireplace mantel, and paint the closet door, and the downstairs will be done. My wife's already picking colors for our bedroom, though... and there's always a chance we might be adding another room to the place by putting a floor and wall over our high living room. And we've only got till March to finish it all- then things will be way too hectic (for obvious reasons.) Ah, the fun never ends!

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September 11th, 2008


08:59 am - Politics. Urgent. VOTE!
Hey. It's time to take a break from all the 9/11 memorial journals out there, to tell you an important message.

This November, there is an absolutely critical election.(1) Right now, the polls are statistically tied, dead even. In fact, currently McCain has a slight edge.(2) Palin has enthusiastically energized the Republican base. There will be a high turnout rate among the Republicans. Even though Democrats outnumber Republicans by at least 11 million (and more every day), they are no longer as enthusiastic as the GOP. Furthermore, there's voter purges going on as a result of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which was passed by a GOP-controlled House and Senate. This could eliminate millions of people from voter roles, and may counteract the surge of newly registered voters.

This means it is absolutely urgent, if you are over 18 and a US citizen, that you register to vote. And then you get out and vote. Do it. I'm not kidding, this time it willmake a difference. The course of history depends on the result of this election.

  1. a) Apart from everything going on with the economy, the next President will almost certainly appoint two or more judges to a Supreme Court that is currently slanted towards Conservatives. Those appointees serve for life- the President will determine the makeup of the Supreme Court for the next thirty years. b) McCain and Palin are pro-life. In fact, Palin is so anti-choice, she opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest. c) The Supreme Court is in a position to overturn Roe v. Wade, and several states have conditional anti-abortion laws which will take effect immediately upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade. There are groups ready to bring lawsuits challenging Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court as soon as its political makeup changes. d) The GOP platform supports amending the Constitution to extend 14th Amendment protection to the unborn. This would, in affect, make abortion illegal on a national level. I don't think I need to say more on this issue. And I won't more than mention in passing the bellicose nature of McCain.
  2. http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

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September 10th, 2008


12:27 pm - Quick update...
Not much to say, but thought I'd post anyway. I'm one coat of paint away from finishing eight of the last nine cabinet doors in the kitchen; the only one left is the one on the outside of the cabinet facing the dining room. One door, one side of a cabinet left? That'll be done in one day of painting this weekend. I'm so sick of painting cabinets and cabinet doors.

Got my teeth deep cleaned on Monday. The toughest part is remembering to not chew with the right side of my mouth this entire week. Next Monday, I get the other side done.

And I donated $100 to the Obama Campaign this morning, because based on polling numbers and what I've heard about Sarah Palin, I need to do everything possible to prevent her from ever seeing the inside of the White House. Someone who believes in the Rapture and Armageddeon should never be in the position to bring it about.

If you want to keep America pro-choice, save wolves from aerial assault (what's Palin got against wolves, anyway?) and keep the whole planet from having a nuclear glow, follow the donate link here:
https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/main

Every little bit- even $5- can help out!

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August 12th, 2008


10:11 am - Guess who's pregnant...
Yep! Due date of late March or early April.

No word if it'll be a boy or a girl. It'll be good when we know- that'll eliminate half the potential baby names. If it's a girl, my wife is partial to Chianna, while I like Olivia. Unfortunately, the compromise (using both) would give her the initials C.O.K. and we're not that cruel... (For the Farscape fans out there, we are *not* considering D'Argo if it's a boy. At least not too seriously.)

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July 16th, 2008


12:54 pm - Pics! Yay! I (finally) posted pics!
Okay, as I promised, I've got some pics of my new headboard. I built it out of 1x6 red oak, with 1x3 glued to the side. The inset panels are on particle board, covered with 1" foam, then a soft vinyl. They're bolted to the frame with wingnuts, so we can switch them out when we feel like changing the look.

Here's how it looks when the bed's made:
Headboard1

Here's the covers pulled back so you can see how it looks:
headboard2

And here's some detail, showing the grain of the red oak:
headboard_detail

Total cost was around $200 for materials (not including the new belt sander I bought to make the finishing easier.) I showed the pictures to my co-workers, now they all want to start placing orders for me to make one for them...

The bed's an eastern king-sized Sleep Number, we bought it with the headboard mounting hardware just so I could eventually build the headboard. Comments and questions welcomed.

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July 9th, 2008


08:43 am - Forgot to update...
 Whups, I forgot to update for four weeks... And I realized I've promised a ton of pictures but haven't delivered. Things are busy, and the computer at home is uncomfortable to use for any length of time. I'll get to posting some pics eventually.

New workshop project- a headboard for the bed.
New Wii game being played to death- Super Swing Golf Season 2. Who would have thought I'd enjoy a golf game so much?

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