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June 4th, 2008

09:59 am - Ooo, I got a wireless router!
I can now connect my Wii to the internet.

And after playing Mario Cart Wii online and watching my initial rating of 5000vp drop to somewhere around 4200vp in a few short hours, I think I can safely say: I really suck at that game.

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June 3rd, 2008

09:03 pm - Hooray! We have a presidential nominee!
Finally, Barack Obama can start running against McCain, and we can win this thing! ... if only Hillary would get off the stage. Doesn't she know when to quit?

If McCain does win in November, it will be because Hillary has torn the Democratic party in half for her own selfish narcissism. She will be remembered, and reviled, as the Ralph Nader of 2008.

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May 28th, 2008

12:22 pm - We're back!
Got back from New Orleans last night at 11:00 or so, and came in to work bright and early this morning to an absolute crudload of backlogged products to push through.

New Orleans is very interesting, very hot and humid, and has a ton of very tasty food. If you've heard the saying, "When in New Orleans, you  must go to Cafe du Monde for a beignet," please do not listen. Cafe du Monde is incredibly over-rated. Cafe Beignet, on the other hand, serves much better beignets, with a much better atmosphere.

(Note- a beignet, pronounced been-YAY, is a cross between a French pastry and a donut. It's fried, yet light, and covered with powdered sugar. My wife is now addicted to them.)

Also, alligator tastes like a cross between pork and chicken. It's kind of chewy, but very good.

Pictures of the trip will hopefully be forthcoming.

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May 22nd, 2008

12:11 pm - We're going on vacation!
I've been so busy I pushed it from my mind- and I still need to pack. We're heading to New Orleans tomorrow for a few days. It's supposed to be 80 degrees with localized thunderstorms every day we're there. Should be an interesting trip :)

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May 9th, 2008

08:32 am - Will I ever finish painting?
I've got to lay off the home improvements a bit- the budget can't handle it. At least I've got all the paint we need to finish the downstairs. I'm going to do the kitchen this weekend (meaning I've got to clear off the countertops and the fridge- and we've got a lot of junk on both.) That doesn't include the cabinets- they're a task all by themselves.

Oh yes- the microwave's fixed. I ended up rewiring the range outlet- removing the 240v plug and running on-the-wall wiring through the cabinet to a 20 amp outlet above the microwave. I also needed to pull out the old circuit breakers and replace them so I was only running 120 volts to that plug. But at least I didn't electrocute myself, and we can nuke popcorn while watching TV.

Once the painting's done, we're putting up curtains- I'm looking into how to make draperies and roman blinds; I'll need to borrow a sewing machine- but I'm glad those two semesters of costume shop I took for my college major are paying off. I'm hoping we'll have them done before summer kicks in- the insulation they provide should help keep the house cool and cut our electric bill. (Hey Bush- guess what, thanks to your crappy economic policies, everyone's broke but you and your corporate buddies!)

I promise I'll get pictures of this all eventually- I'll be taking a few this weekend anyway to show to my parents, who will be in the area (unfortunately, they probably won't have time to actually visit, but we're going to a family picnic with them, my sister's family, and my cousin's family.) So have a great weekend, and don't forget to wish your mom a happy Mother's Day!

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May 2nd, 2008

07:16 am - Ponderings on Stuff. Namely, how much stuff can be shoved into a corner.
You never really realize how much stuff you have until you shove it into a corner so you can paint. We're doing another wall this weekend, and it turns out that "just a sofa and two DVD shelves" is actually a sofa, two DVD shelves, five boxes of CDs and DVDs (plus a small stack that didn't fit in boxes), some decorative candles, a Vivi doll from FF9, five framed pictures, two end tables, and a large silk plant. I need to clear some of the extra stuff out into the garage tonight, as we no longer have room to walk around the family room- especially when we add a small step ladder, the handcart, and all the tarps and painting supplies into the mix.

Also, I finally measured my kitchen cabinets. It's going to require a gallon of primer and two gallons of paint. Just for the cabinets. Fun. But, hopefully, worth the effort. Oh- and our new microwave tripped a circuit breaker last night, plunging the kitchen and living room into darkness. Turns out that one circuit breaker controls the lights and outlets for the entire front end of the house. If we want to watch TV while nuking popcorn, I'm thinking I need to run new wiring and add a dedicated circuit for the microwave to our breaker box.

At least I'm becoming a regular old handyman around the house...

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April 23rd, 2008

01:15 pm - Pictures!
Okay, the moment you've all been waiting for- the orange dining room:

Please excuse the mess- we decided to not even bother putting the microwave back under the counter, and just get a new oven and microwave instead. Which should be delivered tomorrow. I need to remove the old one tonight. Some home-built cabinets and an open back bookshelf will be going up against that orange wall, since, as the mess indicates, we need more space to keep our stuff.

A warning to you all: if you decide to repaint a wall in your kitchen, understand that it will directly lead to redoing the entire kitchen. At some point in the near future, I've got to measure my cabinets and pick up more paint (black/brown this time), plus all new cabinet hinges and knobs. On the bright side, it may give us an opportunity to clean out the cupboards and maybe toss all the stuff that it turns out we never use.

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April 21st, 2008

10:16 am - Slow day...
A bit of a slow day at work, so I may as well post a quick entry while I'm seeing what else is going on...

One wall of our kitchen and dining room is now orange; we did some painting this weekend. Debbie picked the color, but we both like it. It looks like a ripe Halloween pumpkin, but according to Behr paints, it's "carmelized orange". Of course, now we've got to repaint the cabinets, too. And replace the appliances- we need a new microwave, and it's not going up where the old one was. So although actually painting wasn't that expensive, it's going to end up being pretty pricey in the long run.

I'll post pictures if I get a chance later.

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April 16th, 2008

08:58 pm - Wow- been way too long.
I can't even remember what my last entry was, but now I've been married almost 6 months; it certainly doesn't feel like it. My wife's downstairs, reading (I just got a new library card, and she renewed hers); I should probably join her at some point. Things are going well, and my "workshop"'s really nice. I should post pics of some of the furniture I've built- I'm slowly redoing our bedroom. Our April project is repainting the dining room, then I'll be building a bookshelf/bar/storage cabinet that will take up most of the repainted wall. Debbie still needs to pick the paint color- we're leaning towards an orangish-red.

In other news, I've gotten way too political lately. Last week, me, my wife, and her sister and brother-in-law went to the delegate election to help pick a delegate that wasn't a trojan horse for the Clinton camp. (Yeah, I'm an Obama supporter.) Dunno if he won, but I guess we'll find out.

Well, hello to everyone who happens to read this (all two of you). Maybe if you piped in to say "hi", I'd update more often ;)

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September 20th, 2007

12:04 pm - Two weeks to go?
Almost... The wedding's on a Saturday, but two weeks from today my best man gets in town, we pick up the tuxedos, and head off on the bachelor party. So it's major stress/panic time- especially for Debbie, who is again in charge of the Newark Days Kid's Parade. Which is tonight- so that will be a lot of stress off her shoulders once that's done. 

We also finally got the AC completely installed last night (now that the outside temperature is in the 60's). On the plus side, we've also got heat- and the air flow was re-routed to bring it up to spec, which means it now flows through a metal vent into the furnace unit, instead of through a metal vent and a wooden box full of dust, mold, and termite eggs into the furnace unit. So Debbie should have fewer problems with coughing whenever we have to turn the heat on. The garage is a huge mess, because I've been reorganizing everything now that the AC equipment is out of the way, but I have my workbench set up, complete with a huge power strip and a work light, so I'll be building stuff again soon- and hopefully some cool illusions; the theme for next year's Newark Days is "Magic" :D

See you all after the wedding!

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