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Home improvement progress report

Monday marks the third year anniversary of me living in this house. And just on schedule, my home improvements have started to turn into home maintenance. The AC upgrade this summer was purely voluntary, motivated by tax credits, but a few weeks ago, I saw that my water heater had sprung a slow leak. Finally had the plumber in this morning to look at it, and it needs to be replaced. Sigh.

Another expense to add onto a budget that is seriously already squeezed by the Big Trip I have planned for this June. Mexico City, the Yucatan, and Peru. Ten days of climbing pyramids. Should be awesome.

On other fronts, I finally got a dining room chandelier put up in place of the gawd-awful dark-nightclub-at-2am-last-call track lights I inherited when I moved in. Truly, the most useless lighting in the universe, both in terms of shedding some light on the subject, and in making me look like that person you've been dancing with half the evening in aforementioned dark nightclub, who, upon the gawd-awful house lights going up, is not as attractive as you thought.

Pics at some point of le chandelier.

I also took on the singularly exciting task of painting all the doors and molding trim in the house. Sounds trivial, but whoever painted it before did a half-assed job using white-white paint that I have been staring at for three years. I chose a slight off-white to ease the contrast and have completed the master and guest bedrooms and master and guest bathrooms. My life is so thrilling! Also, new curtains in the guest bedroom. The vertical blinds are history. Some day soon, I shall do the same for the living room verts.



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Jan. 13th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Yay for your trip! And can't believe you've been there three years already.
Jan. 13th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
I know, it kind of caught up with me.

Looking forward to the trip, although the planning of it's been a juggling act.
Jan. 13th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
My track lighting used to have big flood lamps that went away in the switch to fluorescent bulbs. My kitchen would look like the tomb-o'-doom at night if it weren't for the chandelier. It's small, and not fancy but it does the job.

I'd like to get a tankless water heater but that might involve more tearing out and rebuilding than I want right now.
Jan. 13th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm just getting a more-efficient version of what I have. I thought about all the eco-possibilities, but they still cost $$.
Jan. 13th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
that trip sounds awesome

good luck with the repairs
Jan. 13th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Both = $$$$$$$$$$$$
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
no doubt. That conference is costing me over 2K which I naturally do not have
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
Well, you can save on food by not eating.....
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
i'm considering that. much of my menu is now 3 meals that make so much I only have to cook a couple times a week, less if if eat less
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
And save on transportation by walking. Everywhere.

; D
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
now that's an issue since it's 12 miles to the nearest store.
Jan. 13th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Well, it would help the slimness plan out quite a bit.

; )
Jan. 13th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
yes it would. as would the 20 mile round trip walk to work and back
Jan. 13th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
My knees wouldn't make it!
Jan. 13th, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
neither would mine and if they did, those old ankle fractures would have something to say about it

speaking of something to say, the kitten is talking to me, probably 'quit all the key clacking, i'm sleeping here'
Jan. 13th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
Usually, they just move their snooze to the lying across the keyboard. It gets the point across.
Jan. 13th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
hahaha mine know they aren't allowed up.
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