October 14, 2000

As you can imagine, a lot of things have gone on in the time I have been away from my blog. We've moved into the new place. I'd like to thank Home Depot, now my very favorite store. I've changed two chandeliers (1 of them havgning two stories up!), showerheads, and painted the floor of my garage with an epoxy paint. Through all the work we are doing, from cabinetry to garage floors, Home Depot employees are knowledgeable and very helpful. I never thought I'd be able to properly acid-treat my garage cement, prime it and paint it, but they patiently explained everything to me and helped me to understand the whole process. They have everything I've needed, like this four part ladder that became a scaffold for changing that big chandelier in my front foyer. I've cleaned up the old house with their help, too, understanding spackle and drywall repair, painting, cleaning supplies, etc... This store is just GREAT.
The movers did a pretty good job. Only two things got damaged (my computer desk and a rip in my sofa vinyl). I think I can repair them both, but we'll see what their insurance covers (if anything.) They took a lot of care, but nothing can ever be perfect. I understand, stuff happens to everyone. My phone line is in, but my cable isn't going to be installed until the end of October.
Owning a house is great. I've got a nice sized side yard, that I'm thinking of turning into a gnarly graveyard this year for halloween. Couldn't do that in a condo (which I've owned before), and couldn't do that in the past rental. Before last year, we didn't celebrate the holidays due to a religious choice. But, we've come past that now..
Of course, now that I'm finally done moving stuff, I'm sick. My son must have given me this wonderful virus. I figured with all the ammonia I've sniffed in the past two days that the bugs invading my body would have died, but no luck.
My computer desk right now is a cardboard box flattened out on top of another box, but I'll survive. We have some custom cabinet people coming to give us a quote to build a whole 'office' center thing,
I bought some new shoes, leather casuals, and promptly got paint on the leather...ugh. I ruined a pair of black jeans by getting down on my hands and knees with all these cleaners.
One cleaning agent I worked with is called "Simple Green". We used it undiluted, and it works great for getting up grease and other stains on your counters and kitchen appliances. It's also biodegradeable and supposedly not harmful to the environment.
One thing I'd like to know is just how many coats of paint DOES it take to cover up a three-year olds wall scribblings? My son did it years ago, but I still wanted to call him on the carpet today when I had to figure out how to clean it off and paint it.

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