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Days 22-28: Trim trimity…

Monday, 8/22
Third round of cold showers this morning and you know what?  We have no problem with them anymore.  Also, our induction burner is so fast and efficient that I have no problem with boiling water to do dishes.  Obviously, having hot water immediately available when you just want to rinse something quickly is more convenient; but for doing a whole sink-load of dishes, I didn’t find it at all bothersome to boil water for the job.

Brian and I were talking about this and it sheds light on how restrictive the building code is.  Why must everyone have a hot water heater in order to get their Certificate of Occupancy?  Why must they have a fixed-in-place heating system for the house?  It seems absurd to require these additional expenses when one may have the fortitude to make do without, at least until they have more money to purchase them.

Maybe we’ll write a review of the building codes some day.

Since we spent most of Sunday at the house, we were really able to appreciate what we’ve accomplished.  While doing so, we found ourselves really pleased with the layout.  The kitchen is just perfect for our needs and the bedroom has the appropriate amount of privacy.  The bathroom feels plenty big and there is an abundance of storage space atop the crossbeams and bathroom.  Unlike the apartment, which had a similar amount of square feet but was restricted by a room division, we never feel squeezed or tight.  We don’t have to turn sideways anywhere in order to walk through a narrow space.  We can sit straight down onto the toilet rather than sideways and then swiveling around.

All of these things add up to feeling an incredible amount of ease and relief.  Now, without all those tiny things eating away at mental space, we have freedom to think about other things.  The feng shui and peace of one’s abode is truly critical to giving yourself more space for other needs.

In other news, we found maggots in our [open-top] kitchen grease containers this morning.  That is gross.  They had exploded out and were crawling on the counter.  SUPER gross.  Lesson learned: don’t leave the tops open.  We need to ask someone for their old coffee container so we have something large with a lid.

Another one of Brian's new shirts.

Another one of Brian’s new shirts.

Anyhow, Brian’s main project of the day was sealing teh gutter seams with the Fabral butyl tape.  The original idea was to use the DAP Butyl Gutter & Flashing caulk, but given that the Fabral tape is also butyl and much easier to deal with, he went with that.

Tuesday, 8/23
Brian started on the trim again.  By the time we stopped for dinner, he had finished the bathroom trim, a piece on the exterior of the bathroom and cut to size the two pieces for the northwest corner.

Finished big pieces of trim in the bathroom.

Trim behind the fridge, near the front door.

Trim on the outside wall of the bathroom.

Trim on the outside wall of the bathroom.

Wednesday, 8/24
Long day at work and some tasks finished at the house.  We can’t remember what they were though.

Thursday, 8/25
Another long day at work but we did manage to purchase the rest of the trim and get it home between rain storms.  After returning briefly to Bean Vivant, Brian decided to go back home and watch how the gutters performed.  He noticed some leakage from the cutouts made in the tops of the downspouts and rotated them about 10 degrees to completely catch the water.

Friday, 8/26
No recollection of work performed at the house which I take to mean we didn’t do very much.

Saturday, 8/27
We went to the hardware store after work and purchased the rubber strip [vinyl cove moulding] that acts as a toe kick for the kitchen cabinets.  The manager there gave us some extra adhesive and let us borrow his J-roller so we didn’t have to purchase one for such a small task.

We went on an afternoon hike around Boston Hill and saw a tiny squirrel and this snake.

We went on an afternoon hike around Boston Hill and saw a tiny squirrel and this snake.

Sydney was already beyond it so we weren't worried about her. Trooper, on the other hand, dashed away from us when we tried to restrain him and he stepped RIGHT ON TOP OF THE SNAKE. What an idiot!

Sydney was already beyond it so we weren’t worried about her. Trooper, on the other hand, dashed away from us when we tried to restrain him and he stepped RIGHT ON TOP OF THE SNAKE’s territory. What an idiot!

Sunday, 8/28
We enjoyed a very lazy day of laundry, movies, hiking, driving, grocery shopping and some trim installation.  Everything that was previously painted is now attached.  Next up is painting the second load and attaching it.

We found a neat hike near the Continental Divide Trail off Highway 90. The soil was quite sandy (as if most of this land was part of a wash) but there were also a ton of trees.

We found a neat hike near the Continental Divide Trail off Highway 90. The soil was quite sandy (as if most of this land was part of a wash) but there were also a ton of trees.

We came across this mega mushroom.

We came across this mega mushroom.

These two bunnies.

These two bunnies.

And these nice flowers.

And these nice flowers.

We also identified a seam that we had missed during the caulking project, so we took care of that.

We also identified a seam that we had missed during the caulking project, so we took care of that.

Then we installed the trim and organized that stuff in this corner.

And finally, we installed the trim and organized the stuff in this corner.

PS.  We have yet to get internet at the house so we’ve been renting a lot of movies from the grocery store and redbox.  We have learned that renting a movie, trailer-unseen, can often lead to feeling like you wasted your money.  Lessons learned –

  • High Rise – terrible movie with dog abuse.  We didn’t finish it.
  • Precious Cargo – solid B movie.  Bad acting and bad writing but mildly satisfying action flick. [Brian: This movie is pure garbage.]
  • The Trust – typical Nick Cage movie but on the lower end of quality.  Bad story line and no feeling of resolution.
  • The Boy – fun horror movie.  Good story line and exciting; not too gory.  Satisfying
  • Zootopia – Funny at times but felt too much like it was trying to brainwash us with political messages.  Not appropriate for children.
  • Fathers & Daughters – good acting, good story line but not satisfying at the end.  This was definitely a movie that needed a resolution at the end.
  • The Man who Knew Infinity – very interesting; good for a drama.
  • A Hologram for a King – good acting, decent story line; pretty good.  A fine $1 rental
  • Criminal – fun action movie
  • Hardcore Henry – much better than expected, very gory, fun, new feeling story.
  • The Boss – Funny but some logic holes in the story line.
  • Batman v Superman – Fun superhero movie but lots of frustrating and unbelievable gaps in character logic
  • Allegiant – Better than the previous in the Divergent series but felt lacking in depth.  Not a lot of character development
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Gotta love Tina Fey.  Enlightening and entertaining.
  • Midnight Special – Fun and spooky but only worth $1 as a rental.
  • The Brothers Grimsby – Frustrating at times but hilarious and awesome.
  • London Has Fallen – We enjoyed the first one and this one was just as good.  A+ action movie
  • Daddy’s Home – Funny and awesome, as expected
  • Hail Caesar – I didn’t like it but Brian did somewhat.
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies – Really good!  Fun, action/horror movie
  • Gods of Egypt – Decent but only good as a $1 rental.  Acclaimed by Brian, however.
  • The Big Short – EXCELLENT, highly recommend
  • Krampus – Also quite good.  Very good scary movie.
  • Deadpool – Very good.  Better than Batman v Superman.  Brian: Decent.

I guess we watch a lot of movies.

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