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Days 379-383: Certificate of Occupancy & Moving In

Wednesday, 7/27
Small load driven over in the morning and medium load in the evening.  Brian installed the shower door and caulked the requisite areas.

It is nice to have a ladder available to hold your glass.

It is nice to have a ladder available to hold your glass.

Nearly done!

Nearly done!

Ta-da! Oil rubbed bronze handle and clear glass

Ta-da! Oil rubbed bronze handle and clear glass

Long caulk bead.

Long caulk bead (Lexel smooshed in with a denatured alcohol soaked paper towel; this method requires no masking tape and is therefore much faster.)

Thursday, 7/28
Giant load to the house, then work, then roast, then errands and finally Brian left to go to the house.  The inspector arrived around 11am and we now have our Certificate of Occupancy.

*Initiate motion for ‘the wave’*

Brian is going to finish the counter caulking and then move back into the bathroom.  We’d like to finish installing the trim there and caulk the screws before we move in.  We decided it would be best to move in first and finish the bulk of the trim later.

After I arrived, we did more organizing of building materials so we could move over some big objects.  Once the dogs had finished eating, we crated them inside the cool, air conditioned house and left to go get stuff.  First mega load – bookshelf and the rest of the junk that has been living on it.  Second load – TV, speakers, speaker stands, Mac mini (which we connect to the TV for Netflix access) and a few other random tidbits.

We removed the dogs from their jail cells (only Trooper thinks about it this way, Sydney loves her crate) and headed to the apartment to make dinner.  It was only after we had the burners on that we realized some of our dinner items were in the freezer at the house.  So, we loaded up some stuff for a third trip, ran back to the house to grab the beef and broccoli and finally returned to cook and eat.

Caulk bead under the counter edge.

Lexel caulk bead under the counter edge so that any errant drips aren’t able to touch the MDF(?) of the counter, which might eventually lead to delamination.

BRIAN

Plywood stick for reinforcement of the endsplash.  Now you can punch it all you want.

Caulk along the back of the counter

Caulk along the back of the counter

Brian's patented caulk design, created by using a washer and plyers.

Brian’s patented caulk design, created by using masking tape, a washer and plyers.  Slow to complete but pretty and easy to wash.

Ummmm, what is this?!

Brian came across this 3″ long monster during a morning walk.  We asked someone in the drive-thru to identify it and they immediately responded “vinegaroon.”  For kicks, we asked the next person and they also knew.  What a knowledgeable group of people!  This arachnid is similar to the wind scorpion that we found after moving into the apartment and is also known as a whip scorpion.  The name vinegaroon is based on their ability to discharge an offensive liquid when attacked that smells like vinegar.  *Cue sci-fi music”

Friday, 7/29
After a busy morning at the shack, Brian left to continue moving our belongings.  There really is a great deal of stuff we no longer want and it’s kind of a bummer that we haven’t disposed of it already.  But oh well.  At least we built a house and can live in it (!!!!!).  The reality of this is still sinking in.

Brian did a great job.  Way to go man strength!  He loaded the desk onto the rack and moved it over.  Same with our heavy and difficult-to-move plastic set of drawers and the futon.  By the time I closed up at 5pm, there was only the kitchen and bathroom stuff remaining.  Oh yeah, and Fred bird.

We picked up dinner from Adobe Springs to facilitate a speedier move out.  After eating, I washed up the massive amount of dishes that had accumulated and started boxing stuff.  We worked out a good system where Brian carried stuff to the car and I organized, sorted and boxed stuff up.  The walk to the parking area takes at least a minute each way so the flow was great.

We had moved Fred in his travel cage prior to dinner so the next large task was loading up his cage.  I cleaned out the bottom so he’d have fresh cage fixings at the house, we removed anything that could come loose during transit and then, heave-ho, up on top of the car.  It was really quite the sight.  Unfortunately, in our haste, we neglected to take a photo.

Our initial plan had been to move the rest of the objects out that night and then return on Saturday to clean up.  However, after getting most things out by 7:30pm, we decided Brian would run the stuff home and grab the broom, and I would stay behind to start cleaning.  Thankfully, the bathroom and bedroom were mostly done.  I really should have started the kitchen a few days earlier.  I worked really hard on the counters, oven and inside the fridge.  It took some elbow grease.

Brian returned, only to remember he had forgotten the broom, went back for it, came in again without it, went back out to the car and got it and then finally recommenced stuff removal.  You can see we were kind of getting tired by this point.

We were locking the apartment by 8:40pm and leaving for the second-to-last time.  We would have to return on Saturday to claim our deposit (or so we thought).

We quickly unloaded the stuff and Brian left to purchase eggs while I organized stuff.  The house is now FULL.  There is a tiny, narrow, 12″ wide path one can take to walk around but it’s tight in there.  The dogs are always in the way.

By the time he returned, I had unpacked all of the kitchen stuff and organized the counter into a usable space so we wouldn’t have chaos in the morning during breakfast.  I had also done my special trick where I organize stuff into stacks and areas – the result is not necessarily better access or knowledge of where things are located, but it does result in more floor space.

The northwest quadrant and two feet out from the piano wall contain building material.  The south wall has boxes to be recycled, Fred bird and an assortment of things to be organized and put on the top of the bathroom or inside cabinets.  The middle area on the west wall is giant cardboard for painting the rest of the trim, a heap of our dress clothes and hangers and Brian’s desk contents.

Brian moved the bed all by himself. Well done!

Brian moved the bed [futon] all by himself. Well done!

In the bedroom nook we have the dog crates, bed, TV stuff and chest of drawers.  It’s crowded alright.  The bathroom vanity isn’t finished yet so nothing in there can be unpacked.  All the bathroom stuff is on the floor and the back of the toilet.  Some stuff is in the medicine cabinet.

We went above and beyond our goal by cleaning out the apartment two days early.  That would give us all of Saturday afternoon to organize the house.  The large amount of floor space we created before getting in bed also meant that we could actually get by, living among the chaos.  The dog blankets were down and we had room to walk around them.  Fred was back in his big cage.  All was nice.

I took a shower and found it quite peaceful.  No pervert curtain trying to slime its way around my legs, no big (blind) leap to get out and down from the tub, the soap was NOT on the floor of the shower (quickly melting away from the water contact), and the lighting was bright and warm.  How lovely.

Oh, another cool feature – we set the water heater to 100F which means establishing the proper water temperature in the shower just means opening the valve all the way to the left.  No fiddling or testing prior to getting in.  That’s nice.

We were in a daze as we fell asleep.  It didn’t really feel like it was home just yet.  It felt like we were out of town, staying in somebody’s fancy cabin….which also happened to be ridiculously full of stuff.  It was so SO quiet.  We have been disturbed by loud trucks blowing past the apartment for the past year so the quiet felt unnatural.  We could actually hear crickets.

Oh yeah, and hellllllllloooooooo comforter!  We got to sleep under a comforter!  The sheets were cool and refreshing.  The ambient temperature was just right.

New light bulbs - no sconce covers.

New light bulbs – no sconce covers on this wall.

Saturday, 7/30
For the first time in a long time, we felt no rush to leave in the morning.  We had slept soundly and woke both easily and refreshed.  But because our environment was so peaceful, there really weren’t any feelings of needing to leave.  Hum dee dum dum dum….fiddle faddle….

We discovered that neither of our pans worked on our induction burner so we nuked our eggs. Add ‘new pan’ to the Tucson list.

The scene when we woke up - Sydney had claimed both dog beds and mushed them together.

The scene when we woke up – Sydney had claimed both dog beds and mushed them together.

I encouraged Fred to step down onto the crossbeam so he could explore his expanded living space. Successful!

I encouraged Fred to step down onto the crossbeam so he could explore his expanded living space. Successful!

We went on a hardware tour after work to try and find leveling feet for the bathroom vanity. The only ones we found required a 11/32″ hole, which might be pushing the structural limits of the bottom edge of the vanity’s 1/2″ MDF.  [If we drilled perfectly, we’d only be left with a 2.5/32 on each side of a leveling foot’s mount, which doesn’t sound too strong, especially in a sometimes moist environment].

We assembled and plugged in the TV and speakers.  We also did some more organizing.

[With regards to our rental deposit – Our landlord said that they may need to shampoo the rug because it smelled a little like dog and the minimum for such a thing is $100.  They also reneged on their previous implication of prorated rent – moving out 2 days early did not reduce our rent at all.  It makes me grateful that we did not leave 1 week into a new month and lose the other 3 weeks of rent.  Two days lost isn’t too bad.]

Sunday, 7/31
We were up and out the door by 7:15am, headed to Tucson.  We were hoping to investigate leveling feet, bathroom and kitchen accessories (paper towel holder, toilet paper holder and shelving) and potentially narrow roll-away shelves for the bathroom’s secret closet.

Saturday morning hike up to the benches on Boston Hill.

Saturday morning hike up to the benches on Boston Hill.

Silver doesn’t have a parrot store or avian vet so we brought Fred with us.  We were lucky to find someone in Tucson who will work on Sundays.  Fred had his nails trimmed at a parrot paradise facility that breeds and re-homes parrots.  The owner of the operation said he had 400 birds.  Wow!  The trimming was successful but very stressful for Fred.  He bled a lot and cried like someone was slowly driving over him.  It was hard to watch.  I think we might need to go back to our previous routine – we trim his nails ourselves (which stresses us out).

This roadrunner was taking a break from his route at the same gas station as us.

This roadrunner was taking a break from his route at the same gas station as us.

We found a toilet paper holder that was satisfactory…but that was it.  We realized we need to install the kitchen shelf before we can make any decisions about a paper towel holder.  And the local shelf options are the same price as Home Depot so getting them nearby makes more sense.  Despite driving home fairly empty-handed, we were pleased to now know our options.

Fred bird at Freddy's Frozen Custard. He refused all food in retaliation to the nail trim experience.

Fred bird at Freddy’s Frozen Custard. He refused all food in retaliation over the nail trim.

On the return journey, we saw this storm cloud open up and pour down on a very specific spot. Those people better take cover.

On the return journey, we saw this storm cloud open up and pour down on a very specific spot. Those people better take cover.

An hour later, as we were heading up the mountain between Lordsburg and Silver City, we drove into this storm.

An hour later, as we were heading up the mountain between Lordsburg and Silver City, we drove into this storm.

6 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your COO! (Pun intended)

  2. Woohoo! Brian’s not going to know what to do with himself once he’s got a moment to breathe.

    Good job guys.

    Just want to note that my phone insisted on the name “BriBri” instead of Brian. Went out of my way to not call you that.

    Evan

  3. This is awesome! Now that you all built your own home, what will you focus your blog on? Will it still exist?

    • After we wrap up the remaining tasks (interior finish work, shed, fence and gate), we hope to start going on weekend adventures and will likely blog about them.

  4. Congratulation on your Certificate of Occupancy . I am so proud of you both. You did a great Job I Love It Enjoy your unpacking and settling in.

  5. So very happy for you guys. Love you.

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