Home Improvement: Week 5 Summary

Work and home stuff is taking up all of my time. I even forgot to snap photos throughotu some of the process, which sucks. This weekend was the first weekend in the new house. We moved in last weekend, so I guess that was the official first one, but I’m trying to erase it from memory. Yes, it was that bad. We did finally get hot water last week after cold showers. The fridge came on Thursday, which means we can actually keep leftovers from the never-ending take out that we keep doing. All of the other appliances arrived on Friday, but we still have to hook things up. I’m looking forward to the washing machine and dryer more than anything else. I’m really scraping the bottom of the wardrobe at this point.

The bamboo floors are gorgeous. I’m amazed at how incredible they look. We still have the master bedroom left to do, which should be done on Tuesday. Trim will have to be installed after that, which could take another few days.

I spent Saturday with Audrey’s mum (Oona), who spent the night in the guest room. She just moved to Los Angeles from Temecula and is selling real estate in Venice. She lives with a friend of Audrey’s who had a boy visiting and felt weird with Oona in the apartment, so she asked her to leave. How rude. It’s not like Oona hasn’t heard sex noises before. Anyway, she helped a lot on Saturday. We moved boxes and unpacked as much as we could, put up the bracket for the plasma (which Audrey and I will put up later), went to Home Depot and Fry’s and was very supportive. I spent almost $300 on cables for the TV, TiVo and DVD player. One of the things we didn’t find while unpacking was the cable box. It’s not a problem right now, but it will be soon. I guess I can ask Comcast to bring another one.

I spent the day working on phone wiring, ethernet wiring and some outdoor activity with Patrick. I installed new jacks for voice and data in the front bedrooms, configured a second router in my office to expand wireless coverage in the house, which helped a lot. When I was at Home Depot I picked up a wall-mounted wiring box, which will be installed in Audrey’s office and will have the main router and cable modem. It’ll be nice not having a bunch of wires all over the place. I’m exausted. It’s so nice to sit on the sofa. Oh, and speaking of the sofa, I had to hire someone from Craigs List to move it from the garage into the house. It was a major pain in the ass. He picked up a Mexican at Home Depot on the way over. I probably overpaid the guys, but it was worth not having to do it myself. The sofa weighs at least 300 lbs. and is huge.

Brad Barrish @bradbarrish