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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 6th, 2008 08:11 am
weekendish

Part of what's taking so much time in prep for the move-in is how my own project completion timeline works. I like to be really thorough. This manifests itself in sometimes annoying ways; Saturday's project of removing the goofy space-inefficient wire shelf system in the master bedroom closet and replacing it with top-and-bottom hanging rods also included several hours of patching holes, caulking cracks and joints, priming, and then painting the closet walls. A lot of work, but the interior was in pretty sorry shape and I figured I might as well spiff it up. I put a lot of value on cosmetic appearance of the finished project, not only for my own sense of satisfaction, but in anticipation of the One Day When I Sell This House.

But closet walls. There are other things I probably should be doing.

On Sunday, the person who bought the bedroom set came over to pick it up, so the master bedroom is now empty and I'm crashing on an inflatable mattress in the guest room until we move Nic's set over; in the meantime I'm planning to put another outlet or two in there and paint. In addition to the small closets, we're going to build a modular wardrobe system to maximize use of available space.

This is good for me; anyone who's been in my house has seen how long projects can wallow in a partially-completed state, and Nic's (and her cats') move-in is kicking my butt to get a lot of things on my list done. There are just so many of them, and I have difficulty prioritizing, like if I find I have a couple hours of free time after doing whatever chores I need to do, I get anxious because I can't decide (or remember) what to do next. Also, she and I have a different approach to doing what needs to be done, and in which order, so it's alternately frustrating and rewarding to figure out how best to work together on this. I'm really excited to get us settled in time to enjoy the holiday season.

The most important thing that happened this weekend, of course, was that Betsy and Steve had their baby, a little teeny beautiful pink girl that arrived about a month and a half in advance before everyone expected; we visited them at the hospital on Friday night and met little Nola, who I understand has to stay for about a month before they get to take her home. Betsy and Steve looked exhausted and absolutely thrilled; Nola looked tiny, but healthy and strong.

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oddiophile
oddiophile
Anton Chigurh
Monday, October 6th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)

Hey wow! My weekend was spent working on our Ikea wardrobe! Every inch of my body hurts! A lot!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 6th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)

Ha! Did you get a PAX? Right now I'm trying to figure out how to divide and use all of the interior space.


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oddiophile
oddiophile
Anton Chigurh
Monday, October 6th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)

Yep! We have a whole wall, about 15 feet or so I think, with Pax in white with Birkeland glass doors. I built the bridge thing where it goes over the bed and has wardrobes on either side. Right now I am finishing up wiring all the lights inside and above to work with external switches. Staci went to Ikea yesterday and bought a ton of the "guts," little wire baskets, shelves, trouser hangers, etc. etc. etc. Fun fun!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 6th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)

Wow, my project is puny compared to that. We have less than half that amount of wall space to cover, and probably a lot fewer lights to wire. Now I know who to call when we run into a problem, thanks. ;)


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oddiophile
oddiophile
Anton Chigurh
Monday, October 6th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

Sheesh. That is only one side of the room! Once the bed is moved to under the bridge thing, there is the opposite wall to start in on. There is a window on that wall so it will have the same two wardrobes on either side of the window with the smaller cabinets underneath the window instead of up in the air. Complementary. Yin/Yang. You know...
Seriously though, you can call if you run into a problem, but I really doubt you will. Ikea has made everything pretty simple to do. Except for the wiring, all the install is easy. The wiring, because I wanted switches for the lights up on top shining down, is a little more to tackle. I bought switches at Home Deepo and boxes that sort of sit on the outside of the wardrobe. All the wire will be hidden inside, but short of hiring an electrician to massively re-wire the upstairs, I did not see an alternative... Ugh. I will be glad when it is done. I may even post a pic or two!


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plumeriastar
plumeriastar
plumeriastar
Monday, October 6th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)

Ugh, closets. Fun for you.

We have to outfit our walk-in closet sometime too. It's barren right now, just the poles and the shelf that's built in. I'm dreading the cost of putting in the closet. I'm torn between Ikea or the shelving at the Container Store. Although Ikea has those nifty pull-out shoe racks I totally dig.


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inkytwist
inkytwist
The Loch Ness Monster
Monday, October 6th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)

I agree, working together as a couple is suuuper hard, but also ridonkulously rewarding. There, aren't you glad I'm young?

Oh.

Is Nola in the prenatal at OHSU? My mom's the blonde sec there. :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 6th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)

Ah, nope - she's at Providence St. V. Is your mom an RN?


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inkytwist
inkytwist
The Loch Ness Monster
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)

Nah, she's the unit secretary. Been there for about 14 years now, and she loves it. She keeps all the RNs ticking. :)


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Monday, October 6th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)

Went and saw the baby this morning! She's adorable :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 6th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)

Right on! Was she talking? She kept saying "Uncle Tim is soooo awesome" when we visited.


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Monday, October 6th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)

She was walking and stuff. Kids! They grow so fast!

Plus, I got to HOLD her. VERY cool.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, October 6th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)

Jealous!


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Monday, October 6th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)

I'm in the same boat as you with Dr. B moving in. I've already done a lot but there is so much more that it's kicking my butt. We are prioritizing but finding the time seems to be difficult right now.


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