D E M E N T E D P E N G U I N . N E T

May 23, 2005

The dust is finally settling

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So we’ve been in our new place for almost 2 weeks now and a lot has happened. I’ll give a brief overvew and will hopefully remember the important things.

We’ve met most of our neighbors, all of whom seem to be very nice. We’ve replaced all of the kitchen appliances – fridge, oven, range hood/microwave, and dishwasher. I had to install the dishwasher and the microwave hood myself. To install the microwave hood I had to raise the cabinet above the stove all the way to the ceiling and install an outlet. Bought a bunch of yard stuff – lawnmower, weedeater, bar-b-que, etc. I fried the weedeater (it was electric) because I didn’t realize the outside outlet I was using wasn’t grounded properly. After about 10 minutes the thing started smoking like crazy and melted the end of the extension cord. Kinda funny when I think back on it. Fortunately I was able to return it and get a new one.

About 1/3rd of the outlets in the house have had the ground wire snipped by someone who lived there before us. This is a REAL PAIN too because we can’t really use those outlets at all because of the fire risk (as noted by the weedeater incident). Why they did it I’ll never know. I’ve tried to go around and “extend” a few of the ground wires but until I find the first wire in the chain it’s all for nothing. I’m pretty sure I’m just going to have to replace all the affected wire. Fortunately all of it is in the basement and garage so it shouldn’t be too much of an effort to swap it out and I’ll only have to take down a minimal amount of drywall.

My SF mom came up for a few days right before we moved and we were able to take her on a tour of the empty house before she had to leave. She finally got to meet Nickey and Hayden and has put some nice things about them on her blog. We had Nickey’s mom and dad out the weekend after we moved and they helped us with a ton of stuff. From helping to clean up the yard (which was seriously neglected and still needs a lot of work) to installing gas lines for the dryer and the BBQ. That was a pretty fun weekend, I’m getting along so well with the in-laws. The first Sunday we were in the house we had a BBQ for our friends and familly. I was surprised at how well the house worked out for entertaining, although my friends mostly congregated down in the computer room 😉

Owning a home, especially one that is a bit older, requires you to become a skilled handyman in a short period of time. I have so many projects that I need to take care of and I’ve already completed quite a few. Nickey is doing a great job of organizing us and turning the place into a home. So far I’ve installed three new doorknobs, 1 deadbolt, a few exterior lights, got shocked once (heh, thought the power was off to the outlet), started removing a bunch of ivy (ug!), set up (most of) the computers, mowed the lawn…twice, and have been to Lowe’s about 8 times in the past week. I know there is so much more but it’s all been quite a blur.

Hayden really likes his new home, although he has had some “growing pains”. He’s had a few mood swings that we’ve attributed to the change in environments for him (mostly when he’s outside and gets a taste of freedom), and now he falls asleep on the way to school because the commute is about twice as long. Of course when I have to wake him up to take him to his class he’s all grouchy and clingy. It used to be that I’d drop him off and he’d give me a hug and a kiss, wave bye and run off and play. Now he wants his blanket and latches on to me and cries like crazy when I leave. Poor guy, I hope he can adapt to the change quickly, I don’t like leaving him when he’s like that.

That pretty much brings us up to date, although I’m sure I’ve missed a few things.

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