Friday, January 25, 2008

My excitement over appliances is contagious

I have to say it's been a pretty stellar week. Not like, for sleeping or resting or anything silly like that. First of all, I think that Exposed Winner's Announcement Day is quickly becoming my very favorite day of the year. Unfortunately this year I was out in the middle of nowheresville Virginia at a client's office with only my little blackberry and no real way to watch the insane commotion get set in motion. It's such a joy to see all these people get so excited over our little shin-dig. (To wit: they blew the roof off our page view counter on Wednesday.) I set up a discussion board for them, so that I wouldn't be fielding tons of emails this year, but it's actually backfiring a little bit because they're filling up threads so fast I feel like I have to check on it every hour or so to see what questions need to be answered, and I fear them losing touch of the whole "fun" part of this by getting bogged down in the minutia of printing color spectra or some such, so I gotta nip the seriousness in the bud. No matter, it's a totally great time and I get the warm fuzzies just being involved.

What else? Yeah, so I think I blogged about this already, but on Monday the inspector came to make sure I did all my repairs, and he totally approved it and sent the paperwork off to the lender. Today in the mail I got the form I need to sign to state I acted as a general contractor and assured all the work was finished. We're getting very, very close to payday, folks.

Oh, today actually was payday, the regular every-two-week one. So I celebrated by buying some fresh pitted green olives and an Amy's frozen pizza (spinach!) at Giant.

And, oh, this is very exciting! I got a trash can! And I didn't even have to call Councilman Graham's office this time (though it did require a call to the Mayor's hotline). Nevertheless, it was only a mere three weeks without a trash can this time, and not three months like last time. Trash goes out tomorrow!

My fireplace is working! I still need to paint that tubing black and add all the rocks and embers, but it's pretty sweet right now as it is.

Tomorrow I'll finish the week off by doing some light fixture installation with my renovation helper. Hooray for light bulbs not dangling from wires!

P.S. More good news! I just went over to Flickr to cut and paste links into the post, and on my contacts I saw this little sweet thing! Congrats Jake!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'm about to get to know 45 people really well.

I just wrote up the final list of 2008 DCist Exposed Winners, and it now waits patiently in the queue to be published around noon tomorrow. If it's anything like last year, this should mark the beginning of a flurry of emails between me and these talented folks, all trying to figure out what the heck we're doing. I'm really looking forward to it, and think we have an amazing show lined up. However, I think I officially wore out the copy & paste feature on my computer trying to write up that post. And now I'm all excited-stressed and it's 10:30 and I've neither eaten dinner nor showered (was gonna blow dry my hair so I don't have to deal with it tomorrow).

I was going to write a long update on the house, but I am totally worn out and can't go into detail. Bullet time:
  • Everything gas-related in the house works: stove, heat, fireplace. woot!

  • Disassembled and cleaned the blockage out of my kitchen faucet.

  • Put it back together correctly.

  • Made my first real meal in my new home.

  • Scrubbed clean and organized the kitchen.

  • Waded through the swamp of paper that comprises my bookkeeping records, organized it and put it all away.

  • Purchased window wind treatments to seal up this fucking house and get some heat up in here!

  • Greeted the appraiser on Monday, who approved all my work and sent the paperwork to my lender. In about two weeks I should be looking at some cold, hard cash in my bank account (which will then be immediately syphoned to the credit cards). Payday!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Second best holla ever.

"Oh baby, you want some coffee do you? I've got some coffee for you. No cream, no sugar."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

In which I question the sanity of the "average american family," again.

There's a good article in the Post today about the new energy bill signed into law in December (though I haven't read enough about the law to find out where the "catch" is -- I mean, how it ever got passed under Bush). It's nice to see our lawmakers acting to reduce energy usage finally -- especially when the article is full of statements like "[X Company] has been working on this technology for awhile, but hasn't released it," in other words, they knew they'd be forced to eventually, so they developed these excellent products just in case, but electric companies kept buying shares of their stock so they'd yet to put it on shelves for the public.

Anyway, the one sentence that blew me away was the following:
According to the Energy Department's Web site, the average household does almost 400 loads of laundry a year, consuming about 13,500 gallons of water.
WTF! I mean seriously, what the fuck. Four hundred loads a year?? That's 1.1 loads A DAY ON AVERAGE.

I used to have a roommate who inexplicably did 4-5 loads of laundry a week, but this is not average behavior, it's OCD prissy insane behavior. I do two loads of laundry every two weeks, averaging out to 50 loads a year, and even those loads are usually very small because I'm just one person. I could double my laundry size and still do only 50 a year. (So does that mean that on the other end of the spectrum, there's a family doing 1200 loads a year? I guess I'm not considered a "family" though.)

So does the average family in this country have 8 children? And if this statistic is true, no wonder housewives moan about it being a full time job. I mean, that's almost 8 loads of laundry every god damn weekend. Some of y'all seriously need to go to Target and buy a few more packs of undies. Seriously.

I am pretty pleased with myself that I invested a few hundred extra dollars in an Energy Star W/D, though apparently I'm being super energy efficient just by not throwing my wardrobe out onto the muddy backporch every night for fun, like the rest of the country.

A tip for future W/D buyers, however. When it comes to energy efficiency, you might be seduced by the all-in-one washer/dryer, especially to save space. Do not do it! This is what I had at my old apartment, and any energy saved by the front loading washer was totally canceled when I had to run the dryer three times just to get anything remotely dry.

Uh, what?

Today was the day I was supposed to wait for Comcast to come turn the cable tv off that they mistakenly turned on a few weeks ago (remember I talked them into coming on the weekend). At 2pm I get a phone call from the Comcast guy:

Comcast Guy: "Hi, I'm from Comcast and was supposed to turn your cable television off, but I forgot the modem blocker, so I'm just going to leave it on."
Me: "Um...okay?"
CG: "Yeah, I can't keep the internet on without the blocker, so I'm just gonna leave it all on."
Me: "Uh...okay? ??"
CG: "So just be sure to check your next bill and make sure they're not charging you for the tv anymore."
Me: "....Um. Okay? ????"

So. Um. Score?

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