Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bring on the chemical warfare

I forgot to mention one other thing I did this weekend: tape my new insulation kit over the windows to keep out the wintery drafts. Obviously, this is not a permanent solution, but hunting around to find leaks and caulking up all the windows is the kind of time-consumer that's low on my list, especially when I have an easy temporary solution. (Note, however, that I did discover one of my upstairs windows has a bad, bad water leak, and will probably need to be totally replaced eventually. Someone put that on the list.)

I also imagined it probably wouldn't be as "invisible" as they advertise, but I had no idea how bad it would actually be. It kind of looks like I went to ready.gov, drank a couple gallons of kool-aid, hopped the first bus to the hardware store and bought out their entire stock of duct tape and plastic sheeting to prepare fully for the coming nuclear apocalypse with the terrorists. All I need is a stash of gas masks and a cellar full of canned beans and I'm good to go.

And somehow, amazingly, it's colder now. My only guess is that since it's not constantly drafting freezing cold air inside, the heater isn't running as much as it used to, so the hot air all kind of drifts to the ceiling (again: high ceilings aren't always so amazing) and the chillier but not freezing air left behind isn't replaced in a timely manner.

So. Another house issue resolved, like all the others.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Need food, sleep, vacation.

Okay, I've started and stopped this blog post for like three days now. I am slightly overwhelmed, folks. I've always been one of those insane people who isn't happy unless she's working on 10 different projects, but sometimes I go a little overboard, and now is one of those times. But of course, it's all awesome and fun and I don't want to give any of it up, it's just that when snags or schedule shifts or other issues arise that everything suddenly turns to chaos. Like a race car going 150mph, happy as a clam, speeding along quite nicely, but all it takes is a tiny little pebble to get under my tires and....well you get it.

Anyway. I didn't want to mention this until it actually came through for sure, but the Washingtonian is now running a weekly column about my renovation experiences. So if you haven't gotten enough "ZOMG I BOUGHT A HOUSE WHAT AM I DOING" on the blog here, click on over for a slightly better written (with editing and like spell check n' stuff!) version every Tuesday. Big thanks to Catherine for opening the door there.

Dudes. I saw the freaking space shuttle this weekend. SPACE SHUTTLE. And it was awesome. Then I watched Atlantis glide its way safely back to Earth early this morning, before catching the total lunar eclipse tonight, and then logging on to Flickr to see that I can count on my nerds to get me some good pics -- look at the freaking DCist pool! And then I totally caught the destruction of the spy satellite on film! (Enquirer, call me.) So it's been a good week for space, folks. I'm all riled up, anyway.

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