June 7th, 2008


Lazy Hazy Crazy

Today is the first day of summer break. I have a number of projects (okay, most of these summer goals are not worthy of the term "projects," but it sounds more impressive that way) I would like to undertake over the next six weeks.

I have postponed re-setting up my laptop computer since the hard drive replacement, so I must do that.

I need to repair or replace sections of the steps to the main door (before somebody falls through them) and part of the deck. I shall tackle at least a part of that today.

These are all I am going to list right now, as they are both concrete and achievable. An additional goal is to make a list of the goals/projects I want to do.

Plurk has the potential to become a major distraction. An extreme effort of will shall be required to resist the allure. Unless I can figure out a way to monitor Plurk while ripping apart deck planking out in the alternating hot sun/rain.

Computer List - Notes To Self

I keep thinking of software I need to reinstall on my computer. I should start making a list. Which I shall do. Here.

Downloaded software
Thunderbird (I am not looking forward to reconfiguring T-bird.)
Flickr Uploader
Easybatch Photo (Yellowmug Bundle)
Quicktime Pro
(will add more as I think of 'em. Suggestions welcome!)

Software from discs (just gotta find 'em)
Microsoft Office

Not Fun. Not Done.

Worked on repairing the back steps for about seven hours today. I was thinking about replacing the whole structure, but the materials cost started to look rather imposing. Instead, it's a deconstruction/reconstruction process, trying not to damage the sound wood, while removing and replacing the termite-infested and rotted sections.

There are only three steps, how hard could it be? It's not difficult, exactly; it's just tedious. Also, not being a contractor or construction type person by trade, I'm kind of making this up as I go along -- that is, I'm trying to figure out how they built it originally (kinda shoddily, actually) and then modeling the rebuild on that... with improvements.

One of the challenging aspects is that forty year old wooden steps, exposed to the elements, aren't exactly square and plumb, so trying to fit new pieces in among the old can be a frustrating task.

Two out of three steps are finished so far. One more to go, and then replace most of the top part, where you stand before you go in the door. The stoop, is it? I don't know. Whatever it is, it's kind of creaky.

So that's what I did today, and what I'll be doing tomorrow. I hope your weekend is more fun.