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12 March 2012 @ 08:35 am
My Kingdom for a Nap  
Busy, busy, busy. 
Last week we pulled up all the carpets in the house.  Ugh, they were so gross.  I mean, I think carpet is gross all the time, but this was especially gross carpet.  The hardwood underneath was not in as good a shape as we had hoped.  This weekend we rented a great big sander, along with using the smaller hand sanders we already owned, and we spent two solid days stripping down the floors.  We were able to get all the nasty old varnish off, along with the vast majority of the discoloration and quite a bit of the scratches.  My bedroom, unfortunately, still looks pretty rough - you can only sand down so deep, and there are some serious gouges in the wood there.  I'll just have to artfully arrange the furniture, I guess.  My dad took today off work and he and my sister are going to refinish the floors today, then we'll do layers of polyurethane over the next couple nights - you have to let each layer dry and then sand it before you add the next.  It's a process.

We still have the kitchen to paint.  This weekend, while they were stripping the floors, I painted the stairwell going down to the basement.  We need to pull up the paneling in there and replace it, and then that will be done.  We have more projects to do in the kitchen but we're probably going to wait till after we move in (cabinets, counter top, fixing the stove hood, maybe putting in some open shelves).  Then we just need to put quarter round between all the baseboards and the floor, buy new front and back doors, and we should be ready to move in!

Of course, I still need to buy a new bed.  I am taking a clue from Tom Haverford, and I plan to buy the greatest bed ever.  Treat Yourself 2012.  I have spent far too much of my life sleeping on kinda crappy beds.  The only other piece of furniture we need to buy is a kitchen table - everyone we know is giving us furniture.  It's kinda awesome.

Exactly a week ago I decided to post the prologue of my novel.  My February writing progress was sad - nothing on either script, maybe 500 words on the novel.  Sharing and getting even a single line of feedback is often a great jump-start for me when I find myself stalled.  So I decided to read over it, just for a quick polish - I generally reread any time I share something, even if I've gone over it a thousand times before.  A week later, and I still haven't even read to the end of the prologue, because I keep writing new things, which means I have to change other things, et cetera and so forth, y'all know how the writing process goes.  But soon, mayhap!  Soon.
МилаMila Epshtein on March 12th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Missing your very much! Will wait for your returning to stories, as soon as it would be possible for you))
Shannon: b5 delenn robe smileskungfuwaynewho on March 12th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I'm hoping to really for real finish up the next Alma Mater this week. I took a break so I could watch that one scene from Confessions and Lamentations, which I have...not got to yet, LOL.
МилаMila Epshtein on March 12th, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I feel myself like a complete monster, always pulling your to write more and more and more in spite of the real life business ))))
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on March 13th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Absolutely not! You're a wonderful encouragement, and knowing there's someone out there who is looking forward to what I'm writing is the best kind of compliment. ♥
ruth76ruth76 on March 12th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
You may already know and have discounted this, but you can fill gauges in wood by mixing the wood dust from the sanding with glue and using it like you would polyfiller. Yes, I do watch way too many woodworking shows!
Shannon: b5 crewkungfuwaynewho on March 12th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Duuuuuuude, we went through one and a half full-size tubs of wood filler. The floors were sort of ridiculous. (Why were there nails everywhere? Everywhere!) I have this image of the parents telling the kids: "Hey, we're putting down carpet next weekend, go crazy!" I think my dad filled in everything he thought he could, but some of the gouges were, like, several feet long and twisty, and I think he decided filling them in would be more of an eyesore than just sanding them as flat as possible and leaving them. But thank you for the tip! You never know.

I've been trying to stop watching home improvement shows because they make me think I have skills and could do things, when the truth is, I do not, and I cannot.
Holly: Stock - iharthdarth squee!hollywobbles on March 12th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yaayyy! Moar boring house blah blah posts!!! I like living vicariously through you. :) :) :)
Shannon: bsg you slay me gaiuskungfuwaynewho on March 12th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Heeeeee. Maybe tomorrow I'll regale all of you with the tale of cleaning a nicotine-stained white fridge. :DDD
Martine: Stock/Booksla_loony on March 12th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of work but also really exciting, after all you and your sis wil move into your very own house soon!

I can't wait to get a read on the prologue =)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on March 13th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
I did work more on the prologue yesterday! I can only get so much done writing at work, unfortunately. :(
Martinela_loony on March 13th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
But you keep working on it, that's what counts ;)
nhpw: zoya grinnhpw on March 12th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you guys are working like gangbusters on that house. Good for you! Any chance you took before-pictures, and we can see before-and-after pictures at some point? :D

Also, I think buying a new bed to go in your new house is a wondiferous idea. Get something awesome (maybe with memory foam. Those are kind of the shit.) Good luck with the ongoing renovations!
Shannon: b5 john smileskungfuwaynewho on March 13th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
We have been taking pictures as we go along. Hopefully they turn out okay; I'm lousy with a camera. The lighting in the house isn't also the greatest, LOL.
ghanima sun: parks and rec - leslie/benghanimasun on March 13th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Sounds like a lot of work, but I'm sure it'll be worth it in the long run. And a good bed is one thing I can totally understanding wanting to splurge on.
Shannon: communitykungfuwaynewho on March 13th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Heh, a good bed and a new monitor for my computer, those are my two splurges. (Though not really splurges, I guess, since I'm working a second job right now to pay for all this new house stuff.) I'm still using an enormous old school monitor I bought for $5 at Goodwill.
telekinetic redhead chick: ∞lm (this is a cheerocracy)openended on March 13th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
I hear you on the crappy bed. Beds are key.

My absolute worst housework thing is stripping wallpaper in a bathroom; that is a thing I refuse to do ever again. All of yours sound equally miserable and time consuming. But at least it will look beautiful when you're done!
Shannon: b5 londo bwkungfuwaynewho on March 13th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
I have never stripped wallpaper, but from everything I've heard, it sounds like a nightmare. We looked at a house that had been completely papered - like, all the rooms - but they had just painted over the wallpaper instead of taking it down. That was a huge mark against it, because the thought of taking down all that paper that had been painted over God knows how many times made me feel ill.

I don't mind the work, necessarily, I'm just anxious to move in!