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A quick update

It's been a week since I unplugged my computer. It is still not reassembled, although the cable modem and wireless router have returned to service. (I'm posting this from Karen's computer.)

Since then, movers moved the majority of our stuff. We made several (more than a dozen) car trips back and forth to the old house to clean it out...which we mostly succeeded with. gingy contributed her help (as well as helping to violate American Labor Laws by contributing her son) and my brother (and his truck Lorry) also pitched in. With their help, the storage units have been emptied.

"Are you settled in yet?" No, not a chance. We spent a lot of time moving things around to maximize the effects of a cleaning service we hired. They helped get rid of the grunge caused by the house being vacant for two months before we moved in. We have a lot of boxes to unpack, and in some cases, don't have places to put the contents. Yes, we own a lot of books. Not as many as cellio and her husband, but they've been at it longer than we have.

"What have you done so far?" Well, we bought a new stove, and a window air conditioning unit, and a freestanding air conditioning unit. (Sally sits in the living room and blows cool air throughout the main floor, while Harry sits in the bedroom window and does his best to keep up. Sally's a big girl.) We've bought new trash cans, and some yard equipment, and a gas grill, and a lawn mower. Today Karen went to psujedi's and caryabend's and picked up a couple of mattresses for our spare bedroom. And we bought living room furniture! It'll be here in a week or two.

"What's immediately next?" Going over to Harold and Becky's for dinner. Just because we have a new stove does not mean that we have anything to cook, or anything to cook it on. We're not there yet. Afterwards, I'll probably try to get my computer set up, if I can find places to put all the junk around the computer desk. I need to pull weeds, mow the lawn, and trim the azaleas that are growing into the driveway. That'll all be early this week, I think. And I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning for followup on my high triglycerides.

"What does the future hold?" Well, after the two air conditioning units went in, we decided we could live without central air conditioning for the summer. Josh Pollack called today and offered us another air conditioning unit, and a dehumidifier for the basement. I'll have to look at 'em before I decide whether or not to haul them anywhere. If it gets much hotter, we'll probably have to put in a/c in the guest bedroom just to help keep the temperatures from getting too high throughout the house. We're getting some roof repairs done, and curtains and blinds all around the house. We were thinking that the big construction job ASAP would be the kitchen, but we collectively decided that the main floor bathroom needs serious help. Never mind the pinkness, it's too cramped. Luckily, there's a linen closet and the closet in the guest bedroom that can be sacrificed for the cause. More info as events develop.

"Can you answer the question I haven't asked yet?" Yes, but I'm not psychic. You have to ask it so that I know what the question is. Go ahead! Ask!


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Jun. 28th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC)
I can see you're aiming for "noogie points" more than anything else. More importantly, you're clearly interested in volunteering for more work around here than simply drywalling...
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Jun. 29th, 2004 09:18 am (UTC)
You're not that much taller than me.

Have you read Terry Pratchett? You're just lucky that Karen isn't half your height.
Jun. 28th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
A humidifier has worked well for us. I don't know how Pittsburgh humidity compares to DC humidity, and how much of your heat sensitivity is heat versus humidity, but if you've got access to one for cheap, you should give it a try. Ours is just a little thing we bought at Lowe's or Home Depot or something for around $100. We park it in the basement and I dump the canister once or twice a day when I'm down there dealing with cat litter or food anyway. Very easy.

I also open a couple windows in the attic around May and don't close them until October or November. It seems to help in venting the heat.

Beyond that, we have window ACs in the living room, bedroom, and my office, and use them for spot-cooling.

Oh, and trees. The house came with strategically-placed trees, and that really makes a difference. If you don't have them in the right places yet, you may want to install some. Payoff won't be for a decade or more, but it's something to look forward to. :-)
Jun. 28th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'm positive you mean a de-humidifier. Otherwise you're talking a much more difficult trick, violating mass-energy conservation. 8^)

The attic windows are open. Such as it is. They're pretty small.

We have one gi-normous amazing oak in the front yard. It covers the house from vicious killer sunlight very well during the afternoon and evening. The backyard has the corpse of a similarly sized tree (reduced to about 15 feet tall and thus ineffective), but you'd have to see the landscaping to know that we're probably not going to change anything any time soon.
Jun. 28th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
Um, yeah. Dehumidifier. Stupid brain. Must install more caffeine.
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