Final Variety Pack for 2016: Part Two.Friday, December 23, 2016
Ah ha, part two! To go with part one. I'mma lookin' at my lengthy list of things here I want to include; hm, lengthy but I think I can get it all in here and not go for a three-parter.
Ok, diving right in...so that back security door closer was giving me some lip again. Why I can't get this darn thing right, I just do not know. But, fine, one chilly day I had enough. Again.
|Then I discovered this. Huh? Ugh. Sigh.|
Banged the bent part straight-ish-er, re-sank that loosening screw, and all seems righter with the world. The door nearly closes all the way on its own now too, which wow, shocker! Nearly. Maybe someday we'll replace all the darn doors, who knows. Let's keep hope alive.
|Mmk, all better now. For a couple months anyway, before it goes out of whack again.|
Because it was so lightweight I assumed I'd have a fair shot at it, gimpy arm and all. Well no. I was highly incorrect. You know what they say about assuming.
Assembly was a pain in the a** as it just would.not.stay.together. It was missing a critical screw so I improvised from my stash; did not help. Arm too dysfunctional at that moment in time still, really needed Mike's help.
At one point I thought I was close, gonna get it, yeah Yeah!, when the thing drooped limply onto my head, I growled, shifted to save it when it fell to the ground into two or more pieces. Swearing ensued, at the thing and my arm. Poor Finny, patiently peering out the back door all sad eyed, "poor Mommy."
|Grrrr. Floppy flimsy thing.|
So, it's in the way in the garage until warmer weather and that second pair of hands are around to help. Sigh. Extra sigh as the back door area is coated in snow, what I was hoping to avoid by getting that floppy plastic mess installed. Ah well.
Oh, I discovered this spiffy dusk to dawn LED* over 'dere at my second home.
|Cool product! Empty packaging! Cool.|
|Sure, odd bright photo of the fixture I don't like, why not.|
Way secure I should say as this sixty-watter is one heck of a damn bright bulb. Very blue too, just fyi, bluer than I anticipated. It's fine, it does the job spot on.
Ah. Those fantastic drawers, right? Yes. So stellar. I can't even begin....That Mike says we at long last have a functional kitchen, the highest compliment in the land, tells you all you need to know. He sure knows how to melt my wee heart.
But sadly, the huge gigantic ugly plastic wrap thingie we got at the restaurant supply store did not fit in a drawer as planned. Ok, so I drew the drawers without measuring it. Doh. My bad. Whatev's, not the end of the world.
|Huge gigantic ugly plastic wrap thingie.|
|Measuring and making it up as I went along. Wisest course of action? Maybe not.|
|But! I did get to use my new compressor and nail gun! Yay! Whooie that was fun!! Though every other sentence in the directions for it says "explosion warning!," or "careful, explosion!" Wow, talk about nervous....mm hm.|
|Stained it with some of the same PureColor Ink Blot stain because I'm a dork. I will say, shoulda dropped the front lower, the top opening back a tad. All in all, it works though. What a highly functioning corner now!|
Regardless, point being I spend an inordinate of time in the doorway of my office, using the frame to stretch. Or on the floor glancing around, aka causing trouble by noticing things.
Having stared at it a bazillion times now, it hit me that the one small strip of white, the underside of the soffit in my office was stunting the room, making it feel smaller.
|Before. Yes, very very light blue, it's tough to see, I know.|
Then it got to be too dark to photograph because Chicago winter, dark at like noon, thank you. But I got them eventually.
|Yep. Uh huh. Much much way better.|
|And yep. Mm hm.|
|Heh, now I don't have to look at the displeasing off-white plastic around the fancy thing, yay!|
Right, the Nest!* Yes. I have not been paying attention to our utility bills but while I was working, the monthly email reports showed how it helped with the overly hot summer/AC on way more often than usual/kept our bill from being obscene. And it was true, non-obscene electric bills. Nice!!
The heat? I haven't checked mainly because I'm home all the time now. The Nest has an auto-away so when my phone leaves the premises, the heat goes into hibernation until I return. But I'm home so, not a lot of benefit is happenin' right about now. I inquired about cycling; my query went unacknowledged.
But the internet crapped out one day and then weirdly, so did the Nest. I was so hard at work drafting I hadn't noticed except that my lil' hands were freezing solid and I was soooo cold. After some finagling, the heat was running but it would not connect to the internet. Then it stopped working again.
Needless to say, this was all happening on literally the coldest day of the season-so-far where we were near then below zero. Mm hm, because me.
Got the heat running again but still no internet connection; turns out the battery was near dead. Somehow. Huh?! So I tweeted Nest Support who gave me a great tip: pop the thing off and outlet charge it for an hour with a micro USB cord.*
So I did, for over an hour actually, and it still said low battery. Tweet again. You must call, they say. Brrrrr, mmk.
Stuck on hold for nearly forty five minutes to have the nice guy tell me to pop the thing off the wall (again which I had done at least six times that day), read something, pop it back on. Suddenly it has a charge and it connects.
Figures. Because I called. I have not since touched the thing and will henceforth only handle it via app or website. Crazy. It had been perfectly inconspicuous until that point and now perfectly fine since. So weird, right?
Ah technology. Mike still gives me the eyerolls over it, thinks it's spying on us, thinks it's ridiculous, but, you can't beat a free-to-us attempt at saving cash and the environment.
Speaking of warmth, my beloved has now three times, Three!!, count 'em thhhhuuu-ree, said let's open up the woodburning fireplace. WhaaaaAAaaat??? Who are you?! (We watch the HD yule log on demand continuously instead, yearning, burning firewood scented candles. I know.)
|It's hidden behind that bump out, as viewed from my desk. Aw, our stockings hung with care on our "mantel."|
I mean, holy crap can of worms (have you read about our flipper?!)....But it would be amazing to have, no doubt. Such a rare feature in the city (we're still touchy, ok?), everyone wants one.
We shall see. "Next year project," he gestures at it. *eyebrow raise*
Got a handy tip for you that I originally saw via Bob Vila but now can't track down the link. Got a water stain on your ceiling? We did. Try this handy idea first before whipping out the paint. Works like a charm. Though I upped the ratio as like everything in this house, it was stubborn.
Oh you have just GOT to see how my awesomest-hairstylist-ever Anna upcycled the wine gift bag....
|Oh. My. God. Right?! Hahahaha, SO adorable!! I want to come back as Anna's dog someday.|
|A photo card. I have never sent a photo card. But a certain someone (not Finn) insisted. I'm a camera avoider. Humph. Seriously, these LED's in the kitchen, too warm, messin' with my photos, man.|
Every year Mike asks for gingerbread, every year I say babe, no cookie cutter. Bam, he gifts a cookie cutter* this year, ha! So cute and so clever! Therefore, hence with, "German Gingerdogs."
Okey dokey, that's it, the final Variety Pack of the year! Wow! Sniffle. I'm tearing up! Well. All righty then! Off to make a cheesecake, then chocolate cream pie, then Christmas breakfast. Have a great holiday weekend!
*The awning, dusk to dawn LED, Nest, micro USB, and cookie cutter are Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see "boring stuff" for more info.