Archive for August, 2006

This one came out of necessity…at least that’s how I like to think of it. My wife and I went way up north for a little four day roadtrip vacation. With all the driving we’d be doing, I wanted to have plenty of tunes lined up and I didn’t want to have to burn a load of CDs to make it happen. Thus, my iPod Nano was born. I got my wife excited about the Nano by showing her the new Nike + iPod Sports Kit (which truly is a very cool product). We’ll probably end up getting a couple of them so we can both track our progress.

So the iPod worked out great. The 2GB unit held plenty of music for the trip (I didn’t even have it completely full either!) and now that we’re back I can use it when I start running again.

A couple things that disappointed me about the iPod was that if you don’t pay an extra $30+ for the outlet charger, you have to plug it into your computer in order to recharge the batteries. Then if you want to charge it in the car you have to buy another charger specially for the car. So that’s where all the profits come from – Apple, you sneaky buggers. On top of that, you really do need a protective case for these things – that’s at least another 20 bucks for something decent.

Whatever. All I know is now I’m part of the elite set of trendy sheep who own some digital goodness. Amen.


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It’s been awhile, but a lot has happened since I last wrote. I’ve come a long way with the dining room. It’s turned into a nearly complete, totally functional room. The new ceiling light is installed, though not without complications. I had to cut another hole in the ceiling in order for the light to be centered on the table. That meant I had to patch the old hole. Unfortunately, there was a decorative combed fan pattern on the ceiling which meant that the patched hole would need to match the rest of the ceiling…maybe later. For now it will just be semi-patched. I’ll have to look into getting a professional to match it to the rest of the ceiling.

All of the original wood trim is now scraped, sanded and stained and I installed new shoe molding to match. The walls and ceiling all have fresh coats of paint, I replaced two cracked window panes and installed new handles and latches on all the windows. We purchased a new rug at World Market and hung most of the wall decor.

There is still one section of floor board that needs to be replaced because the wood doesn’t match the rest of the boards (it must have been installed sometime after the others because under the scraped paint was unstained wood – unlike the others). Trying to match the wood is going to be a challenge.

We still need to frame one more piece of artwork, purchase an asian-style buffet table/wine cabinet from World Market, and get some kind of window treatments. I’d like get some dark bamboo blinds, but it’s been hard trying to find ones that will fit our old, non-standard-sized windows. Then there are the bay window drawer fronts. Surprisingly, it’s been incredibly hard to find unfinished, custom-sized drawers or drawer fronts. I’ve gotta keep looking.

If we stay in this house long enough (and I don’t think we will) then I’ll get to adding the dry bar where the small closet is right now.

So although It’s not yet complete, the room still looks incredible and has nearly come full circle.

Update: We purchased the Shanghai wine cabinet from World Market and I installed new bamboo roman shades. Only a few items left on my to-do list!

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