Friday, October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012 - Puppy Saga

yesterday I was doing yard work and I had the puppy and the beast outside with me.  Here's what I discovered or I should say "re-discovered":
(a) Puppies will put anything into their mouths
(b) This particular puppy enjoyes eating dirt and cone flowers
(c) I have no idea how I managed to raise two puppies in the past.  Maybe it's because in the past II got my puppies in the middle of the winter and the dirt/flowers were all frozen/dead

Needless to say sometime yesterday afternoon the puppy started displaying signs that she didn't feel well.  Let's just say that after awhile she looked like she had done the prep for a colonoscopy.  Between that and the drool she was looking a bit worse for wear.  Yesterday afternoon and last night were a little long mostly because anytime she made any noise I was bringing her outside.... just in case.

Rice is her friend.

Fortunately, the drooling stopped this morning and she seems to be doing much better.  That and I'm keeping her away from the dirt.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October 24, 2012 - Bullets

I forgot how sharp puppy teeth can be.  I believe my ear has been pierced a few extra times.  Unfortunately the piercings are not even... darn puppy teeth.

The cabinets are in and the hardware has been installed. They look great.  I can't believe that I used to think the kichen "pre-renovation" was ok because "post renovation" is so much nicer and it's not done yet.

The painter is here today doing the ceilings and I believe putting a 1st coat of paint on the walls.

We were also contacted by the relocation company, our stuff made it through customs and delivery may be as soon as Monday.

Kitchen Update Pre-Hardware

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Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012 - Puppy Update

This is Jamie:

We picked her up on Friday when she was officially 8 weeks old.  I have to say she's "fairly" calm for a puppy.  I'm willing to bet that it's just a ploy to lull us into a false sense of security.  The beastly boy is not terribly thrilled with her presence but seems to be adjusting.  This morning he even attempted to play with her outside.  It strange to see a 60 pound dog bark and pounce at a puppy and then run away.  Then Jamie pounces at him and barks.  Too cute.

Speaking of cute... Friday evening we decide its time to head to bed.  We put the girlie into her crate, which btw is in our bedroom right next to the beastly boy's crate.  She starts to whine, which we expected, but then her voice suddenly gets deep and she HOWLS. I swear to god HOWLS.  I have no idea how such a small puppy could get her voice to go so deep that she could actually make the sound that left her little body.  That lasted about 20 mins and she finally either passed out from exhaustion or she gave up.  Have I mentioned Murphy's Law recently?  Of course Murphy came for a visit after the puppy settled down.  Some time shortly after she gives up howling I have a full blown night terror.  You know the drill:  CAB's asleep-ish thinks she sees a Spider, starts screaming like someone is killing her, tries to run away.  All the while L is trying to keep me from launching myself off the bed/console me while waiting for me to wake up and realize its not real.  Which of course wakes the puppy so when I am done screaming she starts howling again.  Oye.

Saturday evening was better for the girlie and the crate, and last night was even better... no howling at all.  So hopefully she is learning the crate is not a bad place.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012 - Puppies

Short and Sweet.  Dad's surgery went well yesterday, the kitchen keeps progressing and in a few minutes we head out to pick up the newest puppy addition to the family.  The beastly boy has been informed and hopefully he'll love her.

Pictures will follow, of the kicthen and the puppy but not of Dad's surgery.  That would be wrong.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October 17, 2012 - Kitchen Renovation Cont.

I've lost track of the number of days the renovation has been going on, which is a sad testament to my mental awakeness.  Ok that makes no sense.

Onward.  Things are moving along and they've started putting in the lower cabinets.  I'm liking it.  I'm also liking the floor.  The grout and cabinets make the floor look awesome.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012 - Weekend Roundup

The kitchen continues to progress.  Friday late afternoon the tile guys showed up and put down the cement board.  Then Saturday morning at 8am one of them showed up to lay the tile.  While that was happening L and I went to meet a couple of friends for breakfast and then we swung by the place we bought the tile and the granite from so we could pick out backsplash.  By the time we got home the tile guy had put down 3/4 of the tile and I'm sorry to say that we were surprised that the majority of the tile looks much darker and/or has more darker colors in it than the sample we saw and picked from.  In fact I would go so far as to say the enture floor only has about 12 tiles that actually look like the sample.  I've decided that I like the tile anyway despite it not being representative of what we chose, but I can fully understand L's disappointment.  She really does not like the way the floor looks, and it really is not even close to what we thought we picked.

Today the tile guys return and grout the tile, then the schedule says Wednesday they start putting in the cabinets.  I'm hoping the grout brings out some of the lighter colors in the tile and the cabinets help as well.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

October 11, 2012 - 4AM

Yes, it's 4am and I can't sleep.  I hate when that happens because that means at 7am I'll be in a coma.  Well that or I'll be grumpy from lack of sleep.  Let's shoot for a nap later this morning.

Yesterday there was a break in the kitchen activity.  The floor has been shored up, the walls and ceiling are prepped and ready to go.  Next step: the tile guy.  He is supposed to show up either late today or Friday as he is finishing up another job.  Honestly, I've enjoyed brief respite from the nail gun.

The granite arrived yesterday as well, not here, but to the place we ordered it from.  It's called "Silver Pearl", which is interesting considering it's black but it does have some flecks of silver/copper running through it.  Seeing it as a giant slab was more cool than I anticipated and got me excited about how the counters are going to look.  Yes, I should have brought my camera to take a picture of it but things were a bit crazy yesterday and I didn't have time to run back home before heading to the stone place.  However, we're planning on heading back up on Saturday so L can see the tile I think will look nice as a back splash.  I'll try and take pictures then.

What happened that had me running around yesterday?  Did I mention that when my sister moved out of the house she moved into a condo that she bought, just a couple miles from here?  She did, and I am thrilled she is close by.  Anyway, she had her washer/dryer delivered the other day and it appeared that where the hose attaches to the water line, there was a slow leak.  Now, me with all of my plumbing training (that's sarcasm) assumed that maybe we just needed to wrap the threads of the line with teflon tape.  My Dad thought that should be unnecessary and that maybe she just needed another rubber gasket, doohickey.  Turns out we were both wrong.  My sister needed a plumber because the leak only appeared to be coming from where the hose attaches to the spicket.  It was actually coming from a crack that was behind the doohickey and above the emergency water shutoff flippy switch thing on the doohickey.  See this is where all my plumbing training shines through.  Technical plumbers terms roll right off my tongue.  However, I refuse to have plumbers crack so this really was never a career for me.

Oh and did I mention that although it was a slow leak, it was enough of a leak that her only options were (a) turn the water off for the entire condo and (b) get a plumber in asap.  She was wicked lucky that the second plumber she called answered his phone and was only 10 mins away and he had time to swing by and take a look.  15 minutes of actual plumber work and a new dookickey spicket thingy later and the leak was solved.  He was actually there for about an hour because we (I helped) were testing with the washing machine to make sure that the leak was really fixed.

Overall it was a banner day.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012 - Busy Busy

Wow, I turned around and it's Friday.  I'm not sure where this week has gone but it has flown by. 

Let's see, yesterday the electrician showed up to install the lights into the ceiling.  Now I mean no offense but the electrician is short, maybe 5'4" and he showed up with two other guys... also short and what ran through my head as they were working:  "I feel like I have 3 of the 7 dwarfs working in my kitchen."  Fortunately they never started singing "Hi Ho, Hi Ho...."

Today the dry wall guy comes so I am anticipating a large amount of dust everywhere.  I'm hoping he hangs some tarps to keep the dust as contained as possible.

On a more fun note, if all goes well I'm going sailing this afternoon with Mom and Dad. It's a good time of year to go.  No motor boats on the water and there tends to be lots of wind. 

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012 - Random

Well despite having worked all day yesterday the pictures of the kitchen wouldn't look any different than they did the day before.  Yesterday Bil spent the day putting screws into the flooring in an attempt to "tighten it up" and stop making it sag when you walk across it.  Unfortunately, the floor still sags but not nearly as much as it did prior.  Which means we now have project creep.  Yes we knew that could/would happen because once you get into something inevitably they find something else.  They are going to add additional support to the floor by adding cross beams and strapping it.  Honestly I have no idea what I just said despite the carpenter walking me through the process and explaining in.  I know what I mean, but you'll just have to believe me when I say that since I can't explain it without people getting a quizzical look on their faces.  The gist is, if they don't add the supports the floor will move/flex and eventually crack the tile we want to put down.

What else is happening today?  The appliances are being delivered.  It's early in the project but frankly its easier in my opinion to have them here early versus late and considering they are doing the electrical work for hanging the lights today I figured it would be helpful for the electrician/plumber to see the appliances... just in case we didn't account for something.

Cars... my car is ready to be picked up.  What?  I didn't mention that the last time I was home we ordered a car for me?  We did, a Nissan Altima SL with all the bells and whistles.  I am very excited.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October 2, 2012 - Ironic

I've noticed that last two morning when I am out walking the dog and I come across a stranger that I have to make an effort not to say "Hello" in either German or Swiss German.  Considering that is the only thing I have said to strangers over the last 2 1/2 years I guess its not a surprise that it's my 1st reaction.

Kitchen Renovation Day 2

I know the guy did a lot of work but it didn't look as dramatic as day 1.  However, they did map out where all the cabinets, appliances, and lighting is going for the other workers coming in over the next couple of days.  It's kind of cool to see the stuff marked out on the floor.  I especially like the peninsula we are getting.  L and I negotiated that.  I gave up the ceiling fan (she hated the fan) in exchange for some additional working space.  Considering I have put my hand into the moving ceiling fan on no less than 3 occasions I think I got a good deal.

Did I mention that the house is essentially empty?  We received a notification that the shipping container left port as planned yesterday.  So it should arrive in the US in a couple of weeks.  Then it has to make it through customs and then onto a truck and delivered here.  Here's to hoping that the timing works and the kitchen is done or mostly done by that time.

Oh and along the lines of the house being empty.  We borrowed some camping chairs from my sister so we have something to sit on in the living room.  I'm not sure that my sister intended on this being how they are used, but the beast seems particularly happy with the comfort of this chair.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October 2, 2012 – Day One Kitchen Rip Out

Yesterday was the start of the great Kitchen Renovation of 2012.    So of course in honor of said project I decided to have apples for breakfast…. as in Apple Pie.  You know what they say, a slice of apple pie a day keeps the doctor away. Alright, fine that is what I say.

Onto the Kitchen…

Yesterday the carpenter showed up to rip out all the cabinets and the floor from the kitchen.  Today he’ll return to finish that process and start repairs before the wallboard guy shows up to repair the ceiling and walls.  Who knew that there were so many specialties?


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Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012 - The Trip Home

We arrived back in the USA on Saturday afternoon.  I have to report that unlike the trip to Switzerland, Ernie was surprisingly calm.  He really did great on the entire trip.  It was more difficult for me.  In fact at one point I think the American Airlines man, David,  who was helping us may have considered slipping me a tranquilizer.  Speaking of David, he was fantastic and really made the start of the trip as easy as possible.

When we arrived in NYC we had to go through customs and I was expecting that getting the dog back into the country would be more difficult.  Or at least that they would require all sorts of explanations and paperwork.  I'll consider myself extremely lucky that the people we encountered were easy going.  They asked to see the beasts rabies information, which is in his Pet Passport.  The guy looks at it for a minute and turns to the guy next to him and says "Can you read this?"  Me, I'm thinking they are having trouble reading the effective and expiration dates for the vaccine.  Nope they can't read the vaccine sticker.  The other guy says "No I can't read that, its not in english."  So the 1st guy says, "Oh, Ok" and tells me to have a nice day.


What else have I learned?  Oh, not only do L and I have jet lag, but the beast does as well.  He's gotten up the last two mornings at 2am to go outside.  However, the 1st morning he wouldn't go without me.  It seems the yard looks familiar but is still a wee bit scary.  Yes, the beast is strange.  Thankfully this morning when L put him out he just went on his merry way.

The benefit of jet lag?  It's amazing how much cleaning you can get done between 5am and 7am.

Today the kitchen renovation begins.

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