Wednesday, August 17, 2005

What a Fine Mess!


Cozy Bedroom?

Welcome to our boudoir!
We MUST finish this project and move our bed back where it belongs before I kill my poor husband! I've always slept on the right side of the bed since we moved into this house. My alarm clock is on my nightstand, also on the right side. Our bed is now in our living room and I'm sleeping on the left side. My alarm clock is on an end table at the end of the bed. When my alarm rings at 4:55 a.m., I swing my arm over to the right to smack off the alarm clock. Unfortunately, my husband is now where my alarm clock SHOULD be. Enough said?

I've been removing trim, and idiots with air nailers are my worst enemy! It's WAY too easy for a bozo with an air nailer to quickly shoot 20 nails into something when 3 or 4 will suffice. I removed a 1/2 inch wide, 7 foot long piece of trim with 32 nails shot into it; 6 of them were in the top 3 inches of the piece! I'm SURE that I'll use no more than 5 small finish nails to rehang this piece, but I'll still have to fill the other 27 unnecessary holes! I'd LOVE to get my hands on one of these so called professionals and choke them with their own air hose!!

I received a manilla envelope in the mail today from our local school district. NOW WHAT? I was AMAZED to find a homeschooling packet in the envelope. Does this mean that they finally realize that Z is homeschooled? Time will tell!

18 Comments:

At 8/17/2005 4:41 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

That makes me want to curl up and take a nap right there on the plywood. :-P

 
At 8/17/2005 4:43 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

It DOES have a nice woodsy smell.

 
At 8/17/2005 6:39 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

WOW. Look at that floor. Lovely just lovely.

Have you seen any of the Lethal Weapon movies?

Would find it to be in the same ROOM with one of those nail guns...

 
At 8/18/2005 7:04 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Sounds like they were theatre geeks. Back when I was on stage crew that's how you'd build a set - just to be certain it didn't collapse - shoot a nail in like every 3 inches... It made striking more fun though.

Yes, John and I tried switching sides of the bed a while back - it got ugly.

 
At 8/18/2005 2:56 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

For once in my life I'm glad that L is a sound sleeper. So far he has no clue this is going on. When I smack him, he just mumbles and rolls over.

 
At 8/18/2005 9:46 PM, Anonymous ann said...

i SOOOOO understand!!! we just finished renovating our place, and it took 8 years. and we still haven't gotten to the kitchen. your bedroom looks great, and believe me, you'll be really happy that you did it.

 
At 8/18/2005 10:58 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

4:55? Why?

One thing I love about this new job is I set the alarm for 9.

 
At 8/19/2005 12:24 AM, Blogger SME said...

Laura beat me to it - I was gonna say it's even worse when set builders use that many nails. Walterdale strikes are sometimes day-long events.

 
At 8/19/2005 1:03 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Don't theater groups have to reuse their lumber?

ZS, I have to be to work at 5:45. After 25 yrs, I'm used to it and it leaves my afternoons free.

 
At 8/19/2005 5:40 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

4:55, eh? I got up at 4:45 every morning for 6 months last winter while I was doing the pastry program. Nasty, but you do get used to it. I had a perfect attendance record at the end of that program. I now get up at 5:30. The only tick-off is that I have to go to bed so early that I miss out on a lot of evening stuff.

 
At 8/19/2005 8:55 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

p.s. congrats on finally getting the message through to the block heads!!

 
At 8/20/2005 1:15 AM, Blogger Sagepaper said...

Actually, we have retained extra value in our house from extra nailing. We had the builders do it with nail guns that apply glue at the same time, though. It didn't cost anything worth noting, and 13 years later, our floors do not squeak.

Nail guns are really dangerous. There is a horrifying sounding injury that is common with them, though seldom very harmful: people get shot in the head with them. Sometimes, a worker isn't even aware something has happened, or thinks it was just a bump on the head. There's almost never any blood, thanks to the nail head. There aren't pain receptors within the brain itself, and the breach of the skull is so small and fast there is not the pain of a broken bone.

This is being discovered, around the world, as construction workers live longer and need brain imaging for strokes and cancers and such. They get the imaging, and everyone is horrified to see one or more nails imbedded in the head. The record was a man with six nails in his head, four of them in almost the same place, but at different angles.

Do be careful! If something happens, though, don't panic. People have lived just fine for decades without any symptoms of a problem. In fact, a number of patients with nails were told not to have them removed -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

 
At 8/20/2005 7:28 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sage, I've seen those nail gun stories on health shows too. The brain is a truly amazing organ! These accidents are another thing I have against nail guns. Too many IDIOTS are allowed to use them!

Sufficient nails in the structure of a house are a good thing. We're going one better on our floor; we're screwing it down. Extra nails in decorative trim is ridiculous.

 
At 8/20/2005 11:13 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

There's something about a squeaky floor that I find comforting. Call me crazy. When walking with a fussy baby - the squeaks in the floor as I walked slowly back and forth seemed to calm them. There is an added benefit in that there is no way to get up those stairs without SOMEONE hearing it! I also like the sound of a ticking radiator. Strange.

I've never heard of the brain nails - good heavens! My brother DID put a nail right through his hand doing construction once, though...

The picture looks great - you are doing a wonderful job!

 
At 8/20/2005 11:37 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

You're just getting up at 4:45? I have to be to work at 4:45! (don't you just hate people who have to one up you like that!)

I understand your frustration (and your husbands pain). I HAVE to sleep on my side with my back right next to the wall or I don't sleep. And the consequences of sleeping witha 300 lb man tossing and turning all might means I have always gotten my way on the issue.

 
At 8/21/2005 7:25 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

monicar, that's so funny! When our daughter was a teen, my husband wanted to oil the squeaky hinges on the door. I told him to wait a few years. hehe

GWB, you got me beat! I bet you don't like the idea of extending Daylight Savings Time either.
You can come camping with us anytime. I'd have somebody to drink coffee with while everybody's sleeping.

 
At 8/21/2005 6:01 PM, Blogger European said...

Changing sides in the bed is never - NEVER - a good idea. We had to when we moved two months ago, and I couldn't sleep well for weeks.

 
At 8/22/2005 11:48 AM, Blogger Laura said...

We reused most of our lumber - but you can't reuse cross-bracing, it gets too weak. But the larger pieces you can re-use even after they've been de-nailed. Most of it is just cross-bracing pre-made platforms into place anyway, with a few extra pieces here and there.

 

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