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( Feb. 28th, 2009 08:24 pm)

I have a study again! W00t!

Entire study refurbishment project involved:

  1. Disconnecting teh computer and taking everything out of the study
  2. Removing the wobbly corner-mounted light fitting that appeared to have been put in by a monkey. Replaced by nice IKEA light fitting in centre of ceiling. (What a concept!) Fitted by an electrician, because I do not wish to die horribly.
  3. Plastering the resulting gaps — this bit done by [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00's dad, who has experience in such matters.
  4. Sitting around for months because I'm too lazy to get started on the painting.
  5. Covering all built-in shelves with newspaper and masking tape.
  6. Painting! 2-3 coats of white emulsion to cover the horrible mustard colour that it had previously been. Lower half of room done by [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00. Upper half done by me. Involved a lot of being at the very top of a ladder, stretching to reach awkward corners, and contemplating my mortality.
  7. Scraping off paint that had got all over the shelves anyway.
  8. More painting! Gloss paint for all the skirting, door frame and inside of door. Getting somewhat high on fumes.
  9. Laying cork insulation and oak-veneer laminate flooring. Lots of sawing and cursing the not-quite-90-degree corners. Helped again in this bit by [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00's dad. Okay, he did most of it. But I made the tea.
  10. Beading for the edges of the flooring. Again, not a huge amount of work actually done by me.
  11. Restoring contents of study, and connecting up computer again. Discovering that it's been off so long that an entire new release of its operating system has come out in the meantime.

Photos soon! Maybe.

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( Jun. 28th, 2008 11:52 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, after getting high on paint fumes, decided that it would be a good idea to take a hammer and chisel to the living room door.

Luckily, there was a pane of glass under the panel, just as she claimed. Not original, unfortunately, but in good condition at least.
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There is a film crew in my kitchen.

It's Three Guys Argue A Lot About Cookery (title subject to change). Actually, I think they're officially known as Kamikaze Cookery now. In any case, they consist of [livejournal.com profile] cairmen, [livejournal.com profile] gominokouhai and [livejournal.com profile] xenophanean. Err, and Stuart the cameraman.

I've been hearing them proudly declaring, in multiple takes, that they are using the Power of Science to Bring Cooking Into the 21st Century.

Right now, they are attempting to vacuum pack a steak. With a hoover. Like you do. It doesn't sound like they are having much success. I'm sure they'll get there eventually.

Resultant video to appear YouTube at some time. Should be entertaining.   8^)
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( Apr. 6th, 2008 11:59 am)
...went incredibly well, I think. Lotsa booze was consumed, And It Was Good. I was quite pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who turned up. Thanks to everybody who came along!

Now to source some brekkyfast. Mmmmn.
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( Mar. 17th, 2008 04:19 pm)
Woo yay! Have been moving furniture all weekend, and am bloody knackered. But it's very much worth it.
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( Jan. 18th, 2008 11:06 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 and I have just had our offer accepted for a flat! We may be relocating in a month or two to a nice little place in Gorgie.

Woo, yay, hupla, etc.
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( Jul. 11th, 2006 12:53 pm)
Rumours of my demise have been exaggerated. I have been offline for ages as I've been busy with moving stuff — am now sharing a flat with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00. Woo! It's been over a week now, and despite having to constantly put up with my bad puns, she hasn't stabbed me with a kitchen knife even once. Hurrah!

If anybody wants my new address and telephone number, please leave your email address in comments, which are screened. (Other comments will be unscreened).
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( May. 30th, 2006 02:56 pm)
"So, you're sure that the electrics pose absolutely no risk to me"
"Yes, they're all fine"
"And that the still-damp wallpaper isn't a health risk"
"No, not at all"
"Okay. Before you go, I've got a paper here with that in writing. Would you consider signing that for me?"
"Err... well..."

Yes, my landlord is happy enough to place a tenant in a potentially unsafe situation, but the idea that he might take some of the responsibility for any injuries that said tenant might suffer is completely out of the question.

So he's sending round an electrician this evening.

Meanwhile, I've had a talk with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00's dad, who worked as a joiner for ages and so know what he's talking about, and asked him about the chipboard floor underneath the carpet. Apparently, if it's not got a green coating on it, it's not been waterproofed, and will go soggy. And I'm likely to go straight through it. (It's hollow below). So that brings doubt to the landlord's claim that "it's perferctly safe and a few days of damp won't hurt it".

Oh, have also gone upstairs to talk to the woman in the flat above. The plaster's fallen off her ceiling (that would be the sound I heard, then), and she's generally in a far worse state than me. Hopefully she'll get plenty of compensation. I shall send her some photos I took, to see if that will help her at all.

The good news is that her floor was not particularly flooded, which means that my ceiling isn't about to fall down.
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( May. 29th, 2006 01:29 pm)
...and the heavens did open, and pour rain without rest for forty days and forty nights.

Well, for 'heavens' read 'the laundry room ceiling', and 'forty days and forty nights' read 'about an hour or so'.

Teh account of teh great flood. With teh pictures. )

Now read [livejournal.com profile] scattergather's brilliant account of the proceedings. It is most excellent.
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