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Tuesday, July 14, 2009 01:40:26 PM
Mood: Spent
All House and No Blog

Well we're all moved in, but this house has kept me busier than a 12 year old in a Nike factory.  We're still unpacking, furnishing, painting, and fixing crap. My new office is up and running though and I'm loving it. Office After This is my first blog entry from the new Tocci HQ, and I just finished my first flash game here, which should be released this week.

I've probably done a million blogworthy things in the past two months but haven't had the time nor energy to write about them. Being a homeowner is a lot of effing work. I haven't even taken my boat out since May 14th, and it's sitting in my own garage now (no longer stored at my father's house). In my last blog entry I joked about going to the Home Depot but I had no idea... For a while I felt like I was there every day... probably because I was. The words you are now reading were written by a semi-skilled electrician, landscaper/gardner, painter, plumber, and handyman. Here's a list of some of the things accomplished since moving in:

  • Wired all the bedrooms, living room, and offices with digital cable lines and cat 6 cable for gigabit ethernet
  • Started a garden with tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, and basil
  • Filled bare spots in the lawn with sod from the garden
  • Nicked a sprinkler line when digging the garden, creating a nice impromptu fountain
  • Taught myself how to reroute and patch a sprinkler system (which came in handy again in the front yard)
  • Added chair rail and crown moulding to the dining room and caulked the existing crown moulding in the living room
  • Painted the livingroom, diningroom, closets, and my office (so far)
  • Installed an electrical outlet in the upstairs hallway
  • Installed two new phone jacks
  • Rewired the light / fan switches in all bedrooms and the living room
  • Cut the grass every five days or so
  • Killed poison ivy, weeds, and various intruding bugs
  • Installed new blinds
  • Assembled office furniture
  • Changed the kitchen sink faucet set, two bath faucet spouts, and one drain.
  • Opened and cleaned the pool
  • Power washed the patio and the exterior of the house
  • Installed closet systems in the master bedroom
  • Bought a dining set, bedroom set, and office furniture.
  • Cleaned, cleaned, and cleaned some more

There were really only four things we didn't do ourselves: refinishing the hardwood floors (including adding a new wooden bannister), installing recessed lighting in my office, running a new natural gas line for the grill on the patio, and replacing a hot water heater that leaked water all over our basement. Sometimes you have to call in the pros.

Other than keeping us busy, our experiences in the new house have been great. My garden is growing nicely. We've had two robins' nests that produced babies in our bushes (and one whose eggs disappeared). Baby Bunny We also had baby rabbits in the back yard who have just left their little hole. We've broken in the new grill, did some swimming, and we've been sleeping well in our new bed, which is finally big enough so that the cat can't nudge one of us off the edge anymore.

All in all it's great (yet time consuming) to be a new home owner. Now if you'll excuse me, the lake is calling.