big weekend

so friday i did watch ivanhoe with sarah and shayne, and ate yummy food… came home and plugged away at the Big Radio Station Project for a while, got really pissed off at it, wrote to d. for php advice, gave up and went to bed.

saturday morning, took christa to costco to shop for party food; we got there before they opened so we detoured to home despot. she helped me select some hardware for something i want to do with 9 westy, something i’ve been thinking about a lot lately. i think i am close to trying a proof of concept on this idea.. just need to think it through a little more.

spent saturday struggling with the Big Radio Station Project, and learned to hate the thing. have changed its name to include the word “asswich”. didn’t get very far with it.

saturday night of course was christa’s partie. that was fun! i was one of the last people there. i gave someone, who shall remain unidentified so they are not embarassed, a ride home when i realized they were a little, uh, loopy; i was dead sober myself so i was happy to do it.

i remember around 2:30 sitting on the sofa next to il rossi and feeling very sleepy and saying, “wow, i’m sleepy”, looking over at chris and seeing he had his head back and eyes closed, so i said, “and you are too!” and then he said, “i wondered why i was thinking in spacegrrl’s voice…” so i offered to make him a series of recordings of things he might often think, like “gee, i have to pee but i want to solve this problem first”, which was something i’d found myself thinking several times that day anyway.

so i guess i finally got home around 3:30, slept in til about 10:30 then dove back into the Big Radio Station Project, made a lot more headway with it, i am getting my arms around it a little bit now. i watched part of the MI-5 second season, which is just as good as the first, so far, so i am very pleased and want to mail back all three of my netflix discs today so i can have a big MI-5 marathon soon.

all day my heat was smelling really weird, like that smell when you first turn the heat on in the fall and it smells like a bunch of little bits of dust are being burnt up, except it was stronger and wouldn’t go away. it got so bad that i finally turned the heat off and had to air out the living room with the door open and ceiling fan on.

pj came over around 7:30 and we headed out to the Interpol show. there were many minor annoyances and we got separated in the totally insane, jam-packed crowd, but it was a good show, better than asheville i thought. the way they played “turn on the bright lights” was especially slow and grand. i finally gave up on being up front and went to the back where there was more room and easy access to water. i was pretty happy back there. spotted goth boy in the crowd but otherwise very few people i knew.

it was pretty damn cold when i got home so i decided to try running the heat briefly just to warm things up before bed. the blower never came on, it just made this ominous buzzing noise, and the smell was even worse. i turned it off and had to air out the living room for almost an hour before i could close the door and go to bed.

this morning i got up and couldn’t bear to face the shower in the frigid cold. i called the furnace-fixing people and then ran out to take spacepod in to see My Favorite Mechanic, and drove the great blue beast home, which was exciting in the rain on I-85. now i am working from home and waiting to hear from a furnace-fixing guy.

i’m pretty well prepared for him to tell me that the furnace is dead or not worth fixing this time. well, financially i’m prepared. of course i haven’t researched my options or gotten any quotes yet. and the basement is pretty bad right now. a lot of water is coming in, because both of my gutter drains are clogged with tree roots and the gutters are not cleaned. last night during the opening band i was thinking about which items in the basement i could reasonably donate to goodwill, to kick start the process of clearing out the basement. there’s also a large amount of scrap lumber that should go to the dump, but i think it’s not the highest priority for clearing out right now. i’ve got spacepod’s original alloy wheels which need to be put up for sale, and this mass of black foam rubber from the scrap exchange that i can’t use because it outgasses too much. there’s a cardboard box of crap from my old apartment that i never unpacked. the box is rotting away because it keeps getting wet. it probably all just needs to go in the garbage. there are also the doors to the house– some of the original doors which need to be painted and installed, and then a bunch of cheap hollow wood doors that i’ve decided i didn’t need and removed. they are all getting a little moldy down there. the cheap doors can probably go to goodwill or somewhere.

i feel like clearing some of the crap out of there is something i need to do before installation of the furnace begins, or the installers are going to find that stuff just getting in their way. i’ve been stalling on that project because it’s just _so_ icky, cold, wet and dirty down there.

in the meantime i’ve got half a case of firelogs left over from post-icestorm preparation panic; my real firewood is all wet and useless right now but the logs help a little. i’ve also got the little space heater that i bought for use in 9 westy; it helps a little. if the furnace guy tells me that i’m in for a long cold spell then i’ll need to start looking into more powerful means of heating my space temporarily.

wednesday night i am going to see “chris noth”:imdb:chris+noth in a play at duke, then thursday is the debut of the Big Radio Station Project to some friendly beta testers; hopefully the furnace issue won’t be so much of a distraction that i can’t get it the rest of the way ready.

the diet really did not fare well last week or this weekend. too much social stuff and places to be and schedules to keep. things break down when i have too many things going on. i don’t really have a good plan for this week so perhaps i should fall back on my spinach casserole; it does seem to be a magic solution at times. actually i had thought about making something equally rich with broccoli and cheddar cheese, and sarah suggested using turkey sausage as a more heart-friendly alternative to pork sausage.

haha, i remember telling someone about this casserole, maybe at christa’s party, and their reaction was, “sounds… heavy”. i guess it’s not to everyone’s liking 🙂 personally, i’m a fan of heavy!