Strange week

Several things are different this week.

J is taking a class – where I work! So we eat lunch together every day. He gets amazing catered food served on a white table cloth, I carry my cafeteria lunch (which is also quite good, I should note) up to his “reserved” area and sneak a place at the table where all the students are eating. But they all are curious when they find out I’m an employee.

Things are being done to the house!

New gate

This is our new gate. I really loved the old gate and felt it was part of the charm of the house, so I asked them to reproduce it exactly. The old gate was next to some crappy fencing; they improved over the original by carrying the scalloped design into some picket fencing. This will all be painted white (except for the beautiful redwood post caps, which I’d like to seal) – by the painter! Who is starting tomorrow and will scrape and paint all the peeling wood on the windows and everywhere else.

I’m shooting video! At work!

Work is pretty cool right now

I’m in charge of a project to produce four video tutorials for our intranet. We’re doing them in the style of old educational films. It’s a really fun project. We were lucky to find a room in our building that is perfect and almost never used.

so that was a busy day

today we

looked at my christmas present, which is now ready. it’s *beautiful* and perfect. it’s furniture.

drove out to my company for a special walk – through the woods behind my building, where i discovered recently you can get a pretty good view of the solar farm if you make it up this one really steep hill. it’s such a nice place to walk. i really consider the campus to be one of the side benefits of working there.

drove around and looked at some neighborhoods i’ve recently become intrigued with, and saw some incredible houses.

had sandwiches at parker & otis.

inspired by reading “vintage vivant”:http://vintagevivant.com/ i bid on an inexpensive vintage silk slip on ebay.

cleared a lot of residual clutter that’s been hanging out in the bedroom for the last year and moved furniture around to accommodate my birthday present. this feels like a big accomplishment to me after having this stuff sitting there in my way and bugging me for so long.

one category of stuff i had to deal with in the bedroom is costume jewelry from one of my grandmothers. i realized a few things; first, that any clutter tendencies i have, i come by honestly. she had a LOT of jewelry. second, frankly some of it was just crap – broken, earrings without mates, cheap bits of plastic, findings that are showing signs of corrosion.

i found i was able to sort through it fairly dispassionately. i threw away the things that were no longer usable. most of it i will offer to a friend who makes jewelry to see if she can harvest from or remix any of it. anything she doesn’t want i’ll give to goodwill.

i’m still left with a pretty impressive collection. much of it is clip on or screw on earrings, which i won’t wear. i’m hoping to convert some over to pierced earrings and some to brooches.

after getting the bedroom ready for the new furniture we went to WFM for a few things then made dinner.

now i’m super tired. whew.

snow paralysis

so our area is experiencing various levels of snow paralysis, which is what happens shortly after FWDFA when it turns out that it wasn’t just theater, but an actual weather event of some note. to us.

this means that everyone’s neighborhood is a sheet of ice, but larger roads are varying levels of passable. “perhaps not as passable as some may like to think,”:http://ovenall.com/mondomundo/2010/02/whats-a-squirrel-going-to-do-with-a-nickel.html but passable enough for a lot of businesses to be open.

yesterday it was more crispy snow than clear, so we walked (trudged?) up to Piedmont for breakfast. we had it to ourselves, a rare treat on a sunday morning. i got one of my favorite seats in the house – up in the loft, with a direct view of the kitchen. i watched them take my home fries up from the fryolator, drain them and toss them in a bowl for seasoning.

the dog still needed walking after that, so we went on two trudges yesterday – it’s really rather tiring to negotiate snow. i had forgotten.

today my company was open at 11am, but our street was still an ice slick at 10am so i decided not to try it. most of my team worked from home as well. we’re fortunate to have that option. i was quite ready to go somewhere without trudging, though, so in the afternoon when things had turned to slush J and i went out for lunch. as expected, it’s mainly the smaller roads that are problematic.

during this evening’s trudge – which was much less trudge-ey – we encountered some bits of sidewalk that were completely clear. i commented that, as much as we complain about the state of the sidewalks in durham, they are clear of snow most of the time, and after all the trudging one can appreciate even heaved concrete and sidewalks obscured by debris and puddles.

gadgets

last weekend i bought an ipod touch. i am fond of it, and enjoy many things about it, but i would not yet say that i can’t live without it. i think that’s how i’ve felt about all of my handheld devices except my mobile phone; my handspring visor, my series of ipods. i’m quite fond, but not dependent.

j’s house has sold (yay!) and after the money came through we visited a sprint store so he could look at an HTC Hero, which runs google android and just came out on october 11th.

it was disappointing. i also played with the much-vaunted palm pre, and found it to be disappointing as well. after just a week of using the apple touch i have no desire to put up with a less intuitive more cluttered interface – which both of these devices sport.

J may replace his phone – but i bet he won’t get a smartphone. we’re back to waiting until mid-2010 to see if verizon – his carrier – gets the iphone. if it does i imagine we’ll both get them although verizon doesn’t seem to get any better reception at my house than at&t. sprint gets stellar reception which is one reason to stay with them for now, and one reason J was tempted to switch away from verizon.

Reading Material – 10/7/09

* “boingboing”:http://boingboing.net/ – the boingboing redesign is MAKING MY EYES BLEED. this may actually be worse than when xeni was posting about porn and zero grav flight every three minutes. i am not not not interested in adding b2 to my RSS reader – i like to skim the headlines every so often and that’s it.

* “the hidden seed”:http://www.elsita.typepad.com/thehiddenseed/ a very beautiful fashion blog that is as much about inner beauty as outer.

Reading material

* “Rolling Stone – Sick and Wrong”:http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/29988909/sick_and_wrong/1 – Thanks “Stu”:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stuart-whatley/ for this one. depressing, and a little out of date now, but still revealing about the current health insurance reform debacle.

* From the ever fashionable “Audi,”:http://geekthreads.blogspot.com/ how to pack for a trip…

** “Packing How-To’s: Clothing, Part 1”:http://geekthreads.blogspot.com/2009/08/packing-how-tos-clothing.html

** “Packing How-To’s: Clothing, Part 2”:http://geekthreads.blogspot.com/2009/09/packing-how-tos-clothing-part-2.html

* “Dymaxion Car Restored”:http://synchronofile.com/?p=329 – There’s only one of Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion cars left, and it has finally reached the hands of someone who will restore it properly.

* “Omaha Fashion Week Re-Cap”:http://www.princesslasertron.com/2009/09/omaha-fashion-week-2009-recap.html – Apparently, Omaha NE has its own fashion week. Who knew? Why don’t we have one around here??

* “The Fluevog fall line”:http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w=fresh – So many pretty shoes!

be my neighbor, part 2

Here’s the rental house listing “on craigslist.”:http://raleigh.craigslist.org/apa/1300066104.html

i spoke with the owners today; they seem intent on making it a nice place to live, keeping it that way, and installing excellent tenants this time around.

there’s an open house tomorrow, from 1-3 I think. they had one today and they’re actually still there (at 5:45) doing more work on the house.