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( Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:31 pm)
Mashblock came out today and helped me construct some barrier doors on the basement to keep the wind and snow out of the basement stairwell. (Thanks dude!)

Some simple bolts, some reclaimed wood, and some plywood sheet made what is essentially two swing-up doors that are slanted so rain and snow slide off of them into the yard. Because the wood isn't perfect, the rain runs right down the wall into the drain below - that means I haven't changed my drainage. Woot!

It wasn't that hard a job but it was damp and icky and I was very glad to have a friend come out and help!

I put some of the split foam "pool noodle" style pipe insulation around most of the edges to keep things from bumping and scuffing the side of the house. This also seals the doors against the side of the house - not to mention the gap between the two door panels. The one door has a warp to it so I will, hopefully tomorrow, screw a short 2x4 to the back of it to straighten it out and weigh it down a bit.

The final things to be done are to seal off the one end butting up against the deck so no airflow can go through there, then seal anything else with spray foam. Final item will likely be some kind of heavy "skirt" on the back stair edge. Something that will hopefully discourage animals from hiding down there and close out the last of the wind.

Bonus point: I don't have to take the storm door off after all! It actually swings all the way out without hitting the overhead doors. Sweet! Guess I'll keep that door after all. Probably figure out if I have the proper screen or glass for it finally.
07:42 AM 11/04/2011

So I did the spark plugs and ignition wires on my wife's van last night and it seems to be running 100% better now. Still should probably replace the timing belt here soon as I don't know if it was ever replaced and the vehicle has 115k on it now. Have to wait for the money for that one. But for now it appears to be fixed.

Still shuffling things around in the workshop and want to get that done this weekend if I can so I don't have to do vehicle maintenance outside like I had to last night. It's getting too cold to do that.

Had my second interview for a particular help desk job yesterday - a face-to-face at the actual location. I think it went really well but it's supposedly between me and one other person so I'm in waiting mode once again. The place looks like a good place to work and the atmosphere seems positive and it's for a small group so it's not the insane call center environment.
In other news... )
So I'm done with my CCNA+Security class as of Tuesday and that means for the moment no more miles on the truck and no more having people show up to get my daughter off the bus after I leave. Both good things.

Still the tests for both the CCNA and the CCNA+Security need to be passed. Neither is easy but the CCNA+Security one is going to be a little easier than the former so I may focus on taking that first. Regardless I'm running out of time here.

A long-time friend just identified himself as TG and I'm truly okay with that. Most of that flotsam and jetsom in my personality regarding that stuff got disabled years ago. I still get twinges but most of it is well taken care of. And with my constant ever-increasing stream of discovering things about myself (both bad and good) who am I to judge what other people are inside?

Speaking of which my wife had me watch "ADD and Loving It" and after much thought over my actions and habits I have to say it's probably time for me to get both my autism and possible other things formally diagnosed. There's no real stigma to it any more and lots of help to be gained. (Yes I know there's still some assholes out there that cause problems for anybody that doesn't fit into their world view but they seem to be getting thankfully rarer and rarer.) Anyway I have a number of the standard set of symptoms for ADD so I have to see if I can't separate out ADD from Autism. The two aren't necessarily exclusive but they do overlap in a number of areas so it's time to pin it all down.

I have to thank my wife for not leaving me a mess after making no-bakes last night. Cleaning as we cook makes a considerable difference to how long it takes me to clean the kitchen every day.

Which reminds me that I have to go out and get more of the ingredients for the cheap beef stew including the cheap seasoning packet. It all worked well in the crock pot and both my wife and I loved it. Same for the cheap chili. I really need to prep to cook more stuff.

Oh and three new cherry tomatoes started on the plant in the library! Woot! Now I just need to put better lighting in there to help more of them grow. Plant food helps as well.

I've been watching a couple of inexpensive but complete hydroponics setups on E-bay lately. One with 8 pots and one that is a 5 gallon bucket. If I can get one of those I can replicate it myself locally and then grow a ton of things indoors. I just wish I could find a cheap way to make recycled vegetables and such into hydroponics nutrients. That would rock most greatly.

Didn't renew my Dreamwidth paid premium account and it seems to still allow me to post remotely and cross-post properly. So it looks like I can wait on that one.

Good thing too because I really really need to cobble together about $90 total to do my timing chain on my truck. (And the water pump at the same time.) I've got the water pump but I need to buy the timing chain kit, all the gaskets, and antifreeze because you really need to take the radiator out to do this job.

Oh and I'm due for a new headlight switch on that truck again. I suspect there's still a grounding issue with it but I can't find anything that tells me where the ground points are on that vehicle. They're all labeled with letters but not a physical location in most cases. I should hunt them all down and clean them. That would almost certainly do a world of good on that truck. Especially with the age of the wires.
January 31, 2009 3:28 PM 1/31/09

Okay - last illness info post I promise.

It’s going away anyway despite talking to friends who have recently experienced the same thing and said it could last up to a week.

Unfortunately as well as I’m starting to feel I’m still weak. I went out to the garage to shuffle things around (like I’d planned for this weekend) and could only lift a couple of totes with a fair amount of effort. The way I’ve been describing it is the Kryptonite Bizarro pissed in my breakfast cereal.

Useless blather and red sports cars... )
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