February 13, 2004, 9:40 PM

Well! The floor has been cleared, the walls have been cleared, the walls have been spackled, the walls have been sanded, and now it is time to paint. After work, I bought three gallons of Colorplace paint, in that “Manatee” color that I told you about. I also bought a Mainstays brand roller kit, and a plastic shield for doing the top of the walls so I don’t get the ceiling like I did in my Potomac Hall room, as you can see:

Paint smudges on the ceiling, Potomac Hall room 461

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And now we are prepped for painting!

February 13, 2004, 1:28 AM

Okay… all that pink-turned-white spackle is sanded, and when you use a whole container, you get a lot of dust. This whole room is now about two shades lighter than it was before I started sanding. I mean this place is COVERED. Everything in this place has a layer of white powder on it. I will be vacuuming tomorrow night after work in order to get up most of the dust. Then I will also be wiping down a lot of my stuff as well, since the dust got on everything, and we want everything shining again when this project is finished. For that matter, I am also covered with it as well. But I can fix that with a shower and a change of clothes.

And it’s interesting… the walls’ appearance’s lowest point was when I had just finished removing the pictures, the nails for the pictures, and the videotape wall shelves. Now that the holes are patched, despite the walls being off-white and the holes being eggshell white, the place looks a little bit better.

After I clean up this massive amount of dust in here, then we really start improving the appearance in here. You see, after we clean, we paint. And I’ve selected the color for these walls. It’s a gray color called “Manatee”. Why gray? Well, first of all, it’s not white. I’m tired of white. But why not a color other than gray? I still want a neutral color, and this is a medium-to-light shade, just to lend a little more contrast between the ceiling and the rug and the walls. Painting it the Baker-Miller Pink color crossed my mind, but if you’re exposed to it too long, you start to get depressed. I actually did a bulletin board in March 2003 in Potomac Hall about the Baker-Miller Pink color called “Jailhouse Pink”. Take a look…

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February 12, 2004, 12:57 AM

And the spackling is done. Now it must have time to dry overnight, so I can attack it with sandpaper after work. And look at this, on the normal progress photos:

My room, spackled

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I bought that spackle today.

February 11, 2004, 11:23 AM

I bought that spackle today after work. I would hope that this spackle is not dried out, since I just bought it tonight. And if it is, I can return it, since after all, I work for the place I bought it at. I’ll do it before work if I have to. But it shouldn’t come to that. But this is neat stuff. It’s the goes-on-pink stuff that dries white, to let you know that it’s dry. All I have to say is that I’ve accidentally sanded wet spackle before. That’s a mess. So we’ll see how this goes.

Categories: Bedroom remodel

So this officially puts me one day behind where I want to be…

February 11, 2004, 1:47 AM

After the successful room-stripping yesterday, where I took down all the wallhangings in the entire room, now we have to patch all the nail holes.

And why does this put me back a day? Well, the spackle I found in the garage turned out to not be nearly as fresh as I’d hoped. I figured it was still nice and squishy like it should be on the inside, but noooo… it was tough and rubbery, and not even a little water could fix that. All I made was a mess, which I had to then clean up. So that puts spackling back a day, as I now have to buy some fresh spackle after work. I have a nice putty knife set that I got at work tonight, but no spackle. Excellent planning on my part. NOT.

Also, just so you know, if you really want some great values on this stuff, the brand you want to look for is “Mainstays”. I’m currently swearing by it. And when it comes to light bulbs, you want “Great Value”.

Still, once I get some spackle, I’m slathering it all over the walls in here. And this place needs a lot of it.

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Categories: Bedroom remodel, Roads

Reminds me of many “last days” in Potomac Hall…

February 10, 2004, 1:48 AM

Logically following from the cleaning was the un-decorating. That took minutes to do, followed by a quick de-nailing, as I pulled out all the nails that held in all the pictures.

Which of course also means that my 1994 redecorating job and later alterations are officially gone. That redecoration is now gone, and all that’s left are the nail holes… at least until I spackle ’em up. I’m going with a different decor scheme in the new setup. Remember – we’re leaving the kiddie room behind, and introducing the adult room.

Still, let me tell you… it really feels different in here without the wall decor. Reminds me of my final days in Potomac Hall. There, I took all the wallhangings down on Wednesday of finals week, and then totally moved out on Saturday of the same week. It felt really weird without the decor on the walls, and now it feels equally weird in here without it, even though I’m not going anywhere.

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Progress photos!

February 9, 2004, 9:09 PM

Well, I have some before-and-after photos for you to see. I finished the cleaning phase of this project and now the demolition phase can begin. In fact, I plan to take down pictures right after I eat dinner this evening. So let’s see before and after…

Before cleaning  After cleaning

That is my room standing by the door looking towards the opposite corner. Big difference, eh? And now #2…

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I found a vintage mover’s sticker on the back of my bookshelf, if you can believe that…

February 9, 2004, 1:52 PM

And when I say “vintage”, I mean really VINTAGE. This was not from my family’s 1992 move from Rogers, Arkansas to here. Oh, no. That would be understandable, since that was when that particular bookshelf was placed in that corner.

No, this was from our 1985 move from Glassboro, New Jersey to Rogers, Arkansas. You want to talk about a vintage sticker. That sticker is as old as Sis – 19 years old. That’s amazing, if you ask me. It’s survived the move that it was intended for, the move to Virginia, and several rearrangements of that shelf. I am impressed.

And in case you’re wondering, how did I know which move it was? Well, the New Jersey-to-Arkansas move was done by United Van Lines. We used North American Van Lines for the Arkansas-to-Virginia move. So there you go.

Categories: Bedroom remodel

The video tape wall is clear…

February 9, 2004, 2:17 AM

That’s frightening. My video tape wall is clear. Total time? Ten minutes. Packed into two tubs. What do I have to say about it? It’s done!

And the waste products were light. Mostly just dust. Also, here’s a tip. Never EVER buy white shelves. That’s a major reason why these shelves are being removed.

Now all I have to do is clear off the top of the bookshelf and remove that, and then move the recliner out of the corner (where it was quickly stowed so we could put the futon in) and then clean around that area. Then also some miscellaneous de-junking of the desk, the dresser, and the area right in front of the dresser.

Then we attack the walls, clearing them. But not until I take progress photos.

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The bookshelf is clean now, and my, what a trip down memory lane it was.

February 8, 2004, 11:27 PM

So the bookshelf is clear. That’s an accomplishment. That thing hasn’t been totally clear since 1992 when we moved here. I’m taking the opportunity with this project to update my book collection. A lot of my kiddie books are going. Going where? I’m probably going to donate them somewhere.

And such a trip down memory lane it is, too. It took hours because I was revisiting old books. I also found old outdated textbooks from elementary school on there. See, when I went to Grimes Elementary in Rogers, Arkansas, they would simply give away old textbooks to the students when they were adopting a new book for a subject. So I have old reading books (second grade with Mrs. Cline), an old English book (fifth grade with Mrs. Bradley the first), and an old Social Studies book (fourth grade with Mrs. Maidt). In my sixth grade year at Stuarts Draft Middle School, we could buy old textbooks about to be retired for $1.00 each. So I snagged me a copy of my old English book (Mrs. Miller’s class), as well as the math book that I had with Mrs. Kucs (pronounced “kooch”). Now all I have to do is clear off the top, and we can put it into motion and move it on out. I’m getting a new bookshelf that’s taller but narrower (basically the same capacity).

Next thing I attack is the video tape wall, which is a set of five “built in” shelves that Mom and I put in some years ago, and are now hideously overcrowded and ugly. They never really had a defined purpose when we put them in. We just thought some shelves were a good idea (see the red flag going up?). So they went up, and have always been kind of unfortunate. So when that gets cleared out, the shelves are coming down.

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Slowly but surely, this room is going to get there…

February 8, 2004, 3:26 AM

So I’m nearly done with the cleaning phase of the job. I have three more areas to deal with. The bookshelf, the filing cabinet, and the videotape wall. All three areas, by the way, involve furniture that will not be reappearing when the job is done. And most of the stuff in these areas is crap anyway.

Also, my Metro map is officially on its way. In my new remodeled room, above the couch will be an authentic Metro subway map from 1996, an overrun from when they printed maps for the opening of Franconia-Springfield. I’m getting it framed at Picture Parts, a custom-framing shop in Charlottesville that does good work at a nice little price. Since these Metro maps are definitely NOT normal poster dimensions.

Then after that comes the demolition phase, when all the walls get cleared and the nail-holes filled. That will look really weird. But once we’re all done with that, we’ll paint and rearrange together in phases. And lastly, shampooing the rug, hanging new pictures, and calling it a job well done. Yaaaaaaay…

Still, I’m impressed. Some progress photos will be taken before too long. I’m also going to try to do my room as a worthwhile companion to Mom and Dad’s room, as I go for a slightly darker shade of color than I otherwise would…

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We went to Virginia Tech today, and so that was fun…

February 7, 2004, 12:03 AM

On my day off of work today, Mom and I went to Virginia Tech to visit Sis. Fun time it was. We did the typical visit-me-at-JMU thing from when I lived in Potomac Hall. We drive down. That’s different from the JMU part, because unlike going to JMU, where it’s a 30-40 minute drive, it’s two hours to Tech. This also makes it a much less frequent visit than it is for going to JMU.

But anyway, first we picked up Sis at her dorm. Mind you, her dorm is Lee Hall at Tech. The side of Lee Hall that faces the road is significantly lower than the road. So water pooled (about an inch or so deep, so this was a considerable amount of water) on the sidewalk in front of Lee. Yecch. And we find out how little that my sister has gotten to know the people she lives with. I’m waiting in the lobby for her, and these other girls pass through the lobby who presumably live there. This is also about the time I’m starting to wonder what’s taking her so long. I ask the girls, “Have you seen Ann Schumin anywhere?” Blank stares. Then Sis comes in before they left the room. I tell them, “That’s Ann Schumin!” They tell me they’ve never seen her before, and Sis tells me that they don’t live on her floor. To me, that’s no excuse. When I lived in a dorm, particularly freshman year, I was a little social butterfly. I got to know a lot of people in the dorm.

So anyway, the two of us waded through that puddle in front of her dorm, and then we get to the car, and go to the bookstore. Now the entire valley had a big ice storm with both sleet and freezing rain. So Tech was a bit icy. We go to Tech’s bookstore, which, as you’d expect, was filled with cheesy overpriced Tech merchandise. And Mom couldn’t find a “VT MOM” shirt. Meanwhile, Sis and I explored upstairs, to the “next upstairs”, which is a little convenience store, and then the “next next upstairs” where they sell the textbooks. Also highly overpriced. Sis showed me samples of some of the books she bought for this semester. Heavy. Also, the textbook area is a bit of a hazard, with it being “stepped”, and steps and ramps and dropoffs without railings in places. Can we say “lawsuit” if someone ever got hurt in there?

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Categories: Family

Freezing rain. Just what I love driving in coming home from work!

February 6, 2004, 11:16 AM

Yeah, lovely drive home on Thursday. Kind of icy, and I forgot to get that hoagie that I wanted after work. This is a big hoagie. The sandwich is like 14 inches long, and five inches across, at least. I wanted to eat it, but forgot to get it…

And it’s sleeting. Greeeeeeeeeat…

February 3, 2004, 2:07 AM

It’s sleeting outside. I found out when I dumped out my trash at two in the morning. (Hey, I was cleaning in preparation for my redecoration, and the can was full.) So I heard that specific clinking sound of ice falling all around on everything. Just wonderful. Especially when we realize that it’s coming down pretty well, first of all, and secondly, that I’m going to have to drive in this tomorrow to go to work. Yaaaaay.

Categories: Winter weather

Somehow I know we’re getting six more weeks of winter…

February 2, 2004, 10:27 AM

My good friend Ellen Bowman Kokinda had this on her away message:

Thanks a lot Punxsutawney Phil for the crappy prediction……you suck

Somehow, I think the groundhog saw his shadow. And it doesn’t bother me… I like winter.

I had a professor one time who actually was a major groundhog fan, telling us how he used to keep a groundhog as a pet. He said he had to get rid of the groundhog when his wife said it was either her or the groundhog. Then of course he also said, “I celebrate Groundhog’s Day with a test!” A real one, worth 25% of the class grade. I kind of doubt the authenticity of his groundhog stories, but they were amusing at the time. But you never know for sure, since the guy was from Deerfield anyway.

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