Saturday, June 24, 2006

Painting and Movies

With the construction finally being finished in my bathroom, I had to paint. And paint and paint. My bathroom walls and ceiling are now painted. I still have to paint the wall in my bedroom and paint the repaired drywall in the living room.

Then I get to do it all over again when we move.

We watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) with the kids tonight. I am not sure what I love about the movie, but I do. It is not just that it has Paul Newman and Robert Redford, although that would be enough. Maybe because they are doomed. They are trapped by their choices.

Now we are watching Cool Hand Luke (1967). It amazes me that I have lived this long without seeing this movie. Although right now I am watching Paul Newman eat those eggs and really could have waited a few years longer before seeing that. But overall, this is really good. The script is good. I like the way this film looks.

Friday, June 23, 2006

House Update

We went to the bank today to talk to the loan officer about the house. We're approved, for both loans. So we should be able to get some of the house in Conway repaired before we have to live there. The first things that have to be done are the piers corrected under the house and the floors sanded (well, after the carpet comes out). We got a book from the library that illustrates how piers were made in Arts and Crafts houses.

The roof joists need to be repaired as well. Todd and Dad think they have figured out a way to do that effectively, but it means the room that is there will have to be torn out. So Meleah will not get "her" room for a while, but will have to stay in the Winnie the Pooh room.

I have recently discovered Neil Gaiman's comics. And Frank Miller's. I have been reading Gaiman since Good Omens, which I borrowed from Mike Shepard when I lived in Honors House. Ironically, the book actually belonged to Leonard. Mike had borrowed it from him and loaned it to me, then I took it home and loaned it to Craig. Small world.

Speaking of Leonard, his parents stopped by on their way to visit their family in Conway. I so much enjoy my visits with them. Nell and Dale always have such interesting stories.

Monday, June 12, 2006

So today...

So today we put a bid on a house in Conway. And tomorrow someone is coming to look at our house. I would LOVE for this to work out this quickly...

The house we bid on is on Oliver and needs bunches of work. We are under the impression that the work is cosmetic in nature. But there is a lot of cosmetic work. The carpet has to all be pulled up and the flooring either finished or replaced. The kitchen countertops don't match, but there are lots of cabinets. The hot water heater needs to be replaced sometime soon. The living room walls are paneled, and the adjacent dining room walls are orange. The original baseboards have been replaced in the bedrooms, but are still in the living room and dining room.

The outside needs work as well. Siding to be finished (we're never getting away from that are we?). And soffits. And places where the "older" roof does not match up perfectly with the "old" roof." But I love the brackets on the roof. And the bungalow roof line.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Our never-ending saga of house selling continues today. We have cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. Today we took pictures of the interior and the exterior of the house because the pictures the realtor took were, frankly, terrible. We took over a hundred pictures and chose the best 10. I am thinking the realtor took, say, 10 and used them all. We are taking over the new pictures on CD tomorrow and are going to insist that they change the photos.

I hate the feeling that I am always being inspected. I hate the constant urge to find things to pick up and put away. I hate this whole process. I hate trying to find a new house. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

Mea's room

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My house

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House from the side

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Living room

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Living room

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