Our first Barbecue

This weekend we had our first barbecue. This is an accomplishment on many levels: 1. We don’t own a grill.. and had to borrow one from Mike. 2. Marc doesn’t possess the “barbecue gene” and had to dub Mike the grill king 3. aside from being mowed, our backyard was in no way barbecue ready.. and yet we seem to…

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Toning down the “ick” factor in the kitchen

The kitchen exhaust fan is old. Possibly even original to the house. It also looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since it was installed. Marc took the cover down and cleaned it. It’s silver… not black and white. The white was just the top-most layer of paint. The black was icky encrustion of schmutz. Since we haven’t yet investigated the…

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Upsizing through preception

If you have a small house.. I recommend that you fill 2-3 of the rooms with boxes. Full boxes. Something with bills from 1998 and stuffed animals from your childhood work best. Just stack them quietly in a corner or next-to-but-not-completly-out-of the walkway. Leave them there for a minimum of 3-4 months. Or at least until you stop seeing them.…

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Diary, hrblock, outoftown, taxes, weddings

Assuming our roles

I guess I finally feel like a home owner. This weekend we went up to Portland OR for a cousin’s wedding. I’m glad we were there.. but it finally occured to me that I’m thinking of all of our expenses in terms of the house. “Ah, $122 hotel bill… that’s the same as two gallons of paint.”

Diary, hrblock, taxes

… and HRBlock giveth back

I’m absurdly happy to report that HRBlock screwed up my taxes. See: The tax man giveth, the tax man taketh away I went to HRBlock because I knew taxes this year were going to be difficult. I bought a house and I did a cashless exercise of stock options (my company gives me stock options each year because I’m a…

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Boxes and boxes and boxes…

This weekend I finally figured out why we have no food in the house. On Saturday I found a stack of boxes (4 of them) in the garage that had all of our canned goods in them. These have been lost in the garage for the last 3 months. This means that I now have a lot of duplicates. For…

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Diary, houseblog, neverdone


My Mom and Dad are (hopefully) starting a blog(Neverdone) about the house they’re building in Montana. They’re kind of shy and a little intimidated by technology, but if you have a chance, please pop over and say “Hi” and something encouraging. I think they’d really appreciate it. I’m pretty sure that after no time they’ll be part of the “Houseblogs.net”…

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Technorati and Blogsome

Because I’m a -huge- geek I did some research into Shauna’s question about Blogsome and Technorati. Standard disclaimer: I’m no expert.. I just have unchecked need to know. Shauna said: That is very kewl. I’ve been trying to futz with my site for Technorati as well, but under my free host (Blogsome, which has a server-side, limited version of WordPress),…

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Technorati, Tags and Heirachy

I’m new to the world of blogging but not new to web design and programming. I’ve poked at Movabletype for a couple months and today is the first time I’ve found something I wanted to do that didn’t have an “official” fix. I finally had to apply a hack to get MT to do what I want. That could be…

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