Sunday, March 4, 2007

Plus ça change...

There's a lot of activity in my life, but bordering on the sound-and-fury model espoused by Will Shakespeare. Stuff is getting done, after a fashion, but it feels very much like I'm treading water instead of swimming. The future is in a holding pattern over Eris International Airport, and the folks in the control tower are taking an extended lunch break.

I know this because I'm at the same table at the same restaurant, and no one's in a big hurry to get back to work. (Ordered pastrami on rye, hold the rye. *#$%!! gluten-free diet.)

So today I removed another eight square feet of flooring from the study. The cats tried to help. Freyja prevented my toolbox from escaping, Frey did likewise with the rolled-up carpet. And RJ-45 supervised. She's good at it.

As you can see from the picture, the room is in a state of organized chaos. I've been using my new 18-volt cordless circular saw (w00t!) to cut through and remove short sections of ancient fir boards, replacing them as I go with 3/4" plywood. The new flooring is currently resting atop the old joists, which had been previously (and badly) reinforced with various chunks of lumber. I'm going to bring in half a dozen pieces of 2x6 fir to put in brand new joists, as I've already found one very badly cracked joist under the old floor.

But the floor project is moving along steadily, limited only by my free time and my budget. Eventually there will be new joists, several new electrical circuits, and maple hardwood. And built-in bookshelves (*drool*), walkways and ledges for the cats, terrariums full of plants, and an aquarium full of goldfish.

(makes mental note to put in really, really good joists to support the fish tank)

In other news, my current temp gig ends next Friday and I'm getting an MRI for my knee the following Monday. And, sometime in the next month or two I hope to get tested for 8th kyu (yellow belt) in karate.

(pushes away from table at Café Procrastinato and slides a loonie and two quarters under the plate) Yoi. Hajime!

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