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07 March 2016 @ 11:47 am
Not In My Backyard! Pleeeeease!  
So, with the much-needed rain over the weekend, we unfortunately got some unwelcome windstorms. I always hope there won't be too much damage around the city (especially to people and houses), but while I had trees on the brain... I forgot about fences. The short part of the backyard fence that abuts a neighbor went down Saturday night. It's the same fence we replaced 16 years ago (when we bought the house) after another winter windstorm. :(

I saw the neighbor last weekend, and he mentioned replacing the posts... but didn't get to them in time. So, he was back there with a crew replacing the fence itself on Sunday. We don't know what his job is, but maybe he works in contracting? He definitely "knew a guy" on very short notice!

I watched The Property Brothers for the first time in ages on Saturday. My daughter says she's always trying to figure out which one of them is gay (yeah, me too), and my recent viewing pinged at "both" instead of just Drew. (Could be one or neither, but...) Jonathan used to be hotter, with the longer hair—and the first time I saw the show I didn't realize they were twins instead of just brothers. Now, his hair is so similar to Drew's that I would have a hard time telling the two apart on sight alone if it weren't for Jonathan's obsessive love of plaid. (Their personalities are pretty different). I hadn't watched the show in ages. It's highly formulaic, so I burnt out on it, but the main problem was the general HGTV trend of "precast of upcoming developments" before the commercial break and then "recap of the previous" after the commercial. Like, 4 minutes per 30-minute show of that! I lose patience with it, and start to feel all ADHD (and yeah, there might be some tendencies there).

Channel-surfing later, I went through that familiar rant of "Why isn't Tiny House Nation ever on a channel we get?" And since it has the same precast/recap issue as the HGTV shows, shouldn't it be on their network?

Other TV: with the rains and subsequent garage-biking, I've made it to 5x13 of The Walking Dead (so much heartbreak in these last two seasons). I also watched some of my Fargo backlog while working on LEGOs yesterday. Still haven't made a dent in S3 of Hannibal, though. Someday...

Much of the weekend was spent reading Idol entries. There will be heavy elimination from the teams this week, so any votes for all members of my Weird Sisters team really help. All entries for this week are linked here, and there are some fantastic stories.

Also? This is the last week to take a crack at Second Chance Idol! Those of you who might return (thistle_verse and murielle, I'm begging you) or try it new (hi, desertport!), please check it out!

And now... work. SO much work. ForEVER. Good weekend? Eventful if not good?

 
 
 
Didn't want to beanyonesghost on March 7th, 2016 09:14 pm (UTC)
No, see, you want Tiny House Hunters on HGTV. The FYI network (and occasionally Lifetime) has the knock-off versions.

Personally, I prefer Fixer-Upper, just because Texas home reno prices blow my mind, and Chip Gaines is my spirit animal. And on that note, I need to talk to my architect about a farm-house sink ...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on March 7th, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
But could Tiny House Hunters find anything in the ballpark of the stuff on Tiny House Nation? Those are usually built-to-spec.

I could easily go for Not-Quite-So-Tiny House Nation, becase some of those setups are ridiculous if you're trying to house >1 person. Teenagers of different sexes in opposing lofts with no walls (!), and parents downstairs in a converto-couch bed. Either the parents will never have sex again or the kids will become traumatized by the noise. And the lack of walls upstairs? Nutso.

I mainly watch for the clever uses of space, and combined-purpose furniture/etc. It appeals to the engineer in me. :D

The renovation part of The Property Brothers is what I really like, though I'm a little turned off by "Our budget is $650K" or $1.2M. Then it's right back to Tiny House Nation. o_O
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: daryl terminusbleodswean on March 7th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
I am going to stop watching The Walking Dead. It's not an enjoyable experience in any imaginable way. Torture Porn. But....you should finish Hannibal!!!

I hope we see some folks try to return, too!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 7th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
It hasn't been torture porn so much (at least, through where I've watched?), though I hate-- HATE-- the gore. I hate zombies, really, and I hate the grossness that goes with them. But I can't seem to walk away from "Z-Nation," either.

Netflix crapped out on me while I was biking in the garage Saturday, so I thought I would try to watch that lone Hannibal episode (3x04) that's on my computer and is keeping me from watching the rest of the recorded series. Gah. I had to torrent that episode and download it, and between its native volume and my computer's maximum, I just cannot hear what's going on while I'm biking and the fan is running.

*sigh* So... the holdup continues. :( Though my daughter tried to spoil the ending of the series for me, and she doesn't even watch it. Argh! This is what comes of having a child who skips to the back of the book to read the ending first. Spoilers? What are THOSE? :O
Kellykajel on March 7th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh the wind! We had a real good storm here about two weeks ago. I am waiting for the insurance company to go check the roof on my MIL's house. Yay for owning it and having to pay for it. ugh
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 7th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
*cringe* Roofs are one of the things I worry about-- you can hear them rattling, which is not reassuring (worse for tile or shake roofs), and then there's always the question of whether tall nearby trees will behave themselves.

I hope your MIL's house isn't damaged, or if so, not too badly. :(
Kellykajel on March 7th, 2016 10:52 pm (UTC)
My insurance company had me get an estimate on the damage before filing a claim. Our deductible is $1000, so if it was under we wouldn't want to file. The roofer I sent out says we need a new one. $5600. Not thrilled, but if insurance will cover it that would help.
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on March 8th, 2016 05:17 am (UTC)
I never really got into the shows where they recap after every ad break. It's annoying when you watch the show from the start (but good if you come in late XD)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 8th, 2016 05:21 am (UTC)
The recap behavior just annoys me-- I was here! I saw it!

Even if I came in late, hey-- that's my fault. :D
Port: megdesertport on March 15th, 2016 04:10 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks for thinking of me! I would probably have a good time with SCI, but I've signed up for a bunch of challenges and have so many WIPs to finish up before making new commitments. Someday I'll try it out, though, I swear! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 15th, 2016 04:37 am (UTC)
I hope so! I think it's well suited to someone of your range and talents. :)