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19 September 2007 @ 10:59 am
Random Things...  
RL has been kicking my butt in the last week, and I've been feeling kind of negative, so I'll try to throw out some good.

Yesterday I had off as a comp day, and my solution to stress eventually was to get out the heat gun and start taking ancient paint off the wood trim around the back bathroom door. Oh, peoples... The reason for this is that it's one of many places where some frackety-frack painted latex over oil without primer, and so the top layers of paint peel off unpredictably. And because the house is from 1951, my solution of removing and replacing the trim does not work because they don't make this size of molding anymore!

Hence the heat gun. I always manage to get at least one burn (my hand eventually slips while I'm scraping), but I've made a dent in the job. There was a scorchy smell around the house for awhile, but it's gone. Let's hope one of those bottom layers isn't lead paint. It's like an archaeological excavation, removing this stuff.

I now have Gravenstein apples, and I've hidden my horde in the fridge from careless thieves. After last week's endless training class, I stopped off at Bel Air for a few things and remember that it was Gravenstein season! I get about a three-week window to buy these every year, only from Bel Air. I'll probably go back again, and then I'll have an entire refrigerator drawer filled with them that will slowly disappear over the next two months.

Sweet Charity: bidding ends this week (Friday-ish, because it's on GMT time), and I'm still affordable! I have both fic beta and fic writing services up for bid, and right now the beta offer is still leading. Anonymous trumped tsukinobara on the fic bids, and I always wonder who anonymous is. ;)

Should be posting my previous Sweet Charity fic any day now, because it's DONE. Yay! Next time absolutely will not take this long (because *shakes fist at gods* there will be prompts and I WILL have the house to myself sometime other than late at night).

I'm presently also preparing some personal picSpams for your dubious pleasure...
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 19th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hah. I've been in houses where they've found wallpaper from 1790. It was shockingly modern
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
:D You live in an older world than we do, out in the American West.

I've seen "wallpaper" from the 1800s in a house at the Oregon beach built by a sea-captain. That wallpaper was newspaper! Well-preserved articles, though. ;)
Deadbeat Nymph: dean under metallicardeadbeat_nymph on September 20th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Latex over oil on moulding around a bathroom door? Were those people stupid and dumb? *shakes head*

I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. *hugs you*

The only solace I can offer is that a certain pair of yummy boys will be returning to your living room for weekly dates soon. Yays for weekly dates!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam/Dean kisshalfshellvenus on September 20th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
The latex over oil is all over the house-- it's on all of the older trim and on the hallway cupboard doors. Sometimes it comes off in sheets, though not enough to strip off completely. *shudders*

The former owner loved tan with a vengeance, and all the walls and the wood trim were tan. Which we immediately had painted over, but it's the tan that was the latex on the oil.

The only solace I can offer is that a certain pair of yummy boys will be returning to your living room for weekly dates soon. Yays for weekly dates!
That should perk me up, definitely. Only about 3 more weeks!

Plus, my Sweet Charity fic is done, and what a relief that is. Fourth time's a charm...