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Apr 7, 2012 -

Behind Schedule, as Usual

I was asked to do some transcription this weekend. I’m currently working for my beginning of May pay cheque, so I’m trying to get in as much work as possible as it will be lovely to have some real income in the middle of my travels. But I took my client to his word that he’d sent 131 minutes of audio (9 hours of work) when it was actually 161 minutes (11 hours of work)! I didn’t clue in to this till late today and what was supposed to be one hour at the apartment complex stretched into three. So I’ve been in income mode for most of the day. I’m not complaining. 🙂

This has actually been a blessing in disguise since it’ll give the brown paint an extra day to cure before I start shifting things in the rig. I did put on the three coats of sealant to the bookcase and desk tops. I hope that will suffice to protect the paint job.

Each time I’ve gone down to the rig, I’ve brought a small load of things. Croft asked in a comment how much extra stuff I’ll need to lug down and the answer is nothing. I’m actually going to be giving away a lot of clothing, which will actually mean I’ll be bringing less into Miranda than I brought into The Apartment. This should serve as sufficient proof to the continued doubters that I continue to have a full-timer’s mentality. That said, I brought everything up over the course of six months and plan to bring it down in about two days, so it’s going to feel like a big job! I need to get into the habit of not going down the stairs without something for the rig.

I plan to bookend tomorrow with transcription and move forward with squaring away the rig in the middle of the day. Once everything is away, it’ll be easier to start bringing in loads of things on Monday.

Departure day is really going to depend on what day I can get help from Jody and/or Gary to get things back into the rig, but it could be as early as a week from tomorrow, but hopefully no further away than eight days!

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Apr 6, 2012 -

A Drop of Golden Brown

Miranda’s interior makeover is definitely an amateur and barely skilled effort. But that doesn’t mean that the rig can’t still look pulled together. One of the unifying elements is the oak cabinetry throughout. The problem is that there is also mismatched wood throughout. So starting in the kitchen and then in the dressing room with the wardrobe doors, I used a golden brown colour that matches the honey oak of the cabinetry to make my additions blend in a little better. I decided to buy a ton more of this paint colour and use it in the study, which had no fewer than four different wood finishes.

Now, I suck at taking decent before shots, but here’s an idea of what the bed base looked like this morning:

As you can see, the trim was unpainted. I was going to paint it golden brown like I did with the trim around the sink in the kitchen, but the bed base had a bunch of holes and scratches. Now, it’s all golden brown:

My desk, while sporting a few chips, does match the rest of the cabinetry, so it’s fine, except for the top:

I decided to paint the top as well as my little bookcase and the new top I made for it this morning (it’s been a productive day). Both the bookcase and desk top swill be golden brown and sealed with Verathane to protect the finish. Here’s a sneak peak of that:

Finally, the white door into the toilet room from the dressing room was getting on my nerves. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Once I was committed to buying more of the golden brown paint, the answer was obvious: match the toilet room door to the wardrobe doors. Ta-dah:

I’ve got two coats of the golden brown on now and will do a third after dinner.

Tomorrow will be a mostly lost day as I need to put in a half day at the apartment complex. I’ll be glad for the extra income and the new manager is glad to not have to come in yet on a weekend. So I hope that three coats of brown will be enough and that I will be able to apply the Verathane tomorrow. Sunday, I’ll be able to get the rig completely squared away, and Monday I will be moving back in 95% of what’s in the apartment, leaving only a functional office and kitchen!

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Mar 28, 2012 -

A Little Soggy

I was up in The Apartment this afternoon doing some transcription when I got an email from the new manager that said, grosso modo, a tenant has a broken tap and it’s spewing water everywhere and I can’t get a hold of maintenance. Did I any chance know where the shut off valve was?

Nope. So I raced downstairs to the other building, turned off a couple of taps in the boiler room until I got the water turned off for the building, and then pretty much waded into the tenants’ apartment. What. A. Mess. A bathtub tap had come right off; I’ve never seen anything like it and I have more than a casual acquaintance with plumbing issues. I used the tenants’ phone to call the office to find out that maintenance still wasn’t picking up. Thankfully, now that there wasn’t water pouring out of the tap and filling the tub faster than it could drain, I could turn the tap off manually.

So I handed the tenants a wet-dry shop vac and went back to the office to get a screw driver. When I came back with the tool, the apartment was a lot drier and I had no trouble turning the tap off. I can’t remember if all house-style plumbing has this, but all our taps have a metal cover below them, behind which is a pipe with a screw that can be used to turn the water on and off if the tap fails. That done, I was able to turn the water back on to the building.

Back at the office, I told the new manager to add to her to-do list, “Ask head office what to do in case there’s another plumbing emergency, maintenance won’t pick up, and Rae is gone!!!”

Such fun. 😀

I have made the switch in my brain and consider myself to be in a supporting role now. I’m putting in some face time at the office, but it’s a better use of my time to be upstairs doing transcription or other work for myself. I am in the pay period that will produce a mid-April pay cheque and will Friday fall into the first of May pay cheque period, so I am motivated to work my fingers to the bone in these last few weeks in Lethbridge. It would bring me peace of mind to know that I have income coming in during my trip east.

That said, my rig is nowhere near ready to go mode and my toad needs a new battery, so I need to start drilling down my list of priorities!

 

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