April 7, 2009

More Floor!

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Half of the hallway is glued down and the other half is sawn, matched, laid, and waiting to be glued tomorrow.  Note the furry monster with headlights coming.  This is one of the things in my house that goes “bump” in the night.


The dining area is all done and now supporting the lumber for the living room area.  There is another monster with its brights on:


The hallway closets are ready to glue, too:


The fitness room downstairs is getting mirrors on two walls to make it easier to spot proper form on the Bowflex.  When the second mirror is in I’ll post pictures of that, too.


March 31, 2009

Happy 17, Miaumoto!

Filed under: cats — origamifreak @ 12:00 am


My “baby” is 17 today.  Minus both ear canals, and lots of dignity (due to having to live with me), but still kicking, and still snuggling with me at night.  And he holds his own against the 2-year-old Orange Usurper, when the need for Discipline arises.

He’s a Good Kitty.  Most of the time.  And I’m lucky he has me.  He has taught me a lot about affection and unconditional love.  I’m a nicer person because of him.

March 28, 2009

R.I.P. Mokey 19??-2009

Filed under: cats — origamifreak @ 9:49 pm


Sadly, I just got an email from Kathie that Mokey died today, after his kidneys started crashing a week ago.  Like Latte, he fell asleep on the bed and never woke up.

Mokey had a distinct personality and definite opinions.  Kathie gave him a wonderful life.  I hope when I die, if I have to come back, I would come back as a cat living with someone like her!

Floor continues to go down in my bedroom

Filed under: cats,home improvement — origamifreak @ 12:46 pm
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Here’s how it currently looks:


(taped and weighted to prevent the planks from moving before they set)

Here’s how it’s going to look (“Bob” and his helper took these after pre-sawing and laying out the whole floor, including the closet):

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(notice that the one gap isn’t there in the finished product)

Apparently while adhering the floor they had to lock Certain Furry Things in another room because they kept walking on the glue…

March 13, 2009

Current BMI = 45.26

Filed under: cats,food,health,sports — origamifreak @ 7:30 pm
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(Yesterday the BMI was 45.17, but I had waaaaay too much sodium last night, so this morning’s number reflects that.)

I’ve noticed that if I go out to eat for a meal, I tend to eat twice as much on average that day (about 900 calories more).  It’s just really hard to make good food choices when there are either tempting unhealthy choices available and/or very limited choices.

Seriously.  I met “Bob” at Tim Hortons yesterday morning before work to go over the books, and the only things I saw that I felt comfortable eating were a hot tea with nothing in it and an apple.  There wasn’t any yoghurt, hot cereal, or anything available that wasn’t full of empty white flour carb and fat calories.

There’s No Way I can eat within the range of calories they’ve set for me (1,810 – 2,160) and lose weight. My metabolism doesn’t work that fast. At the moment, if I don’t stay between 800 and 1000 calories per day I will maintain or gain. Even with the cardio and weights.

This was the case even back in my 20s when I went to an actual nutritionist to get advice about why I couldn’t lose weight despite being (at the time) extremely active*.  We tracked my food and to humor her I ate 1200 Kcal/day for a week.  I gained.  We started dropping the calories and at 800 I started losing.  She said she’d never encountered anyone with such a slow metabolism.

Given that the metabolism is supposed to slow down 5% at the age of 40, I imagine that when I finish removing this extra baggage, I can expect to be eating on average 600-750 calories/day.  And that’s WITH lots of exercise.  At least the food bills will be low.  😐

Still, I’m going to keep soldiering on, because the extra baggage has to come off, despite any difficulties.  And with almost 50 lbs removed since May 2007, my knee and the rest of me definitely feel a LOT better.  So it’s worth it.

*By “extremely active” I mean that I was swimming a Km 3x/week, playing softball 2x/week, riding horses 2x/week, doing martial arts 3x/week, and doing 20 mi bike rides and 4 mile runs on the weekends.  I was also working on my PhD research and raising Miaumoto.  I used to come home from bike rides, pick him up, and wipe my sweaty face on his sides like a towel.  He loved it.

March 8, 2009

Camera phone pictures from HHI

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I left the small camera at home so “Bob” could document the construction for the window permit, etc.

This meant I had to rely on my cell phone’s camera for pictures.  And then eat a minute for each photo I had to email back to myself so I could post it here.

This also meant I had to UPS the chargers and spare batteries back to NY – I forgot to leave them home (they live in my backpack where the camera typically lives), because I got a call on Saturday complaining that the camera battery was dead, and how should “Bob” take more pictures? *sigh*

The ocean was very pretty on Thursday:


So was the beach.  I found a bunch of little dying sand dollars up at the high tide line, several different kinds of shells, and a shark tooth.


A local “stray” who hangs around the timeshare condos adopted us for the week.  Apparently other visitors have dubbed him “the ginger cat” and he gets his own postcards.  Rose noted that “Ginger” is a girl name (and my brother-in-law was having trouble remembering that the cat was a neutered male), so she named him “Fred.”  Which happens to be our *other* brother-in-law’s name.  But whatever.

Here’s “Fred,” sitting on the couch next to Gene.


He became so familiar that he would actually come to the front door and ask to be let in, or wait outside the glass back door.

He has beautiful markings.  And is clearly very well-fed.  Apparently the town pays for neutering of strays, and then a volunteer comes and brings food and water every couple of days for him and the other 3-4 resident cats.  This one seems to manage very well, supplementing the dole, by befriending timeshare visitors.

We just thought it was very convenient that the timeshare condo came with a timeshare cat, since we were missing our cats at home.

We also saw a bunch of alligators and turtles sunning themselves on the grassy edges of the golf courses next to lagoons, and an amazing ibis rookery surrounding a lagoon where there had to be 200-300 birds massed on about 4 trees.  Unfortunately there are limits to photos that the cell phone can take, so we’ll have to wait for Rose’s copies of them.

February 26, 2009

Pocket Door (IN!)

Filed under: cats,home improvement — origamifreak @ 8:34 pm
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Tonight I came home from water aerobics to a nice surprise:


(Note the Senior Supervisor.  He disapproves of doors.)

It opens, to reveal…


A bathroom!  Woo-hoo!

This is what it looks like from the other side:


What I LOVE is that it exactly matches my existing doors.  Perfectly.  And so will my new bifold closet doors, which “Bob” also picked out.  “Bob” is good that way.

Here’s a closer shot of the Senior Supervisor on the job:


February 24, 2009

Pocket Door

Filed under: cats,home improvement — origamifreak @ 11:13 am

The extra two windows are going in after the wall is put back together.  The hole for the pocket door has been cut and framed out, and an electrical cable moved.

Bedroom side:


Bathroom side:


Note the Supervisor, inspecting the new threshold.  Most of the time cats see doors close, but I bet they don’t often get to see them CREATED, right out of walls!

The Homeowner got frustrated this weekend and flipped around the bottom stair tread and wrote a grouchy message on it:


At least it’s not unsafe, anymore.  She was concerned about stepping down on the short tread and twisting her ankle.  That’s all she’d need, in addition to the existing arthritic knee!

February 21, 2009

Three steps forward, and one step back

Filed under: cats,home improvement,technology — origamifreak @ 12:56 pm
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Last week we had a really windy, rainy day.  I got an ominous call while at work: “Your bedroom windows are leaking.  What do you want me to do about it?”

Apparently “Bob” had come in for the day and noticed a puddle on the luan under my bedroom windows (water stains, now):


He opened up the wall to find that there was no weather sheathing between the siding and the foam layer.  He also later asked around from people in the profession when the house was built in 1987 (by the Army), and found out that none of them have sheathing beyond 4 feet from any corner.  So this is due to cheap construction.  Although I’m kind-of impatient to see my floor start going in, I’m also quite glad we found this out before it did.

So the windows had to come out.  He replaced them with nice vinyl ones (mullion strips are on order), but they’re apparently slightly smaller than the originals.  I pitched a small fit because these windows face the lake, and that view is one of the reasons I bought the place.  I said if I had to have *smaller* windows, then by Gawd I was going to have *more* windows, to make up for it.

Being the accomodating individual he is, “Bob” procured two more, and has been framing out where they will go.  Basically that entire side of the room will be all windows.  Which I imagine the cats will appreciate:


While we’re at it, and since that room is functionally my master bedroom, he and I agreed that it needs a pocket door into the adjacent bathroom.  Here’s the bedroom wall where it will go:


Here’s the bathroom side:


Sunny, of course, supervises all work done on the house, as well as its documentation:


We had a small mishap on Tuesday, when *someone* (who should have known better since he was the one who wrote the warning on the treads) accidentally stepped too close to the edge of the bottom one and snapped it off (hence the post title):


Although I am pretty comfortable in my temporary downstairs bedroom, I *am* looking forward to getting my house back…  eventually…  I hope…

February 15, 2009

From guest author, Kathie the Beltway gal

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Origamifreak went to DC for the holiday weekend to visit Kathie.  After being teased about “still having that old dining room lamp post up,” OF has arranged for her hostess to provide a guest entry:

It was almost unfortunate that my first introduction to C.S. Lewis were the Chronicles of Narnia books.  The stories were tedious, the children characters unrelatable and insipid, and the overuse of parentheses drove me to near madness  — not a good idea when teenagers are already emotional lunatics.  I probably could have gotten past the first two issues, but the abundant sight of parentheses was a tie breaker and I had vowed with infinity plus one that I will never read another book of his.  13 years old girls can be very unforgiving that way.

Fortunately growing up happens and along the way discovered that C.S. Lewis was much more than an author of children book, he was also a man of leveraging insights and possessed a great talent of writing plainly about our psyches in the search of meaning, morality, and myth.  Ah, see that?  A comma before “and myth”.  I’m not a grammar nazi but what is with today’s writers and so-called journalists’ habit of leaving out the comma when separating three ((THREE!) and yes I know I’ve just bitched about using parentheses) or more words, phrases, or clauses in a series?  Nowadays it seemed that only lawyers have the enough sense to correctly use commas, that alone brings sadness to the human race.  While I’m on the subject, unless you’re a novelist the period should go on the outside on the quotes, I don’t care what some Mr. Manner guy in Chicago says.  Obama is from Chicago and already he has cheezed off the European Union not yet one month into his administration.

Not only is English the international language of science, it is also the international language of the Miss Universe pageant and sport anouncements.  So it is of no surprise that foreigners could read page 739 subsection XII(s) of the stimulus bill where “buy America” translate to “protectionist” in French and so the European Union reacted with its typical nuance by crying “trade war!” (oh, so now they support the war) and Canada proclaimed with “a march to insanity!”.  At least when Rumsfield cheezed off Europeans by gabbing about “Old Europe”, he did it intentionally.

Keep this up and people will be acting like my cat toward me.


Mokey acting annoyed since Kathie allowed OF to take a photo of them. (Shunning is his favorite form of punishment.)

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