Vinyl, Television, Painting, Soccer

Here is a sampler platter of things that have been new around the house for me and the family.

Vinyl. We are now the proud owners of new vinyl flooring in the kitchen. I’d include a picture, but it seems kind of stupid to take a picture of the floor. It looks quite nice, very much like tile, and it sort of smells and feels like a raincoat. Thanks to the excellent help of some excellent designing friends, we got hooked up with a great “floor dude” who runs a company called Husky Flooring. I recommend them highly.

The prep work was a time consuming pain in the ass, and painting the ceiling was not a lot of fun. But it does look a lot better, that’s for sure.

Television. I think that I have been successfully sucked into the new show Pushing Daisies. It reminded Annette of a Roald Dahl book and I thought the whole magic realism/goofiness of it all was fantastic. Hey, how can you be against a show where there protagonist runs an establishment called The Pie Hole? Sadly, I think the show will be far too weird for most. I give it 13 quality weeks.

I have also been enjoying the latest Gordan Ramsay show Kitchen Nightmares. I never watched Hell’s Kitchen and I understand that the FOX version of this new show pales in comparison to the BBC version, but I still like it. So far, I’ve learned that what really matters in running a successful restaurant is to have one that is actually clean and to have a manager who is not stupid.

Generally though, that’s about the only new TV I’m watching. And when it comes to the rest of network TV, there’s CSI and I am looking forward to the new season of Lost. I guess I’m getting old and falling out of a demographic.

Painting. This afternoon, after spending much of the day in the basement working on sabbatical project stuff, I decided it was time to go out and scrape some paint off the side of the house. Now, doing the front of our house wasn’t that bad because it is essentially a single story. But the sides and back are two stories, and I got to say getting the wobbly old ladder up to that height and then getting my fat ass up there and then attempting to scrape was nerve-racking.

Sadly, there are no good solutions. I don’t really want to pay a lot of money for someone else to do the work, and besides, I called 10 different local painting contractors this afternoon and none of them answered their phone. No kidding. I did get through to College Pro Painters (I remember those fliers advertising summer work when I was in school way back when) and I’m hoping they will get back with me about an estimate.

If the price they quote me is too much, I guess my next step is going to be to price new ladders.

Soccer. Will’s soccer team is 0-2. The good news is they seem to be getting better, but the bad news is they are playing what is (apparently) one of the best teams in the league on Saturday. I am the assistant coach, which means I’m helping out our friend Jim, who actually knows how to play soccer. Oh, and while Jim is away in a couple weeks on a work thing, I’ll be “coach for a day” at one of the games.

Speaking of which: time to get ready for practice.

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