Monday, September 24, 2007

Chiefs Win

KC WolfI am so relieved that the Chiefs won a game! Three losses (without a win) was not something I was looking forward too. More importantly, during the last half of the game everyone was fired up- Dwayne Bowe and Jared Allen were really impressive. Those two are giving me some hope for this season!

On a related note, I finally got my projector mounted downstairs (part of my basement remodel). We got to watch the whole game on a 128 inch HD screen ... I still can't believe that I will have that thing in my basement all of the time. It will be very kickass to have it this winter. I can't wait to finish my basement and watch an HD movie down there!

Thumbs Up!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

DIY Boogers

DIY Boogers

Brian covered in drywall dust.I've had a lot of different colored DIY boogers in my lifetime: black, green, brown- mostly from either spraying painting or cutting wood. Today I experienced a whole new booger color: white! If you guessed drywall dust you are correct ("tell them what they've won Johnny...").

I'm finally getting close to finishing the drywall and I have started sanding joints this week. The drywall dust sucks and it manages to get everywhere. To tell you the truth I don't really care for two reasons:

  1. Courtney does most of the cleaning.

  2. This means I am almost done with drywall!

I thought I hated painting, mostly because you can't get it perfect- it's not even remotely possible. Well, I had not experienced drywall yet. Experience is really the only valuable tool (I have none) and you still won't get it perfect. I feel like I have been doing drywall forever but in actuality it has only been two months. I guess that is not too bad considering the basement remodel has consumed 6 months (so far). At this point I have already completed the following:

  • Moved the main HVAC trunks from one side of the basement to the other. This is a story in and of itself.

  • Moved the main water line from one side of the basement to the other (also new lines for the wet bar).

  • Moved all of the existing electrical and cable lines above the I-beams (including the ground for the house).

  • Framed the walls- including a in-wall 120 gallon fish tank (used screws and drywall adhesive in preparation for ridiculous home theater bass).

  • Knocked out a section of existing wall (by adding a beam) to open up the basement more.

  • Wired 15 receptacles spanning 3 breakers and GFCI's.

  • Wired and installed 13 recessed can lights spanning two zones/dimmers.

  • Wired for a ceiling HD projector (power, vga, component and hdmi cables).

  • In-wall speaker wire installation along with built-in recessed surround-sound speaker cubby-holes.

  • Hung 37 panels of drywall (that's 2000 lbs.) and applied over 300 lbs. of joint compound.

I can't wait to get done with the drywall so I can start a step that takes less than 2 months!

Friday, September 7, 2007

My Peyton Manning

Peyton ManningPeyton Manning whooped some Saints butt last night in the season opener for the Colts, the Saints and the NFL. I shouldn't be too surprised that the Colts won- the Manning/Dungy combo has a NFL best September record of 15-2.

Last year at my Super Bowl party I was the only one in the house rooting for the Colts :( (that opening Hester return was awful). Since I live in Kansas City my friends tell me that I'm not allowed to like the Chiefs and the Colts at the same time. To show their disdain my friends call him the Smirking Man-Bitch* ... I call him "My Peyton" (just to annoy them back). I say tough shit, at least one of my teams can win a playoff game!

*To honor my friends I found picture of Peyton that supports at least 50% of the title "Smirking Man-Bitch"! ;)

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day Weekend

Friday Night

Frank and Lynn came over for some scrumptious seared tuna steaks. We had a good time out on the deck and eventually Mike (my neighbor) and his wife's friend came over too. Later in the night, once Frank and Lynn had gone home, Mike's drunken comrade went Hannibal Lector on our bathroom. :( Somehow she managed to:

  1. Dent\crack one of our picture frames.

  2. Dent\discolor the rim of our toilet.

  3. Scratch the shit out of our wall ... she even managed to take some chunks of paint out (clear down to the drywall).

Now, I don't know what the hell she was doing, but the bitch isn't invited back to our house. After I fix everything else we're gonna have to paint the wall again ... stupid drunk people!
Seared Tuna Steaks
Hannibal Lector

First thing I had to do was replace an upper control arm on my Jeep. This was not much of a surprise because I had damaged the rubber boot when I installed my lift (yes, I felt like a dumbass). Everything went smoothly and I was up and running in about two hours.

Later in the night we went over to Dusty and Niki's house (our neighbors). We had some drinks, devastated a bunch of snack food, and mounted an attack on Mike's house (in response to the drunken rape of my bathroom by his house guest). Dusty had an old grill I was supposed to help him throw away and we decided to drag it over to Mike's house at 1:30 AM and leave it on the front door. The next morning I imagine Mike wasn't too amused as he left it on the sidewalk between our two houses. Dusty and I finally took it to a large dumpster and thanked it for all the good food before we tossed it in.
Jeep Upper Control Arm
Our midnight assualt on Mike’s house.

After helping Dusty dispose of his old grill I went to work down in the basement (mudding drywall). While I was doing that Courtney gave Poopers a bath and began preparing for our dinner guests of Justin and Diane. Courtney made pork ribs, twice-baked potatoes, cucumber salad and cherry cobbler pie (all homemade- yum). The food was great but I'm afraid our company wasn't that great ... I spent most of the night staring at the Nascar race on the TV. I guess I shouldn't invite people over during Nascar races unless I don't want them to come back! Hopefully Justin and Diane will give us another shot sometime soon.
Jaik getting a bath.
Yummy ribs!

Monday was much slower (thankfully). I worked on the basement, the bathroom, and took a big nap. Courtney made Mexican stuffed green peppers and we finished out the night watching TV. Sometimes less is more ... less being no crazy bathroom-raping drunk chick.
Mexican-stuffed green peppers