The saga of the wires

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I took off yesterday afternoon to wait for the Uverse installer. A different Uverse person had come by on Thursday to install the fiber to cat5 box and backup battery. Pretty big boxes, fortunately, they sit inside our panel and it’s not a big deal. But the guy installed the boxes with no problems, so I was thinking yesterday was MAYBE going to be a piece of cake. (You know, after we discovered that the builder had forgotten to run the coax cable from the street to the house. That still hasn’t been fixed. But Uverse has a fiber run to the house, and it was there, and I was thinking, ok, this isn’t going to be a problem.)

The (super nice and patient) installer came at 2, and after an hour and a half, we finally had determined that the builder never ran (or ran it and it’s in a wall somewhere) the cat5 cable from the garage to the master closet, where the rest of the outlets in the rooms terminate. There was no way to get the internet from the garage to the house. I called the builder, and they have the company that ran the wiring coming out on Friday (with a drywall appt on Monday in case they have to break anything).

Anyway, the installer and I eventually figured we could leave the Uverse “modem” in the garage temporarily, because from the modem, the TV feeds out to coax and the modem does wireless by itself. Because we’re classy like that, I duct-taped it to the wall to give it a little more stability. I didn’t really want it to be sitting on the floor.

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(The “modem” on top there should be inside the house, so we can feed all the wired outlets. In time.)

But at least we’re in business for now. The Uverse guy couldn’t have been nicer. He said he would come back out and do it “right” when we got the wiring straightened out.

(I was seriously cursing the people that wired the building though.)

Also, the “whole home” DVR thing that Uverse has is pretty sweet. The channels change really fast. (Is that weird to notice?) Internet is speedy, and the wireless was a breeze to set up. And their interface to configure the wireless was a lot nicer than Linksys’!

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Moving and Progress

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So, with the gracious help of friends last Sunday, we moved the remainder of our stuff out of Menorca and into the new house. Woohoo!

This was Sunday afternoon, after we had gotten everything out of the truck and fed people pizza:

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Uggghhh, shudder. This gives me OCD organizational heebie jeebies. This was the kitchen on Sunday.

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Ok, we’re doing better now. This is the living room this morning.

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Kitchen this morning. You can actually see the countertops! And our twin trashcans, Jacob and the Smoke Monster (Lost reference). Jacob is “good” recycling, and Smoke Monster is “bad” trash.

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(I am amused by the trash cans)

Here is a (dark) picture of our bedroom. You can see one of the two similar paintings we got at Target over the bed.

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The music/game room (also where I keep falling asleep watching Mike organize)

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The guest room, with a welcome-whale!

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There are still a few areas (not pictured) that need a lot of work. But it’s coming along!

The kitchen is awesome. I’ve never had a gas oven before, and it’s kind of disconcerting to hear the gas hissing. Also, there’s no fan in the oven. The last two ovens we’ve had have had really REALLY loud fans that continue running for a long time after you turn the oven off. This one is silent. So much so that I’m like, is it on?? Oh right, it’s hot.

Also, I love that the kitchen is on the same floor as the bedroom. No more stumbling downstairs for water.

We have a flock of nocturnal frogs(?) outside in the crick bed, but after a while, they kind of become background noise. Fortunately, you can’t hear it from the bedroom. Speaking of the bedroom, we actually hung ceiling fans (it was pre-wired). It was pretty awesome. FANS! And they are silent. And the air conditioner works fantastically! Surprisingly, the 3rd floor is the coldest, I guess because it is closest to the AC unit.

More updates to come!

House Progress

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Not much to update this week. They were supposed to have the carpet in, and didn’t. They did manage to put down about a 3×5 foot area of tile. Aand, that was it. Seriously. A whole week and all you did was put in some tile?

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Drawer is still trapped in the cabinet.
Thermostat is not installed
Appliances are not installed
Carpeting is not installed

Here’s hoping they hurry up, because both buildings are supposed to be “finished” before anyone closes escrow. The first unit is supposed to close in two days.

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April 18–trim, door handles, countertops, and lights, oh my!

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And now, a story of “not my job”:
See this cabinet here? Looks nice, eh? This is in the laundry hall

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See how the countertop is all installed and stuff? Ok.

Now, here we are in the kitchen:

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That drawer was missing on April 3, too, when we first saw the cabinetry. I wonder where that drawer went?

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Oh, THERE it is. Inside the cabinet in the laundry hall. I’m sure they put it there and forgot about it.

Hmm, except, that shelf doesn’t move that it’s sitting on. Uhhh, we can’t get that drawer out, because the countertop is sealed on. Wow, talk about silly!

Also, my grandma noticed they had stucco’ed over the outlet on the porch, woops! Good to have multiple eyes.

On a happier note, countertops!

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It’s looking more finished all over

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