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January 5, 2010

When we last left our heroes they had abandoned the field of battle strategically fallen back to their homeland for some much needed rest and recuperation; leaving the house to the trusty floor refinishers.  We now rejoin them after their return from the great white north country:

After landing in LAX early Saturday morning we took the FlyAway Bus to Union Station (if you are ever in LA this is definitely the way to go!).  Once we got to Union Station Alexandra remarked that it felt like we were going on vacation to the Bahamas not home.  It was a beautiful 80 degree day, and while we were tired from traveling we HAD to start moving in.

We got back to Pasadena and loaded up the car with stuff and set off for the new house.  We got there and the gas had been turned on so there was hot water and the furnace worked (two items we only assumed worked and hoped wouldn’t need replacement).  The floors looked great.

Thankfully, before we left we had packed a majority of our stuff and so we were able to get a lot of stuff out of the house on Saturday.  Sunday we rented a U-Haul and Alexandra’s friends from school came over to help us move.  Amazingly we got just about everything with only 2 trips.  One last trip for some outdoor stuff and we had the house basically empty.  The rest of the week is going to be spent cleaning the old house and getting those last few items we left behind.

Here is what the house looks like now:

Yup, a huge mess, but everything (sorta) fits!

Souki was pretty confused, but willing to accept the changes as long as we promised not to leave her alone for so long ever again!

While Alexandra worked on getting things vaguely organized, I got a new thermostat hooked up to the furnace and adjusted the pilot, hooked up the kitchen sink drain only to realize that the flex hose for the cold water was missing, hooked up the stove, fixed the leaking toilet flex hose, figured out that the garbage disposal and kitchen outlet circuit breakers were mislabeled (without shocking myself!), and made our first “meal” in the kitchen.

Ok, ok, maybe “meal” is a bit of an exaggeration, maybe I sliced some ham up and we ate it, cold, with nothing else.  But Alexandra made us tea so that makes it a meal right?

There are a whole bunch of things on my to-do list, but pretty much tops is fixing the bathtub.  As to what is wrong with the bathtub; examine the picture below (yes, we have wall to wall carpet in our bathroom; yes, the linoleum really is so bad that this is actually an improvement).

Notice anything wrong with the tub?  Maybe something with the grout around the edge?  Here is a closer look.

Here is where I officially decided that anything the previous homeowner had done to the house was not to be trusted.  They actually dropped the tub in and INTENTIONALLY made it lean away from the drain!  I have no clue why a person would do this.  I have no clue what was going through someone’s head when they slapped that thing in there saw an inch gap at the drain end o f the tub and said to themselves “screw it” and just grouted in the gap.  You can even see that they carefully cut the tile so that tub would fit.  So for right now there is a one inch pond of water that doesn’t drain out of the tub.  I have to figure out if I can cut away the grout and drop the drain end of the tub or if I have to raise the other end of the tub.  Thankfully this whole process is made much easier by the fact that there is no subfloor under the tub.  Of course this does mean several extended trips to the crawlspace…  I’m pretty worried that this little project is going to end in a similar fashion to the laundry room (gutting the whole room and starting over with new floor studs and all).  Here’s hoping it isn’t so bad.

Alexandra says I need to get the laundry machine hooked up by the end of the weekend (have to install a vent).  So hopefully that will go smoothly and I will be able to get both things done this weekend.

The dog next door has been barking pretty annoyingly as it managed to pull of the dog collar somewhere in the yard.  Alex ordered three more.  Thankfully it really doesn’t bark at night.  It woke us up once the first night and barked a early in the morning this morning but my alarm had already gone off.  The people walking into the apartments next door to our old house were probably more annoying.  Let’s hope it stays this way.

Sadly, we will be working on cleaning up the old house all week so no work will probably go on from now until the weekend, so look for an update then!  Hopefully it won’t be about me visiting the hospital with a billion spider bites after going under the house!

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