Still here… somewhere…

by mike on February 23, 2011

in Computing,DIY,HomeImprovement

I’m sitting in a local Starbucks, for coffee and Wi-Fi access.  A lot has happened since my last update, which I hope to blog about again.  The holidays came and went, we sold our house and bought a new one and are now trying to do some important repairs updates before we move in.  I think it would have been interesting to record my stress levels during the past four months, but sadly, I was too stressed out to even think about doing so.  OK, let’s be honest, it would probably be a spiky, upward-trending graph that only now has finally started to turn around.

Mostly, because this week, I finally caved in and started calling a bunch of different contractors for electrical, carpentry, plumbing and heating work.  Up until this point I had believed I could do most or some of the work to help offset costs and because, well, how hard can it really be?

Without going into all the detail that I don’t have time to blog about at this instant, the past seven days have been a roller-coaster through the complexities of buying a 42 year-old house where it has become exceedingly clear that the original (and only) owner did *nothing* to update the house, not even a fresh coat of paint.  We are coping with the interconnectedness of all the utilities in the house, and there is so much work needed that I had to transition away from doing it to become the general contractor.  I’m sure I could blunder my way through some of the work, but I had to admit to myself that I didn’t have the patience to wait for me to do it all.

On the positive side, besides some relief of pressure, I now have more time to plan for things like the new home network and media system.  Anyone have recommendations?  Stay wireless or install structured cabling?

Ah well, my time is up, mustn’t keep the contractors waiting.

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