Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Liftoff! What a day yesterday was! Seeing the shuttle launch in the auditorium at JSC was absolutely amazing. So many people have been working long hours, for so long, and it has finally happened. It was hard not to be a little choked up when we saw it lift off of the pad.
There was an article in the Daily Advertiser here that mentions me and a good friend of mine. It is about Lafayette natives involved with the launch.
The truck is doing well. She just passed 500 miles.
Also, we now have a swing on the back porch, which we all love. Neo loves to sit out there and play his GameBoy. He also likes to eat on the swing. I love to drink my coffee outside in the mornings. But since we are trying to enjoy it, I have now declared war on the mosquitos. I've got citronella, bug lights, bug zappers, foggers, deep woods OFF!, yard spray, shrub spray... bring 'em on.
Monday, July 18, 2005
It has been a while since my last update and much has happened. Let me see if I can fill in the gap.
About the theater room - we put on one last coat of red paint (a total of 7 coats - 2 primer, 5 red). Here is the result. The room could probably use one more coat, but I am just too sick of painting. I can't even stand to open up the can anymore. This will have to do. Also, we changed all of the outlets and outlet covers. I also got all of the new crown molding and base molding from Home Depot, but we still need to paint and install it.
We have taken a break from the theater room because so many other things are going. One thing that happened recently is that "Bubbles" and "Magoo" passed away. We were trying to clean the tank, and things didn't go too well. Neo doesn't seem to upset about it. I was more upset than anyone.
But the biggest reason we have taken a break from the theater room is this. That's right. I bought a truck. And man o' man does the A/C feel nice. Ahhh... I'm smiling just thinking about it. There are more pictures of the truck here, but some of them came out too dark.
Overall, the truck was a great deal with the employee discounts that Ford is offering. The savings compared to a used truck with 15000 - 20000 miles on it was only about $3000 (instead of the normal $6000 - $7000), so I decided to get a new one. I managed to get a pretty good deal on the trade in for the van. I even brought it in on an empty tank of gas :)
All in all, it has been a pretty good car buying experience so far, except for the stress involved. Now that it is over, I am looking forward to driving a vehicle with A/C, not being dripping wet with sweat when I get to work, and having a fairly dependable vehicle in the family for the next few years.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
We had a great visit in Lafayette and boy did we eat well.
On Saturday night we had an awesome BBQ on Mr. Troy's ultimate grill setup. The food was great and the company was even better. We had a great time chatting and hanging out in the backyard. Neo and Kameron had 'dem a "bon ton". All the pics are in the Events section (2005 - Lafayette visit).
On Saturday night, we went to an engagement party for Lori and Travis which was really nice. Congratulations guys.
Overall, it was a great trip. When we got home, I got a third coat of paint on the walls in the home theater. It was looking better. Christian managed to get to Home Depot before it closed and get some more paint so I was able to get yet another coat on before bed. It is slowly starting to cover well and look better. Here is an image showing what it looks like after 2, 3, and 4 coats of red. I think 1 or 2 more coats and it should be in good shape.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
I think I learned something today... never paint a room red.
After another coat of primer and two coats of red, the walls still look very bad. I'm thinking it is going to take 5 or 6 coats to get decent coverage.
But why is it so bad? We did Neo's room in 2 coats and we didn't use a primer at all. The only difference was the color was blue.
So, I turned to Google, and found many other people with the same problem. For some reason, red paint just doesn't cover like other paints. After a bit of research, the best explanation I have seen is that the magenta pigment that is used commercially for house paints is inherently transparent. This explains why painting a room red requires so many coats of paint... AND a primer before you even start!
Now I know why many people avoid red rooms. I was hoping to have the painting done by yesterday. Now it looks like we will be painting until next Wednesday or Thursday.
Here is what it looks like after 2 thick coats of red on top of 2 coats of tinted primer.
Next time... blue, green, orange, brown... not red.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
What an interesting paint experience we are having in the home theater room...
Christian bought some paint at Home Depot... and the guy said "You should buy a primer" and ultimately made a sales pitch to Christian and she bought it. I read up on the web afterwards and found a million sites like this one saying that the only time you really need to prime is when you are painting a wall that hasn't been painted before, or you are trying to cover up something stubborn, like a dark color or stains.
But these walls were white, and they had been painted. We decided to skip the primer and start with the white stuff... painting the ceiling and the moulding.
Well, it turns out that a tinted primer and what I thought of as a primer (like Kilz) are different things. When we tried to put that deep red color on the wall, it just streaked all over.
So, we had to go back and prime the walls with this tinted primer. Since our ordeal, I have went back to the web and started reading about tinted primers. I found sites like this one that say, "Don't ever paint a room red without using a tinted primer". Way to go Frankie...
Doing the primer means we have to touch up the moulding again. Also, the primer is an enamel, which makes it a royal pain to work with when you don't have any paint thinner.
Overall, the room is coming along, but the stress factor is about to make me pop.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Well, this might change our plans a bit.
Saturday, July 02, 2005
We made a little progress on the room today.
Christian is moving forward in her wallpaper battle. Just a few more sections to go. Neo has been helping with this as well... he likes "peeling".
I managed to get all of the electrical wiring for the sconce lights on the walls done, although nothing is hooked up. I am very glad that this is finished as it was a major pain (working in the attic is no fun). The only other wiring to do is one power outlet in the closet, and audio/video wiring. I will do those after we paint.
Next step is to prep for paint - cleaning out the room, removing baseboards, removing last bit of wallpaper, filling holes, and laying down drop-cloths.