Coming soon……

I wish I was talking about updated pictures here.

Good news is that the house is all done and the rooms are all being used to maximum capacity.

The bad news is that things are finally moving on the ‘possibly no job soon’ front at work. It’s been going on for ages and I think everyone just wants it over and done with.

We’re expecting to hear things in the next couple of weeks. To say that levels of apathy  have gone through the roof would be like……*sigh* I can’t be bothered any more.

Here’s a link to something good:

Ian Rankin and Neil Gaiman

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I H8 PAINTING

Okay, so, it’s been a while but I wanted to post some pictures when things were properly finished. The build’s done (yay!) but, it turns out that decorating takes forever when you’re painting on to new plaster so most of my evening time’s been taken up with that.

Also, we’ve had quite a few things going on (un-related to the build) and it feels like our house is turning into this:

Not to be confused with this:

And thankfully, not as bad as this:

Pics to follow (at some point).

More cool stuff

In amongst all the cleaning, decorating and “Get back to bed!”s, I’ve still been finding the time to catch up with those things that keep me sane.

Here’s the current crop of stuff wot oi loik:

Watching:

Lost – Ceeeeripes! Season 5 came to end a couple of weeks ago and, for those that tuned out after the rather dull second series, YES! Questions are being answered! More questions are also being raised but, after finding its way towards the end of series 3, Lost deserves a place in the TV Hall of Fame when it finally comes to end next year. Just in case you were wondering how much weirder it could have got…..they introduced time travel, people that don’t age and people rising from the grave into the storyline. All done so well though that it’s every geek’s dream show.

lost-season-5-promo

Reading:

Watership Down – I remember a friend of the family recommending this to me (many years ago) when I’d told him how much I enjoyed the cartoon version that came out. It took me a while but I finally picked it up. And now, I can’t put it back down. A lovely book that follows the adventures of a group of rabbits that fear the end may be near for their warren and decide to make a break for freedom. Really, really good. Thanks Uncle Ross.

watership_down

Playing:

Fallout 3 – Spending all my money on building and decorating stuff has meant that I’ve had to cut down on the more important things ( 🙂 ). Games that go on for as long as Fallout 3 certainly help. I’ve been playing this for about 3 months now (solid) and am only now nearing the end.

An absolute masterpiece of gaming design, you play the role of the Lone Wanderer. Escaping from the Vault where you have spent the first 19 years of your life, you emerge to see a desolate landscape that was once America but, thanks to a nuclear apocalypse, is now just…..a bit of a mess, really.  After that, the game pretty much leaves things up to you. You can follow the main storyline (which involves hunting for your missing father) or just wander the barren landscapes, picking up quests and jobs as you go, taking out the local wildlife (all which have undergone the effects of 200 years of radiation mutation) with any weaponry that happens to be lying around.

It’s one of my favourite games of all time and I’ve enjoyed every single one of the 72 hours that I’ve played it for so far. This bloke has a good few words to say about it too, over to Rab Florence from the much loved but no longer around Consolvania :

The End is Nigh……

….in a good way though! The builders have been working away on all the little extra bits whilst the weather’s been good, and, as usual, they’ve been doing a great job.

fence

path

decking

So yes, very nice all round. As you can also see, our new windows are all in too, which leads to an updated photo of the front of the house:

front

Hopefully not long to go now. As much as we’re looking forward to it being completed, it’s pretty hard seeing past the daily hoover and dusting. It gets everywhere!

Kitchen: Reborn

Things are still going at a rocketing pace, I think the builders want this finished as much as we do. There’s been loads of little bits and bobs getting done (I won’t add photos of everything, I’m sure you’re not too bothered about looking at plastered walls!) and the kitchen has been coming on great.

The separating wall was taken down today and……

Tadaaaa!

Tadaaaa!

……we have our light switch back! 🙂

We also have a very nice looking kitchen now (which will look even better when it’s finished off):

You can see through to what will be the utility room, there will also be an under the stairs cupboard to the right of that.

You can see through to what will be the utility room, there will also be an under the stairs cupboard to the right of that.

These are slightly out of shot in the last picture but you can see that they really let a huge amount of light in. Of course, until the blinds are put up, it also means that we'll be living in a bit of a goldfish bowl for a bit.

These are slightly out of shot in the last picture but you can see that they really let a huge amount of light in. Of course, until the blinds are put up, it also means that we'll be living in a bit of a goldfish bowl for a bit.

Kitchen: Destroyed!

As the work has started on the inside now, focus moved to the kitchen. We’re taking out two cupboards to widen it, adding patio doors and knocking through to a utility room in the extension.

This required full scale annihilation of half of the kitchen.

Thankfully, the builders were able to set up a semi-permanent wall to cut down on mess (probably also to shield our eyes from what has become of our dear kitchen).

wall

Our kitchen light switch. We've been told that it's safe but.......

Our kitchen light switch. We've been told that it's safe but.......

Unfortunately, the builders uncovered a bit of an oversight on the part of the architect as one of the cupboard walls that was due to get demolished was actually a load bearing wall. Doh indeed. A few phone calls were made to ‘the boys’ and an H beam was constructed in speedy quick time. This was installed today and allows us not to worry about the bathroom ending up in the kitchen. Which is nice.

Looks sturdy enough.

Looks sturdy enough.

The other side of the wall. It looks like the room that they're trapped in in 'Saw', minus the dead body.

The other side of the wall. It looks like the room that they were trapped in in 'Saw', minus the dead body.

See that, 3 days ago, our fridge was there. It's now in our living room.

See that, 3 days ago, our fridge was there. It's now in our living room.

They also had to knock through to our living room, something we weren’t expecting. Gives us an excuse to redecorate though.

The wallpaper's a bit rubbish anyway.

The wallpaper's a bit rubbish anyway.

Before all this happened though, the back door finally realised what was going to happen to it.

....and I'll miss you most of all Scarecrow!

....and I'll miss you most of all, Scarecrow!

A surprise at the bottom of the stairs

This one was a surprise. It was done pretty quickly and without too much hassle (that came later), it was then boarded up to minimise noise and airflow as there aren’t any windows in the downstairs yet.

This will be our doorway to our new study. Note 'interesting' attempt at insulation by stuffing tissues in the holes in the wood :)

This will be our doorway to our new study. Note 'interesting' attempt at insulation by stuffing tissues in the holes in the wood 🙂

The hassle started at 1:30 in the morning when pipe that the radiator had been removed on seemed to think it was still attached to something and started pumping water into our hall. It stopped after a few minutes and thankfully dried up OK, but it’s never nice being woken up thinking you’ve left the tap running to realise that you now have a swimming pool at the foot of the stairs.