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Wednesday, November 21

Hitting The Stride

There were moments today when I was revving, but not moving. Then there were moments when I wasn't sure what I was doing. There were, however, some excellent moments where I did things for the people I work with, and felt like I was at least trying to do right by them, which is satisfying. Whether or not I succeeded is not for me to say. As work days go, stuff happened and I think I was on the right team.

This is the only week night this week that I'd earmarked for DIY, so I headed home in time to meet a queue of tradesmen and bills that needed paying. Some £2000 lighter, I had paid 5 tradesmen by the end of today, and as an encore I went off to the B&Q end of town to pick up some items and my housemate (who works in a nearby industrial estate, rather than in an orange apron).

To be honest, if I'd been cracking the whip, we'd have been DIYing much sooner, but we went for food and a catch up. We're friends from years and years ago, but I've not seen more than a fleeting glimpse of the guy since he moved in a week and a half ago, and we had much catching up to do.

However, there were also DIY tasks to do, so off we set, doing them. I won't detail exactly how, but the end of the evening yielded the following results:
  • A new light switch - so now the kitchen light can be turned on/off at either end of the room - the wiring was there, but the switch wasn't on
  • The fresh plaster in the kitchen has some paint on it
  • The paint that was going brown in the kitchen through damp penetration has now been sealed so the next coat won't brown
  • The damp patches in the upstairs ceilings have been similarly treated
  • The larger of the two attic rooms now has a coat of paint on its fresh plaster
Not bad for a few hours' work, and it gave us loads of time for chat.

In other news, the kitchen units were all delivered today, which would be perfect if the order had been completed 100% successfully. Looks like a little debugging may be required tomorrow morning.

Also the bathroom is now largely tiled and I even bought a nice toilet seat for its toilet. I always think that that's the main bit you use - other than the running water.

The house moves on apace. I wonder where it will all be by the weekend.

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