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Ho hum!
I'm not going to <lj-cut> this post so you can all admire its verboseness.

Danielle and I are the Queen and King (respectively) of around-the-apartment projects. In the last two days we conquered four, that's right, four major household accomplishments.

Organize CD Collection
Danielle was in charge of this one. All of our CDs were scattered all about the apartment, and she got them all together and made sure each CD was in its proper jewel case, and even dusted them. She carefully organized them by genre and gently placed them in her fancy metal wave CD tower. We actually bought a second tower for this project, but now we realize that one does the job pretty well with room to spare. So now we have to return the old one.

For your information, I think we have about 170 CDs between us. Most of them are hers.

Install Shower Shelf Thingee
This turned out to be a lot harder than anyone expected. See, we bought one of those tension rod shelves for inside the shower. I tried to install it weeks ago, but it didn't fit. It was too tall. And too short. The main pole has four segments. With all four it was a few inches too tall to wedge in there, and with only three segments it turned out a couple inches too short. I decided to mod the unit, as the kids would say. We had to make a special trip to the Home Depot for a hacksaw. Sawing through metal poles is harder than I imagined it would be, but by golly I got them cut. I cut down the top segment of the pole by a good five inches or so. Then I had to shorten the tension spring. I think we nearly ruined a pair of wire cutters trying to do that. Eventually I had to use the Dremel® brand rotary tool. That spring steel is strong. There were a lot of sparks flying. It was like my own tiny Great White concert. But we got the job done. The project was a huge success.

Put Some Crap in Storage
Okay, I guess that wasn't a real big project, but my old DVD shelves were quite in the way. We tucked them into the outside storage closet until I can find someone to take them away.

Hook Up the Bedroom TV
We have a TV in the bedroom now. Huzzah! But it wasn't doing a whole lot because it wasn't hooked to anything. I had been giving a lot of thought on how to accomplish this. I don't really want to pay an extra five bucks a month for a second Dish Network reciever that we'll hardly ever use. So we stopped into Best Buy and I spent eighty bucks for a handy wireless multi-room distributor, also known as a Leapfrog by the good folks at Terk Technologies. This was surprisingly easy to hook up. Danielle helped me line up the little antennae, so the picture and sound are as clear as can be. I was a little concerned that the transmitter would disrupt my wi-fi network (that's 802.11b, for the geeks out there who love to talk protocol) because they both transmit around 2.4 Ghz. But the computer network seems totally unaffected. We relished another wildly sucessful project, and another nifty little wireless gadget to show off.

We're actually running out of tasks to do at this point. Danielle has got a bug in her butt about putting some plants and crap on the front patio. She even mentioned something about patio furniture. I think it's a splendid idea. Neither one of us know the first thing about gardening, I mean, except that plants probably need water and sunshine and soil, right? I guess I ought to say neither of us know the fourth or fifth thing about gardening, so, this ought to be an interesting experiment if we actually go through with it.

Did you see this post? I think that's just about the best thing ever. It sure is great to be me sometimes.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: The Used - The Taste of Ink

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divachickie From: divachickie Date: March 6th, 2003 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
WOW! Not only do we eat at the same restaurants, we also have the same exact CD tower.

Freaky deaky.

I guess great minds truly do think alike, eh?
jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 6th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be Danielle's great mind, in this case. She bought the thing.

An eerie coincidence, nonetheless.
From: qtkat Date: March 6th, 2003 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which old dvd case are you wanting to rid of?
jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 6th, 2003 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The silver one I used to have at your place. Want it?
From: qtkat Date: March 6th, 2003 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! thanks!
jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 7th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Come and get it, yo!

I think I'm trying to get rid of my famous bean bag chair as well.
From: qtkat Date: March 7th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I pick that up too?! :D :D :D ?
djdean From: djdean Date: March 6th, 2003 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you getting paid by the sponsers for your hyperlinks?

You take product placement to new levels ; )
From: cjstegall Date: March 7th, 2003 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

I never use these but - ROFLMFAO

It was like my own tiny Great White concert.

I should NOT be laughing at that but omg omg i think i am gonna pee!!!!
jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 7th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I never use these but - ROFLMFAO

Yeah, we're all going to hell.
From: cjstegall Date: March 7th, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I never use these but - ROFLMFAO

>:) That's ok......that's where all the good parties are going to be. :p
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 7th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)


Hi Jarrett...

I'm wondering how you like the Dish Network? Do you recommend it? I want to switch over from cable, but keep hearing horror stories about satellite going out all the time, going out in bad weather, having to frequently physically adjust the dish etc.

If you have a second could you give me your opinion?

(You may not remember but you answered some questions for me re. my XP registration.)

Thanks so much,

jarrett From: jarrett Date: March 7th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Satellite???

I've had DishNetwork for about a year now and I love it. I decided to get DishNetwork instead of DirecTV because the picture is slightly better (although not so much better that most people notice the difference) and the program guide seems more user friendly. If you're into sports, though, DirecTV is probably better for that.

I had the dishes professionally installed on a eight-foot tripod that sits right on my patio. The apartment manager wouldn't let me put anything on the roof. Even with some major storms, I've never had to adjust either dish (I have a second dish for HDTV), and the picture has never gone out in a storm.

I'm very happy with satellite overall, and I'd recommend it to anyone. For about sixty dollars a month I get America's Top 100, 8 channels of HBO (one in HD), 10 channels of Showtime (also one in HD), and six or seven local channels.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2003 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Satellite???

I went for it -- THANKS for all your help!!

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