Home -Stuff I've wanted/needed to do around the house.

August 16, 2008

Move somewhere else local?

I keep looking at places a little northwest of where I live (or at least decide I'm not going to). This is an easy one I could have filled out a while back. I'm not planning on moving anywhere local (and haven't been thinking about it for a while now).

December 25, 2006

Get a better kind of projector for the living room.

To watch television with. The one I have is good, but the technology for that stuff just keeps getting better and I really need want a brighter one (with more features).

So I got a new one of these back in November. I forgot to cross it off the list. I wasn't planning on replacing it at that time but the bulb blew and a new projector that was brighter was only a little bit more.

So, for spending $500 for the projector instead of $300 for the bulb, I got a new smaller, lighter (under 5 pounds) in-warranty projector, a brighter bulb (1800 lumens vs. 1100 lumens which is 61% brighter), it's smaller and has a digital zoom. It's got inputs for composite video (regular video), s-video (like from your DVD player) and SVGA (which doubles as a component video port which supports 480p). It doesn't have any audio inputs but I run it through the stereo so that's okay. It came with a remote and a great carrying bag too.

It's not exactly as high up as I planned to upgrade to, but it's better and the prices will just keep dropping on the better ones...

December 20, 2006

Frame more vacation photos.

Then hang them up.

Photos101So I put some more photos up. And some other hieroglyphic-things I bought in Egypt. And I moved some other travel stuff around. Although I ended up taking the Mt. Washington stuff down, so I need to put those back up somewhere. Some of this is done because I have 28 people coming over Saturday for Christmas and the stuff was piled and sorted on the stairs and I needed to get it out of the way (and my Mom to helped me!).

August 8, 2006

Get some kind of window drapes/treatments for the living room.

I need something a little nicer since I pretty much just have blinds.

So I finally got some! And they're actually up and they look pretty nice too. (More money spent at Ikea)

Get new living room tables and end tables.

I so need these.

57422 Pe163006 S3And I finally got them! I replaced the bigger table and just one of the end tables (and I'm not sure if I will). I really like them. I got them at Ikea so they were reasonably priced and they match my house. (Although the end table is a little shorter than I want). Here's a link to the catalog page.

March 15, 2006

Frame all of my college degrees.

It's been 10 years, isn't it about time?

FrameddegreesDone. So I'm hanging the degrees, I've got a really nice dual degree frame for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees (Kelly got me that for Christmas). And four smaller frames for the associates degrees (2 year degrees). But as I was opening the 4 frames it turns out one was broken and they discontinued these about a week after I traveled to multiple targets to get them. I had to hit two Targets to get a replacement.

I don't actually have enough room for all six where I wanted them (but I put them there anyways). Plus the color really doesn't match as well as I hoped (I like the color it just doesn't match where it is). Yes, that's the new armoire/desk that I completed as a task a few days ago (click for a larger view).

I also noticed the Associate's degrees just say which department where they're from but not what degree.

This is done, but the four of them might get reframed later...

And if anyone can tell me the correct way to fix the apostrophes above, I'll gladly do that...

March 11, 2006

Get a new desk for the landing.

I've got a spot upstairs that needs a nice desk. I've kinda wanted one since I moved in...

ArmoirclosedArmoireopenIt's here, it's great! I ordered the armoire, it's like a cabinet that hides the desk until you open the doors! It took a while to assemble it but it was worth it! It looks really good up where I've got it.

March 3, 2006

Get a new carbon monoxide detector.

The old one is pretty old and doesn't look like it could detect much.

Purchased and installed. And I plugged the old one in upstairs just in case it still works, I'll have extra protection...

Still trying to figure out if CO is more likely to rise or sink.

January 15, 2006

Get a new desk chair.

I think my current one is from 1986(?)

MeshdeskchairGot a new one! I liked it, I bought another one for the other desk.

November 11, 2005

Reverse the door on my office at home.

I think I'd have more options if the door opened out vs. opening in.

Paint the inside of the garage

Paint it with anything, even primer, would make it look better than the taped off drywall I have.

Clean out the junk room.

Do this to be able to actually set up the spare bed. This one may not be possible.

Get the drywall re-taped and painted in my condo.

It's settled since moving in...

Get new living room couch and chairs.

I'd really like this, my new ones (1999) just didn't hold up, I've had hand me down furniture longer than that.

Decide if I might actually want to live in Costa Rica.

I've talked about this for years so make a life plan or decide not to.

Recently Completed

My 101 Things (click for the FULL LIST with explainations).

    • 05/25/06 Complete a 26 Things project.
    • Create a new 101 in 1001 list that starts on September 9, 2008.
    • Post a review for each of my 50 favorite movies.
    • Post a review of every book I read.
    • Post a review of every movie I see in a theater.
    • 03/08/06 Post this list on-line.

    • 01/01/08 Do the Hines Drive lights drive again.
    • 10/05/08 Go to the Detroit Zoo.
    • 12/17/07 Go to the Greenfield Village Christmas celebration.
    • List 50 favorite films, buy them!
    • 12/08/05 See Anna Nalick in concert.
    • 07/01/06 See Audra Kubat in concert again.
    • See Blondfire in concert again.
    • See Conjure One in concert again.
    • See Delerium in concert again.
    • See Liz Phair in concert again.
    • 07/14/07 See a movie every day for a week.

    • Have the extended family over once a year.
    • 12/25/06 Host family Christmas at my house one year.
    • 09/15/07 Make sure I see Mom once a month (and get a meal with her).

    • 08/16/08 Bicycle 101 miles.
    • 09/18/06 Drink a half gallon of water a day.
    • Eat Healthier.
    • 12/20/06 Get an eye examination.
    • Get my hearing checked.
    • 12/25/06 Go two weeks without Coca Cola.
    • Roller Blade more.
    • Rollerblade 101 miles.
    • Sleep better.
    • 10/23/06 Take a yoga class
    • Walk daily.

    • Clean out the junk room.
    • Decide if I might actually want to live in Costa Rica.
    • 03/15/06 Frame all of my college degrees.
    • 12/20/06 Frame more vacation photos.
    • 12/25/06 Get a better kind of projector for the living room.
    • 03/03/06 Get a new carbon monoxide detector.
    • 01/15/06 Get a new desk chair.
    • 03/11/06 Get a new desk for the landing.
    • Get new living room couch and chairs.
    • 08/08/06 Get new living room tables and end tables.
    • 08/08/06 Get some kind of window drapes/treatments for the living room.
    • Get the drywall re-taped and painted in my condo.
    • 08/16/08 Move somewhere else local?
    • Paint the inside of the garage
    • Reverse the door on my office at home.

    • 08/16/08 Adopt a Baby?
    • Attend church every week for a three-month period.
    • Find a church I like (try several new ones).
    • Get some new suits.
    • 03/16/06 Order the brown dress shoes that I like.
    • Release at least 50 bookcrossing books.
    • 06/02/07 Take another community education class.
    • Take at least 10 photos a day.
    • Take lunch to work everyday for two weeks.
    • Try ice skating.

    • 04/15/06 Do my current taxes.
    • 03/11/06 Do my taxes for last year.
    • 02/17/06 Do my taxes for the year before last.
    • 02/07/07 Do my taxes in 2007.
    • 02/09/08 Do my taxes in 2008.
    • 03/06/06 Figure out a plan for my mortgage.
    • 08/17/08 Go one week without using any cash.
    • Make Money On-Line.
    • Sell at least 15% of my comic books.
    • Sell something on eBay.
    • 12/11/07 Switch to a charge card with better rewards.

    • 08/02/08 Change all exterior bulbs in my car.
    • 01/24/07 Clear out my Amazon Wishlist.
    • Get some updated content going on all the web sites that I own.
    • Get up the minute that the alarm goes off.
    • 10/22/06 Take my telescope out of the city.

    • 05/31/06 Be an early adopter for the next new Palm OS phone.
    • 10/02/07 Figure out a better backup system for my computer info
    • 12/09/07 Finish converting my Xbox into a media system.
    • 05/24/08 Get Mom hooked up with a TiVo or something similar.
    • 03/02/07 Get Mom using the Internet.
    • 04/06/06 Get a new battery for my digital camera.
    • 04/07/06 Get an SLR digital camera.
    • Get most of my digital photos online.
    • 05/31/06 Get some kind of faster Internet connection for while I'm on the go.
    • 08/17/08 Get something for my car to integrate my iPod better.
    • Scan my old photos.
    • Upgrade (replace) the desktop Macintosh computer.

    • Attend Burning Man.
    • Attend SXSW.
    • Fly first class.
    • Get in the car and just travel for 10-14 days.
    • Go back to the kite festival in Grand Haven.
    • Go to France.
    • Go to a Hot Air Balloon festival.
    • 11/27/08 Live out of the country for at least two weeks.
    • 08/16/08 Take Mom to England.
    • Take a Geek Cruise.
    • 12/30/06 Take a warm vacation in winter 2006-07.
    • 12/09/07 Take a warm vacation in winter 2007-08.
    • 04/18/06 Vacation in Egypt.
    • 12/30/06 Visit Costa Rica again.
    • Visit Roswell, New Mexico.
    • Visit friends in Boston.
    • 05/10/06 Watch all the Egypt specials I've taped.