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Category: Remodel

Going Vertical

These blog posts are definitely demonstrating the “I didn’t have time to make it shorter” problem. When I do something formal for Nine Lives, I do a lot more editing, including trying to tighten things up even after I have a complete draft. I don’t do that here, because it would take too long and then I’d not just be…

Kitchen Remodel: After

I believe Jak was the one to first point out that we had relatively useless kitchen-adjacent space which might be brought inside, an idea that I grabbed onto desperately in my quest for kitchen improvement. Even with that expansion, though, there were still a lot of pre-existing constraints in play, so everything about the design was an exercise in tradeoffs.…

Kitchen Remodel: Before

I have so many things swirling around in my head right now I’ve decided to let them settle for a bit and instead, give you the long-promised before-and-after shots of The Great Kitchen Remodel That Took Actual Years Off My Life (But Goddammit Was Still Worth It). The brief recap: in January 2017, Jak and I bought a small (2BR…

Good and Angry

About a week ago I read the final book in Naomi Novik’s Scholomance trilogy, and found it … far more satisfying than most of the other books I’ve read recently, even ones that are arguably quite good. After some reflection, I decided this was because the narrating character, El, has an emotional range that begins at grumpy and escalates to…

Cooling Off

Right up front, I confess that I am mainly writing this post because I am procrastinating work. I can’t really run the household and associated projects and write a novel and do freelance work, so I have not been actively pursuing any proofreading gigs this year. But when an offer falls in my lap the way it did a few…

Various Fits

The last week and a half has been completely crazy but I have finally cobbled together enough time to write an update. We are now in week 36 of our 9-week kitchen remodel, and yes it’s still incredibly stressful, but the end is at last in sight. This might be the last week, or we might spill over one more.…

Revolution

So, it’s August. Our nine-week kitchen renovation project is now on week thirty. The only progress in the last two weeks is that we got doors on our upper cabinets. It’s the height of the monsoon season, and we still have to go outside to wash dishes. Jak still has to climb through a window to get to his office.…

Reboot

After a couple of years of laziness, by which I mean ‘posting the occasional personal update on Facebook because it’s easier,’ I’m trying once again to put my writing back under my own control. The plan right now is to keep personal content here, and limit use of FB to perhaps weekly check-ins. Let’s hope I can stick to it…