Wednesday, January 21, 2015


So how has everyone been?  Fighting back against the midwinter, post-holiday funk?  These dark days can get you if you let them (and I mean they're literally dark- as a light lover, I hate how quickly the sun goes down this time of year).
We've been busy!  We stayed with Mom and Dad last week out in Steiner Ranch while we got the inside of our house painted.  We used a company called Renaissance Painting, and we're happy with the results.  We picked mostly pretty neutral colors, with the exception of the accent walls (one of which is in the picture below).
Anyway, thanks to Mom and Dad for everything.  Thanks for letting us stay at your house and being such great hosts and for your help with everything from moving furniture to doing electrical work!

So, our week was a bit tiring in terms of driving, meeting with painters, going to work, trying to get a bit of exercise, and whatnot, but in the end, we're pretty happy with our results.  Our house feels brighter and cheerier for our efforts.

New Paint!

We also got some landscaping work done last week.  It was mostly to fix some drainage problems in our yard, but it looks pretty cool as well.  The picture below shows the work in progress.  There's a little stone wall, and crushed granite closer to the house to allow for better drainage (although I don't think the granite had been filled in yet at the time the picture was taken).
New Landscaping!
And this picture shows Amy's yard work from Monday.  Amy bagged up leaves from our former dog run (we had it removed to expand the back yard) while Dad and I were working on repairing a ceiling fan.  I had no idea she filled up all of these bags.  Taken in the aggregate, it was a lot of work.  Dad and I were pretty proud of our work on the ceiling fan, and then I walked outside, expecting to find Amy reading a book, to find 10 or more large bags of leave and brush bundled up.  Not bad for a woman who's on her 7th month of pregnancy...

Amy v. Old Leaves
Anyway, we got a lot done over the last week and a half or so.  Commuting back and forth from Steiner Ranch, we also got to experience Austin traffic in a way that we're not really used to.  I think it gave us a new found appreciation for the location of our house.
So the baby prep and the house repair continue.
Things are good with us.  After two weekends of moving furniture and belongings in order to accommodate the painting crews, we're looking forward to trying to see some friends and having a little relaxation time.
Not much other news.  We've started watching The Honorourable Woman, a British miniseries about spies, international politics, and corporate intrigue.  It stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Stephen Rea.  We're liking it.  Mostly.  I can't decide whether the show is really clever or whether the show just thinks that it's really clever.  At any rate, we're still watching with some interest, and I want to see how things turn out, so I guess that's an endorsement.  Stephen Rea, as usual, puts in a good performance.
And that's about it.  Happy birthday to Reed Shaw, who had another one on the 20th!  Hope it was a good one. 
It's been a while since I got a chance to make music with Mono or anyone else.  It's overdue.  Hopefully this weekend.

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