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Intersection of Facebook and Obsessive Documentation

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Rejuvenation counted comments yesterday, and my Mexican/Dutch wallpaper won in a landslide.

Who’da thunk that joining Facebook and becoming a Rejuvenation fan (and asking for comments) would have resulted in needing to find a sweet home for this? Only in a custom, not-available-in-any-store* finish of antique copper?

Rejuvenation's McCoy Pendant with Jadeite Shade

It’s an outcome I didn’t expect. We’re either going to put it over my baking center in the kitchen, where it will be framed by the pass-through window into the dining room, which has a Rejuvenation antique copper chandelier and it will reference the green streaks in the soapstone,** or over the kitchenette¬† in our master suite, where we plan to display the Jadeite pottery I’ve been sort of collecting as we travel. Either way, it will look super. Umm, it will look super and the space will look super once we get the countertops finished, and the trim installed, and the appliances in, and the wallpaper in the dining room, and … Meanwhile, it will add a touch of class to a not-yet-finished space.

Of course, it wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of my digital camera, which has been very helpful – both in documenting wallpaper and in documenting where speakers should have gone.

*Am I channeling Ron Popeil or Billy Mays?

** We’ve installed the soapstone, but I haven’t uploaded those pictures yet. First coat of mineral oil, and it’s looking really good. Also the marble in the baking center. And the cooktop. And the double oven. And the sink, but not the drain. Or the faucet. And the dishwasher was in the middle of the kitchen yesterday, so it must be going in soon. And I think the fridge comes today, even though it wasn’t expected until April 15.

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Obsessive documentation saves the day!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Or : What once was lost, now is found.

Tonight Don mentioned that the drywall guys covered the side speaker in the family room. At least I think he said side speaker. I am not the audiophile in the family. He might have said white sneaker although I am not aware of any missing white sneakers. In any event, his demeanor suggested that we might just have the entire section of drywall removed to find it. I suggested we turn instead to my obsessive documentation.

The week after Daddy died, I went through the house photographing every room’s walls and ceilings (after the wiring and before the drywall). I took 182 pictures one day, and returned the next day to take an additional 159. I was inspired by his documentation of his house’s construction.

So we scrolled through iPhoto to the section labeled ‘Family Room.’ (I printed out the name of each room in large font, and photographed it when I moved to that room. That made the documentation much faster later, especially since I needed to upload photos twice to get them all.)

Family room wiring index card

And then we looked at the photos until we saw the one with the right wall. The missing thing is the little blue thing above the window, and the next stud out. Then I emailed it to Don and now he can show it to the dry wall guys. Ta-Da! The white sneaker, or side speaker, now is found.

Speaker wiring

I think I might take after my dad.

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