Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Jeff has wanted to write science fiction for many years. I guess because it was so hot in Portland a couple weeks ago and because we were feeling totally unmotivated to do real work, we got started. We're still at it.

Our story is based in the alpha centauri system on a spaceship. We've found submarines to be a good comparison for the spaceship setting in our story. It's been fun to research them.

I think I've been a little embarrassed to admit this project because I don't know if we'll come up with a story that is any good, but we have been enjoying working on this project together.

On the off chance we actually come up with a publishable book, we'll let you know. I suppose stranger things have happened.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Last Week's Installations

I guess I forgot to post last week with our latest progress. Since it was beyond our skill, we hired the plumber to come back and put in the shower head in our master bathroom. It's a little bigger than I realized, but I love it. Sadly, we can't use it until the glass is in.
We have the quote and just need to order the glass, but the latest delay is our fault. We want to do a bit more varnishing and paint the room again, but it got hot in Portland. We suck at doing work when it's hot. I'll probably go ahead and order the shower enclosure in order to give us a deadline; that usually motivates us to get in gear.

Oh, and we got the soapstone installed in the basement bathroom now that we have a mostly functional bathroom upstairs.
We obviously still need to install the Kohler Fairfax faucet.
We had this style faucet in our last house and we liked it. I am way less fussy about having historic reproductions in our basement bathroom.

Friday, August 12, 2016

I ♥︎ Pinterest Again

Since I ranted about Pinterest in May, I thought I would publish a quick update of how I figured out how to make Pinterest usable again. There is an extension you can install for free that will remove all the promoted content. You can download it at this website: pinBlock. I have only been using it for about an hour, but I'm already a big fan. I can finally stand to scroll through my feed at Pinterest again.

I realize Pinterest needs advertisers to offer their service, and I tried to tolerate it for many months, but the paid pins never had anything I was even vaguely interested in. Had they shown craftsman-related content, I would have let them be, but they mostly showed stupid stuff that just irritated me.

And while we're speaking about getting rid of browser ads, I've also found AdBlock Plus that has worked well for my browsing experience, including Facebook. I was just so tired of ads taking over my computer and now my browsing experience is pleasant. There are some websites that won't allow you to browse if you use the adblocker, but I just skip their content.