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I keep fielding phone calls - Ambar
October 12th, 2001
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I keep fielding phone calls
... it's nice to be wanted, even if none of them are in response to my variously mailed and posted resume. *sigh*

The latest was from a rep at Vanguard, to assure me that the loan payments which AV had misapplied as contributions to my 401k account would be properly refrobnicated. This leaves the payoff amount of the loan much closer to $6k than $7k, and if I'm going to have to pay the IRS taxes & penalties on that money, this is a good thing.

Got a lot of little things cleared off the board. Wormed Julian, scrubbed out the inside garbage cans with bleach, threw away more useless paperwork, cleaned out the truck, mailed in the registration papers for Torch's kittens. Things like that.

Concluded that Arnold can move back into the cattery, which means the mural room can be *gasp* a spare room again. Unfortunately, this is too late for the year-old hardwood flooring in that room, which has been damaged in one spot by misplaced cat piss. (Fortunately I have a spare case of the flooring, so in the event of extreme measures like selling the house, it's replaceable.) It's also too late for the cellular shade in that room, which has had its strings chewed off by helpful felines. I haven't a clue how to fix that, short of replacing the entire shade, which was plenty spendy the first time, so it's not gonna happen. Suggestions?

Wonder what I'll do with the space? It was going to be a sewing room at one point, but I'd need to scrounge another table or two to do that. (The sewing stuff is currently all over the would-be dining room table. La.)

Still haven't figured out what to do with all the bookcase space. I think perhaps all the nonfiction will migrate into the tower case, which will allow the uncategorized fiction to take up all of the bookcase it's currently sharing. This leaves the low case in the hallway confused and purposeless, but that won't last.

And after that... a pony. (No, wait. I already have a pony. Or three.) No, the cattery needs cleaning comma damnit.

Current Mood: productiveproductive

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From:silkiemom
Date:October 12th, 2001 03:33 pm (UTC)

window coverings

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Where'd you get the shade from? If it's pricey, it might be worth looking into getting it re-corded. Or whatever they call it. I don't know how much it costs, but it might be cheaper. I just had to call our window coverings guys. Our stuff is still under warranty, so I got some parts, but they'll charge me for a service call to come out and do labor. As you might have guessed, it means that now I have spare parts lurking around the house. :)

Good luck!
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From:ambar
Date:October 12th, 2001 04:03 pm (UTC)

Re: window coverings

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My horse trainer's wife is an interior decorator with Macy's, and I consulted with her to get the windows done. (2 cellular shades + valances, one in each bedroom, and a valance for the living room.) It cost the *earth*, but it was perfectly installed and I had intelligent help picking out colors/fabrics/styles.

Maybe I'll call the people who did the floors (they also do windows). That's a thought. Thanks!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 18th, 2001 03:52 pm (UTC)

Re: window coverings

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How handy are you in general? A moderate curiosity and manual dexterity - plus knowlege of knots? I have found that the inner workings of most of those things are a series of gears, with the nylon cord looping through. If you still have any of the loose end, it is possible to get several yards of cord of the proper size, tie it on and c a r e f u l l y route it through the works. After having taken it off the window, it is easy enough to look inside nd see if you wish to try. You will need to remember to leave a tail the propper length at each end - AND remember to keep out of reach of TAs.
-- catgrove
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From:yohannon
Date:October 12th, 2001 03:33 pm (UTC)

Oooo...Spare Room...

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Things Ambar can Do With Spare Room:

1 - Computer Room (so you can use the dining room as a dining room, or stick a couch in there for the view...;)

2 - Torture chamber.

Ok, I ran into a bit of a writers block after the last one...I guess my mind began to wander...

~Yohannon~
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From:ambar
Date:October 12th, 2001 04:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Oooo...Spare Room...

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I don't know how seriously one could take a torture chamber when one wall is painted, floor to ceiling, with Arabian horses frolicking in a pasture on a bright autumn day.

The mural stays. It is *not* negotiable. :-)

I'm more likely to put up a shelf-and-pegboard system in the bedroom so all the whips, canes, and so on are ready to hand. And it has that nice dark grey wall for mood. :-)
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From:tersa
Date:October 12th, 2001 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Wow, Arnold is gorgeous. I love black cats in general, or black cats with some white.

I just wanted to comment to say 'hi!' I'm sorry you're having such bad luck (so far) finding a job, but you should like you're getting a lot done which can feel like accomplishment in and of itself.

If you have time and you know you're going to be in the area sometime, we should get together and have . :)
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From:ambar
Date:October 12th, 2001 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, I have a class at Foothill Monday/Wednesday nights, from 6-8:20. If you want dinner before that, it can be scheduled. (Especially if you're volunteering to experiment. :-)
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