Thursday, December 23, 2010


733 days ago, as some of you might remember, was a pretty big deal.  It was the day I tricked the most beautiful woman I know into spending the rest of her life with me.
I don't think she regrets it yet!
Here are the pictures just in case you'd like to remember with me.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

No Deficiencies Noted

A nice short post just to let everyone know that we passed both the building (framing) and electrical rough inspections.

All good news, so now I just have to get the central vacuum moved, insulation and vapor barrier back up and order the drywall.

Again special thanks to Denis, the Electrical Inspector said it was well done work, not that I expected anything else.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I thought weekends were for relaxin?

Well the weekend is done, and so is the rough wiring.  It was a long stretch. Denis started on Friday morning and we finally finished on Sunday evening.

I can't really say that Denis was a big help because that would assume he was assisting.  He was actually a rock star, working in the basement before I woke up and even when I was at work.  It was really more like a free electrician, wait that's exactly what it was.  He even knew what he was doing I think this picture proves my point.

I won't be able to get the electrical inspection done until next week as I have a pretty busy week ahead.  I'm in Edmonton for two days and pretty busy at work for the rest.  When I'm off for Christmas holidays I'll schedule the inspection.

As for the electrical, I'm not going to suggest that I learned much, it still seems like greek to me.  That didn't stop me from at least trying to be helpful (someone has to clean and make the 3 trips to Home Depot).

It's pretty messy work. By the time the vapour barrier and insulation are torn down and the feed holes are drilled there is nothing but mess.  Then by the time we are done, and the mess cleaned up, it doesn't really look like much was accomplished (the bank account would beg to differ though, electrical isn't cheap).

Here's a recap of the progress to date.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Learning Stuff and Things

Last Wednesday we had our first prenatal class.  It's amazing how much you can forget about this "process" in just 10 years.  I don't feel like the expert I should, but it helps make it that much more real and exciting.  In two months there will be another Van Orman roaming the streets.

On a side note I was recently told just how little I love Scooter because I accidentally scheduled a business trip on our next baby class.

With the due date getting even closer Nicole reminds me often that she only has 5 more working days left before she is off for EVAR!!  Not sure how much I like hearing that, I also want to retire.  To help soften the transition I have taken a couple weeks off work around the holidays to stay home and supervise Nicole's transition into taking care of me full time.  Should be good times filled with massages, hot dinners, and never having to grocery shop again.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Still Going

So it's been a bit, and progress is good.  Last post saw that the floor was hammered out and the shower was in.  So now the floor has been cemented back in and this weekend we're doing the wiring.  It's a shame that even though we are making good progress it doesn't look like much is happening. 

I've also got a good start on moving the central vacuum lines.  Actually I had it all dry fitted then the internet told me that I should have used long 90 degree turns instead of short 90s.  So I had to return all the turns and now I have to re-cut the vacuum lines.  Not a big deal but I did loose a days work.

Denis and Martine are down visiting and Denis is doing the electrical while I try to help.  Day one has the vapor barrier and insulation out, the boxes in, and the data, cable, and telephone wires run.  Tomorrow we start pulling wire. 

True to Van Orman style I have to run to Home Depot tomorrow for more supplies because it would be a crime against nature to actually buy everything you need in a single hardware store trip.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Not sure if this is really progress.  It almost feels like a step backwards.  But the rough plumbing is done.  We have the HVAC guy in tomorrow for the heating, then next weekend is electrical.