Hot. Hot. Hot. Hot.
Sometime back in June the thermostat inside the house hit 90 and seemed to stay there. Late at night the thermostat would dip down into the low 80s, even the 70s briefly, but the temperature would slowly climb again and by early afternoon 90...91...92...93.
(image: Geek #2, vintage iPhone 3G photo)
And that was with two portable fans running 24/7. Around June my brain also stopped functioning. Granted, there was a lot going on we haven't shared with you yet, but I just dropped everything. All of my projects have sat idle for months. I ignored WordPress updates. Emails from me were just nonsensical outbursts from random neurons. Free moments were few and far between, and when they came, frankly, it was just too hot to code.
Colorado is known for its extreme weather but we really felt this summer. Our past summers were spent in air conditioned offices, Geek #1's at the university and mine (Geek #2) at the apartment. But no matter how we ran the numbers we just couldn't work air conditioning into the budget this year. And without a basement we have no escape from the heat.
Overall it was cooler than 2012, when Colorado experienced its hottest-ever July and a horrible wildfire season. But 2013 still ranked as the sixth hottest summer on record. And there was the Black Forest Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. We had 54 days of 90 degrees or higher, at least that many when it got just as hot inside as well.
(Image credit: National Weather Service, Denver/Boulder)
And now it is not.
Colorado does this, summer comes on slowly but fall happens in a week. Maybe not today, but it is coming and we are ready. It's 60 outside and raining, I no longer want iced lattes. And I want to code again.
But the room isn't done.
I just recently heard of the ninety-ninety rule. I'm dumbfounded as to how I've managed to make it this long without ever hearing it before:
Finally everything makes sense, with coding and caulking. I've been telling Geek #1 that the room is 90 percent there. For weeks.
We took a walk around the neighborhood on Sunday and saw a ladder in the front window of the house a few doors down. And ladders at a few more houses. I started feeling better about the ladder that's been in this room for six months - until we ran into a neighbor. When we joked about it he said the ladder has been in that window for at least two years.
Oh hells no. Everything hinges on getting this room done, it has to be finished. So I'm setting a deadline, next week this time I will try to be finished. Here's a list of what still needs to be done, the last 10 percent:
tape off entry, hand-sand door frame, window frame and wall (this is the second pass after the power sander) clean up sawdust
find piece of wood or paneling to cap end joint at wall corner
buy more stain
stain all wood in room and entry
apply top finish to all wood in room and entry
caulk windows with clear sealant
caulk floor trim with white sealant
caulk ceiling gaps with white sealant
touch up paint on ceiling
paint trim to match wall, or touch up with white
patch small section of missing trim
match/buy texturizer or mud (or not)
texturize and paint wall corner bead (how to blend this?)
choose and buy paint color for entry wall
paint entry wall
buy a new register for paneled wall
put switchplates back on
replace patio screen door
scrape paint drops from flooring
clean up tool space
wash windows, patio door
Ok, so maybe two weeks?