Friday, Mets Vs Cubs…..

We went to the Met game last Friday with Lisa and Mike to see the Mets lose in classic fashion to the Cubs. This is a frustrating season for the Mets. The bullpen is a disaster. The last 11 games the starting pitcher has done well to put the Mets in a position to win. The bullpen comes out and in a matter of 4 pitches loses the game. It’s stupid. Friday was no exception. Wheeler pitched 6 great inning and Paul Seawall came in and blew it instantly. Mike took the picture below of a Met youth doing what the entire stadium was feeling.

Other than that it was a beautiful night. Great weather. Nice to see Lisa and Mike. Always great to get to a game at Citi Field. Plus it was free shirt Friday. We got the Conforto jersey seen below.


Kate and I drove into the city to do a few things and then head to Megan’s house warming. In February she moved from the LES to Brooklyn Heights. She has a lovely place and it was fun to see everyone.

We stayed over since we drove. Early Sunday morning I got a call from our home security that the internal sensor was triggered and the alarm went off. ButtFuzz was messing with the Hibiscus tree and it tripped the alarm. Apparently the cops came and it was a mess. Kate was worried about ButtFuzz since the cops had been there so we raced home. From BK Heights to West Orange in 33 min. Crazy!


Lastly, we get home on Sunday and Kate tried to use the washer.That sucker is broken! Come on! It’s 2 years old. Come to find out it’s out of warranty. Crap! So now I have to take a day off during the busiest time of the year to get it fixed. What the hell Samsung. (Sorry for this last bit, it was purely complaining)

I was looking online and one of the issues may be the cellinoid switch that let’s in the water. I tested it with a multi meter and it seemed ok. Errrrr crap

Last weekend:

We went to visit every parties guest of honor, Jenn Norwood. We drove up to Providence RI on Sunday morning. <Tangent> I hate I95! What the eff man! I don’t even have a coherent thought about it. It just always backed up for reasons that will remain unclear to all of humanity for the rest of our time here.</Tangent>

The point of the visit was to see Jenn, tell dumb jokes and sing Karaoke like fools. All those objectives where achieved. We had a private room which is not the norm for these excursions but worked out quite well. We sang a bunch of songs that the general public would not know or care to hear. We even sang Steely Dan’s “Cousin Dupree” not easy. These visits are short, they are meant to encourage maximum fun in a achieveable burst. Meaning, I’m only capable of being fun or funny for about 4 hours at most.

Providence is a cool place man! It has the youth of a college town. The growth of millennials moving back into cities. It also lacks the shine soulless gloss of a major city that had it’s renissance some 10 years back. Cough, cough bk. They have rehabilitated many if the old factory’s to lofts and with that has come new restaurants and shops. Kate and I went to this place called North for dinner. It was delicious, check them out. Smart planning by Jenn, Boom Box the Karaoke place was right around the corner.

Thanks Jenn!


After all that winter hate, I thought it was time for some spring happy. Today is a beautiful day here in the nj/ny metro area. I’m writing this whilst standing on the platform at the Brick Church NJT station.

I’m trying to post here once a week and it’s kinda tough as there isn’t always something to talk about. So today instead I’m posting a video.

A few weeks back whilst feeling a little down and out I purchased the DJI Osomo Mobile 2. For those of you that have known me a long time I used to make videos for this site. My best bud Ian Swanson used to do the filming and I’d come up with the concepts and do the editing. It was a pre-youtube era and we had a good time. We stopped because Ian (in an effort to shurk his filming duties) moved to the other side of the world.
That said I dont make videos anymore. I thought this might inspire me to at least do better visual s for the site.

Tough week last week. Followed by a rainy, sleepy, working weekend.

That said 2 highlights I managed to wiggle out of this newsless time.

1. I went to Racine WI last Thursday. The campus as you may or may not know was designed by the Great American Architect Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright. I think I’m always taken by his ability to play with proportion in a way that creates the appearance of thin elements in otherwise large structures.

2. Holy crap our Japaneese Maple. This sucker came out of this winter ready to party! Everytime I go outside I’m shocked by how impressive it is.

3. (Oops surprise, I have a 3rd) I was walking to meet Kate downtown Friday night and I saw the great Ariana Grande taking pictures with her fans on 17th St, just up from Union Square. I did not get a photo because I’m not particularly a fan. Although she seemed to be very kind in possing with people. She was hanging out the window of her giant black SUV. Made all the more giant looking by how incredibly tiny she is.

As you may or may not remember, this blog was made to track the tasks and experiences of everyday life. So I give you, a standard weekend.

I worked pretty late on Friday so that was a bit of a wash.

Saturday I installed a new, less traditional ceiling fan. I enjoy this kind of thing, although relativity simple it provides a sense of accomplishment. This can be difficult to come by in the everyday monotony, so it’s nice.

Our neighbor was having a birthday party roasting a 60lb pig. It was impressive and it was nice to see all the neighbors from the street.

The pig had a rough day.

Sunday was a work day, sucks but what can you do.

This morning I took a pic of the house as it’s nice to finally feel as if winter is over. The leaves are out and things are green. It keeps the sadness away when the sun is out.

Enjoy your week.

Just flying back from San Francisco (started writing this post on 4/30/18) and I’m sitting here wondering why we torcher ourselves by living on the east coast. I don’t love San Francisco but the surrounding areas are the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in the US. As I sit here waiting to fly back to the big grey butthole that is New York I feel as if I’m doing everything wrong. Facing down yet another week of the NJT, Manhattan, the rest is enough to make you hope for cancellations.
The wedding was beautiful, our friend Adam from NY (he moved back to Cali, about 2 years ago) got married in Marshall California, it’s a bit North West of Petaluma. It’s in dairy farm country and it is beautiful. Lots of cows and sheep roaming around on rolling green hills. It’s endlessly peaceful with cool crisp air and the sound of the ocean in the background. On Friday night they had a brick oven pizza truck at the wedding venue for people to meet each other and say hello. The pizza was exceptional. We met a bunch of nice folks and had a lovely time. The wedding day started out rainy and quickly turned into a beautiful sunny day. Every thing about the wedding was simple and lovely. It’s hard to explain but I’m now convinced a beautiful place makes a wedding work way better. It’s hard to do a beautiful places are few and hard to get to.

We stayed at an air BNB in Dillon Beach. The Air BNB was amazing! Clean, new, and priced right. Views of the ocean from every window, and a beautiful porch and garden. It was an amazing trip, everything was just beautiful. I found myself in a some what constant state of dred thinking a out returning home. Maybe it’s just been too long in one place. I don’t know. People always feel that way about vacation, going home is always hard. It’s just this is the hardest it’s ever been…

Paul and Kate

Dillon Beach

Kate and Annie (rock chaulk)


Dillon Beach

Dillon Beach

Wedding Venue

Kate in the garden of the AirBNB

Well there it is, I pushed it too far this weekend and now I’m fist fighting a cold. I’m 37 years old and anytime I stay out past bed time I get sick. How can this be?

Depending how you look at it I was either lucky I didn’t get sick till this morning, or very unlucky. I got to have the entire weekend, but now I’m facing a very busy week super sick. Aw who cares.

Friday we were out late in the city for a friend’s birthday. Saturday I went for a 4 mile run as it was a nice day out. Sat on the porch a bit, and did some cleaning. Then ate at Placio del Pollo, and as always that chicken is fantastic! Like a drug.

Sunday we got the van out and drove to Pyramid Mountain for a hike. It’s about 30 min West of us so the drive was quick and easy. Kate and I did the blue trail hike. It was great. So nice to be out in the sun just hiking at a first day of spring pace.

I wore my Keith Purnandez shirt as it is my new favorite thing. (See below) 1986 Mets first basemen Keith Hernandez is on Twitter and often post about his cat Hadji. It is hilarious, and I also love my cat and the Mets. It just makes good sense that I would support this by purchasing a t-shirt.

Stream on the hike

Kate enjoys the sun

Best shirt ever!

If I may… I’d like to apologize for yesterday’s post. I was in a bad place. I mean let’s be fair we all are. Either way that one was even a bit too complainie for my likeing.

That said, update. Ok, so I was not feeling the bathroom with the oval window white frame. Here’s the thing, it’s a small space with huge, dumb oval window. When painted white on a dark wall it becomes a light house of a focal point. I didn’t a couple of renders with it stained walnut like our floors. Thus toning things down a bit. I like it. Kate is not convinced.

“Hey Paul? What are you going to do for storage?” That’s a great question my facless internet friend. I wanted to find a cabinet of sorts to go over the toliet. Kate believes this is foolish and basic. So, check out the render, I built out the canvas bag that Kate likes as a catch all solutions for towels and TP. I’m good with it.

With all that said, I contacted the contractor yesterday a bit concerned we hadn’t received an estimate yet. I promptly received a reply apologizeing for the delay and a promise we would receive it today. Look, I know first hand estimates are the worst. You’d much rather finish the real job at hand than put effort in to a piece of paper that has a chance of not happening at all. That said I worry this kind of delay could be indicative of the project to come… Considering this is the only contactor that wanted the project we are a bit stuck. We also both like this guy. Seemed very knowledgeable and competent.

Oh man, it’s gotten bad. Here we are in the back half of April and we have had a grand total of 2 decent days in 2018. That means we have had 105 days of gray. Go ahead and call me a complainer, I don’t care. This sucks.

At this stage we have to ask ourselves “Why is this happening?” I have an idea, I think it’s a terrorist attack. Russia, North Korea I don’t care but it is effective.

I also don’t have any other updates on the other projects I’ve posted about perviously. No word from the contractor yet on the kitchen. We’re kinda bummed about that. I have the crack in the wall almost ready to paint so that’s done. Then work is just work and will always be work.

These dog days of winnter are truly brutal. You have to ask yourself why we live in this climate. The answer gets harder to come up with every week.

This is the everyday at Highland Station…

Well it’s Friday and it’s not snowing. In fact it’s 60deg at 8am. That’s reason enough for me to get through the day.

First sign of spring in West Orange

That said how about an project update! Last weekend we had the contractor over again to review our kitchen update strategy. We talked through the rendering and I sent him the spreadsheet of fixtures I’ve been working on. In that meeting we discussed the bathroom and decided I needed to make some progress on visualizing that as well.

The bathroom is a tricky turd. I built it all out to scale. For those of you that have been, it’s quite small and holds a shower. The renderings below are taken/rendered with a very wide lens in attempt to show as much as possible. As a result I think things are a bit distorted. Both visually and in the perception of size and space. It’s also missing a level of detail that will make it feel right. It’s purposely dark as the kitchen is all white. The idea there is to make it feel as if it has nothing to do with the kitchen. The fixtures in the kitchen are all back so the ones in the bathroom are all brass. Tile floor not wood. Just a different space all together.

I also update the kitchen a bit from the last post. I put the texture on the counter tops. We took a look at how practical it was to have a pendent light over the sink and changed that out for sconces. Put the pot filler in place along with all the outlets. Lighting has also proved to be an interesting challenge. I added 3 LED lights to the ceiling above the open cabinets to make sure those corners don’t get too dark.

That’s all I have for the moment. We are waiting back for the estimate. Then will figure out the money situation.

bathroom 1

bathroom 2

bathroom 3

kitchen update