Getting Ready for the Wrap Up

For the past couple of years, I've done a sort of year-in-review post with my thoughts about what went well over the past year and what I'd like to do in the upcoming year. I don't really refer back to this list at any point during the year, but perhaps I should. In general, I like to see things that I think would be helpful/fun to know/learn/do in the coming year. And if I see things that I've had on my list for more than one year, I'd like to think that I make a bit more of an effort to do them. Anyway, as the end of the year is coming up and this is how I sort of like to spend my January 1st, I've been starting to think about the year in general. By and large, I'm pretty happy and think I had a pretty good year. I may have gotten a bit lazy toward the end, but overall, I'm not complaining. I'll go into more details next week.

Conduit!

This weekend was the time to put in conduit for all my outlets. And that's what I did. I've put in a lot of outlets and think that I have set everything up quite nicely. I'm really happy that my conduit bending skills have improved quite a lot. Here are some pictures:

Did this on Saturday and it was my worst bend. It bothered me so much that on Sunday, I took it out.
Did this on Saturday and it was my worst bend. It bothered me so much that on Sunday, I took it out.
Seriously!  Look at those bends.  They look great!  (At least I think so.
Seriously! Look at those bends. They look great! (At least I think so.
I basically cut these almost perfectly
I basically cut these almost perfectly
They fit together easily.  Go me!
They fit together easily. Go me!
A shot of the area by the breakfast bar.
A shot of the area by the breakfast bar.
I put the frig and old oven in place to see how things will look.  I'm pretty happy with it.
I put the frig and old oven in place to see how things will look. I'm pretty happy with it.
And that piece of conduit from the ceiling (in the previous picture) was bad, so I redid it here.  Looks much better.  It will be used for under cabinet lighting.
And that piece of conduit from the ceiling (in the previous picture) was bad, so I redid it here. Looks much better. It will be used for under cabinet lighting.

All I have to do now is bend the 3/4" conduit that I bought to run to the circuit box. I took out what I did earlier because I realized that I need to run four circuits through the conduit and 3/4" was going to work better than the 1/2" I had used.

One other thing I tried to do was to fix the leak at the one valve in the water lines. Unfortunately, I still have a leak. So I think I'm going to have to cut the valve out and put a new one in. Not ideal, but I don't think I can fix the one that's in there.

Froze My Butt Off

Julie and I did the Santa Hustle this morning. It was under 20 degrees and freakin' freezing. Here's a few pictures I took when I could get my fingers out of my gloves.

Had the beards at the start, but they weren't that comfortable
Had the beards at the start, but they weren't that comfortable
Lots of crazy people with us
Lots of crazy people with us
Fortunately, I brought some extra socks to wear on my hands. Julie needed them for her feet.
Fortunately, I brought some extra socks to wear on my hands. Julie needed them for her feet.
Yay!  We finished!
Yay! We finished!
Note the frost on Julie's hat.
Note the frost on Julie's hat.
Happy I survived!
Happy I survived!

I Earned a Cookie

I had a pretty good Thanksgiving weekend. Got the wall done, so I feel I've earned a cookie.

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I also have my first electrical box installed and have a plan for how to do the rest of the electric work.

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Go me!

And to top it all off, I (again) changed my mind about wall cabinets. I think I will put a couple up. Here's how I think things will look, thanks to the Ikea Kitchen Planner.

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