[Paisleychick-lj] House work continued
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Fri Jan 22 13:14:05 EST 2010
Storm rolling in, originally uploaded by [katesedgwick].
Monday, I worked at [the Argentimes] and got the new photo interns mostly up to speed, which is great. They're an enthusiastic team. I also worked more on the house and put a final coat of paint in the kitchenette with the help from a friend. She braved the humidity, fumes, the insects and the spiders and we made good progress.
It was really hot and muggy on Monday and the weather broke with a short but intense summer storm. The sky was heading towards sunset and then all of a sudden the sky turned really dark as the heavy gray cloud covered everything. Water came pouring down in buckets and it was so wonderfully refreshing and cleansing. We continued working under cover until the storm passed and then cleaned up and closed up the back.
As I left the apartment, I didn't take into consideration that it had just rained and that the marble steps would be slippery. I fell down the stairs for about 3 steps and slightly injured myself. I immediately went back upstairs and put my leg up and my friend put ice on my foot. Luckily it wasn't badly hurt and ice, elevation, a bit of rest and an anti-inflammatory worked wonders. I have fallen in Buenos Aires three times now. In August 2008, I fell and hit my left knee. In October 2009. I fell getting onto a bus and bruised the hell out of my right shin. It seems I get one fall/year. I've used this year's up - no more falling.
Tuesday morning and early afternoon, I shot two assignments for the Argentimes and did some writing over lunch in Palermo. I then sped back home via the subte and the bus to drop stuff off and pick stuff up to take with me to San Telmo to work more on the house. We received the cabinets for the kitchenette in the back guest house. The delivery guys carried everything up the stairs and into the back, while I guarded the van down below so nothing was taken.
[Grinding down the metal frame], originally uploaded by [blmurch].
I met a new local handy man and he came over to take a look around. We've had new glass put in the old window and door frames and the windows no longer sat right. He came over and ground them down and now they open and close perfectly. The plan is for him to come by again on Wednesday afternoon to repair the bottoms of some of the old doors. He also can install the kitchenette cabinets and the counter top and all the plumbing that goes with the sink. I still have to buy the supplies for that.
My friend K came over as well and helped scrape paint off the windows and doors and put up masking tape and paint the inside of the bathroom window frame white. I'd already painted the outside green. We also started scraping off some of the flaky paint off the fence around the terrace. We had a good time catching up and hanging out and getting progress made.
I also said hi to our downstairs neighbor. He'd been gone at Mar del Plata and came back very tanned. He was renting the downstairs apartment and recently bought it. We chatted over hallway repairs and other things. I'm hoping he's going to be a more attentive neighbor than the previous owner. As I was letting out the new handy man and his assistant, my neighbor chatted them up, so it seems that they know each other already. This is a good sign. I'm hoping he's a good handy man - he's done some good work so far.
: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmurch/4290748375/ (Grinding down the metal frame)
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