zuka and his crew did a great job friday night. besides adding baseboards and trims to anywhere that needed it (including the perimeter of the kitchen walls), they also caulked the seams, including the bathroom. they added a lock to the new coat closet's door and stripped off the striped wallpaper that was in the foyer. before they left, they vacuumed as well.
i brought over my cicada/bee lamp today. that item is special because it was the very first thing that i made a conscious decision to buy just for the new place. purchased in provincetown, i still haven't tried it out yet, even though an unlit scented tea candle sits inside its metallic exoskeleton.
i hooked up the new linksys router. the setup was effortless with the one exception of my handcrafted ethernet cable, which didn't want to fit into the ibook's ethernet port. everytime i make an ethernet cable, i think about the first week that i was working at screen house, where they taught me how to make these cables. right then and there i fell in love with the company. anyway, eventually i switched cables (that's what you get when evolution has blessed me with a bigger brain) and everything worked. not sure yet how to set up a single machine to be a server, but i'll figure it out in time. bigger brain, remember?
and the last thing my father and i did at the house was to finally figure out where to put the recessed lights in the kitchen, and which switches they'd be controlled by. we used pink post-it notes as placeholders for where the lights would be. there was a lot of climbing up and down the ladder and repositioning the pink markers. we also tried to simulate a recessed light through the use of a lamp attached to an extension cord. finally we figured out there'd be a total of 9 lights controlled by 3 switches, 6 baffles, 3 eyeballs, all arranged in a nice grid pattern. (potential bad news though, talking with an electrician, my father was informed that there might be a possibility i can't have recessed lighting because the housings might be too close to my upstair's neighbor's floors, which means he might have spots on the ground where it'd be warm from my lights downstairs. stay tuned for further details.)
finally, spent two hours at the watertown home depot where the highlight of the trip was buying a 24"x36" stanley bathroom mirror (it's called a vanity mirror). i've been buying a lot of mirrors recently, and really big ones no less. we also got another heat gun, so father and son can do tandem paint stripping in the new house.