back at the house, i rummaged in the basement to find some bathroom wall fixing equipment and materials. i grabbed my folding ladder to access the upper portion of the wall. i also remembered there was some galvanized corner beads, but they were all short, 1-2ft at the most, nothing long enough to span the entire height of the wall. i could probably piece together enough to bridge the whole wall, but might just be easier to buy a new single piece, they don't cost very much. i did find some plastic corner beads that were 8ft tall, but they look more like they'd be for inner corners. i also checked the space underneath the plumbing, to make sure there were no more leaks, and to see how much insulation i needed to fill the gaps. i noticed some mold which i wiped clean with a bit of bleach spray and paper towels.
i ate my sushi while watching the news. later i swept the sidewalk clean with a broom and transplanted one of the backyard impatiens to the front yard side pot (there used to be an impatiens but it died). i then biked to huron veterinary hospital to pick up hailey's medication. my sister told me her dog tested positive for whipworms. the dewormer medication (panacur) is expensive at $100.
before coming home, i made another trip to market basket to get some frozen soft pretzels on sale.
in the late afternoon i ate a quarter of the date-filling mooncake. it's so dense, it's impossible to eat the whole thing in one sitting. an hour later, i baked some soft pretzels in the toaster oven.
i ate while watching tigerbelly on youtube, bobby lee's video podcast. for some reason i find it really compelling, especially when he chats with other comedians. bobby lee's been around a long time, yet his star has shone as much as other comics, despite being a favorite amongst his peers. he's also never had his own special before, but his stock is on the rise, with more recent high-profile projects, a special is only a matter of time.
i haven't made century egg pork bone congee since july, nearly 3 months ago. i always have some frozen spare ribs in the freezer on standby in case i need to make it. the recipe is easy, there's just a lot of waiting: 20 minutes for the pressure to build, 35 minutes of pressure cooking, then 20 more minutes of non-pressurized "natural release" cooking, followed by a few minutes of quick sautéing after removing the bones and shredding the pork.
i ate while watching the red sox game, a rare victory. the AL wild card race is crazy, with 4 teams vying for the two spots. yankees are currently ahead the red sox by 1 game, while the mariners is 1/2 game behind the sox, while the bluejays are a full game. there's only 4 more games left in the regular season, boston needs to win out or have seattle or toronto lose a game. even new york has to be careful, a yankees loss could catapult one of the teams behind.
on a whim, i decided to pull out more leftover insulation from the bottom of my bathroom plumbing "box." that's when i noticed the fiberglass insulation was still wet, while everywhere else inside the box was dry. the most likely culprit is the corroded copper pipe has a very small leak. i took some photos and wrote my upstairs neighbors a carefully crafted e-mail letting them know the pipes were still leaking and needed to be replaced. most importantly, they'd pay to fix it, because it's their pipes. when the plumber comes though, i may have him do some other work, like fix the blockage in my bathroom sink hot water valve.