Category Archives: American vs English

Fort D’oh

All I’m gonna use this bed for is sleeping, eating, and maybe building a little fort! – Homer In the interest of getting one thing completely done, we made a fort (UK: den) in the attic. We decided to make … Continue reading

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Rock

Welcome to Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp, where you’ll experience the complete rock-n-roll lifestyle without the lawsuits and STDs. And remember rule #1: There are no rules! Rule #2, no outside food. – Mick Jagger When I was in high school theater, … Continue reading

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The Blair Witch Dumpster

One surprising thing about having an enormous dumpster in the side yard is the non-surreptitiousness of the divers. I expected — nay, WELCOMED — such visitors. The more stuff that is reused, the better! But I did anticipate they would … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Rooms

The loft remodel continues to delight me on a daily basis. I love coming home from work and seeing What Happened Upstairs Today. Kev and I head up together, and we let the cats come along. They are not so … Continue reading

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I Waited Over 300 Posts to Use This Quote

Demo is underway on the loft! OH, YES, the remodeling has begun! The general plan is to increase floor space (by pushing out the knee walls), heighten the ceiling, add skylights and larger windows, put in a master suite (including … Continue reading

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Another Catastrophic Appliance Event

Ralph: I wanna be in the bake-off! Wiggum: There, there, I think your grilled crayon sandwich was delicious. Ralph: You only had a pretend bite. Wiggum: No, I’m eating it, look! Ralph: Can you taste the thumbtacks? Wiggum: Ah, crap. We … Continue reading

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Fear No Veneer

So you see yourself more as a buffet-style intellectual. – Declan Desmond We bought our Duncan Phyfe dining set and buffet from an angry man. “This stuff is classic, but my wife wants oak,” he fumed. He was annoyed that we … Continue reading

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The Internet Versus Paper Sizes

Ooh, pads of paper! – Homer Simpson We received a lovely original drawing from Ben’s girlfriend Lois for Christmas. We were and are delighted. Sometimes give her a little kiss for luck in the morning! Lois also paints and sculpts … Continue reading

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Faking Leaded Glass in Cabinets

Marge: My address?! It’s…umm…1-2-3…Fake Street! Chief Wiggum: 123 Fake Street. Got it! When we finished the built-ins, I intended to gussy up the glass cabinet fronts. One idea was making the glass look old, but I really wanted to emulate the … Continue reading

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Window Films for the Look of Old Glass

Ice to see you. – McBain When we added the built-in cabinetry to the living room, we used glass doors for two reasons: It breaks up the expanse of wood. It allows remote access to the electronics. The vintage cabinet unit we used … Continue reading

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