We has a house! I took pics of it! - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 2nd, 2013
09:10 am - We has a house! I took pics of it!
Huh, so that was a weekend. Saturday = lifting heavy things, bathing, sleeping. Sunday = lifting heavy things, painting, cleaning, being rescued by awesome friends and taken to get food, sleeping. And now I'm back at work. But we have a bedroom and a kitchen and most of a lounge, and a lot of boxes. I can find my work clothes and managed to improvise a comb this morning.
The apartment is empty and clean and the dings in the walls are fixed and painted. This was my job yesterday as Dr Wheel stayed home and sorted out our living space. I ended up having to do some artistically-challenging work on the stairway wall because apparently Cack Green is not really a colour. I improvised by using a coat of Aspiring (a kind of muddy olive which was the right hue but too dark), and then light drybrushing of Willow Brook (seriously, who names these things?) until it was light enough. Dear landlords, please paint your house standard colours, otherwise you make life difficult for anyone trying to do repair work. *gnng* And then I wrote on the lids of the various tins of paint so that the next person will know what wall to put them on.
Anyway, it's done. Bye bye, central city living, hello suburbia.
First, the burly men. We ended up getting four guys to help move, and it still took three hours to load the truck. This is because moving out of an apartment involves elevators and alleys and trolleys and relaying stuff between all these places. This was the last thing to go in the truck:
It's the YoT's bed base, which is a king single (and still not long enough bloody hell). Yes that guy really is holding it up with one arm while he waits for the truck to be ready. O.o
At the other end, with its drive on access, it took half an hour to unload. By the time we finished it was 6:30 and not quite dark. We ordered pizza, bathed, and crashed. But for some reason at 3am my body decided it had had enough of that sleep malarkey, and *ping* I was awake. I hung in there trying to go back to sleep till 5am but eventually I gave up and got up. And took a pic of the view:
And then I watched the sun come up, and took another pic of the view:
Neither of these really do it justice. You can see east out over Evans Bay and Maupuia, a slice of the harbour entrance, and the Orongorongos way over in the distance. You can see north across the harbour to Petone and Horokiwi, and you can see out to the west over towards Highbury and Mt Kaukau on that side. It's really quite something. It's going to be noisy in a nor'wester, but think of how fast our washing will dry! And if we lose ours, someone else's will blow in pretty quickly, right?
We figure that to have a flat section and a view like that, this house must have been one of the earlier ones built up there. And it's art deco styled on the inside, so that'd be what, 1920s/30s? It has a lot of space and may be interesting to heat, but it's insulated top and bottom and gets a LOT of sun. I am looking forward to having a LOT of sun. So are my plants. I hope they don't all turn into little piles of ash with the sudden change.
Anyway, I can't remember who but someone wanted to see the art deco ceilings. Here is a picture of the one in our bedroom:
It reminds me of a dragon for some reason. Dr Wheel says it reminds him of Bioshock. Happy thinks it looks like a demon summoning portal. Each room has a different one, including the hallway. Evenutally I'll get around to taking daytime photos of them.
Meanwhile, there is a pair of etched glass doors between the lounge and the kitchen, which have this motif on them:
We think it's supposed to be a peacock. tieke was amazed at the *ahem* artistic licence that had been taken with its anatomy, and Dr Wheel thought maybe it was a turkey that was trying to work out what that thing was that had suddenly sprouted out of its back.
But there you go. Art deco. It's interesting, and quirky, and just quietly I kind of like it.
Who am I kidding? I love it! The bathroom is big enough to swing a cat in, there is sun and a garden, and Dr Wheel is noticeably brighter already. Many thanks also to vernacularity and grist for lending their time and vehicles to the transportation of delicate stuff. And my hat off to the YoT who worked two late evening shifts while all this was going on. I haven't seen him since Saturday. I think he's still alive..
Also, we have new internet, which means a new name for our wireless network. We have been Illuminati Disco Squad for a couple of years, so it was time for a change, and this time Dr Wheel did the picking. While setting it up he noticed that someone nearby had named theirs GCSB Surveillance Van No 8. We are allowed 2 wireless networks on our plan, so now we have GCSB Surveillance Van No 21 and NSA ipv6 Help Desk. Just making their job a bit easier...
La la la.