The Storm

If ever there is a storm in a household, it has to be in the kitchen and it has to be on Thanksgiving day. I tried to secure the traditional bird the day before the great day of thanks, unfortunately both grocery stores I went to were sold out (I was also amused to see two women in Target debating who should get the last turkey baster). So we decided to go a less sleep inducing bird, chicken. Now I haven’t prepared many large meals, so to take on the holy grail of meals, Thanksgiving, I thought might be a bit out of my league. Its not that it is difficult to prepare each dish, it is just a lot of work and takes some forethought to get everything done around the same time. The menu was as follows:

  • Roasted Chicken
  • Stuffing
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Rolls
  • Dutch Apple Pie

I won’t say what was from a can or box, but I will say the bird was 100% all me. Everything actually turned out pretty good. I find I try to cook to not ruin the food instead of cooking to make excellent food. Its a small distinction and one reason why I will never be America’s next Top Chef.

I was thoroughly tired after that marathon meal, but I knew there was a storm in the basement brewing. In fact, as I type, it is continuing. At this point I am finally putting the drywall up on the ceiling, but I can’t believe it has taken me 2.5 days to get ready for it. There was insulation to finish, some framing to wrap up, some video and data cables to run, a lot of electrical to finish up and good cleaning was in order. I finished the cleaning this afternoon and went and rented a lift for the drywall. It is a bit awkward to use by myself, but once you get everything set it place, it makes screwing up (or down depending on how you look at it) the drywall a breeze. Doing the ceiling first is a good idea for a number of reasons, but mostly because for me it is the biggest pain. This house has been sitting here for roughly 90 years and the floor joists aren’t exactly flush anymore, if they ever were. Fixing the problem isn’t too bad, but it certainly makes for slow work. Two more days to go and I can only hope I get 90% of the drywalling done, but now it is well past my bed time…

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