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Console Concern

I am selling my truck to my replacement, Zach, and just weeks before I hand it over, the latch on the center console broke. Ack! It wouldn’t stay latched because the spring is lost. The spring is lost because something broke that holds the spring in. Dang.

I went looking online to see if I could do anything about it, and found that they sell a replacement latch. It was only 10 bucks! Nice! I ordered one. It came yesterday, and I replaced it.

Now the console stays closed, and Zach can have a trouble-free driving experience.

Clean Condo

My realtors came over for a walkthrough yesterday morning. It’s a husband and wife team, and have loved working with them. After our first meeting, the wife asked if she could close with prayer! Awesome!

I was nervous to have them see my place, so I worked hard to complete projects and clean things. I still haven’t finished painting the bedrooms though. I have got to get that done! Ugh.

It was fun to have them walk around and look at things, because they kept saying: “It’s so clean!” That made me feel really good. 🙂 I also felt really good about the comp listings they showed me. It’s a seller’s market right now, so I should do well on the sale. I’m glad, because I want to try to buy in LA if I can, and their market is pretty heated right now too.

A Little of This and a Little of That

Happy Easter! His is risen! Alleluia!

Yesterday I had big plans of doing lots of projects in my condo that are half done. I only made minor progress. Dang.

I did get the sword down from my living room wall though. I figure that might be a little distracting when people are viewing the condo. I will carefully wrap it up, and it will make its way across the ocean again.

Speaker Story

I got a new projector for my classroom at the beginning of the school year, but it did not have a digital keystone adjuster, and the picture was wonky, so I got a new one. I was glad to get a new one, because the speaker on the old one was so quiet.

The new projector has a digital keystone! Yay! And the picture is WAY brighter! Yay! But the speaker is still so, so quiet. Ugh.

I have been trying for weeks and weeks to solve the problem. The projector has RCA inputs on the back (those old red, white, and yellow ports), but they seem to be only decorative. I’ve been using an HDMI cable to connect he projector. An internet search said that you can get a device that splits the sound off, so that the video continues to be HDMI, but the audio is RCA. Perfect! I could get an external speaker.

Many purchases and returns of cables and speakers later, I have finally gotten things set up. Woo hoo! I’m using a TV sound bar as my speaker. It is GREAT for movies on the computer, but my DVD player is still so quiet. Shoot. Or maybe it’s “The Ten Commandments” that’s so quiet. I tried playing it from Amazon, and it was still quiet. Dang.

Here is the setup:

And here is the amazing little box that splits the sound off:

Cabinet Commencement

Yesterday was my first morning back to exercising with Cristina, my trainer. She had been out of town when I first got back.

I decided not to go to school. I have some planning to do before I can work in the garden bed any more, and I wasn’t in the mood to do any classroom stuff.

I had some coffee and read a little. It was a pleasant morning. After being lazy for a while, I decided to start on a Project – I was going to get the kitchen cabinet trim ready for staining. I want it to be a darker color than it is now, and there’s a product that is stain and polyurethane in one. The wood just needs a little prep first.

I washed it with naphtha, then sanded it with 220 sandpaper, then wiped it with mineral spirits. It really cleaned it up. But it took me a while to get going. And I think the fumes got to me because I didn’t open the window. I only got four cabinets done. Wah-wahhhh…. (that’s supposed to be a sad trombone noise)

The ones over the fridge aren’t done… you can kind of see that they’re a little darker/dirtier
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