November 16, 2008: Our First Fireplace

5 Days to Baby Day! (39 Weeks and Two Days Pregnant)

Dominica and I really slept in the morning.  Only five days to go until the baby is due so all the sleep that we can get now the better.  Dad was already awake and reading when I finally came downstairs.

I finished reading “Programming Ruby” this morning.  I am hoping that my next main book to be reading will arrive from Amazon tomorrow while I am at work.

We had breakfast at the house this morning.  We have some bolo levedo, Portuguese muffins, that we picked up at Stop and Shop last night.

This morning Dominica noticed that we have water leaking from somewhere on the second floor onto the first floor.  The water stain was first found during the house inspection but at the time they felt that the stain was old and not a current leak.  It appears to not be so.

We were sitting in the living room and Dominica looked up and noticed that the stain looked darker than usual.  I climbed up on a step-stool and felt it and it was definitely damp.  This is our first major issue with the house.  Now we have a serious plumbing problem to identify and fix.  We have no idea from whence the leak is coming.  There are two bathrooms upstairs, both of which are in use.  We are only using the one shower, though, so at the very least we are able to rule out the master shower, but that is about it.

Dad did some checking and there is no way that we are going to be able to do anything without taking out one of the bathroom walls.  There is also a slight possibility that the water is coming from the roof and that there is a leak somewhere in the attic.  We had the heaviest rain today of any day that we have been in Peekskill and its slightly possible, but very unlikely, that that is the source of the water.

We took an early afternoon trip out to Home Depot.  We needed to get some basic supplies.  Pretty much there is going to be a run to Home Depot every day until the baby arrives.  There is a ton of stuff to be done around the house.  No end to the potential work.  The big items in this trip were a new lighting fixture to replace the broken one in the upstairs hallway.  The previous occupants left some of the lightbulb sockets empty so that we would think that the fixture was just missing bulbs when, in fact, the fixture was broken and those sockets didn’t work.  So we took the opportunity to get a new fixture and to switch to florescent lighting.  We also got a matching lighting kit for the master bedroom that attached to the fan as our room is very dark almost all of the time.

After shopping we got a really early dinner (we had skipped lunch) at the Mohegan Diner.  We are always on the hunt for new places to eat.

I did a bit of work in the basement today.  Dominica came down for a while to hang out with me.

Tonight we lit the fireplace and had our first ever fire in our new home.  This is our first time owning a fireplace.  Dominica has never had one, except for the gas fireplace in our living room at Observatory in Ithaca which is not the same, but I grew up in a home with a fireplace and my parents’ second home has two.  So I am used to having them, but it is very exciting for her.

The LCD screen is mounted just above the fireplace so it is perfect for watching when there is a fire.  We rearranged the living room furniture to make the room feel more like a living room and to make the seating do a better job of facing the LCD.  We put on Underdog which we have in our Netflix queue.  It really is amazing how good the Netflix streaming movies look on the PS3.  It seems to me that they are pretty much at DVD quality!

It was nearly midnight when we finally got off to bed.  I have to be up early tomorrow to get down to Wall Street.

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