Apr 11 2008

Final Frontier…

Haven’t talked much about work, but here’s a quick recap…

Last few weeks of Iron Man were busy as expected. There was an occasion where the director and visual effects producer stopped in to say some very kinds words to the crew. That’s a rarity and I appreciated it a great deal. I can’t wait to see the finished film.

So my new gig is… Star Trek! That’s something I never thought I’d have a chance to work on and I’m kind of geeking out about it. The teaser trailer is out now to whet everyone’s appetite, but the actual release isn’t until Summer 09.
You know, I was thinking: Lightsabers, Optimus Prime, Iron Man and now, Star Trek! What other influential childhood franchises could I possible hope to be involved with…? Ooh! Maybe the next Muppet movie? If I could work on a scene with Animal singing “Fever” with Rita Moreno my life would be complete.


Apr 10 2008

Spring!

My folks took this photo today of the house. The magnolia and azaleas are blooming. Yay!


Apr 6 2008

Home Visits

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See?! I knew it would be difficult for me to keep up with my blog!

It’s been a little under a month since my last post and I have a handful of updates, but I’ll start with the house.

I made two visits up to Portland over the last few weeks. The first was cataloging what needed to get done with the home. Mom, Dad and me went over every nook and cranny and made a long list of everything we hope to address in the next few months, plus we hit Home Depot, Costco, Lowe’s and Sears to start pricing things out. My second trip I met with potential contractors (electricians and window guys), had a chimney safety inspection/cleaning completed and saw the brand new washer/dryer installed (my Dad impressed me with a handy-man install of a 30amp outlet for the electric dryer with an assist from my uncle). That weekend I also had a long shopping day with Dad, meanwhile, Mom ordered blinds for the living and dining rooms. I also had a visit from my best friend and his cousin for more handy-man input (my best friend’s cousin recently completed designing and building a large addition to his family’s home). All-in-all a very productive trip with loads of help and support from family and friends as usual. I definitely couldn’t do any of this without them!

So what’s left…? Still got a long list of smallish projects plus a couple major projects. The big ones are: repair and refinish hardwoods, make it legal to sleep in the basement and make sure the home’s electric systems can safely support all my computer and television gear. I’ve scheduled the hardwoods for later this week, but I’m still comparing the multiple bids I received for adding a basement egress window and modernizing the electric system. I hope to make a decision very soon.

It’s crazy… the house is in great condition especially compared to other homes I looked at, but I keep experiencing sticker shock at how even the little things adds up. And the learning curve on things like permitting, taxes, utilities and rent rules is pretty steep. But as daunting as home ownership feels sometimes, I’m glad I finally made the move. I love the house and I’m glad I’ve finally started the long haul back home.

Cheers!

P.S. I can’t wait til Spring gets going! Turns out the former owner was an avid gardner, so I’m anxious to see what surprises will come up in the yard. Already, the tulip magnolia in the front starting to bloom and I can’t wait to see what kind of roses to expect from the climbing rose bush over the patio. Woo-hoo!