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'Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the house, not a… - John C. Kirk

Dec. 24th, 2005

08:45 pm

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'Twas the day before Christmas,
and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
except for John doing DIY.
(boom)
Don't stop ... hammer time!

So, yes, today I've been sorting out my futon (as purchased from Ikea a few weeks ago). The tricky thing about this was that it had 64 plastic nails that needed to be hammered in, and this is a bit noisy. I started doing it last week (when I had a day off work to receive a delivery), but then the DIY shop downstairs started thumping on their ceiling (my floor), presumably to hint that I was being too loud. It's a tricky situation, since I do feel bad for disturbing my neighbours, but if I do it during the day then I upset the shop downstairs and if I do it in the evening then I upset the people who live upstairs/beside me. I compromised by doing it from 2pm-3pm today, after the DIY shop had closed, so hopefully I won't be too unpopular. One tip - always use the right tool for the right job. I was initially using a metal hammer, but it went a lot faster when I switched to a wooden mallet. I assume that other people have to deal with this, given all the Ikea cultists (erm, that is, "adherents to their lifestyle philosophy"), and I guess it's not so much of a problem if you own an entire house, but what do people in flats do? In fairness, there are a couple of nice features to this futon over my previous (Argos) one, such as the straps that hold the mattress against the back of the frame.

Anyway, once that was out of the way, I moved onto my beanbag. I bought some refill beans from CoolBeanBags.com (who deserve credit for their domain name as well as their very prompt delivery), and used one of them up before my flatwarming. I'm now working through the second one, and I've basically been able to position everything so that I don't need additional limbs (which is handy). Top tip: don't use a plastic cup for this! I tried that, and was able to witness static electricity in action, i.e. the cup got covered in beans that stuck to it. I haven't tried a glass, but a ceramic mug does the job nicely.

While I'm doing that, I'm watching the new "Gargoyles" DVDs that arrived in the post this morning (the first half of season 2). I've said it before, but I'll say it again - this really is a great series. I saw it on TV about 10 years ago, but they didn't show all of the episodes, and the ones they did show were sometimes out of order. When I got the season 1 DVDs last year it was a nice recap, and the new DVDs have some of the "missing" episodes, so I'm enjoying watching them.

I've also been clearing space on my Digibox by watching "Space Cadets" - more on that in a separate post (probably not until tomorrow/Monday), along with my thoughts on diving (trust me, there is a connection!). Until then, merry Christmas to all, and enjoy the sprouts!

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From:rileen
Date:December 25th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
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Merry Christmas :-)

I am, in fact, in Sutton, but leaving for Glasgow shortly. Wish you a wonderful Christmas and new year!
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From:shuripentu
Date:December 26th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
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given all the Ikea cultists (erm, that is, "adherents to their lifestyle philosophy")

O Ikea who is in Sweden,
hallowed be the unpronounceable names of your products.
Your market monopoly come,
your assembly instructions, accompanied by only mildly helpful diagrams, be done
at home as it is in the warehouse.
Give us this day our flat-packed shelves
and forgive us our hunger for well-made homewares at affordable prices,
as we forgive you for not providing free delivery in the UK.
And lead us not into B&Q,
but deliver us from Argos,
for yours is the sofa, and the desk lamp, and the cheap kitchen utensils
forever and ever,
Amen.
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From:johnckirk
Date:December 26th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
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That is very impressive, and left me grinning - well done :)
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