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Master bedroomlopnik status:  Doggo approval  Master bedroomlopnik status:  Doggo approval 

I finished laying out the floor in the master bedroom tonight. Baseboards will go back on tomorrow. Shelby approves.

Boating season is now done done. Boating season is now done done.

I actually hauled it out for the season a month ago, but it had been at the fiberglass shop getting a fresh coat of bottom paint and barrier coat. Since I was heading up to Albuquerque anyway today, I picked it up on the way North. As always, the 2.7 ecoboost is deeply impressive towing. It was real windy today, so…

Houselopnik continues, this time with an entryway, or, what I seem to do with all my spare time and money. Houselopnik continues, this time with an entryway, or, what I seem to do with all my spare time and money.

Since my last houselopnik post, I’ve spent the last few weekends doing the master bedroom closet and the entryway and closet. First up was the master bedroom closet, which was just big enough that I treated it as its own room. It wasn’t terrible to start with, but it had the same cheapo carpet that we’re tearing out…

Garage performance, tested. Garage performance, tested.

The overnight low was 19 degrees (nonsensical units) in Southern New Mexico last night, which was by far the coldest temperature we’ve seen since buying the house in March. This is also unseasonably cold for this time of year here, which means people are walking around wearing fur in the desert this morning. The…

More bedroomlopnick, now with more hallway More bedroomlopnick, now with more hallway

With the conclusion of my last home improvement project, I’ve moved on to updating the 1990 out of the spare bedroom/study/office and the hallway. I’m now about 1/3 of the way through updating the house.

Boating season has ended Boating season has ended

Saturday was the day on the lake this year and haul out day. It was a perfect 70 degree day in Southern NM, and there were only a handful other boats out on the lake. After some cruising around and lunch, it was a stop at an open marina to top off the fuel tank, empty the port-a-potty and winterize the sink.

Instead of working, I bummed around Soledad Canyon and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument  Instead of working, I bummed around Soledad Canyon and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument 

I took today off work and had a me day. The morning started off with a nature walk in Soledad canyon (at around a 3 mile loop and less than a 1,000ft of elevation gain, I don’t count it as an actual hike). Even if I don’t come up here as often as I once did, today was sublime reminder to appreciate the fact that this…

Doggo post Doggo post

On a night when the weather radar looks like this (and looked like that all day, which never really happens in Southern NM), the doggos find ways to cope.

What I have done oppo?

Today and tomorrow is a public policy conference put on by the university that is directly related to what I do working with political papers. We’re involved in the planning and execution, as well as I put together and man a show-and-tell type table exhibit about the relevant (and very, very large) senatorial…

Spotted: a beloved part of my automotive past, now with fake M badges Spotted: a beloved part of my automotive past, now with fake M badges

I went out to pick up some oil and a filter for the mustang in the household, and I spotted my old E39. 200o 528i, factory sport package car. It now has a roundel front license plate, some M colored stripes on the grill and some fake M badges added by the guy I sold it to, but on the whole the car still looks…

Bedroomlopnik, completed Bedroomlopnik, completed

A few weeks ago, I posted about starting the next room on updating the house after doing a bathroom a few months ago. This room was a menagerie of woe, with horribly painted baby-blue walls and pink trim. It was the one room in the house that just looked bad. I can’t stress enough how badly painted the room was, with…

Bedroomlopnik, tearing stuff out.

I’m back at it updating the 90's out the house. With the main bathroom out of the the way, it’s time to tackle the front bedroom. This room is, by far, the worst looking room in the house with baby blue walls and pink trim. Toss in the builder’s grade crap carpet that was probably put in around 2005ish, and you’ve got…

Words are important Words are important

Up the road a bit from my house is this sign in which someone in the county sign shop forgot a word, and I’m guessing the guy who installed it wasn’t being paid enough to care. A block down the same road they managed to include all the words.

DOTF (and David Tracy bait) DOTF (and David Tracy bait)

I was up in the Nebraska Panhandle last week to visit some friends and family. One person we always visit is a relative who still actually lives on a family homestead. She’s spent the last 40 years running the place and restoring the 1870's main house (literally a rock house built with 6-foot slabs of limestone for…

DOTS DOTS

Spotted this survivor parked in Potter, NE. Not perfect, but someone has certainly cared for it. Didn’t look rusty underneath, so maybe someone’s grandparents stay home when it snows.

DOTS: Trinidad, CO DOTS: Trinidad, CO

By far the most interesting paint job I saw while stopped for lunch yesterday.

Some people hang horse shoes over doors... Some people hang horse shoes over doors...

I hang old sets of Bosch fog lights over the side door to the garage. I finally got around to unpacking and setting up the garage after a few months of procrastinating. I’m about 90% done after today. Having about 1/3 of the garage finished in pegboard is coming in handy.

Good News! (here be hot takes on race rubber) Good News! (here be hot takes on race rubber)

There may not be a new Dacia Sandero (so far as I know), but the July Fastrack is out.

DOTSS (Down on the shade structure) DOTSS (Down on the shade structure)

This shade structure is over the entrance to the library and directly outside my office window. Sometime yesterday a facilities maintenance worker dropped this golve from the roof three stories above. It bothers me slightly every time I look out the window. What does oppo have for the over/under for how long it stays…

I've severed my last official tie to Texas I've severed my last official tie to Texas

Because New Mexico requires out of state vehicles to have their VINs physically inspected by the MVD, I hooked up the trailer and took it by the MVD this morning to re-title and register it in NM. For those that know NM, having a titled and registered trailer displaying a plate and current sticker is decidedly…

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