Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.
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Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Break for Bloggin

oliviacarseat18So not a whole lot going on these days other than lots of tools, dust and paint everywhere. I should be working right now but I'm taking a small break while I wait for my thin set mortar to set up a little. Everyday we make a little more progress but it never seems like a lot until we're too exhausted to do much more. We decided to paint the bathroom cabinets and tile the closets too so it's been back to the bathroom. The good news is that the dining room is pretty much done. The past few days I've been tearing out the false beams in our living room. I managed to drop the hammer on my toes, smash my thumb, and fall off the ladder. Don't tell Lana about the ladder part. :0

So I've now got all this scrap wood from the desk and false beams that I'm just dying to start working on my bookshelves. I've got a few jigs to make and a poker table to sketch out. With all the harvested lumber from all over the house I should have plenty to make my cylinder turning lathe, circle-cutting jig, and bookshelf pin jig. I have a feeling the next few weeks are going to get a little crazy around here with Christmas around the corner. I'm pretty damn excited about it despite being a little tight this year with so much going on.

I love Christmas time. Hopefully we'll get the tree up soon. We came soooo close to getting a fake tree this year but Lana couldn't find one she liked. Christmas just doesn't feel right if the tree is fake to me. The smell, the shopping for the right one, stringing the lights on... I need to dig out all the Christmas lights and figure out what the tree rats (squirrels for all you squirrel lovers) didn't ruin last year. I've slowly started to loathe the little tree dwellers. They tore up my lights, They found their way into my office and house attic and Bree is constantly barking at them. She did manage to get a hold of one the other day though. I never did find the other half...
Anyway, back to work for me.

    Remodeling Stuff
  • primer and paint bathroom repaint!! Ack!!!
  • remove tile in entry hall
  • install tiles in closets
  • install new light fixture in entry way
  • install ceiling fan in reading room
  • put a new chandelier in dining room
  • pull down paneling
  • remove faux ceiling beams (almost done!)
  • hang sheetrock
  • texture sheetrock
  • paint new walls
  • build bookshelves
  • install laminate floors
  • move lovesac upstairs
  • sand and paint front and back door
  • move books to bedroom

    Plus the Everyday Stuff
  • quality time relaxin with Lana and Marcel
  • eat
  • hygiene
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • homework with Marcel
  • take care of Olivia
  • maintain damage control
  • take care of the dogs
  • hang out with friends
  • computer time
  • sleep (optional)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Paint, Paint and More Paint

oliviafunkytown21So the past few days we've been steadily tearing away at the house. We're making progress but some days it really doesn't feel like it. We're usually up to until the early morning hours relaxing a bit after a day of painting and hammering. It does feel good to look at what's done so far. I've just got to learn that doing electrical work at 4:00am is never a good time.

Before going to bed I noticed that my bedroom wall outlets weren't working. My frog vivarium was dark and alarm clock wasn't blinking. I had messed with the wiring earlier that day trying to install my new light switches before realizing I didn't buy three way switches. Apparently I didn't wire it up properly since the bedroom wall wasn't working so I figured it was a quick fix. With the bathroom paint complete (or so I thought) I figured I'd go ahead and fix it before going to bed. So I found the right breaker, killed the power and put the wires where I thought they should go. Somewhere along the way of rewiring I managed to get more misplaced wires as the power went out on our bathroom closets too. So it went until around six in the morning when I finally sat down to clear my head and draw out what I knew about the wiring schematic so far. I went online for help and finally managed to get a better idea of how my bathroom was wired. At some point of going back and forth, from the bathroom to the garage, I somehow forgot to turn off the breaker and got a nasty little buzz from my screwdriver. It evidently woke me up pretty well as I finally got it the right combination - or maybe I just got lucky. I really didn't give a shit at that point since it was around eight in the morning and I was more than a little foggy headed and frustrated. The lesson? Always write down your wiring schematic before you start rewiring and leave wiring projects alone until you've had a good night's sleep.

We've been watching infomercials far too much these days. I swear I almost bought Time Life's Soft Rock Collection a few days ago. I did learn about an incredible product the other night though on DIY's late night programming. It's called a Saw Stop. I really wasn't too excited about the product until I saw the demonstration of it and my jaw dropped. I must admit there have been a few times when working with power tools I have quite literally counted my fingers in amazement. When I get around to working with my table saw more it's a must have. Watch the video!!

Anyway, I guess I'll get back to painting and ripping out tiles.

    Remodeling Stuff
  • primer and paint bathroom repaint!! Ack!!!
  • paint dining room
  • remove carpet from living room
  • remove tile in entry hall (started)
  • install new light fixture in entry way
  • install ceiling fan in reading room
  • put a new chandelier in dining room
  • pull down paneling
  • remove faux ceiling beams
  • remove living room desk
  • hang sheetrock
  • texture sheetrock
  • paint new walls
  • build bookshelves
  • install laminate floors
  • move lovesac upstairs
  • move books to bedroom

    Plus the Everyday Stuff
  • quality time relaxin with Lana and Marcel
  • eat
  • hygiene
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • homework with Marcel
  • take care of Olivia
  • maintain damage control
  • take care of the dogs
  • hang out with friends
  • computer time
  • sleep (optional)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Work and Play

So I've been playing around more with Adobe Bridge only to find I love it even more. It's made my four thousand plus photo and video collection manageable. Before I got the program I was basically organizing everything in folders and labeling everything in descriptive filename titles. Even at an anal level, dealing with that many files becomes difficult when you're looking for a particular photo. With Bridge though, I can now find any photo I'm looking for so long as I've tagged it. So now comes the daunting task of going through all my pictures and tagging them with appropriate metadata. It's a pain but well worth it. Now I can bring up every photo of a kid "picking nose" with a simple search!We're making pretty steady progress on the house. It's hard to feel like we've made progress when we're living with paint rollers, spackle and paint everywhere but when I see it in a list...
    Remodeling Stuff
  • remove kitchen and bathroom wallpaper
  • primer and paint kitchen
  • primer and paint bathroom
  • remove bathroom step
  • install tile in bathroom
  • install new light fixtures in bathroom
  • re-install toilet
  • install new base and door moldings
  • primer and paint entry hall
  • remove wallpaper in dining room
  • texture wall in dining room
  • paint dining room
  • remove carpet from living room
  • remove tile in entry hall
  • install new light fixture in entry way
  • install ceiling fan in reading room
  • put a new chandelier in dining room
  • pull down paneling
  • remove faux ceiling beams
  • remove living room desk
  • hang sheetrock
  • texture sheetrock
  • paint new walls
  • build bookshelves
  • install laminate floors

    Plus the Everyday Stuff
  • quality time relaxin with Lana and Marcel
  • eat
  • hygiene
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • homework with Marcel
  • take care of Olivia
  • maintain damage control
  • take care of the dogs
  • hang out with friends
  • computer time
  • sleep (optional)
There just doesn't seem to ever be enough time in the day but we manage to get a majority done while having fun. Speaking of fun, Marcel is on turkey break starting tomorrow!! It'll be nice having him around more. Here lately I know he's been feeling a little neglected with everything going on so we're going to make more of an effort while he's home to spend some fun time with him. Hopefully we'll be able to pull him off the computer or Gamecube long enough. Well, off to start my day!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby Talk

She was in a very good mood the other day and we got lucky enough to catch her talking away to her mommy on the camera! She's much more aware of everyone around her now and loves talking. The other night we went over to Chris and Barb's for the boys' birthday and she talked up a storm to Britt. It won't be too much longer that I'll lose my TV to Blue's Clues and The Wiggles. I guess it's all good so long as we stay away from those freakish Teletubbies and the purple dinosaur.

Right now she seems content with watching New Yankee Workshop and Woodworks with me. It's bad enough I gotta fight for the remote from Marcel now and then. I think to night I'm going to do laundry and watch movies while Lana works in the office. It'll probably end up being a Blockbuster night. Anyways. Thought I'd drop in real quick and post this video for everyone.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Small Runt Rant

So Lana and I have been trying to minimize the level of extra crap we have accumulated over the years recently. Turns out we've got a lot more stuff laying around then I thought. A few months ago that extra crap added up to a new computer rebuild so we figured we should do it again. So now I've got all this stuff on Ebay and Craigslist that will hopefully turn into a little extra spending money that we can funnel back into the house. The bathroom is almost done. I just need to paint the baseboards, touch up paint the walls, hang my new door, and toss new mirrors on the wall. Arg. We're getting there.

Anyway, so I've got the old jeep listed on Craigslist. I swear some people who browse the internet don't know how to read. Most of the people calling still ask if it runs and I tell them the same thing every time. "It's stated clearly in the add the vehicle is not a running vehicle", met with the same deadpan silence from them like it was crushing news. Considering how full my email box was the first few hours I'm sure we'll sell it in the next forty eight hours if I can tolerate strangers coming to my house.

So this guy comes over to look at it late in the evening yesterday with his wife and kid. It's dark and my porch lights for the garage are out so I open my three car to get my clamp light. We walk around the jeep with the light talking and his wife decides to kick there five year old out the car for daddy to deal with while he's trying to talk business. Me and the guy are in the garage now talking when he starts wandering my garage. Everyone tends to do this so I'm not surprised. The eight foot stone reapers, fiberglass dummies, skull molds, and '66 VW bus tend to attract attention. His kid is running around my garage though like some kid in need of Ritalin or a good spanking, it's still out for debate. I'm keeping a weary eye on the kid while his dad talks to me about a VW camper bus he saw just the other day when the kid whips out his dick and starts pissing on my garage floor. I'm standing there dumbfounded. The dad asks him, "What do you think you're doing?" in a very I'll go through the motions tone. The kid turns to him, dick still in hand, and crouches down laughing maniacally at him, then proceeds to run from his dad when he comes for him. So now the dad is chasing the kid around the pee puddle on my floor. He finally catches him and I make an abrupt end of our meeting by telling him to call me by 3:00pm tomoorow if he's still interested. He did pop his kid on the butt with a noodle hand a few times for my benefit.

So add that to the list of the many different ways my house has been defiled by children. Pissed on. I'm sure Tracy would Loooove that one considering Rule No. 4 and his love for peeing in new places. I'm always afraid one day I'm going to get a complaint from a neighbor that some guy was seen peeing out my our office window. I'm done with my rant now. Back to my crash course in trigonometry.

I fucking hate math. Can someone explain to me, in English please, how to find the cosine and tangent of an angle???

Friday, November 2, 2007

Just a Note...

Once Halloween goes by I always think how I'm going to do next year better. The trouble with that is I'm a professional procrastinator so it rarely goes past the detailed planing stage. I'm gonna change that next year - hopefully. I know, I know, "Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'" but it's easier said than done. This year I literally threw together my costume in about twenty minutes. I was going to wrap a toga until Lana whipped out the shear material (it was the only white fabric we had that was long enough). So with that idea busted I figured it was time to put my faux fur to good use. I have about ten yards of brown faux fur that I pulled up from my '66 VW bus that had been sitting in my garage collecting dust. I walked around smelling like a VW. Not an exactly an unpleasant smell but very unique. The guy who owned my bus last lived in the bus for a period of years traveling from Alaska to Mexico.

So I've been thinking a lot about my casting fiberglass technique and I think I finally found the solution to getting a smooth cast without spending a fortune on gel coat. Amongst the audio DIY'ers they call it milkshake, spooge by some. It's a mix of bondo and resin. There's a ghostbuster prop guy who used it to make his proton packs. By mixing the two you get a paintable resin that sands baby smooth and is great for a smooth casting!! It's what I've been looking for to cast smooth finishes and I'm pretty hyped about my next costume. I'm always amazed at the level of depths whole communities of hobby enthusiasts go to. I now know how to make some kick ass custom speaker boxes and panels for the bus later. Costumes first though. I just don't know what to test it out on first...

Anyway, I should get back to work while 'Livie's sleeping. I got tons of crap I need to post on Ebay and Craigslist. Just thought I'd brainstorm a little here. Later!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hallow's Eve

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So Halloween is over now and I'm not aching to the bone, no hangover and my house doesn't smell like a brewery with half empty cups and beer bottles everywhere.

Although I do miss the occasion to hang out with everyone I can't say I miss the cleanup factor. I didn't get around to puting my Reaper out or my headstones but I did get the scarecrow out with a light installed in the head. Now it looks like glowing eyes and mouth. On the good side it's less stuff to drag in.

I feel well rested this morning. After all the trick or treating was done we had a nice evening eating out and visiting. Marcel got his usual big bowl o' pasta, Lana got a burger and they actually cooked my steak right! It was a pretty relaxing evening. We came home, ate some of Marcel's Halloween candy, and just visited with each other.

It's been a pretty fast-paced few months. It's not too often that the opportunity comes up to spend quality time with each other these days with a baby in the house again. Having a baby is a stressful joy but I do miss spending the quality time with my Marcely and Lana. I know we'll get to a point where it'll become a non-issue and I'll get tore up about missing all the diaper changing, the cat naps, all the drool, and the baby coos. It has been a remarkable blessing having both of us stay home this time around and I have to say I don't know how any woman does it alone. It's not a job for the weak. My hat goes off to single moms. Now that's Hoowaah.

I've got lots of pictures to publish (eventually) but heres a few for now. Marcel got his school pictures in the other day but my computer's been living in the dining room for now. I went out to Chriss' new place last week for some LAN gaming and just hadn't had the chance to take my computer back up the office so new scans will have to wait. Enjoy and

Happy Belated Halloween!!!