Archive for the ‘House’

Swedish Furniture Epiphany

January 09, 2014 By: erik Category: House, News, Photos

Swedish Furniture Epiphany - AfterMy wife and I are some of the worst home decorators I know. Not only do we lack vision and style (“What would look good in this space?”), but we’re stingy as hell. Also, due to our expatriate past/present, we feel very comfortable with the idea of packing up and moving very far away. Which is funny since we’ve lived in our current house for 8.5 years, longer than we’ve lived anywhere but with our parents. Our false sense of “We could move out at any moment!” makes us terribly unwilling to actually nest in our current home, and make it better.

Roomba Eye View

September 13, 2011 By: erik Category: Experiments, House, Reviews, Videos, Weird


Just over a year ago, in May of 2010, we bought Roomba. We had two recommendations from friends, so we splurged the 300€ and bought a robot to vacuum our floors. Initially it seemed pricy, but it’s some of the best 300€ we’ve ever spent. As my wife said to me soon after we bought it…

I think I like the Roomba. It doesn’t clean as well as I do, but it cleans about as well as you do.


Worst. Cleaning Lady. Ever.

August 31, 2011 By: erik Category: House, Offspring, Videos

Child LaborI’ve had it with our cleaning lady. She does a lot of moving around the house, opening and closing doors, so it seems like she’s working, sometimes visiting the trash can to supposedly dispose of dust she’s collected, but then the floor is never actually any cleaner than when she started. I’ve been suspecting that she was inept for some time now, but I finally was able to record a video of her “at work”, and I must say that my suspicions were totally confirmed. I’m afraid we’re going to have to let her go.

Epic Boiler Adventure

May 04, 2011 By: erik Category: Complaining, House

Boiler KnobOver the last year, our boiler (the appliance that uses propane gas from our community tanks to heat water for the sinks, showers, and radiators) slowly stopped working. Well, it heated the radiators just fine, but the hot water in the showers was only lukewarm at best. My wife and I could be brave and take cool showers, but towards the end, we were having to boil water separately to fill the bathtub for our daughter. Finally we couldn’t take it anymore and we called up our friend, Manolo, who says he’s not a plumber, he’s a Hydrosanitation Engineer.

Monster in the Closet

September 09, 2010 By: erik Category: House, Offspring, Photos

Monster in the Closet (crop)In just about every room of the house, Nora has a favorite place that she will go to if you carry her in and set her down in that room. In my office, she likes the corner with the guitar; in the kitchen, she likes the spot behind the stools; and in our bedroom, she used to like my bedside table best, but she’s recently discovered the wardrobes, and the fact that she can get inside one and close the door.

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Nora Cam

July 30, 2010 By: erik Category: House, Offspring, Videos

Nora Cam (still frame)The other day, Nora was in my office chastising me for something in her gibberish language, so I got out the video camera. While I was taping, her mother called her into the living room to put on some sunscreen in preparation for an afternoon trip to the beach, so I walked with her, with a slight detour into the kitchen. The result is a sort of Nora’s-eye-view of our front hallway, kitchen and living room.

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Aft Thrusters. Engage!

April 14, 2010 By: erik Category: House, Offspring, Parenting, Photos, Videos

Trouble On WheelsThe volume of space in our house defined by the phrase “out of reach of children” is shrinking quickly. While still a couple months from walking on her own, I believe, Nora has greatly improved her in-walker mobility. She can now move forward, backward, and turn with ease. The result is that she can get to just about anywhere where we don’t have a rug, and reach most things in the bottom ninety centimeters of the house. This includes many drawers and cabinets. Yesterday she was with me in the kitchen as I was doing the dishes. She watched intently as I opened a drawer to put a utensil in. Two seconds later she had her hand on the handle and was opening the drawer, pulling things out. We need to install some safety latches, stat! We bought drawer latches the other day, and the woman who sold them to us told us that it was absolutely paramount that the child never sees how to operate the latch, otherwise they’re useless.

Rasmussen Blanket

December 16, 2009 By: erik Category: Family, House, Offspring, Photos

Nora face cropSome years ago, Thelma, a friend of my mother’s, was traveling somewhere in the Midwestern United States and spotted this blanket. It was clearly made to celebrate or advertise a company specializing in bulldozers, backhoes, and other heavy machinery. A quick Google search would lead me to believe that it is probably for Rasmussen Equipment Company. Anyway, Thelma bought it for my mother because it had her last name on it. At some point the blanket was given to me, and I have had it in my possession for many years now. Since we moved into our house, it has been on our sofa, often pulled down on top of the sofa’s occupant(s) on chilly evenings.

A Room of Her Own

November 16, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, House, News, Offspring

Not counting my office, our house has two bedrooms, one large, and the other freakin’ enormous. Ever since moving in, we’ve been sleeping in the smaller of the two for several reasons, the main ones being the gorgeous view and the fact that it’s exterior, with no neighbors’ balconies nearby. When it became clear that we’d be having a third resident in our house, our irrational greed took over and we both agreed that, “There’s no way we’re giving the baby the biggest room in the house! Over our dead bodies!” Actually the whole house would be hers since she’s the sole heir. So we moved into the bigger bedroom, set up the crib in there with the intention of banishing her to the smaller bedroom when the time came, and we lived like this for eight months. Until…

Breaking and Entering

July 05, 2009 By: erik Category: House, Photos, Spain

Break InSomeone broke into our house today when no one was home. The intruder climbed perilously over a wall (six stories up!) separating our balcony from the neighbors’, smashed through the glass of our balcony door, cutting his hand in the process, and climbed into our house. We found glass all over the kitchen floor.