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I even offered him my virginity!

"I know, that was real sweet of you." LOL, Maxine Thortenberry! Some True Blood spoilers at the end, but I got a deck this weekend! 24 yards of cement, which is three truck loads. DAMN. And the crew got it poured, leveled, and lined off of one hour and ten minutes. CRAZY. Also, the Mr. and I built a fence yesterday. You know, like people do.


[By "days" I mean the actual number of physical work days, not consecutive.]

Day 12

Deck day! Cement truck is pulling up, they're creating a maze of walkways and getting things ready to go. (The white foam board you'll see is the edge-maker for the cantilevered edge we're doing.)








Here comes the mixer! This was a Saturday, so the little kids in the neighborhood kept circling on their bikes trying to get a closer look.





Smartly not cementing themselves into a corner.





These guys had an amazing system. They'd line up at the cement truck in two lines, one guy would fill a wheelbarrow, shift the channel to the barrow to the side, roll off, and someone from the line would move up to take their spot. Fast and efficient. (We just couldn't believe they were doing this by hand and not using a boom.)














They had two guys standing in the cement, pushing it into place, two other guys that used a leveling pole to smooth it out, then this is a floater - smoothing over the top for the next to last texture.





If you look at the right you'll see a guy with a white bucket. That's the color-guy. He spreads a powder all over the concrete - coat one.





Then the floater comes and smooths it into the wet cement, making it soak down into it.






Then the color guy comes back and applies another layer. Coat two. (There were 5 in all.)





Truck #2.





They still have the whole front section and the stepping pads left. It's a lot of cement, is what I'm saying. (It's called cool-crete.)





My tanning spot is all done with 5 coats of color! Still have to float it and then they'll come back today and do the acid wash.





I liked watching them stomp around in the cement. I bet it's fun the first few times you do it. Then I'm sure it's tiresome. :)





Like frosting a cake! A big, heavy, hot cake.










The final float over here. (OMG, I'm so obsessively taking pictures. DORK.)






All filled in!






Now they're putting in the "Crack" lines. It's still a solid floor of concrete, it's just a visual.






The guy in the red plaid shirt has a hand tool with a ridge - that's how the line is made.






Hot tub and stepping pads. (That's not a bend in the hot tub over flow, that's a weird shadow. I went out with my level to make sure. *g*)





Ready for your close up, Mr. Demille? When the deck is finished (acid washing) it should match the tile almost perfectly.





Some drains for when people slop out of the water.





OMG PLASTER NOW PLS.





It looks very pink here, but it's not.





A closeup of the stepping pads. Blue Mexican pebble will fill the cracks between them and the deck. A patch of Buffalo grass will go under the window (for Sally Derg and Hope - there will be another patch, too, over behind the diving board wrapping around to where the deck/pads stop.)






After a day of drying, here's how it looks - and you can see the back of the fence, too.





Here's the fence we built yesterday. It still needs the top rail, kick plate, and stain.






Now for something completely different. ITS-

TRUE BLOOD: I tell you what, if ever I needed to stress that I really don't care about certain characters - and actually find their story lines distasteful, last night cemented that. HOWEVER. Freaking BANANA PHONE, LOL x forever.

TRUE BLOOD SPOILERS

1. I'm so over Tara crying or boning some new guy every episode. honey, let the dust settle. Watch some TV and have a laugh. Or a non-cry. Good lord.
2. I'm over the dubya tee of Crystal and Hotshot and they've not even started that story line. With the exception of dialog like, "I just gotta marry my half-brother and let him breed me until I'm old or dead." and "That's just my double cousin." LOL.
3. Sam's character assassination continues with every ep. I did like his whole "I'm a nice guy" rant, but I hate everything else they're doing with him. You do NOT insult Terry, yo.
4. Uh... wtf with the Wiccan shit? I did lol at Arlene's arms up and out, though. And whoa did she look young in that dream scene!
5. BEEEEEL with his Freddy Krueger face. Ew. I'm ready for him to go to Peru.
6. Jessica and Hoyt continue to show HOW SEXY IS DONE, am I right?
7. PAM. Oh, Pam, you with your love for your maker. So wonderful.
8. The tender goodbye kiss from Eric! (But come on, they're not killing off Eric.)
9. The whole scene with Maxine and what's her face doll collector/dumped by Hoyt was hilarious.
10. I did love the scene with the vampires getting choked up over the sun. See, the show is SO BAD in so many ways, and then they do something like that, and I'm wanting more. DAMN YOU, ALAN BALL.
11. Have to say that I'm over Jesus and Lafayette's romance/trip down drug lane. Some new storylines pls.
12. BANANAS IN PAJAMAS. LOL, I love the idea that Pam screws with Eric and puts in random ring tones (and actually wrote something similar in a fic a while back, hahaha.)



Last, I'm pretty excited that Temple Grandin won so many awards, and how funny was she standing up and waving like she was waving a lasso? Hahahaha. Cute. Okay, now to start digging up crap soil to make way for plants and good soil (I'm not leaving anything to chance, I'm doing this myself.)

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stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't get that they didn't want to show gay sex, just that it was a heavy handed way to show yet another V is Heroin metaphor, which, WE GET IT. Also, I think it's ALan Ball trying to be an "Arteest" with all of the visual tom foolery. YAWN.
flaming_muse
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
OMG you totally are going to have a powder pink girly pool! Wait until the sparkly streamers are put in! Is this your Barbie Dream Pool?

More seriously... it's AWESOME!
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHHA NUH UH, AM NOT! :D

Oh man, I want to see a plaster truck pull up TODAY.
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stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've seen you pop up now and again, feel free to do so whenever.

And it's fun to watch stuff get made, I think. WHEE BUILDING STUFF!
bailunrui
Aug. 30th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I am right there with you. I smile whenever I see Stoney's pool posts.
nijireiki
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to see your see-mint pond is coming along beautifully!

Blah at True Blood. I'm downloading it now (missed it last night), but it sounds like MOOOORE of the SAAAAME. It's amazing how one of the most boring characters in the books (Crystal) is made MORE BORING by being put on television.

Characters I prefer single: Jason (sans grown-man-vs-high-schooler plotline), Tara, Lafayette, Terry, and Sam, whose brother I am including in tag-along characters I could use less of in my life. Characters who can do exactly what they want: Eric, Pam, Russell, Talbot, and Jessica. I even liked Lorena. Everybody else sucks.
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
The high schooler on drugs plotline was LAME. And I really don't want Tara and Sam to continue being eff buddies, because it's just so... lame from a writing stand point and makes no sense. Tara was put in shackles and raped/abused by Franklin for who knows how long, then makes out with Jason, cries over Eggs, then humps Sam, all in the space of 24 hours. HUH?

Not interested in Tommy any more, either. Feh.
underthethrow
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
I have this totally embarrassing attraction to him :3
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stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I CANNOT WAIT! You know I'm gonna take a picture of me doing a cannonball, right? I'll be all Ron Burgundy with that shit!

OMG, the whole "I even showed him my best underwear, there's nothing else I can do!"
killiara
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I really shouldn't read these posts when I've only watched up to episode2 in season 2 of Tru Blood.
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
?
Well, I warn for spoilers, so you only have your lack of control to blame.
killiara
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
True, true... I love reading spoilers, but then I feel horrible about spoiling it for myself.
I guess it comes from having fandoms in other countries that you aren't sure are gonna make it to this one, darn you anime!
evewithanapple
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I actually blanked out on most of what happened on TB (actually, I just realized I'm a week behind) because of the BURNING CROSS. I gaped at my computer screen for a solid minute after that. What the fuck, Alan Ball?
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
I FORGOT THAT SCENE. I think on purpose. Jesus, dude, white vampires =/= actual historical racism in America.
nijireiki
Aug. 30th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
WORD. Fierce Uhura thinks your 21st-century race/social class metaphors could use some 20th-century polishing, Alan Ball.
ladycyndra
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
#12: THANK YOU! I didn't recognize that ring tone. LOL!
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I LOL'd.
strtmyorange
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
When's the pudding truck pulling up?!! ;-)
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Hopefully right after the plaster truck, but before the Nilla Wafer truck1 (I'm going to make banana pudding, natch.)
nijireiki
Aug. 30th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Ooh! You should make this.

As a baby Southerner, I have only recently discovered the crack of banana pudding ice cream, from my friendly-neighborhood-store-brand Winn-Dixie and Publix (IT HAS CARAMEL MIXED IN). WHY DON'T PEOPLE HAVE THIS UP NORTH??
morgabe333
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
BANANAS IN PAJAMAS. LOL, I love the idea that Pam screws with Eric and puts in random ring tones (and actually wrote something similar in a fic a while back, hahaha.)

WHERE IS THIS FIC?! I must read it.
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's this one. I noticed that the Edward Cullen/Fangtasia bunch isn't tagged.
ethrosdemon
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
The little postmortem things at the end make Alan Ball look increasingly more and more like a deluded dickhole. I think maybe someone on the staff is encouraging him "no, really, you haven't talked ENOUGH about your vision! do go on!"

Jessica and Hoyt are so sexy they melted my dvr, which sucks since I haven't seen this week's No Reservations yet.

I'll answer your emails when I get home from work, lady!
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA, I think you're right. I would love to find out that there's a real life Pam encouraging him to screw up publicly.

Jessica/Hoyt: completely dressed, completely clean, and completely sexy. LEARN, BEEEL and SUCKYY.

Otay, have a good one, cookie!
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stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I've actually never enjoyed Tara. She started off as total bitch in your face as if the writers were worried that we didn't understand just how bitchy the character was supposed to be, then it was just her with the massive twang and pouty "what you talkin' bout, Willis?" face. Like she's always daring you to speak.

MEAN PAULA DEEN!! Lol, that's it!

(I'm glad, because good hell it's narcissistic of me otherwise! Now it's just mildly so. Heh.)
tabaqui
Aug. 30th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh, neat! So your deck/tile is going to be a kind of soft terra cotta? It's very pretty. I love the idea of blue pebbles mixed in with that, that'll be *neat*.

:)
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
No, it's more beige like the tile. I don't know how to adjust the color on my camera, so it looks pink. I'm super excited about the blue pebbles, too! The ultimate color scheme we went with was the sandy beach and Caribbean blue of Puerto Rico. :)
tabaqui
Aug. 30th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooh, okay. It looked closer to orangey than pink to me, but either way, that's cool. Sandy beach sounds neat! You just need some palm trees now and a loop of wave noise and gulls....:)
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stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I can't wait! I mean, I do not want to wait anymore! :D

Remember those old Mervyn's commercials? OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN. Heee.
lynnenne
Aug. 30th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
OMG IT ACTUALLY LOOKS REAL NOW! I mean, realer than before! You must be super excited.

Also, you and the Mister did an awesome job putting up that big fence in a weekend!
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
YAY DECK!! Tomorrow I confirm plaster colors and then it will REALLY look like a pool, because they have to fill it up with water immediately after it goes on! CANNONBALL IN THREE, TWO, ONE....

(And thank you! We have a system down from the last house we owned. We work together well on construction projects. *g*)
nikitangel
Aug. 30th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Those pool photos are strangely entrancing!
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
I blame Sesame Street's series of how things get made videos. :)
elizardbits
Aug. 30th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
LAURA. YOUR POOL IS PINK.

I could not possibly be less interested in Sam's storyline, omg. Altho seeing him tell off his stupid brother was pretty rad, as I find him even less interesting than Sam.
stoney321
Aug. 30th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
SHUT UP IT IS A TRICK OF THE LIGHT. LIKE HOW YOUR FACE IS. They just did the wash, and it's very much TAN like beach sand. Not PINK like your ass cheek.

SIRIUS. The Sam story line where it veered off into "what the hell?" land is just disconcerting. UGH TOMMY GO AWAY WITH YOUR TRASHY DOG FIGHTING STORY.
swmbo
Aug. 31st, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Holy cow that is fast! Also, your fence is gorgeous!
stoney321
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Neighbors were coming out to watch because it was just that amazing, how fast they were!

And thank you! We'll stain it just a hair darker than it looks in this picture. It smells so good - mmm, cedar.
swmbo
Aug. 31st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ohh, that would be absolutely gorgeous!

I finally picked out a stain for my deck, it's 'teak'in the line which is basically ... well it's basically a walnut. I can't wait til they actually STAIN it now.
stoney321
Aug. 31st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Pretty pretty!!

I can't wait for us to finish the shade structure - it'll have a frame of 8x8 timbers stained espresso (almost black) and the horizontal slates that create the shade will match the fence. Like this.

I LOVE PROJECTS.
swmbo
Aug. 31st, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh oh oh, yes! I am getting one of those put over half the deck, but not til next year, because thre's only so much the budget can do at once. But I am SUPER excited about it!
vermin_nz
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
(drool) That pool is going to look absolutely fabulous when it's finished...especially once you've added your gardening touches etc.

You realise you'll soon have the entire neighbourhood living in your backyard? :-)
kseenaa
Sep. 20th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
It is so interesting to see this come to life. :-)
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