This site is still somewhat alive. Due to my impending job change, it has been moved to a rented server at LeaseWeb’s facilities in the Netherlands. It has also been moved from the software components OpenBSD, Apache and MySQL to Ubuntu Linux, Nginx and MariaDB, respectively.
I realize that I’m not writing a lot of interesting stuff on my blog for the time being. Filling it with easy posts solely about e.g. metal music and running wouldn’t paint a real picture of my life at the moment, so I’m not going to resolve to that.
So what have I been up to lately? Well… I’m seeing a lovely girl, I’ve been to the dentist for the first time in several years (everything ok), I’m quite busy at work, I’ve been cut into by a doctor (nothing really serious but there’s a healing process), I’ve painted inside my house and replaced a few pieces of furniture, I’ve bought and assembled furniture for my terrace, I’ve cut down a tree in my garden and turned it into firewood, I’ve become a board member of the civic association in my country town, I’m planning maintenance work on my private water supply together with a neighbour, I’m in the process of getting my car approved for two more years at the biennial, statutory inspection, I’m trying to get better at unwinding and relaxing, I’m learning to appreciate good tea (but also rediscovering the joy of good coffee), I’m expanding my cultural horizon with new genres for music, movies and series, I’m thinking about how to celebrate my 30th birthday later this year, I’m starting to do gardening, and undoubtedly more.
That’s it for now.
Here’s a small bonus for my fellow metal heads:
I’ve had this day off work, as I wanted to use some of my vacation before 2014. I don’t think it makes sense to carry more than approx two weeks of vacation to the spring, as the spring has many holidays. I had planned to spend most of the day getting insulation for my attic, but since Bauhaus’ van was unavailable, I ended up giving my car some attention instead. I could only fit three packages of insulation in my car, so I will definitely not use it to move the remaining 60 packages…
After a weekend with my workplace’s Christmas party and my mother’s 25th anniversary in the municipal day care, a day off has been nice.
I’ve changed tyres before, but I still think today was my debut as a mechanic:
- Changed from summer to winter tyres.
- Filled washer fluid.
- Changed a “position light” bulb.
- Changed the motor oil.
- Changed the oil filter.
- Changed the air filter.
Parts and fluids for only 555 DKK, excluding freight. I already had the tyres and the washer fluid. I borrowed a proper jack and other accessories from a co-worker. For releasing the old oil filter I used a large pipe wrench from a neighbour.
The car actually worked afterwards 🙂
I have no pictures, party because my phone ran out of juice, and partly because my hands were dirty most of the time. If you are searching for help, hints or walkthroughs, I can recommend Google and YouTube.
I turned 29 yesterday – for the first time!
Honestly, I don’t mind it. Age is just a number. I even expect not to be shaken by my 30th birthday in a year. In my universe, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc. are considered more “major” numbers anyway 😉
As mentioned in a previous post, some of my geographically closest relatives visited my on Sunday, November 17, for an informal dinner and afternoon tea/coffee/cake. My purpose with the event was also to show them my house and neighbourhood. With a cloudless sky and bright sunshine the weather was at its best in quite a while. A very nice day indeed.
Yesterday, on my actual birthday, I was at work most of the day. Thanks to my co-worker Karina, my monitor had birthday flags taped to it, which meant I got a lot of greetings. Mid-afternoon I fetched some cakes from a nearby bakery.
In the evening I helped my brother move “officially”, i.e. registering it electronically with the authorities, and I went for a short run. Some might say I have some experience regarding moving 😉 Regarding running, I have planned a schedule for the next two-three months, which will take me slowly from four to ten km.
Hmm, what else is current…? Ohh, yes, I think my car is starting to demand some kind of love. I have driven approx 20,000 km since its last service. One of the major front bulbs died, so I’ve changed the pair. The job almost made me crazy. It doesn’t end there, as I also have to change a pair of smaller bulbs, and I’ve decided to change oil, oil filter and air filter. At the same time I will make the switch to winter tyres. I might have a small hole in my exhaust system, but I’m not going to do anything about that for the time being.
I’m currently planning to add 15 or 20 cm of insulation to my attic, and I’m pondering whether or not to install some air ducts in the process. The purpose is to circulate the warm air from my stove to the rooms in the other end of the house. If I decide to install them, it should be part of the insulation job, as the ducts will be surrounded by the insulation material.
Changing my circulation pump is temporarily on hold, as I’m quite busy with other stuff and because I actually use very little electricity, all in all. I have just had my expected yearly amount lowered to 2,000 kWh, and I honestly don’t expect to reach even 1,500 kWh. The sensible thing is of course still to change the pump. Which reminds me that I need to add water to the central heating, as the pressure is quite low… Air in the pipes probably isn’t the best medium for transporting heat.
Today, most of my colleagues, their “better halves” and I celebrated the 11th birthday of our workplace, Netic A/S. The event took place at Køreteknisk Anlæg Aalborg ApS in Støvring, next to E45. All times being approximate, we ate breakfast from 7:30 to 8:00, were taught a bit about the forces involved in driving from 8:00 to 8:30, drove in our own cars with professional instruction on dry and wet track from 8:30 to 12:30, had a nicely roasted pig and a giant ice cake for dinner, and were given very fast laps in an Audi S5 by the race car driver Marco Sørensen. A truly awesome day! The ice cake, which is shown above, was from Ryå Is (Aabybro Mejeri) and it was as delicious as it looks (which is very, if you’re in doubt 🙂 ).
In the afternoon of Friday, September 6, I visited Beredskabscenter Aalborgs Uddannelsescenter together with many of my Netic colleagues. We rappelled down from the roof of a three – maybe four – storey building, and we navigated in teams through a dark maze. It was a really nice event. Thanks to Normann P. Nielsen for making it happen and to Peter Sone Koldkjær from rapelling.dk for being the instructor. In the picture above I’m rapelling, and in the picture below I’m crawling in the dark (temporarily lit up by a powerful flash). Thanks to my boss Karsten Thygesen for taking the pictures! The album from the event is available on flickr.
Friday, August 30, I was visited by two friends from Thy. I served something simple and something that was at the top in my freezer – venison from roe deer. I remember having shot it with my own rifle in the winter season of 2012. Very delicious. It was accompanied by crispy bacon, scalloped potatoes and cold lager.
Most days I don’t really need a dishwasher, but it’s a really nice invention, when you have people over for dinner, and you want to spend time with them rather than stand in the kitchen. If you remember to open it while the dishes etc. are still quite hot, they’ll even get dry without your intervention. The view on Saturday morning:
Saturday I visited my parents and brother in Thy, as my father turned 54. We celebrated his birthday by taking the ferry to Feggesund and eating lots and lots of eel at Feggesund Færgekro. The eel were accompanied by potatoes, parsley sauce, Porse Guld (beer) and Rød Aalborg (schnapps). We often joke that the only good thing about the small island Mors is the view of Thy, and in fact the view is not something to complain about:
On Sunday, my father and I got up at 3:45 in the morning and went hunting for geese and ducks together with three other hunters. My father’s plan was to let me and the other guys have the best chances, as he lives closer to the hunting grounds and can go there any other day. The geese hadn’t heard his plan though, so they flew mostly over him, enabling him to shoot three of them. I helped pluck their feathers and got two of them with me home in return. In the following picture I’m trying to hold the geese up high, but they are actually quite heavy.
The weekend was concluded by a few hours of extremely serious work, where a colleague and I were on site at Netic performing a planned upgrade of MySQL from version 5.1 to 5.6 on a very important database cluster.
I apologize for not having written anything for quite a while, but I have been – and still are – insanely busy fixing my old apartment, moving stuff and fixing my house. By fixing I generally mean cleaning, painting, etc. Besides moving into my house, I have a long list of projects, which I have listed in an earlier post. I moved into my house on the evening of August 8, which actually means that I have been living there (here 😉 ) for 15 days tonight. I spent the first night in a sleeping bag on a thin, self-inflateable mattress, as I hadn’t moved anything into the house yet.
Even though I haven’t written for a while, I don’t plan on making this a long post. I’m relaxing in my new living room, drinking a cup of coffee and listening to some very stoned beats from Den Sorte Skole. At the moment, most of my days are 7-8 hours of work at Netic, 1.5-2.5 hours of work in the old apartment, 0.5-1 hour of shopping and driving home, and 1-2 hours of house projects. Today was no different, which means I’m pretty wasted.
I have tried being without warm water, because my oil burner and the associated pumps had lost power. The problem took quite a while to debug, and it turned out to be a human error. We had pushed the wrong buttons when debugging my outdoor lightning two days earlier. A few days later I happened to check my hot water tank and was surprised to see a low temperature yet again. This time, however, the entire house had no power. After having played around with fuses for a while in the dark, I looked in my mailbox and found a notice from the power company – they had cut the power due to unpaid bills. Moreover, they wrote that it would cost 900 DKK to get the power re-enabled, that I could only call their customer service hotline on work days between 8 AM and 4 PM, and that, after payment of the unpaid bills and the re-enabling fee, they would pretty much re-enable the power whenever they felt like it. What a shitty evening it turned out to be.
My refrigerator was 15 °C, so I had to throw its contents out. Luckily, my freezer is very well insulated, so it was still approx –10 °C. Making a long story a bit shorter, what followed was a) a trip to the hardware store to get a generator, b) finding out that the generator made way too much noise to be a viable solution, c) a trip to a nearby city for a second-hand bookcase that I had agreed on buying, d) driving around that city for some time to find a gas station, because my car was driving on fumes, and that station was somehow hard to find in the stressful situation, e) driving home with the bookcase and unloading it, f) emptying the contents of my freezer into bags, g) driving to my workplace with the frozen goods and borrowing some space in their freezer, h) driving home while cursing… It turned out to be the power company’s fault. They hadn’t processed the vacating/occupation form from the realtor. They re-enabled the power the next day and told me to ignore the notice regarding the unpaids bills and the fee.
On one of the first days, after becoming a home owner, I rented a carpet cleaner and spent approx four hours cleaning the carpet in my living room. It was definitely worth the time, money and sweat. Now the carpet has a few more years to live. The picture below shows the cleaner in the living room. It is next to a flyswatter, as I had to kill hundreds of flies during the first days.
I have decided to get rid of the red curtains. They work, are clean and definitely not worn out, but I don’t like them and want a more modern style.
I wanted music for the house cleaning, so my stereo was one of the first things to be connected 🙂
You cannot be a home owner without a proper ladder. I still think it’s one of my best purchases. It can be morphed into many shapes. I’m curious to find out just how long the locking mechanisms will work…
One day at work I received a big concrete block, which would be put on top of my chimney, after having resealed it with new mortar. Being an it guy, I of course had to order stuff like that online 🙂 Okay, to be honest, I couldn’t find a suitable chimney top in any of the local hardware stores that I visited.
It was possible to fit the 30+ kg concrete block, measuring 81×81 cm, in my Aygo. Not easy but possible. I have lifted a lot of heavy stuff during the past two weeks, and my Aygo has transported it without complaining.
I’m in the process of painting some boards in my garage. They will eventually replace some boards on the ends of the roof of my house. The paint was insanely expensive. To be precise, I’m only in the first phase on the picture – I’m painting them with primer.
In order to save some money, I bought a second-hand lawn mower. So far I have mowed my lawn twice, and the mower has started on the first attempt every time. What a fine, little mower for only 300 DKK. My goal was to use it this season out, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t be able to cope with the next season as well. In the picture below I’m transporting it from its previous home in Hammel.
Now I’ve started painting the boards with actual paint. I’ve chosen a dark grey for the wood work on the house and a light grey for the windows and doors. That’s not the entire story, but that’s it for this post.
The final picture shows a part of my living room. My couches, coffee table, armchair, lamp, stereo and tv have been placed. It’s not the final placement for e.g. the speakers, and the tv isn’t even connected yet. At the time of writing this, it still isn’t connected. I plan on hiding cables etc. in one of the cabinets in the bookcase.
A huge thank you goes out to my parents and brother for helping me out. They have fixed my chimney, helped move my stuff, helped paint my living room and hallway, helped clean many of my rooms, and they have brought food. They will of course be rewarded.
Also, I want to thank my colleague Jan, with whom I have discussed many details and competed regarding loan fees and move-in date.
Have a nice weekend out there.
I’m quite busy for the time being, which is why I haven’t posted for the past eleven days. Real estate trading, friends visiting and many active projects at work are the topics that have demanded my attention. Not something to complain about, to put it in the typical, cup-half-empty Northern Jutland style 🙂
Regarding real estate trading, I’m in the process of buying a house. That includes getting the paperwork right, taking out a mortgage and vacating my current, rented apartment. It’s a big, big thing. At the moment, everything is on track. I have done my homework, and I will continue to do so. I’m very much looking forward to having my own place. It will probably be easier to grasp, when I’m past this uncertain phase. Three years of savings will be converted to bricks and I will be in debt for the next 15 years. I have never been in debt for more than a few consecutive months, so that’s another new experience. Also, I will be driving to work. For the past three years and a half, I’ve lived 1–1.5 km from work and used my bike or walked. My Aygo will probably be happy to drive more often.
More details will follow in a later post 😛
Let me share a few pictures… First, look at the view I had on Wednesday, June 19, when I was hunting for roe bucks with my dad:
I didn’t see or shoot a buck, but I saw a doe twice (that’s a female).
On Saturday, June 22, I cooked roe deer venison with bacon and new potatoes for two visiting friends:
It was very delicious.
Last night I assembled my new grill, which I hope to inaugurate soon:
I should have looked around the store for a smaller starter 🙂
… or for a bigger grill, as some people would probably say 😛