Tuesday, November 08, 2005

All I want for Christmas ...

After months of daily wiggling and several failed attempts at manual removal, along with Christian's steadfast resistance to my overtures with a pair of pliers, the dentist finally resolved the issue quickly and (relatively) painlessly. She had originally preferred to try and wait the teeth out, give them a chance to fall out naturally, as the teeth underneath pushed them out. They endured stubbornly, however, and the new teeth have been pushing in behind. Yesterday, she finally gave in, and with a shot of anesthetic, extracted them forcefully.

Christian didn't complain; and he was happy with the "medicine" she prescribed for treatment while his gums were still sensitive: ice cream!

Under Construction - November Update

It's been a while since I've done an update on the construction progress; theoretically, according to the original schedule, our project should be just about done (if you don't know what I'm talking about, the first post on the subject is here). Construction began in August, so as of next week we'll be into the third month; but since we added several items to the original project, we are now looking at a timeframe that runs until early December. Also, the soggy weather which has played havoc with our health and my tennis playing, has taken a toll on the construction's impetus.

The house is not done, but it's pretty close. Here's a pic of its current state:

Just for reference, here's what our yard looked like "before", from almost the same perspective:

(The tent wasn't a permanent fixture ... just a product of that day's particular diversion!)

Here's another view:

And here's an inside view:

"Bungalow" is the best word I can find to describe what we are building. We have a hard time explaining to people why we are building "another house" in our yard. I've elaborated in previous posts that this structure will be my office (since I'm now working out of my home), and an extended family room and guest house. This term, however, is misleading, because conceptually, the new space is nothing more than a detached extension to our current home. It was the best solution we managed to encounter to increase our living space, short of moving or demolishing our current house and starting over. More importantly, it was also the solution that best attended our current financial considerations.

At the moment, construction is underway of the covered patio / barbecue and bathroom that will integrate the swimming pool area with this "bungalow". This was one of the changes ... along with the addition of a "kitchenette"... to the original project, thus making the bungalow more self-sufficient. We also will have quite a bit of landscaping to do once construction has finished, to try and recover some of the greenery that has been lost.

As the project comes to fruition, our initial qualms have being steadily allayed. While the overall layout will be unconventional, our impression is that it will attend our necessities well. In the future, when the kids are older and more desirous of privacy, it can be transformed into two external bedrooms for them (assuming I consent to give up my office!).

I've also updated the gallery that shows the construction progress from the back, here.


At November 08, 2005 11:48 AM, Sith Snoopy said...


I hope it gets finished up soon.

Didn't read about the differences in construction in the US vs. Brazil. Will read later. Hopefully what you said is that it's easier to deal with the regulations, or words to that effect! :)

We don't have kids. But our wolf-like dogs do tend to want us to be more interested in them than in our computer's in our respective home offices! :)

[However, unlike your kids, they eventually quiet down and become content just to sleep in our home offices.]

We have a 4 bedroom house. 1 Master, 1 guest, and 2 used for home offices. I suspect my home office will end up partly in the guest bedroom or the garage when we finally start having kids, and need a place to put them! :) [Either that, or our guests will have to be content with a blow-up bed in my home office, and our guest bedroom will disappear!]

My husband's home office is a little small... I don't think it would be a good bedroom for a kid to grow up in. Plus if we're having kids, my job focus will probably be more on motherhood and less on software engineering. So I'm voting he keep his office. ;) ... which I assume he will agree with. ;)

I'm glad that you have a job where you can work at home. That's awesome. :) My company doesn't have a telecommuting policy, so if I work at home for them, it's on my own time. :P

At November 08, 2005 6:30 PM, Anonymous said...

Great pics of Christian and the new house construction. I really like the layout around the pool...the Gramling courtyard. Looks like a great place to just hang out and relax! The best part is that it's unique to you and your family...not like the cookie cutter homes we have in the "burbs" up here.

Does the tooth fairy visit Rio?

Take care, I have to get some work done!


At November 08, 2005 6:33 PM, Anonymous said...

Have you thought about stocking that pool with hybrid bass (striper)? or have the Brazilian walking catfish found it?

At November 08, 2005 9:16 PM, Mark said...

The place is looking very nice. I like the look a lot, and would be glad to rent it from you cheap if I ever visit the area. ;-)

Congrats to Christian on the teeth. Can't believe you didn't tie a string to the doorknob and then slam the door. My dad's a dentist, and that's the way he always did it. More accurately, I have no idea what he did, but I have no bad memories of dentist visits.

At November 08, 2005 11:27 PM, Jim said...

Sith Snoopy ...
Working at home is kind of a new thing for me, too. I hope it works out; right now my laptop is set up right in the middle of the living room so it is kind of hard to get anything done, at least when the kids are home from school. That's why the addition is so important!

At November 08, 2005 11:40 PM, Jim said...

Greg ...
Our vision is to have lots of tropical plant life, and plenty of hammocks hung around! One of the advantages of living in a tropical environment!

The "tooth fairy" doesn't really exist in Brazilian lore; there are several traditions that I've heard: the most common I've heard is to bury the tooth in the yard or throw it on the roof so that a new one would grow back. Of course, in my house we had the tooth fairy for awhile ... but I don't think the tooth fairy actually ever left any money ... just took the tooth!

No fish in the pool ... I can't even keep them alive in the aquarium! On Celio's farm though, there are several ponds and most of them have a very predatory fish called "Traira" ... which is the south american variant of the snakehead ... very toothy, and it can crawl short distances through the mud like the walking catfish.

BTW, the tent in the picture above is the one we bought at the Bass Pro in Springfield in 1991!

At November 08, 2005 11:45 PM, Jim said...

Mark ...
I actually considered the old slam-a-door-with-the-tooth-tied-to-it trick; but then, the more I thought about it, the more *violent* a thing to do that seems! I mean, maybe people really do that, but maybe it's just folklore. I guess any way you can get leverage must help, but ... damn! What if you slam the door and the tooth doesn't come out??? You might dislocate his jaw or break his neck!

At November 09, 2005 5:26 AM, Sith Snoopy said...

I have OCD, so I would have probably "worried" the tooth out, i.e., kept wiggling it with my tongue so that it fell out faster.

Glad Christian had a cool dentist who made sure the adventure was pain-free. Children's worst medical memories from childhood can often involve the dentist. Such is the case for my Sister, who had a cruel dentist. [My Mom didn't know the dentist was cruel and uncaring. :P ]

At November 09, 2005 9:41 AM, Sith Snoopy said...

Re-read my post.

Did that make any sense, or are you now musing "did she mean she'd use her tongue to worry someone *else's* tooth out?" ;)

Anyway, I meant if I were a little kid and had a tooth trying to escape that I would wiggle my own tooth loose due to obsessing about making it fall out.

I shouldn't post when I'm low on sleep. Tend not to make much sense when I do that.

Insomnia has flared up this week. [BTW, it's 3:40am California time. :P ]

At November 09, 2005 3:23 PM, Anonymous said...

Wow, the bass pro tent! That was a few years ago. Somewhere stowed away in my attic I still have the backpack that your family gave to Lea-Ann and I at our wedding (and a few of the accesories). I keep swearing that I will get back to the "basics" but until then, the new camper sure adds a little comfort to the experience.


At November 13, 2005 3:57 PM, Anonymous said...

I enjoyed browsing thru your site. Your mom told me about it yesterday. I'm her cousin Donna. You have a very nice family. It was nice to be able to see your sons. I will check back again. DF

At November 28, 2005 12:51 PM, Jim said...

Hi Donna!

Nice to hear from you! I've been "off the air" for awhile, but hopefully will be back soon!

take care!

At November 28, 2005 11:29 PM, Mark said...

Good to hear you're okay. Guess this means you've made tremendous progress on the house, or went back to the states for the holidays. Looking forward to reading again.


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