And so I finish my week of paid time off–you cannot call this a vacation, a vacation is very different from this–doing the same tasks with which I began: laundry, mowing the lawn, and cleaning up.

Looking at my To Do list… This week was a failure. I am not ready for carpet. The ceiling has not been painted. Hell, the drywall hasn’t even been primed. It’s been that kind of week. Sure, I did a bunch of stuff, finished parts of this project, fixed some stuff that had been bothering me, and I’m far closer to the end goal of getting carpet in this basement. But I can’t help but think this was a failure of a week.

cleaning up the mess

I have a Nest thermostat story, but I think I’ll wait to tell that one. I need to step away from the Nest family of products for a day or two. Why, you ask.

I have been defeated by a Nest Hello doorbell. This should be easy enough. I don’t have a doorbell, so everything is new–transformer, chime, Nest Hello, even the wiring is new. All new. Still not working properly. The doorbell rings and rings and rings some more. I’ve looked at the Nest documentation, I’ve watched YouTube videos, I’ve tested and metered and checked everything and it still doesn’t work properly. In the end, frustration set in and I ended up frying the transformer. I hope that I didn’t also fry the doorbell camera. I go back to this later in the week.

Cracks in the drywall seams on the south wall of the basement. No cracking since I started this years ago. They weren’t there Thursday. They weren’t there yesterday. Today… every seam has a fine crack along it. WTF. This is beyond frustrating.

everything is cracked

I am exhausted. Mentally. Physically. Spiritually. And tomorrow I go back to work… that should make everything better. Fortunately, it’s only a 3-day week. I can do this. No worries. Later.

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