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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 6/22/2011

Busy day today.

First was the successful activation of the Ooma. I'd mentioned in yesterday's post that I was having trouble getting the system activated and so had to give customer service a call today. Turned out the problem was simple to solve... I'd unplugged it at one point while it was only partially configured and that messed it all up. The kind techs at Ooma were able to reset it remotely (I'd left it hooked up to the router just in case they needed to do that) and it worked like a champ once I got home and rebooted it. Naturally the first phone call was to the lovely Colleen!

Now we have a telephone up and running! It's only up in the shed at present, but at least it's something. The next step is to get the line down to the house working...

After my success with the Ooma I felt I was on a roll, so I did some planning for getting gravel brought up for the driveway. There's a fair amount of work to be done before I can do that though, unfortunately--the garages are still a mess and even if we had the gravel on the driveway, there's really no place to park cars indoors just yet anyway. I'm also worried a bit about the steepness of the driveway and how to put gravel on it and keep it there--the slope and the action of cars moving over the gravel is going to push it down the hill. I think on balance a combination of the larger road base gravel combined with some canyon breeze should do the trick. Tonnage is what I've got to figure up next, so I'll take some measurements over to the gravel yard for roughly how much I need to cover and let them figure it.

With night falling I decided I was getting tired of sleeping in a pile of blankets on the floor, so I spent an hour or so putting it back together and filling the mattress. I used some of the lessons I learned back at Wyrdhaven to more heavily insulate various sections of the bed to improve its efficiency, and I took advantage of some extra 1x3s leftover from construction to strengthen the entire frame. I won't be sleeping on the bed tonight, since it's still very cold and will take time to warm up, but it should be ready by the weekend.

Busy, busy, busy! Slowly but surely this place is getting more civilized.

Steven in Colorado Springs

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