Thursday, December 2, 2010

Am I sick?

I have a project going that my wife calls the "Doghouse". I'm a computer nut and have been playing around with web site hosting for several years. I decided to finish off a small area of my shed to use as a computer/electronics laboratory for the kids and I. Using leftover and upgraded items from the hotel where I work I will have a heated/air conditioned, carpeted, well lit room with nice counter tops for work spaces and lots of shelves for storage. The name "Doghouse" came from some friends of ours that asked if they might be able to use it when their wives are mad at them. :)

Nov. 27th - last Saturday:

Since it is intended to be used for computers and electronics, I sealed it....almost too well. I was working on the final coat of paint on the walls, guzzling a tasty pot of coffee, and looking forward to an evening of playing cards with some friends in a few hours. It took a couple of hours to get the paint finished and by the time I opened the door and let some oxygen into the room I was as high as a kite! I didn't realize it until I was trying to stand upright in my living room and ended up staggering around instead. The kids thought it was hilarious and I hammed it up a little for their benefit.

I finished the pot of coffee I had been working on and put another one on to brew for our card playing. After a couple of hours and more coffee, I began to wonder if I wasn't just hopped up on caffeine instead of still being high. I was starting to wonder if maybe I'd overdone it by the time we finished our games and were getting ready for bed. I sat a bit unsteadily on the edge of the bed and told my wife that I might be coming down with something.


Nearly a week later, I can look back and see that I was high on paint fumes, hopped up on caffeine, and getting sick all at the same time! I have a very solid head cold that doesn't want to let up so I am actually going to go to the doctor this afternoon! Why is it, when I decide to get sick, that I have to do other stupid stuff at the same time so I don't even know what is happening?

Anyway, I have two reviews to write and the next part of my story but instead of that, all I was able to come up with was this. So hang around for a few more days if you want something that makes more sense!! :)


  1. Hey, Andy, I have a good friend who was refinishing some furniture in his garage. Next thing he knew, he was waking up in the emergency room, became very violent, and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. Be careful, man...those fumes can kill you or even do brain damage.

  2. I like your blog,Totally interesting also extraordinary blog.Give more pictures related to this topic.Thanks for sharing this wonderful detail.

  3. Sam - I grew up around this kind of stuff and was taught better precautions. The problem was, I didn't realize how strong the fumes were getting until I was done! My dad and grandpa were painters by trade, they knew a guy who after spending all night one winter, closed up in a new house staining and varnishing woodwork, was killed because he lit up a cigarette and blew up the house! I will be more careful after this!

    Party Supplies - Thank you so much! I was thinking as I wrote this post that I should start including more pictures. My wife is the photographer in the family but I do know how to use the camera as well, so I really have no excuse! :)

  4. Eesh! No es bueno!

    I hope you get to feeling better quick. It's such a bad time of year to be sick.

    Oh, and thanks for the comment you left on my blog today! I love those loopholes!

  5. Thanks Karen, I think the worst is over, it's just the month of nagging cough that's left to get past now I'm afraid!

    Loopholes are always good when you're the one that gets to use them! :)