Friday, February 25, 2011

Lez Leave Crabbytown - VIDEO

Season 2 Episode 11

Friday. It's Friday. That means another Afterellen video! Yep. How excited are you to watch the newest in renovation madness?  I bet you really are. Come one. Admit it.

OK, I won't make you wait any longer...


Next up in our agenda - vacation!! And oh yeah, fix the gaping hole in the corner in our house. Right.

LL and Cool J

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Earthquake? What?!

LL says:

Woah. We had an earthquake yesterday. Nothing major but enough to make us worry about our little house. I'm pretty sure that our house is not earthquake proof, since it was built in 1928. And I think I noticed some hay in-between the siding used as insulation. So the Georgia Cottage will probably be the first under the rubble when the big one finally hits. Actually, it will be floating. Which is why we have a blow up boat in our earthquake preparedness shed. Take a look at the video we made preparing for said disaster.

The earthquake hit in morning, we were still in bed. I woke to the sound of the china cabinet shaking and then a loud crack! I walked around the perimeter to see if I could spot any noticeable damage. Nothing. Hopefully its not a foundation thing. We'll have to inspect a bit more. Well, maybe we will be lucky and the house shifted in a way that sealed up the leak that is somewhere beneath the siding. Cross your fingers!

In the meantime, we have to fix the leak in the basement. That is for sure. The only thing we are not sure about is how to do it! Any advice out there?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lez Hang it Up - VIDEO

Season 2 Episode 10

Is it Friday? Huh. Well, my week has been all screwed up because of this darn cold that I got. So much for renovating. Well, Cool J took the reigns on that one. Since I was in bed recuperating, she did a video.


And what else have we been up to? Well, I had to deal with a crappy appliance repairman who tried to rip me off and the damp spot in the basement is getting worse so we are looking to getting some material donations ASAP! Anyone wanna help us rip the siding off one side of our house? ;)

In the meantime, I'm going to continue writing custom songs and praying to the renovation goddess's that building materials will fall in our laps.

Have a fabulous Friday!!


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lez mingle...and talk renovations

As you can see in the latest of our bi-weekly videos, Lez Renovate has another project brewing - repairing the building envelope on our house.

And this makes CoolJ star-struck by any general contractor I spot at a party.

Sadly for me, I have NEVER met a woman contractor in real life. What a dream come true that would be. I might swoon on the spot. Instead, I sidle up to guys at parties & surreptitiously check out their hands - if they look gnarly and callused, and if the guy is wearing the telltale (in vancity anyway) fleece & baseball hat combo, within minutes I'll be moving in on him, asking what he does & asking for advice. I'll laugh at his jokes, I'll touch his arm and toss my head back. I want that' guy's attention, if only for a moment.


At a vancity party that includes any middle class home owner (or striver, like myself), contractors are like celebrities. When they walk in, a wave of recognition runs among those of us social climbers who have bought some dilapidated old house slightly beyond our means: "Is that the guy? OMG, I'm going to talk to him".

We renovators can't look at your cute babies, or talk about the revolution in Egypt, or even compliment your new haircut if we spot an opportunity for encouragement and tips, so we will shamelessly flirt & dominate your party conversation by hustling your contractor, electrician, and plumber friends.

I'm sorry, but for those in the trades, I hope you enjoy the attention? When you get your journeyperson certificate, do they warn you about what you are about to face? do they issue dark glasses to help you slip undetected out the back door of house parties?

Listen, in exchange for your sage or drunken advice, we at Lez Renovate are always happy to share our expertise. Need some info about how to get involved in the feminist anti violence movement, CoolJ is your gal. Details of 1990's indie rock discographies, or want a custom song or jingle, LL is there for you. In fact, if you are a contractor or plumber and would like the Lez Reno endorsement, partner package and custom theme song, get in touch today!