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WHY GEZELLIG?

The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Electric slide

by amanda on November 10, 2014

Many moons ago, I was as an electrical engineer. The two most annoying side effects of this occupation were 1) the corny jokes “what an electrifying job!” (yes I really got that one) and 2) the assumption that I knew something about household wiring. Electricians are a trade, whereby they are highly skilled and trained in the knowledge of circuitry on a very “macro” scale. Electrical engineers, at least in the area I specialized in, have a more general knowledge of these kinds of circuits and deal more with tinier, compressed circuits that fit into computer chips, for example. So no, I had no knowledge of household wiring codes and the like. In any case, I realize it’s not the kind of thing one would generally know about but it bugged me nonetheless that people assumed I was an expert. Geez, sounding a bit like a whiner, aren’t I?…

Not having been trained in this stuff doesn’t make me any less nervous about it, though! When I finally found the cutest art deco light sconces, [on yes, here it goes again, Kijiji], I wanted them installed right away into the big, blank spaces we’ve had on our master bedroom wall for the past 2 years. So I rolled up my sleeves and got to it.

before-installation-light-sconces
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old-wiring-light-fixture

finished-wiring-light-sconce finished-wiring-light-sconce-with-mantleI’ve since rearranged the bedroom so the room looks a little more like this: finished-wiring-light-sconce-new-config

Holla!

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