I rebuilt the shed today

Rebuilt the shed today So there it is, the rebuilt shed. It started yesterday, got off work a bit early and starting tearing off the sides. Essentially we took both ends off, cut part of the sides off and then put it all back on with new wood.

It took another 9 hours to finish the trim and stuff today but it’s done now. It’s painted now, just simple white, and it still needs one more coat though, new wood just keeps soaking it up.

I’m happy with it, it definitely made the yard look better than it did a few days ago.

Big day tomorrow with friends, food, and fireworks.

Sharing food with others…

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.”
M. F. K. Fisher

There’s something I love about sitting down with friends and serving them a meal.

I love the preparation and planning that goes into it, whether its just hamburgers or a full five course meal. I love finding just the right ingredients, taking the time to cut and prepare things just a little bit special, maybe trying a new recipe or tweaking an old one to make it just a little more special. I love sharing my food with anyone around me, I hope that they find the joy in it that I try to give them.

That look on someone’s face when they take the first bite and it melts in their mouth. The gasp of air they take in when they start to chew and they can’t help but to make a “mmmm” noise.

Getting friends together to tell old stories and new, around a table or a fire, just taking the time to get away from the hustle of life and enjoy each other’s company.

Sharing a meal with someone is the highest honor they can bestow on me, making the meal is my honor to them.

Snow is coming!

It felt good today to finally get all of that off my chest. I was worried not only for my ownself but for the overall good of all those around me. I still think there is going to be some trouble but this should at least help the everyday things get better and better.

Taking the time to figure out what I like and don’t like didn’t take as long as I thought it would, I still have some media cleaning to do but overall today was a good day. I think I’ve got to get past the point where I think that I have to finish everything all the time. Roll with it…

There’s snow coming soon, they say 4-8″ but honestly I hope there is more. A foot would be nice. It’s not that I want to see people stranded or hurt. I don’t. I don’t want to be stuck in the house for days at a time but I miss winters when we would get so much snow that it seemed like the whole world stopped. Like we all just took a few days to sit back, relax, and just be together. It’s supposed to start in about 36 hours. We’ll see what happens.

I was just remembering how informative that I used to be on here. I had weather, news, sports, whatever else was going on in the world. I wonder if the direction that I went was better or not. Just typing, getting words on paper. Should I focus and structure more? Should I analyze less maybe.
1,000 words. Per day. Is it possible?

Yet again, new tools to try to aid me in completing a goal I probably only half-heartedly believe in. I set a limit of 1,000 words, a limit that seems so long but yet at the same time it’s something that I believe I should be able to do without even trying. I wonder if I should go back to tracking what I do and what happens in a given day:
Work: 950 inches, about 7.5 hours.
Food: (Breakfast)D-Light sandwich without the egg, (Lunch)Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, bread and butter, (Dinner)Tacos: 1 beef, 1 sausage and egg, both with beans and cheese.
Notable events: New employee starting soon, tax return date received, health insurance info sent off and should be active soon.

Is that something that I should be keeping track of? Is there going to come a day in the far distant future that I wonder about things like that? There has been a time when I wanted to track all of that, long before the JustinTV stuff or any of the other constant life monitoring stuff or the lifestream stuff, I wanted to be in the Truman Show or on EdTV. I want the world to see and know what I did, I didn’t think my view or experience was superior only that maybe I could help bring some understanding to those around me and maybe those far off. The human experience is a lonely one filled with lots of people all around you having their only lonely experience. One day there could be a way to unify them, I have no idea how.

Nearly there now.

I know hardly anything about prepositions and that’s probably not a good thing. Grammar used to be important, somewhere along the line someone let me write how I speak. I remember having big problems with English as a subject in school, incredibly I passed time after time because I found the patterns that let me slide by. Even through college I skated by. Writing how you speak; that’s a horrid way to express yourself with words. Speech is dead.

There used to be a time when I could sit and write, when I could write about nothing. Now is that time. Unfortunately though, I don’t think lately I have anything to say, I just want to say something.

The snow is still coming, I’m excited.

I listening to a sermon about fear. I never listen to sermons but this one is different. I’m scared from time to time, but mostly I fear inadequacy. Letting people around me down, letting people see that I’m fallible, that I can’t carry the load I’ve taken on, seeing my weakness is that I try to be too strong.
I read (skimmed) and article yesterday about personal mission statements and person statements of direction and figuring out where you are going and why. It’s probably something I should read again.

Tried starting to read (listen to) The Catcher in the Rye yesterday, just couldn’t get into it, loved reading it back in the day. I felt so rebellious, so above the rest of the crowd who hadn’t discovered it yet. Now I just feel like it’s something I’m trying to consume completely and quickly without regard for the contents.

So much of the world is that way now, just consume it, take it all in without ever taking any of it in and considering the consequences.

My music selections lately have been wonderful. Sometimes you just have to accept that your music isn’t going to be popular with everyone around you but if it makes a differce to you then it’s worth listening to.

I need to clean up the clutter.

There’s so much I need to do. So much to take care of. So much to just put my head down, plow through and get done.

There’s so much and yet I have nothing to do. I should get back to work, I almost made it but even as I fill it in here and there, I’m just going to fall a little bit short again.

The oxen lived!

Things were a bit slow at work today. I played some Oregon Trail at Virtual Apple 2 and did pretty good if I do say so myself. I was a Carpenter, leaving in March. I did stick around MO for a bit until March 11 to leave on the trail and took my time, bought plenty of food but kept some cash for buying more food later and I hunted a lot. I’m proud to say I finally beat Oregon Trail from 1987!

Surely things around here are going to pick up soon. Honestly I’m bored on a daily basis here. I’m thinking about leaving right now cause I haven’t done much of anything this afternoon. I have like 3 things left on my punch list for the day, I can get them done in about 20 minutes if I go slow enough. Things are on the horizon but just not here yet.

I’ve gotten most of the John Adams mini-series on my AppleTV now, it’s about time to start watching it I think. Over 8 hours long, it’s going to take a bit of time. Praise Jebus for Netflix, you make it so easy to get tons of non-expiring movies on to my AppleTV without any effort what so ever.

The food here isn’t that great

I don’t know why but for some reason in the last 6 weeks or so, food just hasn’t tasted as good as it used to when I eat at home. Home has changed of course but nonetheless, nothing seems to taste right.

I don’t know why or what it is really but nothing tastes as good as it used to. The water here is different, the stove is electric instead of gas and the pans are different, but I feel like my cooking skills aren’t what they used to be anymore either. I’ve made a few dinners here in the last little while and they just don’t come out right. It sucks.

I used to enjoy food a great deal, but now it’s a chore. I have to find food, prepare it, cook it, and then clean up. Usually I love to do this, but I just don’t anymore. I just can’t figure out why really.

My kitchen is much smaller than I’m used to, I just feel cramped. My pans are different now, I’m just not used to them. My stove is electric, gas was what I used before and loved the control I had with it, electric is slow to heat and slower to cool.

I think I will get used to it, I just hate not being able to cook the food that I know and love to cook. Someday, hopefully soon I can enjoy a meal here again.

A great night!

Last night was our Christmas thing with all the guys and girls. All the guys met up at Texas Roadhouse and all the girls went to Applebees and then we met up at Franki’s house to watch a movie.Lotsa meat!

John ordered the 32oz Sirloin. This thing was huge, not just huge though, ginormous! This thign was the size of a pot roast basically… He ate it all. Including some ice cream on the way back to Franki’s! Good job John.

Jake rode the saddle because his birthday is coming up on Sunday.

After we finally got done watchign John eat we headed back to Franki’s. Ben got his iPod. For those of you that don’t know, Ben’s iPod was stolen from his car awhile back. We took up a collection and bought him a new one. A truly classy thign since most of the guys don’t even own one themselves and those little buggers are expensive!

It was great night really. The movie was funny, the friends were great. A night that really personifies what the holidays are really about. Friends, food (tons of it), and good memories.  I had a great time guys, I hope you all did too.

There’s a ton of pics to post from last night so here’s a link to the Flickr site. Christmas 2005 slideshow on Flickr Click the link and you can see a slideshow of everything, if you want the full size ones, let me know and I’ll email them to ya.