Friday, September 28, 2007

I'm Beat

SEA->JFK drive to Allentown, PA, work, drive to New Castle, DE, drive to Alexandria, VA, work, vacation with friends in Alexandria, train DCA->BOS, drive to Nashua, NH, work, train BOS ->NWR, drive to Allentown, PA, work, work, drive to JFK - vacation, fly NWR ->SEA.

I hate airports, but the train was pretty spectacular. They get internet on that thing and I'm in! I'd rather do that than go to the airport anytime.

Amazon time = 76 days until Peak. Please place your orders now - that way I can be sure they have the right boxes and I can go on break...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Service Vehicle Soon (or driver...)

Service Vehicle Soon. I'm about to hit six figures!
I was out today just doing my normal stuff jamming to the iPod. One thing was different - I had the windows down. It was such a great day. The weather was awesome - a 'top down day' as Jon would say - but I never do top down. Anyway, its fall, the sun was out and I was running around town shopping and listening to music. As I was pulling out of a local shopping establishment (windows down - music up) this guy was sorta looking at me weird. Then it hit me and I just had to laugh. Perspective is everything. From my perspective I was lookin' hot, driving a hot car, listening to my fully integrated ipod jammin' out. From that guys perspective, I was a girl in a hot car listening to marching band music. Now I get it. Like I said its fall and I'm sorry - my taste in music is about as good as my taste in clothes. I love marching band music!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

2007 Goal Achieved

We can do anything - that is how we both felt once this beast was up, square and standing. Wow. We can seriously do anything. All it takes is time (alot of it). We both are pretty proud to finally have it complete. We're still discussing the spacing for the top layer. We're unsure of the actual sun blocking potential 16" spacing will provide. I also want to infuse some style with some special spacing. We'll see = after a coffee and a discussion maybe we'll have a resolution.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Any Day Now

One board at a time, one screw at a time she's standing on her own. Look at that hardware! And those slots! Perfect.

The final board will go in place, but first we had to saw a slot in the 6X6 beam. I unfortunately have no photos of this. Visually a person on a ladder at 10feet with a cordless 18volt reciprocating saw. The camera just never crossed my mind. But I will fits like a glove.

We'll have cocktails under the pergola very soon. I've been saying that all summer and now its almost here!!

Saturday, September 08, 2007


We won't embarrass anyone with pictures of this day. All I will say is don't do a dry fit with 10 foot height and 20 foot span. All you need is a cat to sneeze to blow that sucker down.

We discussed how we would divide the assets and then just stopped speaking. We spent the next two days power tools in hand sanding and staining in hopes it would rise again.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Use What you Have

Because we mounted the ledger between the floors (to take advantage of the structural strength) we had the dryer vent obstacle to mess with. We decided to cut a 2 1/2 inch diameter hole in the ledger. Because this isn't a didn't come with screen to cover this hole with. So instead of running to the store, we used what we had. The screen door was right there screaming to be cut into. Now.... of course this decision was not made lightly. We need a new one - three years ago we spray painted an area that was discolored. We also have a hole in it - so honestly this was no big loss. The only problem is we now MUST replace it. No procrastination allowed. (Update 9/23 - still no new screen door. Place your bets now that this task will be completed in 2007.....)