Sunday, January 29, 2012

The sauna is basically done

Last night I finished* the work on the sauna, putting up the last piece of plywood and hanging the last lantern. That little star next to "finished" means I still need to position the lights properly and hide the wires, and there's also the matter of the closet that needs to be sheet-rocked and have a door of some sort hung. Other than that, I think it looks pretty good. It better, given that it's been sitting for years in an unfinished state.

When I was working on the roof a few days ago, Andrea asked me if I like working on projects like this. The answer was an emphatic "no." I don't enjoy doing these projects; I like them being complete. It's like running: I hate to run, but I enjoy the feeling of having run. Every so often, I will run not for the enjoyment of running (because there is no such thing) but because having completed a couple miles of running is a good feeling.

The completed* sauna.
Rock climbing, on the other hand, is very fun, and I enjoy both doing and having done it (past present tense), which is why Luke and I hit up SCSU's climbing wall yesterday. He bought a semester pass, which means he's sucked into a semester of weekly climbing with me. Awesome.

In other news, I picked up this sweet chair at IKEA when Stump was in town, which is now my awesome reading chair. Complementing it is the sheepskin that Roomie sent me a year or two ago and a wooden spool for which I dumpster dove. Free end table FTW.

Friday, January 27, 2012

After years, finally some sauna progress

It was years ago that we built the sauna, and I intended for a very long time to put on a facade roof with lanterns. I am now finally getting my butt around to doing this. The last few days have been prep work -- cutting the plywood to length, setting up the wiring, getting the right parts for hanging the lanterns, etc. Tonight I was able to put up the 8' sheet of plywood (with Andrea's help), wire and hang two lanterns. The remaining portion will be very quick -- probably finished by Sunday night (allowing for time for my gumption to regenerate).

Here's a poor quality shot of what it looks like right now:

Other recent developments include teaching the boys to use chop sticks (which, regrettably, required we go hit up the delicious Pacific Wok the other day):

And moving the boys into their shared (formerly Reed's) bedroom. Last night was not the most subdued evening for them.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Year in Review

2011 was a fun year for us. Among the many things we did or things that happened are:
  • We took Reed to the ER for stitches and Jake for distressed breathing. Par for the course.
  • Jacob got his tonsils and adenoids out.
  • Reed got glasses (video 1, video 2).
  • I went skydiving and water skied for the first time.
  • I got my motorcycle endorsement and a bike.
  • We went to (and I was in) Luke and Shannon's wedding.
  • Jacob turned four, started preschool at Holy Cross in St. Cloud (and loves it) and has begun asking deep questions about how the world works -- such as "Why do trees exist in this world?" This morning, he asked me about why I go to work.
  • Reed turned two, recently started potty training, and has had a great increase in his imagination thanks in great part to Jacob helping him along.
  • Andrea retired from the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department after over ten years as a firefighter and EMT. It was bittersweet, but it was the right decision for her.
  • I was able to make a hiking trip or two up north using my new ENO hammock.
For 2012, we actually don't have too terribly many things to which we are looking forward. All of our friends are now married, though my cousin Jennifer is getting married in August, so we'll probably be taking a road trip to Michigan for that. By that time, our boys will be five and three.

As for babies, Eric and Tiffany are having their first this May, and Ryan and Jenn are having their second in September.