Outing & Craft Festival!

Hey Everyone!

We had a very productive, fun, and chilly weekend!

Saturday we had our combined company outing/picnic. We were out on the water by 10am kayaking from the dam down to the park. there were over 100 people signed up, and quite a few came. It took my wife and I about three and a half hours to make our way down. Here is my wife ad mom up in front:

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About half way down there are some pretty mean rapids. We made it through ok, others were not so lucky. I helped a couple in a canoe that flipped right in front of us, ans when I got back in my kayak I saw another guy behind me flip right over as well. Everyone was safe just a bit wet and maybe a bit cold. It wasn’t raining but the sun never did come out.

Later we had catered pulled pork and chicken, from a place a few miles away. It was delicious. We had six corn hole boards up and running as well as a few for washer toss, and disc golf. Before we left I won a $25 gift card to Olive Garden, so my wife and I will have to make a trip out there soon!

Sunday we woke up and got ready to go to the local craft festival. It is once a year and we always make it a point to go. This year was really fun but it was raining. Here is the guy that was making balloon animals:

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There were vendors from all over. Exhibiting things from art, to soups, and to guitars.

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Oh and they had a tiny petting zoo!

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On our way out we picked up 10 pounds of grass fed beef from a farm no more than 30 miles away from us, and some sugar coated almonds.

Once we got home I got my favorite purchase out!

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It is a CAO cigar box turned into a 3 string guitar. It is tuned to G D G. There are pickups in it so you can plug it in to an amplifier, and sounds ok if played acoustically. There is a neat story behind the one that I picked. The guy who makes these was asked to make a small Ukulele from a different CAO box, for the Master Blender of the CAO company. I guess the lady knew him personally and wanted it as a gift. For payment he was given two large boxes of cigar boxes. In one of those two boxes was this cigar box. He said he has never seen one like it before and it was the only one like it that he had made. He told me that the small Uke he made was in the Master Blenders office to this day. That is a neat backstory forΒ  the guitar. πŸ˜€

I finished Sunday off watching my beloved Cowboys do absolutely nothing against the Panthers. At least I had a beer to enjoy with it!

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I hope you have all had a great weekend, I know I did! I’ll be back again tomorrow, hope to see you then! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Oh Bother!

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Lets jump right into my darn electrical issue. The retired electrician came to my house before my meeting last night and looked at everything and listened to what I had already done. We tested a few things I still hadn’t done and still had.no.luck…. :/

That leaves me in a not so great position. He was baffled and hadn’t seen anything like it. I put a lot of weight on that statement because this was his chosen career for the majority of his life and even he doesn’t know what they did in my house.

I have found a way to bypass the knob and tube and have both lights operate on one switch. That will mean that the fan/light combo would have to be manually turned off while we want just the dining room table light on. I think I’m going to tape the new wires to the old and pull the run through the ceiling to the other fixture. From that point I can connect them all back up and should be good. I know it is all easier said than done, but to me it is a better option than taking my ceiling down.

We do have three outlets up stairs that are ungrounded, ran off of knob and tube wiring as well. I don’t think I can pull those through and fix them but I may try. If not I may have to just cut them off and fill the holes and lose three outlets. I don’t want to lose those outlets but I might have no other choice. So, that is where we are at…not the greatest.

Our Masonic meeting went off without a hitch last night and we successfully initiated our new brother to the first degree of Free Masonry. WE got home about 9:30pm and I passed right out.

That is all for me today, I hope to see you back again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Happenings!

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It seems quick, but it is Wednesday already. I’ll take that.

Right after work yesterday I stopped at the post office to pick up my wife’s long awaited birthday gift. It came from Australia and was on back order, but it was worth the wait. She loves it and have been transferring all of her stuff into it. She will be using that bag for a long while.

I have a retired electrician coming over tonight if nothing changes in his schedule. With any luck at all he can quickly get my damn lights working so I can put my 8 seat dining room table back haha.

I did, however, realize that I also have a Masonic meeting tonight. DOH! We took July and August off like we do each year, and tonight it is back on! We are having a degree conferred on a candidate as well. It will be his first degree out of three, his Entered Apprentice Degree. We had two practices over the last two weeks so we should be ready. I hope the electrician is gone before I have to go. πŸ˜€

This weekend we have the company outing! I’m looking forward to it, because we haven’t been kayaking at all this summer. We start around 9:30am with that, followed by a catered picnic, corn hole, disc golf, and washer toss. It will be an all day thing and it is the first time that this event has been both men and women as well as spouses. There are over 100 people signed up to come. It should be a great time.

That is all I have for you today! I hope to see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Tuesday!

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We are back after a long holiday weekend. I can’t say that I’m happy to come back to work but it is time to get going with everything.

Saturday we installed a couple of air conditioners for the second floor and attic. Later that evening my wife had a photo shoot. A girl that I went to college with and worked with for a while came down from about an hour and a half away to get her pictures taken. It was a couple field settings, in the late evening. They turned out great, from what I can tell! πŸ˜€ I was watching Everett while the whole thing was going on.

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He was having a pretty good time in the weeds.The girl who came down had her son with her for the shoot, and the two of them got to interact a little bit which was nice.

Sunday we did indeed go to the cabin. My dad, brother, cousin, and brother’s friend came out for helping purposes. My wife, mother, and son came for the outdoors. Everett was only there with my wife for a little bit because it was calling for thunderstorms. It did rain for a bit but that was about it, so I was sad to see them go over that. Everett fell in the dirt a few times and didn’t really like that. Here he is with me in the cabin. πŸ˜€

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My dad is seen here cutting another sheet of plywood for the ceiling. They were able to put up another four sheets.

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My cousin and I took the four wheeler and went up and down the hill clearing the debris along the way.

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We were able to get five or so trees cut and out of the way as well as maintain some other trails. We came back and hung out for about two hours around the campfire, it was a really nice day.

Monday was a bit rough for me personally because nothing was going my way. We went and got a gate for the attic to allow Everett to have a play room on the other side, and it is the worst gate I have ever seen. It didn’t help that the studs were impossible to find in the wall. I also bought expanding foam to fill the cracks in the other room to keep the bugs out. That is all well and good except the one main gap was way too big and now I need to cut all the foam to look good. It is hot up there and it was a huge pain in the ass. Some of it made its way onto the floor, which was about impossible to get off.Β  After that crap that took way too long, I gave up on the day. I played video games, ate bad food, and made no further progress haha. πŸ˜€ After that the rest of the night went OK after that.

That brings us to the lazy Tuesday. I don’t have much going on today and hope it stays that way. I really don’t feel like doing much. I did get a hold of a retired electrician to come look at my lights, I just have to find a date and time that works for us. If I can get the light in and the house looking back to normal I’ll be OK again.

That is it for me! I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend! I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Around The Water Cooler!

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Last night we ran to the store, and ended up picking up some slippers for Everett. They are too cute not to share so here we go!

That was last night as well as him climbing on his Diaper box and dancing to the theme from Gilmore Girls.

This morning he was still loving them.

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I hope my boy can brighten your Friday! I hope to see you back again Tuesday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Good Surprise!

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Last night I tried working on my lights again, and boy let me tel you it was awful! I tried thinking about what needed connected and where. I tried putting the knob and tube wire that I had to the hot wire from the additional run, and it popped and flashed and I was done. Nope, a whole lot of nope after that. I’m at a loss, as to what to do. I hope to find someone to give me a hand that has a clue about what they are doing. I really don’t want to rip it all out and tear down a wall or my ceiling so I hope I find someone.

Today I got some good news about my current position here at work. I was bumped from a category ‘B’ position to a category ‘A’ position. That starts me off at the lowest rate for that and from there I will get reevaluated at 9 and 18 months from when it starts, to get me to the mid range. From there I can get to the top of my category by merit raise only. If I get to a point where I cap out before I get a new position I believe there is a way to change my job description and open up a new set of ranges.

I just realized today that Monday is Labor Day. I get a nice long weekend! I can use that for sure. I’m not sure about the weather yet, but if it is nice it would be a good idea to work on the cabin. We will probably get together with my family and have a cook out or something. We may just have a quite weekend at home, I’m ok with that too!

That is all for me today! I’ll be back again tomorrow, and after that I’ll see you again Tuesday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Happy Wednesday!

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It is Wednesday, I made it through my interview yesterday and everything went well. I’m not sure what I said about it, but it was the first round of interviews to become the head of my department. It is a pretty big deal. the interview really did take an hour and forty minutes. I never thought I would have someone want to ask me that many questions and for that long of a time. This is all new to me and this was a first. It was really laid back, and I obviously knew everyone in the room, so that helped my nerves. I met with the HR manager my manager, and the CFO of the company. I was able to bring copies of my resume, notes I’ve take, and my final project from my last semester of school. I used those materials to compliment my documentation skills, project management, and organization. I think over all it went great! I’m excited to see if I make it further along in the process. My boss came over to me before the end of the day and said I did a good job and that means a ton.

In other news I have been using my Varidesk 100% of the time, and I’m still loving it. I have a few gripes, but they aren’t anything to make me stop using it. I have noticed that it cramps my wrists when I’m using it for a long time, which may be just a height issue. It does take up a ton of space, and all of my files and things are so much lower that it is kind of a pain in the butt to reach down and grab them. Overall I have been using it for about two days straight and haven’t stopped yet.

That is about all I have going on today, I have Masonic practice again tonight, because we were really rusty on our lines and movements. I hope you all have a great Wednesday! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Busy Day!

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This will be a quick post. I have my interview in less than two hours and I need to prep and try not to stress out too much.

I did want to show you all my new stand up desk. It is by Varidesk and its pretty neat. Here it is in the down position:

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Here it is in the up position:

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I also have a rubber mat to place under it. I have noticed already that it is rough on the wrists, but maybe I’m still sitting wrong. They are just bent really weird. I have my seat raised but maybe not high enough.It is also pretty big. I mean I have everything rearranged but the big thing is where to keep the mat or chair when I’m doing one or the other. I’ll use it for a bit and see what I can do.

As far as the lights at my house are concerned my brother is coming over tonight to help out with something, and if that doesn’t work we are going to have his father in law come over who is an electrician.

That is all I have for you today! I hope you have a great Tuesday! I’ll see you all again tomorrow! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Lighting Weekend & Golf!

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I had a heck of a weekend. Friday my wife said she wanted to replace the kitchen ceiling fans and lights. I didn’t want to do any of that since they all worked, and we don’t have the money for any big issues if they arise.

In the process of taking those two lights down she wanted me to replace the light over the sink, and move the fan in the dining room to the other side of the dining room and get a new light there as well. In total it came to four new lights and moving a fifth. It was a long Friday evening, and it carried into Saturday morning.

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This is the fan from the dining room moving to it’s new location.

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Here is where it came from. More on this spot later.

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The two kitchen lights were here.

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I installed the lights in the kitchen and my wife painted the ceiling.

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Saturday morning kept me busy and I had to stop to head out to the golf outing!

The night before my co-worker and I went to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls.

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The weather was great Saturday and my team was ready to do a mediocre job haha. πŸ˜€ Here is my golf cart mate Jake, he works third shift and is the son of the lady in accounting.

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My dad is hitting here, and then we had another guy in sales on our scramble team.

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I decided to run to the sports store in town and get a nice shirt, glove, and pants. Lastly before my dad and I headed out we grabbed a split 6 pack for the day.

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I got home fully expecting to get the rest of the lights up and going. I put the fan up and the new light up, only to find out that they didn’t turn on… :/ I fiddled with the both of them until I had to stop. It was very frustrating.

That took us straight into Sunday where I worked on them again. I stopped part way though because I ran out of knowledge and patience. I called my dad over and we did end up getting the fan working on the switch. I haven’t put it back up because we still can’t get the new dining room light working. It is the only light, that I know of, that is running on the only knob and tube wire run that we have in the house. I have tried every combination that I can think of and something must be disconnected somewhere. Knob and tube wiring is not up to any code anymore because it is not grounded, so I don’t think any real electrician will wok on it without replacing it. That would mean tearing up my ceiling and wall possibly and I don’t want to or have the money to do that. So I have to find someone willing to help me out and until then my dining room will be a mess.

In other news I got work today that I have an interview for my boss’s job tomorrow at 2pm.Β  I may not be posting if I am still preparing for that. I’ll be a bit nervous and figuring things out. It would be a huge leap for me and the job description looks scary but I think I could handle it if it came down to it. Wish me luck! If I don’t get this job which is very possible, I hope to have the ability to move into my co-workers job.

That is all for me today, I hope you have a great Monday! I’ll see you tomorrow or Wednesday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

 

Around The Water Cooler!

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Its Friday! Thank goodness, I’m ready for the weekend. I never got around to cutting the grass last night, so I’ll have to do that tonight.

Another thing I’m going to to tonight is go hit a bucket of golf balls with my co-worker. He wanted to anyway and since I’m play tomorrow as well he invited me along. I can use all of the help I can get.Β  πŸ˜€

Everett is obsessed with putting things away, and in containers lately. It is really kind of helpful and funny at the same time. For instance, he will walk over and put his dirty diaper in the correct trash bin, all we have to do is open and close it. He will also hold and put the dog food scooper back in the food bin when I am done feeding the dog. On the other hand he stacks his food on his sippy cups, and puts his shoes in the cabinets.

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So either way its awesome! He cracks us up every single day.

He has just, in the last couple of days started to spin. You know how most babies will kind of waddle around in a large circle to turn around or just fall down and twist around? He was doing that too, but has now found enough balance to spin right around. He does it constantly and gets dizzy half the time. It makes him laugh to turn that fast.

Today I got a text from my wife about Everett being Everett. He is all over and into everything. Today she caught him crawling up and standing on his train.

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For what reason? I have no idea, probably just to see if he could. He is at the stage where he will be climbing on everything and getting up the stairs and everything. He is more mobile everyday. We have a second room in our attic that we want to turn into a library of sorts, and my wife had the idea to turn it into a play area for him. While she is working in the other room he can be in there playing with free reign to go between the two rooms. All we need it to clean that room up a bit and get a gate for the top of the stairs and we would be in business. I really wish I had the money now to get a contractor in there and build those book shelves. Oh well, some day I hope. πŸ˜€

That is it for me today! I’ll be golfing tomorrow, and being lazy Sunday! I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll see you all again Monday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€