Sunday, March 4, 2018

February Didn't Suck!

Most of the time in NC, February is the only month that gets uncomfortably cold. It bothers Kelley, but I'm usually ok with it. Especially now that we've got more insulation in the house so it's not as cold inside. But this year, we finished off the kitchen remodel project, 50k training is in full swing, I got to build some boat frames, everything turned out ok.

Swim: 20,150 yards, 6 practices
Bike: 16 miles, 1 ride
Run: 90.6 miles, 11 runs
Strength: 0
Yoga: 1

Swimming could have been more consistent. Work got very busy and kept breaking up my noon practice times, but my time in the pool was focused on quality. Once I actually still went to practice even though I got there 30 minutes late for a 75 minute practice. The marathon training plan was in full swing, I only missed one run on Thursday the 1st. The long runs are going really well, the 19 miler was really hard but the following 20 miler was great - and actually faster than the 19 was. I've got 2 more 20's planned before tapering for the big race on April 8. I need to start running a 4th day every week, not sure that only 3 days a week and 3 20 mile runs will really get me prepared for the 50k.

We didn't have any out of town trips and there wasn't a whole lot of pictures from family time. My mom did come up to visit for a few days, which was wonderful though. But the pictures are more about projects and fun stuff for me rather than the whole family.

I started working on concreting a patio

Got some white oak for my boat frames

That white oak needs to dry before getting planed clean

Look ma, I'm a lumberjack!

Finished off the desk

Hallway is done!

Desk & Cabinet are done

Crown molding & door framing is done!

Really opened up that kitchen space

Still have to make a couple of drawers

Finished off the new cabinets! Done!
We are so glad to finally call this kitchen remodel done. It turned out great, and really added some value to the house. And we love the new space, layout, and all of that new cabinet space!

Cool kids all hang reading glasses from the rear view mirror

An old picture from college that mom left when she came up! I was a baby

Back around 1995? When my hair was starting to grow out long

Pruned the muscadine vines hard this year

That oak came through the planer pretty clean! Check out those shavings on the floor

Cut up some 8/4 into strips to form the stem

I love a clean shop

Shaved the beard back into this mustache. Kelley couldn't stop laughing

Built a boat frame!!

Getting some zen kitty on the porch

My little hottie, yes I wore shorts in February

Finished putting some deck skirting up

Got all of the boat frames finished off!
So I got to make a lot of progress on a lot of projects and did a bunch of running. The family didn't kick me out for this, so we're all ok. I can't wait to see how March is going to turn out! Hint: we get some good family time since the kids track out. I really should post more often, there was some fun stuff that went down...

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Happy January!

I've been seeing memes that January was the longest year since 2017, but I really enjoyed myself last month.

Swim: 10,400 yards, 4 swims
Bike: 28.5 miles, 2 rides
Run: 75.7 miles, 9 runs
Strength: 1 time
Yoga: 4 times

I'll take it! Marathon training is going pretty good. I did have to cut one long run a couple of miles short thanks to some chafing and I lost a whole week to a work trip up to Dayton Ohio. Obviously I wish I had been able to do more, but I still am glad my body (and all this arthritis) let me get that much work done. My weight was still above 210 the entire month. I drank a LOT of beer in Ohio, so it actually felt good to dry out for a bit in the last half of the month.

I'm actually registered for 4 races now! It's good to have goals again. Went ahead and registered for the Trap Pond 50k in Delaware and the Estes Park marathon in Colorado, my goal races for the year. Kelley also signed up the entire family for the Frosty Toes 5k in Moyock NC. The last time we went out there I took 3rd place overall in this race, this year it will be the first time the kids are running a 5k with us, so that should be fun. Also got talked into a couple of swim races! Tom and I are going back to Charleston for the 5 mile Lowcountry Splash, and then I'm heading with KC back to Chattanooga so I can kayak for her in the Swim the Suck 10 mile race in the Tennessee River. So much fun!

Also at home, I've about wrapped up this kitchen remodel. Mostly it was just molding and these cabinets in January, but these finishing details turned out nice.   Here's all the photos

Ready to turn this lumber & plywood into some cabinets

getting there

Cabinets are just plywood with some face frames

face frames make all the difference

Also added a built in desk!

I got to visit with Lisa while in Ohio, she's an old friend from college

Lisa with her husband Matt

I got to see the Ohio state capital building too!

Running in January in NC - shorts & no sleeves? yes thank you

I got some concrete poured for this patio

Ran past the chainsaw art tree in Umstead

Got a haircut

This is some white oak for my next boat

Doesn't look like much now, but if I can clean it up it will make some nice boat frames

Crown molding is up and everything is painted

Crown molding is really hard

and I suck at it.
So I guess at the end of February I'll post the final pictures of the kitchen remodel. It's turning out really nice, but I still have a couple of drawers to build. With any luck, I'll also have some weight loss to report, and plenty of miles run on these same routes, and maybe some boat frames cut out. Cheers!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

All the snow!

Raleigh has already seen two snowfalls this year! This is kind of unprecedented. The first snowfall I was here for, but for the second I was at a work trip in Ohio.

The screened porch collected a light dusting

It ended up being a pretty good snowfall!

The front yard got it too

The snow on Jan 4 was pretty good, but it only lasted for a couple of days. The kids went back to school, 2 hours late on the first day, then got out 2 hours early the next day, then got the rest of the week off.

Then the week of the 15th, Raleigh got about a foot of snow dumped on it! I had to go to Dayton, Ohio to lead a workshop around these tools I'm trying to get built at work. I love my job, but Dayton is a strange vacuum of boring space. I got some snow pictures, but none of my kids playing or having a good time because I wasn't there. of course this is the first time in almost 2 years that I've had to travel for this company, it's just ironic that it happened to be the same week that something big happened here.

Lots of snow outside of Cincinnati

Outside of the hotel

Even the pool got a bit of snow

No shit

Baseball field behind the office

At least Ohio knows how to handle the snow

subtle frustration

They pile it up big