Paint the baby’s room!

Paint the baby’s room!

Brushes, drop clothes, step stool, rags, paint.  When a baby is on the way, rooms need to be painted.  I believe this is taught in parenting class right after they tell you that you may never sleep again.  Upon hearing this all hopeful parents think, “Why not stay up at all hours and paint the kids room, it will double as sleep deprivation training.  This line of thinking, found me standing in an empty room, looking at the walls.  Briefly, I considered hiring a painter, but then I remembered I…

Build your own patio

Build your own patio

Last summer I dug a hole.  It wasn’t especially deep, only about 6-8 inches, but it was substantial in size, about eleven feet across.  I dug this hole into the side of a small hill in our backyard, and I mounded all the dirt upon the top of this hill making it rather large.  I had all the digging done by the end of last August, at which point I took a break; for the next 10 months. The hole remained, changing very little.  Sometimes it was filled with water,…

Fitness or Finance – Make the Decisions Automatic

Fitness or Finance – Make the Decisions Automatic

Being physically fit is hard work, I know because I have eyes.  If it were easy I’d see lots more fit people, but sadly, most of us appear in various stages of dilapidation.  If people were houses, most would be labeled as handyman specials. As the father of a two sons ages 2 and 11 days, I’m currently struggling to get my workouts completed.  The older one can’t always be talked into stroller rides while I run, and the little one is to small.  Just this morning, I had grand…

$5,500 for Sawdust?

$5,500 for Sawdust?

Everyone loves having a backyard with a deck or patio, meat is on the grill and a beer is in your hands.  I’m pretty sure this image is stamped in detail on the exterior of the Statue of Liberty. My backyard fits this picture perfectly; we even have an enormous shade tree.  A beautiful oak, 4 foot diameter trunk, and a spread of around 100 feet, this tree doesn’t so much shade the backyard, as envelope it.  My wife was a bit skittish of the tree during storms, but I…

$509 Per Month for a New Car!

$509 Per Month for a New Car!

A few months ago, my wife was pregnant.  Eight days ago the baby was born, a boy, currently he eats, sleeps and poops, and he’s perfect.  Anyway, when my wife is pregnant, which she was a few months ago, she crashes the car.  It’s not her fault; people hit her, mainly just because pregnancy isn’t lively enough on its own.  She is two for two with pregnancy and crashes. So it was with knowing trepidation, that I answered my phone shortly after she left for work on a Saturday morning…

New Car Follies – Rental Cars

New Car Follies – Rental Cars

I am currently driving a brand new Nissan Maxima.  No, I’ve not lost my mind and spent 35,000 – 40,000 on a 4 door sedan.  It is a rental supplied by my insurance company.  I have a rental, thanks to a group of teenagers using their car to re-arrange the front end of my Ford Focus.  They hydroplaned around a corner, and smashed head on into my wife, as she calmly drove to work.  Thankfully, the car was the only casualty, as all humans involved were fine. After some inquiries,…