Board Cutting, Studying and Ocktoberfest

Paul was supposed to be over at 10 am to help me cut out a board to mount a monitor in the Tetris. He was on time on the dot.

I took us about an hour and a half, with all of the “try it again’s”, putting the board in the machine, and then putting the heavy old monitor through the opening to make sure it would fit. A lot of times we had to shave parts down, most of the extra cuts were to accommodate the screws on the sides of the monitor frame.

After Paul left, Sarah and I took Nokes on a walk. (Non Lifting day :)) We had a quick lunch when we got back and then started my day of focus. I studied for a good part of the day, two and a half hours to be exact. I would study for an hour and then take a break. An hour on, 20-30 minutes off. For breaks I would watch Scrubs, or play some Jr. Pac-man. I even chatted with Chris for a little while.

Sarah spent the day cleaning. She organized stuff in the family room, cleaned up the kitchen, did laundry, and kept reading the Harry Potter book. She is getting closer, I would say she is about half of the way through it, and I believe this is the last book. At about 4 pm she went out to the store to do some shipping, and get some food to make for tonight’s party. She didn’t get back until close to 6, apparently she had some problems. We worked together to try to get the cheesy potatoes made. The Revive part was at 6:30, but we didn’t get there until almost 8 pm I think.

Turnout was good for the event, mostly the regular crowd except for Emily who was home with her friend Sean for the weekend. She got a new car and we checked that out. But about half way into the party there was a mass exodus of about 5-6 people. The rest of us played a game of hearts and had a laugh until just before 11 when we all headed home.

I tried to watch some of the Rockies game when I got home. I saw Matt Holliday hit a 3-run homer that put Colorado within 1 run, but fell asleep and missed the whooping that Boston put on in the later innings.

Indy Habitat For Humanity, Revive event

There were many different plans that were juggling around earlier in the month for this weekend. First, there was talk that Justin was going to come down on his bike, just so he could get out on a long ride. Plus, there was the Cincinnati Super Auction (Which ended up being postponed just like the Indy auction. The Super Auctions people are a bunch of tools) that was going to take place in the morning. I was really keep on going to that, it seems like forever since I have been to an auction.

But, neither happened, and I decided it would just be better to do Habitat for Humanity and help out someone else. Sarah and I both went, it was a pair of houses on a snug lot just off I-65 north of downtown. It was a good experience. I wasn’t sure how things would go, I was mostly concerned about too many people being there and just standing around not making good use of time.

We got there a touch late, and that worked out well actually. One of the “Tigers” was looking for two people to help him with some of the finish work on the face of the roof. So that is what Sarah and I did. We nailed in aluminum siding on the two peaks of the roof. We felt stupid. We spent just over four hours putting up 4 plus pieces of siding. But we were being very particular, and worked on the house like it was our own, trying to better ourselves even within that short period of time in applying this siding. We had some custom cuts, and some weird places to get at with the uneven ground and so many people walking around.

It was a great experience, I was glad to help, and we got great food for breakfast and lunch which more than covered our gas cost, donuts and pizza:)

We didn’t work physically that hard, but when we got back to the house around 2 we were both lethargic and ended up taking naps. I took a nap in front of the baseball game, she stayed upstairs with the dog.

I know I must have done some other small things around the house, but I can’t remember what. I think we watched part of The Following, early Chris Nolan work that was pretty decent, low budget feel.

Later on, Sarah went out to the store to get some supplies for tonight. We had a grill out for a Revive event at Bolden’s house. Sarah made her apple cinnamon cake which rocks, we picked up a couple of drinks and headed out to their place by Pastor off Brookville.

They have a gorgeous home, and have done some great decorating inside. The group tonight was much smaller, about 6-10 of the regulars weren’t able to come, they had prior obligations. It was gorgeous weather, so everyone sat out back on the their porch and they had toppings to make your own grilled pizzas, very awesome! We want to do those again. I taught John Durkin, Mr.Camping, how to do a banana boat (never heard of it) and we all just sat and talked. All of the current Revive board members were there, so they had an informal meeting, talking about direction of the group. John dominated most of the night from there on out, he was on a roll, turning steam in humor.

We got to meet the American Dingo puppy too, LeeLu (sp?) Very sweet dog, reminds me a little bit of Nokes but bigger and less furry. We’ll all have to hang out and have a dog date sometime.