“I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn. That’s what kind of man I am.”
Yes, last weekend I decided to assert my manhood through that age-old tradition of home improvement. After dusting off the ol’ tool belt and borrowing a truck-load of power tools from by brother, Ken, I was ready to begin the task of tearing through wood with a table saw and driving nails through it with the raw power of compressed air. OK, maybe it was a little more elegant than that, but it sounds a lot tougher when you put it that way.
Natalie and I decided it was time to get started on Tateym’s room, and our first task was to put up beadboard. This was my first time undertaking such a task, but it seemed simple enough: put some glue on the plank, stick it on the wall, then nail it in place–I could have it all done in a day! Or so I thought. As it turns out, if you want it to look good (which was the general idea) there’s a little more to it. I quickly discovered that to get a level line at the chair rail level I was going to need to trim each plank to the proper height, which in turn meant a lot of measuring and running up and down the stairs to the saw in the garage.
Well, a couple of Saturdays, a few weeknights, and a number of sore muscles later I’ve nearly finished my one day project. It still needs those finishing touches, a little caulk and some paint, but all in all I think it’s coming out pretty nice.
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So this is a throw back to my college days, but I wanted to post it anyway because it makes me laugh. Allow me to start with a little background for those who may not have known me as a freshman at BYU:
My two best friends, Jonathan and Jason, and I spent a lot of time goofing around as freshmen (I know, freshmen goofing around, a real shocker). While academically speaking it may not have been the most productive year, it was still a lot of fun. There were many a night spent sitting up planning stupid pranks and other such nonsense. On one particular night, we were sitting around as we always did, and for no apparent reason we decided it would be funny to record a small play on our voicemail (similar to the old radio dramas). We started hashing out a script for a parody of one of our favorite cult classics, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As production began, we soon realized our small play had way too much to cram into one 2-minute voicemail. As a result, we broke it up into five separate acts, each of which was recorded as a separate messages, plus another for the credits.
And now ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu I present to you Jonathan, Jason, and Eric Visit the Creamery:
I should also mention, all music and sound effects were performed live by Jonathan on his trusty keyboard.
I’m blogging! I blog! I’m a blogger!
Well, after holding out for as long as we possibly could, Natalie and I finally succumbed to the peer pressure and have started our family blog. So what can you expect to find here? Well, hopefully a whole lot of awesome! Our goal is for this to be the first thing you read in the morning, the last thing you read before you go to bed, and the only thing you read during the day. And trust me, our lives our just that interesting!
OK, so seriously, we just thought this would be a fun place to update everyone on what is going on in our lives. You can come here to find pictures and videos of Tateym, our sweet baby girl, with the occasional picture of Natalie or myself thrown in just for fun. We’ll probably throw in some random stuff as well, such as favorite recipes, or movie and book reviews. And or course, plenty of random ramblings of a blogger blogging.
So kick back, relax, and enjoy your journey through the life of the Gibbsters!