Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Every year for the last few years, the Bailey Family has done a Weight Loss Challenge from May through September.
Every year I enter. Every year I come up short.
This year Matt was the big winner, but he asked us to extend the challenge for another 4 months for more motivation. Basically it's double or nothing (there is a cash prize :0)
We are now a month into the second half of the challenge, and I've gained since our original weigh in.
All spring and summer long I ran and biked to help me with the challenge.
I like biking. I don't love running, but I don't hate it as much as I used to.

I heard about a triathlon last Spring that was a two-week long event. I'm not exactly sure how they did that and kept track of everything, but I had the crazy idea yesterday to do one over a period of time.

I think I'll do ok with the biking. I think I'll even do decent with the running (as far as getting it done...maybe not for the best time). I'm worried about the swimming. I don't swim.

I struggle with remembering not to breathe through my nose. I have a struggle having my entire face underwater all at once. I just struggle with swimming.

So...let's get to it. I'm going to overcome this weakness in my life. I'll try to keep you updated on how I do. I'm hoping to be done in about 2 1/2 - 3 weeks. I'm traveling in the middle, so that may disrupt the schedule a little.

I'm off to bike!!

Cabin Update

Cabin Update:
Here's the inside of the cabin and the joists that Alan, Ross and I worked on. I am happy to report that one of the joists was cut too short, but it wasn't by me :0)

After the joists were put in, Alan and I put down some insulation and then the subfloor sheathing. I left one board in the front without screws so that we can put in a time capsule under the floor. Any ideas of what to include?

Next project: Brick around the foundation. They burned down a house up the street and I asked if I could take some of the adobe bricks that made up the walls of the house. We tried out a few and it looks good!!

Here's my pile of bricks that Sarah and I collected. Should be plenty. I hope.

Autumn helped Brother King and I start laying the brick. I had no idea how much mortar I would need, so I only got a couple of bags to see how far it would go. Here's some of what we got done. I'm not sure exactly what we're going to do at the top. We are talking about turning the top brick horizontally. Any thoughts?