Friday, January 28, 2011

We built a bed.

Last week, we were laying on our bed, and our 50lb dog jumped on, and our bed collapsed. We had really been waiting for the day because our bed was a pos, so it wasn't a surprise. I had my eye on a plan from for a farmhouse bed, and we decided to go for it. It was quite the leap from a bench to a bed, but it turned out to be easier than we expected in some ways, and harder in others.

We headed to Lowe's to get the wood, and headed home to build. We cut all the wood this time, with our circular saw, and got building. The headboard and footboard were very easy to build. Things got more complicated from there. We put on the side rails, and realized that the 2x4s we cut for slats were about 4 inches too short. To remedy this, we tried to attach 1x4s along the rails, and screwed the 2x4s into those. It looked supportive so we put the mattress back on and laid down slowly. It started to creak, then crack, and right as we were getting off the bed, it collapsed.

We decided the only thing we could do is buy new 2x4s and start again. We got home, cut them and attached them to the side boards with an L bracket and T bracket on each slat. Put the mattress back on, laid down and prayed. It was sturdy, but we were apprehensive. One week later, it is still strong and sturdy.

We had a lot of scraps so we decided to build a bedside table. It only took us 30 minutes to build and paint the table, which was a nice accomplishment.

Turns out, we like to build.

I am a big fan of design blogs, one of my favorites being She provides step by step instructions to build your own furniture. After re-arranging or living room, we realized we were in need of a bench, for under our window. We found a plan we liked, modified it to fit our needs (deeper for our larger butts, and longer to fit under our window) and off we went. We drove to home depot, purchased the wood (and had them cut it there) and came home and built a bench. All in all, it turned out well, despite the few mishaps. So here it is, our new bench.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's time...

To get healthy. We have been living comfortably well overweight for a few years now. But things are changing. We are married, and we want to have kids within the next year, so it is time to get our bodies "baby ready." I order to do so, wee have joined weight watchers and a gym, both steps in the right direction. We began this plan on December 16th, and since then I have lost 10 lbs,and Andy has lost 2. This is the first step in a mile long journey.

Starting weights:
Mrs: 285 (currently 275)
Mr: 272 (currently 270)

Here are my goals.

Weight loss goal: 50 lbs by may, 80 lbs by September.
Qualitative goals: Buy an outfit at a normal store (chic Couture), wear high heels, wear boots, rock skinny jeans, run a 5K!

The most important goal is to get pregnant.

Here I will chronicle the efforts and successes of our plan.