This post by Boo Mama was so right on. I hate being asked if I want to upgrade or donate at the checkout. I donate privately, to places that I’ve selected myself, thank you. I’m here to buy groceries, not save the world. If I really thought the plus membership or special credit card was advantageous, I would already have it. Please just let me check out.
Jeremy has recently discovered a love for Kum and Go gas stations because their pumps don’t ask your special card number, whether or not you want a fuel additive, and I don’t think they even ask you for a zip code or PIN. (Yes, that last part is for your security, but look: if someone has stolen my physical credit card and is using it to fill gas, chances are they have my driver’s license, too, and therefore my zip code.) I have to admit that at this point in my life, I am definitely starting to favor places that make checking out as simple as possible, even if I pay a little more. (Just a little, not a lot. :)
I have to proclaim that my husband is so creative. I am constantly amazed at how he can not only plan out how to do something technical, but also make it look amazing! He’s like a combination engineer and artist. (Insert an image of him rolling his eyes here, but it’s true!)
Here is one project that I could never have imagined would turn out as awesome as it did: our family room had a “support beam” in the middle of it, running perpendicular to the trusses/rafters/whatever you call them. It was big and ugly and really broke up the room. Jeremy evaluated it and determined that it was put up after the house was built to keep the floor above from bouncing, but that it really wasn’t doing a very good job of that at all and frankly, the 2x4s that were holding it up on the ends were barely strong enough to hold up the beam itself. However, we couldn’t just take it out because the floor above was definitely a trampoline.
So, he decided to take it down, cut it to more of a square shape (since it wasn’t structural, we weren’t worried about trimming it down), put it back up with better supports on the end and actually screwing it to the rafters it was supposed to support, and then face it with thin strips of rough-hewn redwood to make it mesh with the log beams in the ceiling that we are leaving exposed. It looks awesome and the floor above is so much less bouncy! (We are still in the middle of staining it, if you happen to notice the splotch that’s darker on it.)Join 6 other person in sharing your own random chat or comments