Saturday, August 29, 2009

Things I Learned This Morning

  • When you have to wake up early on a Saturday morning, you will not sleep well the night before. 
    • I stayed up later than usual to catch up on my Bleeps blogs
    • Was woken up 3 different times as 3 different teenagers came home (they are different ages, therefore they have different curfews)
    • One teenager sleeps with her phone. Normally this does not cause an issue for me, but last night she rolled over and slept-called me. At 2AM. I was NOT happy.
    • At 4AM, fat Jenny decided to freak out about something. I still don't know what. I still don't care.
    • A 6:45 alarm sounds like the devil coming to get you on a Saturday morning
  • Technically I could have slept a little later, but before heading out to the build site, I had to go out of my way to make a certain stop. It was non-negotiable:
  •  A smiling face is always nice to see first thing in the morning:
  •  You never know who will prove to be a construction dynamo. Seriously, she could frame a wall lickety-split!

  •  There's always time for a little fun:
 
  • When framing a wall in the basement, you have to use galvanized nails on the bottom. In case you have never had the pleasure don't know,  trying to drive galvanized nails into treated wood is like trying to hammer jello to a wall. They are coated with zinc so they won't rust, and this makes them very soft. It sucks takes some patience. For every 1 nail I got in without bending it, I had to pull out 3 or 4 ruined ones. I had them all in a pile to photograph, but a very kind person (obviously not a blogger or photographer) cleaned them up before I could snap my photo. Here are some I found lying around. The lighter ones on the bottom are the devil galvanized ones.  As you can see, sometimes the regular nails had to be pulled out also.
  •  It's fun to see a little bit of American pride in unexpected places:
 
  • If you try to hammer your finger into the wood, you will get a blood blister. I'm surprised I got off so easy...

  • A Habitat for Humanity build day is a fun way to socialize, give back to your community, avoid going to the gym, sweat a whole lot, tire-out yourself (and your snoring husband next to you), get points for working hard so you don't have to make dinner, and feel good about helping out a deserving family. Check out the H4H in your area. It's worth it!

19 comments:

Kitty said...

Good for you! That's awesome!

Goose said...

Way to go Bambs....E and I should really get involved. I do think it is hilarious you were sleep called though haha!

otin said...

you know what is sad? You got a boo boo! :(

McGillicutty said...

Girl... my hubby does this and when he gets home he has an aweful lot to tell me about the people he's there with... i believe he's chit chatting the whole day long!
Good for you.. now go get a manicure before you meet me next weekend!!!

iasa said...

make sure you get lots of kisses for your hurt finger. what a great way to spend the day. you're right it is worth getting up early for.

Pastor Sharon said...

This inspires me to want to go and check this out!

It sounds like you had a great day. . . except for that boo-boo and those soft nails.

JW.BW said...

I love habitat for humanity, its such a great charity!! We did this every week when I was in California!!

Matty said...

God bless you. Been there, done that with the teens.

And God Bless you for your H4H work. You inspire me.

Mango Girl said...

H4H is a wonderful group!

Oooh, I wanted to see the pictures of those nails!

Good on ya!

xo, Mango

willow said...

H4H is so great. You go girl!!

I could never get a good night's sleep until all the kids moved out. I would anticipate them coming home, all at various times during the night.

The Fragrant Muse said...

...slept called you...that's freaking hilarious.

Michel said...

Dude, My hubby's ass used to call me all the time when we were in DC! I finally had to show him how to lock the keypad because he was never saying anything interesting.

good for you doing good things on a Saturday morning. You are seriously a much much better person than I am!

Esmerelda said...

Kudos! I really want to do H4H and one day I will. I'm proud that you did though, that's awesome.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

I think H4H would probably pay me NOT to volunteer.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Way to go! H4H is such a cool cause, and helping out is even cooler! :)

Jaime said...

i did habitat once. the site was full of rats. it was so gross.

MagnificentDebra said...

God Bless You! What a good thing to do on your day off. Hope you heal fast.

Ronaldoedi said...

good job

♥ Braja said...

Found you via Michel, Sharon, and Amy: yeah, the bunch of wiley women who hunt down everyone cool in blog land and leave comments :)

And I read Otin's sad and happy posts too...blame him for me being here!