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Motor City Homestead » 2007 » September

Archive for September, 2007

Recipe section

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

If you take a quick look at the right of our homepage - you can see a link to a slowly growing recipe section. For now it’s just pancakes. But I’ll try to post some rabbit recipes soon.

MCH - Manifold Plumbing System

Friday, September 14th, 2007

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This is the new manifold plumbing system we’ve installed in the house.  Set up more like an electrical system, it’s designed to minimize the cold water flushed from the system when you want hot water.  They say you can save up to several thousand gallons of water per year by using this system, so we’ll see how it goes!

The joys of a non-sedentary life, part 2

Monday, September 10th, 2007

I spend roughly 4 -5 hours a night working on the house.  I’m trying to take Wednesday nights off, and take all day Sunday off as well.  But other than that, most of my free time is spent fixing up the homestead.  Surprisingly, I don’t find this exhausting.  Sure, I’m tired at the end of the day, but I have far more emotional and physical energy after 12 hours at the house than I do after 8 hours at a desk.  Here’s my theory.  I think certain types activity actually create energy.  When I’m firing on all cylinders, emotional, physical, and mental - I end up with more energy than when I started.

Emotionally, I’m usually working on the house with friends and family.  I’m teaching my kids about home repair.  I’m planning and building our home - the home where we will raise our kids and host our friends.  Physically, I’m stretching and lifting - use fine and gross motor skills.  the blood is pumping, and I’m burning calories.  Mentally I’m problem solving, planning projects, and designing the interiorer space.  All of these things working together actually give me energy.

Sadly, the trend in work is to split the three aspects further and further apart.  Engineers do all of the mental parts of a job like planning and problem solving, guys on the line or driving the heavy equipment do all of the physical aspects of working, and Human Resources is there to handle the emotional aspects of a particular industry or job. 

Granted, some division of the different aspects of work is necessary.  It’s just my opinion that the wholesale separation of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of working is part of the reason so many people are unhappy in their jobs.

MCH - Adventures in Home Repair

Friday, September 7th, 2007

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When you’re renovating an old house, one problem always seems to uncover another.  Such was the case when replacing a pane of broken glass in our new mudroom.  We had found a colony of ants in another of the walls, but we weren’t quite sure where they were coming from…

The joys of a non-sedentary life, part 1

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

I work a normal 9 - 5 job.  Lots of typing, phone calls, and filing.  In the early days of working in an office, my kids always used to great me at the door asking excitedly, “What did you do at work today Daddy?”  I would rack my brain trying desparetly to think of something interesting from my day.  ”Ummm . . . I finally got that huge mailing out to all of our clients, reminding them to contribute to their Roth IRAs for this year.   And . . . uh . . . I updated our internal disclosure forms on the server . . .”  The kids don’t ask me what I did at work anymore.  Not that those things aren’t important, and not that I don’t enjoy my job.  They are important and I do enjoy my job.  I’m very, very thankful.  Its just that my job is so very, very sedentary.  I sometimes see how long I can go without getting out of my chair - while still being productive.  I can sit in one place for several hours and get most of my work done.  There’s an ass-groove in my office chair the size of the Grand Canyon. 

I’ve actually fallen asleep while typing at my computer.  It’s like my body reads all the signs:  Not moving, minimal brain activity, comfortable position - we must be sleeping.  One minute I’m awake, and the next minute I’m waking up thinking, “How long have I been out?”  I honestly used to exercise at least an hour every day - just to keep my pants from getting too tight.  And even then, had to watch what I ate, avoid sweets, etc.  But all that has changed now that I’m working on the house every night (and all weekend).