Yearly Archives: 2015

Saying Goodbye to the Hab

Well, it looks like we’re finally getting out of the Airstream, our habitation extending much longer than anticipated. Tonight is our last night. Like the passengers on Gilligan’s Island, this is the tale of how our 3 hour tour turned into a 7 month long sitcom. When we moved in on April 26, the plan was… READ MORE

Hab Memories

Hab Memories

Life in the construction zone is coming to a close. 32 weeks have gone by reasonably quickly.  Like Mark Watney stuck on Mars, this has been a test of adaptability. I think we can safely say, the kids are going to remember this year forever. We spent time at the fancy laundromat, the one with big… READ MORE

Gutters

Gutters

Gutters are one of those things you don’t notice if they’re done properly. If people ask about your gutters, you did something wrong. I still think they’re pretty though, even if no one notices. Pries Supply did our gutters. We went with 1/2 round painted aluminum. They have this cool tool that presses rolls of sheet metal… READ MORE

Custom Chimney

Custom Chimney

What to do with the chimney?After putting the pipe up, it became abundantly clear that the pipe needed some clothes on. It just looked stupid. And with the flange on…it also looked anatomically correct.  The stucco train had already left, calling them back to do the chimney would’ve been $6k. Ouch. So the guys invented a little metal box… READ MORE

Unstoppable Legos

Unstoppable Legos

Legos are like oxygen to Jack.  You just can’t keep that boy from his Legos. On both of our road trips the past two summers, we resorted to paying him $1 for every day he didn’t talk about “the L word.”  Turns out, he can talk about things other than Legos, but it just takes… READ MORE

First Meal

First Meal

The butcher called to let us know they had some aged prime porterhouse ready, and thought we’d be interested.  Do they know us well, or what? Perfect for our first meal in the house.  I suppose to anyone else, our ambiance would be appalling. But we have heat, a dining room table and a piano.  It’s… READ MORE