Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Great No Football Experiment - Week... well I lost count, but it's October 27

This week's project actually happened on Saturday (with some spillover to Sunday).

We chose Saturday for the project because Sunday (today) was our 29th wedding anniversary. We took the family to Red Lobster to celebrate.

(NOTE:  The Browns / Patriots game was on in the bar at Red Lobster. I did peek at the score. And I was both happy and disgusted. Happy that I committed to this idea, and disgusted by the score - 17-0 at the time.)

On Saturday we did a bedroom cleanout - for me it was mostly centered around organizing the closet.  I generated a couple of boxes of clothing for Salvation Army, and cleaned and organized the space.

In addition we filled a box or two of old VHS tapes and DVDs. While not a project per se, it sets the stage for a bigger project: The master bedroom reorganization (new TV and get rid of some furniture).

On Sunday we had time after church and before Red Lobster so my son Tom and I stacked firewood on the deck. We are now ready for a cold winter.

Following that we cleaned up, changed and went to Red Lobster (Mahi Mahi and more!) and Jungle Jim's (Wine and more!)

THINGS WE DID ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON INSTEAD OF WATCHING THE NFL:

1. Spent quality time with extended family.
2. Read a book and did a GTD review on a flight to Canada.
3. Painted the basement wall in preparation for the new office and entertainment areas.
4. Cleaned out the detached garage.
5. Cleaned up the yard and burned up everything in the fire pit (killing lots of weeds in the process).
6. Assembled a basketball hoop.
7. Cleaned and organized the master bedroom closet.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Great No Football Experiment - Week Seven

The weather was fantastic, so we moved outdoor projects to the top of the priority list.

Specifically, Beth finished up the fall "get ready for winter" yard work and Tom and I assembled a basketball hoop.

We assembled it twice.

The first time we put the hoop on the post backwards. This became evident when we stood it up and it didn't balance well.  It also explained why the fit on some of the screws was so difficult.

After the second time we had the hoop assembled.

Mostly.

We still have to add the height adjustment lever, and we still have to add about 300 more lb. of sand to the base.  (We had about 40 lb. available.)
Pictures to follow.
THINGS WE DID ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON INSTEAD OF WATCHING THE NFL:

1. Spent quality time with extended family.
2. Read a book and did a GTD review on a flight to Canada.
3. Painted the basement wall in preparation for the new office and entertainment areas.
4. Cleaned out the detached garage.
5. Cleaned up the yard and burned up everything in the fire pit (killing lots of weeds in the process).
6. Assembled a basketball hoop.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Great No Football Experiment - Week Six

We didn't do a project this Sunday.  It wasn't because we didn't have projects in the inventory - we had plenty.

But we started with lunch at my in-laws. We had soup, homemade bread, and wine. Beth's niece was in from Florida, along with Beth's grand niece.

Eating and talking with family is time well spent especially compared to watching football. This opinion was shared by my father in law, a Cincinnati Bengals fan. He didn't even turn on the game.

When we got home we realized we didn't have project time. Instead we had clean up (and get set up for the next project) time.

So instead of football we:
- mowed part of the lawn,
- burned up all the extra wood in the fire pit (this had the added benefit of killing all the weeds in the fire pit).
- put away some leftover items from the scout campout.
- pulled weeds.
- edged around the sidewalk.
- and worked (to little or no avail sadly) on getting the lawnmower to self-propel both wheels (instead of one).

Meanwhile, the Browns turned a 20-6 lead into a 32-28 loss, once again convincing me I made the right call at the start of the season.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Great No Football Experiment - Week Five

The Browns weren't on this Sunday, instead "playing" Monday night football in San Francisco.
 
This week's project was cleaning out the detached garage, with an end goal of having enough room to park both cars. 

This wasn't necessarily on top of the project list, but it worked with the items we had for other projects (none), the available labor (Phil and Beth only), and the weather (raining).

In the end we generated an incredible amount of garbage, an equally incredible amount of things to donate to the Salvation Army, and enough room to park two cars.

Meanwhile, Monday also managed to free up when the Browns put on a display of football ineptitude not seen since week one, which was what got this whole effort started.


THINGS WE DID ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON INSTEAD OF WATCHING THE NFL:

1. Spent quality time with extended family.
2. Read a book and did a GTD review on a flight to Canada.
3. Painted the basement wall in preparation for the new office and entertainment areas.
4. Cleaned out the detached garage.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Great No Football Experiment - Week Four

Okay, in hindsight this one hurts a little to write about.

As noted in week one, I have replaced Sunday afternoon NFL football with projects or other pursuits.

This really wasn't much of a problem up until week four:

- On week two the Browns played the Jets on Monday night.
- On week three the Browns played the Rams on Sunday night (and lost).

But on week four the Browns played at Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. And the game was televised in the Cincinnati area, given that the Bengals were playing in Pittsburgh on Monday night. (If we define playing using the 2017 Cleveland Browns definition:  Showing up wearing helmets).

Meanwhile the Browns went to Baltimore and won going away 40-15. I saw the updates come through on my phone all afternoon...

But I digress. I didn't watch football on Sunday.

Instead we had a family dinner, followed by our Sunday project:  Painting the finished basement (brown wall only).  Tom cleaned the baseboards, Beth did the detail work and I did the roller work.

This is the first step in creating a TV area and office area in the basement.

And it turned out pretty good.


THINGS I DID ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON INSTEAD OF WATCHING THE NFL:

1. Spent quality time with extended family.
2. Read a book and did a GTD review on a flight to Canada.
3. Painted the basement wall in preparation for the new office and entertainment areas.