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In-Laws, More House Projects, and School

The in-laws came out to visit this weekend. They’re now able to fly “stand-by” since Jen’s sister recently became a flight attendent. It was very nice to have visitors from back east. We both have admittingly felt homesick since our move to Tucson and at the same time we wanted to show off our new home and the improvements we’ve made.

Any and all friends and relatives from the Cincinnati area are more than welcome to visit. After all, that’s why we bought the three bedroom house. We surely aren’t anticipating any little ones in the current 2-3 year forecast.

While they were here, we took the in-laws to one of our favorite touristy spots: Kartchner Caverns. It’s a truly amazing experience and it gets better the second time you see it, if you want to know my opinion. An incredible 2/3rds of the cave hasn’t even opened to the public yet, but fortunately that is coming to an end soon.

We also took a trip to Tombstone, AZ. I was mildly impressed with the simulation of the original old western town, but it came off a little too commercialized for me to really buy into it. It might also help to understand a little more of the history before visiting. Oh well, maybe next time.

Today was mostly spent working on another home improvement project with my father-in-law. We decided to build some extra storage shelves under an archway that lines the entrance to the house. So far, so good. Tomorrow, I’ll route, then stain the wood. I think it will turn out nice.

One other thing I did today was take the community college assesment exams. I’ve been putting them off for way too long. I hadn’t taken a test since my last Microsoft certification test back in early 1999. Anyway that’s over, and now I can focus on actually picking a major and my first few classes to ease back into the water.

Originally published on Monday August 11, 2003 at 10:12 pm

[2] Comments

hey, some of your home improvement projects are looking excellent. for those end tables, did you just cut the shape you wanted, then route the edges/stain? they look nice.

i'm trying to convince kara we should try and make a trip out west... gonna be hard with us both working though.

p auL said this 15 years, 4 months ago §

To answer your question, the shelves were cut to the correct size/shape then I added a 1/2 inch oak molding on each side (cutting the correct angles was a bitch). I used a little bit of wood putty to fill in the gaps, then stained and put on several coats of polyurethane. I think they turned out better than I thought they would.

It'd be great to see you guys out here~! But working is important too. I guess this means you both landed jobs?

Aaron said this 15 years, 4 months ago §

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