Cape Cod 2012

Since we got home on Sunday, I have had a really hard time putting my thoughts about the week down.

Simply said, it was everything I hoped for. It was fun, relaxing, and I asked Danielle to marry me (to which she said yes!). Avi had the time of her life (all that kid needs is sand and salt water). Teaching her how to boogie board was one of my favorite parenting moments ever.

When I decided to ask her to marry me in the Cape, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. I thought romantic walk down the beach, on Commercial Street in P-Town, have Avi help me, ultimately I decided a whale watch proposal was the way to go. It was really rough on the ocean (people were puking over the side of the ship). We saw more whales than you could count. As the whale watch was winding down I decided it was time to drop the question.

After 90 days of X2/Asylum, this is the best I have ever looked.

Beach Yoga

The company is called BeachBody for a reason

The week was amazing and I am already looking forward to next year. This week I started Body Beast, and we have a wedding to plan. I am two days into Body Beast and I will have a week one wrap up posted later this week.

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The Deck Project

Being unemployed this summer, I needed a serious project. One thing I have hated about my house since I bought it in ’07 was the lack of outdoor living space.

There are beautiful sliding glass doors off of the dinning room, that until recently, opened up to steps leading down to the driveway. This led to avoiding spending time outside. We have a beautiful back yard and Avi loves playing out there. But, there was never any place to sit and enjoy the space.

A few months ago, when I realized I was not going to have a job for the summer (and maybe the fall) I decided to sell my motorcycle and use those funds to build a deck.

I have never undertaken a project like  this. With some guidance from some friends, today I “finished” the deck (there are still some small things to be done, but I put the power tools away, so I am done for now.

I started by digging the holes by hand.

Luckily, we have almost no rocks in our soil. So I was able to dig the holes (a re-dig a few of them) without much problem. It also gave me a chance to show off my Beast Mode.

Joists

stainless steel cable for the railings.

Because the back yard gets full afternoon sun, and thanks to man-made global climate change, it as hot as hell (literally, as hot as hell) out, we bought a triangular “shade sail” and hung it over the deck. It creates a nice shaded space in the center of the deck throughout the afternoon. Had I known when I started that this was the direction we were going to go, I would have put more thought into where I placed the posts, and when I choose to cut them down. The original plan was for a wooden pergola.

shade sail

the (almost) finished product

I was worried about building the stairs, but it was actually easier than I anticipated. I would have been done with the thing a week ago, but I had to spend half of my time fixing my own newbie mistakes. At the end of the day, I am really proud of myself. I have created (with some help) a really beautiful and comfortable space where before there was asphalt. It took me about two weeks to build (while taking breaks to play the role of Eric from “The Little Mermaid” and whatever else Aviendha dreamed up). I am not sure about the total cost, I would have to go through the receipts (there were many return trips to Home Depot). The lumber cost $2000. All told, everything (aside from the new furniture we need) will be less than $3000.

We are hosting Avi’s 5th birthday party on the deck this Sunday, got hope it does not collapse.