Sal’s Tables

I am still building furniture. I am working on this five foot dining table at the moment.

The end of last year and the beginning of this year was the busiest I had been building. The COVID-19 virus kept me from actively reaching out to people that had requested a piece.

This order came from a friend and hope to be done soon.

I have been working on a Facebook page to showcase my builds and maybe get some leads on future builds. On a whim, I even bought a website address and had a logo made.

So stay tuned, Sal’s Tables coming soon.

Instagram

I think I prefer Instagram for keeping up with friends on Social Media. Going to keep Facebook for business and to see what’s on special at my favorite restaurants and who’s doing curbside.

Blogging would be much better. A few friends still blog. I keep trying to blog more but I fail. So, I won’t say I’m going to start blogging again, but I might…

Working From Home

For the passed two months, I have been working from home due to the COVID-19 virus and because of remodeling being done at the office. I fell in love with it. I mentioned it to a few friends that maybe I should look for a permanent full time work from home job. That lead to a job interview and has now lead to new full time work from home job.

I am very excited. Today is my last day with my current employer. I start the new job on the Tuesday, the day after memorial day.

14 Years Washing and Drying

When I was approved for my home loan around 14 years ago I was surprised that I was going to be able to move in without putting down any money. Little did I know, I was going to end up spending a good chunk of change on appliances.

The house was only going to have a stove and dishwasher. People told me having that supplied was surprising! So, off to Sears I went for a Fridge. It is still going strong. Except for the ice maker, but that’s not the refrigerators fault. It’s plumbing thing.

Next on the list was a washer and dryer. I guess I could’ve gone down to the laundry mat, but I didn’t even consider it then. I can’t even think of the nearest one. So off to Conn’s I went. They have both been working very well until recently. The washer was dripping sometimes and the dryer wouldn’t turn off when opening the door. No big deal. Dealt with it for several months. Then, finally, after 14 years, the dryer stopped drying!

No worries, I have a home warranty remember? Called them up and they found my issues.

A broken heater core, broken door switch, and a bad water valve in the washer. Took one business day for parts to arrive and they came by today and fixed me up.

Hope to get 14 more years out of it! Sign up for your home warranty with this link and we’ll both make some money. http://refer.ahsfriends.com/s/tm7v6

Laughing

Laughing is so strange if you stop to think about it. I was watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee when Alec Baldwin was a guest and at one point I burst out laughing. One second I was watching, listening, and smiling and the next I was laughing out loud.

Hit the Road for BBQ

As I wrote in previous blog, I got a good deal on a rental car so this morning I went to pick it up. I had reserved a compact car but yet again I was upgraded to a much bigger car. This time I was was upgraded to a Chrysler 300.

Heisenberg 300

Took me forever to find the USB port to be able to use Android Auto! Once I got that going, I hit the Road. The missus had other plans so I went solo. Just me and an audiobook.

I let some friends from Austin, TX know I was going to be in Lockhart, TX and they were able to lunch with me. That was a great treat. I hadn’t seen Tony and Stephanie in six years! We text often though. Great food and friends. I should’ve took a Pic of us. Instead, here’s a Pic of our food.

After lunch I made the 4 hour drive back home. Yup, 8 hour road trip for lunch. Not my first, nor my last.

Renting Cars

This is not an ad or sponsored post I promise. I am just a big fan of AutoSlash.com. You simply enter your city or nearest airport and it will do a search for cheap cars. You can can also tell it what kind of memberships you have so it can try to use them for discounts. I’ve been using the site for over two years and am very happy with it.

You can Google other methods to find cheaper rates but this has been the best method for me. Picking up a car tomorrow for 26$. Give it a try.

Couch to Couch

I have been using an app called Couch To 5k to jog. It coaches you for several weeks. The gist is that it can help you get off the couch and be able jog a 5k marathon. I have only ever completed the entire training once, and then never jogged again.

You can see in this screenshot how many times I attempted to do the entire training and the gap from when I actually completed to when I tried again and again. How terrible!

Welp, if you look at it, you can see that I started again. I completed one week today.

Got to keep going!

2019 Books and 2020 Hopes

I love audiobooks. Here are all the books I either read or listened to in 2019. I didn’t hit my goal of 25 books. Most of my favorite authors release books in the fall so the rest of the year I’m out there looking for good books. I mainly listen while commuting and that is a short trip!

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I get the most listens while doing some kind of labor. Mainly woodwork. Towards the end of the year is when I started woodwork again so I went through a few books quickly.

This year my favorite book is either The Dry by Jane Harper or Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. One is a murder mystery and the other… I can’t describe the other. Drama maybe? Psychological? Either way, highly recommend them. No spoilers!

Hopefully this year I can read up to 20 books. Hopefully this year I can blog more. Hopefully this year I can jog more. Hopefully this year I can read the Bible more. Hopefully.

Pizza, Pizza

I am not easily influenced. Unless, it’s about really good food. I have a friend who is as obsessed with Pizza as I am with BBQ. In fact, I will say he is more obsessed. I’ve learned so much about true, authentic Neapolitan Pizza from him. For example, I learned there is an international group whose mission is to promote and protect “true Neapolitan pizza”. They are called The Associazone Vera Pizza Napoletana. So, if you put hot Cheetos on your pizza, you’re not Neapolitan.

My friend dreams of owning an authentic Italian oven so we always talk about it and his research. In his research, he found a Swedish portable pizza oven called the Ooni. It is not the type of oven he wants, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was right up my alley. It looks like a futuristic gadget!

He had also suggested an authentic pizza restaurant in Austin and when we visited it, I fell in love with pizza. An Ooni was in my future. The future is now!

Here is my Ooni:

ooni
My Ooni

This Pizza gadget can heat up to well over 900 degrees and can cook a pizza in 60 seconds. It’s as close to Neapolitan Pizza that I can get without breaking the bank.

It has been so much fun learning it and it has put out some amazing pizzas!

Those are some of our firsts and not some of our best. The best ones have been the ones we eat seconds after coming out of the oven.

The Missus Eating Straight Out of the Oven

We are so obsessed with Pizza now. Well, I am.