It's the day of Christmas Eve...

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Blog entry by Ethan Sincox posted 12-24-2006 05:29 PM 890 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

... and all I can really think about is how few projects I got done this year that I would have liked to give for presents.

When I try to think back through the year and figure out why I haven’t been as active this year, it doesn’t take me long to remember in the past 12 months I’d gotten engaged (March 31st), planned a wedding (complete with kilts and a piper and an Irish Band and a reception at an Irish Pub), and then was married by October 14th.

That took up some of my time, yeah, but… it didn’t take up all of it. I still had plenty of time for a full-time job and a part-time job and spending lots of time with my new wife and visits with my family and a honeymoon to Connecticut. What it did do, however, is sap a lot of my energy. And I think that is what my problem ended up being – a lack of energy.

So maybe this next year, I’ll have the time AND energy to get back in the shop and work on my techniques and work on organizing my shop and make entries for some contests I have coming up (one due by the third week of February and one due by the first of March) and play around with veneering and maybe try to restore a plane or two and work on refining my hand-tool skills…

So what do I want for Christmas this year? I don’t think I’ll ask for much…

Here’s my letter to Santa:

Dear Santa,

All I’d really like for Christmas is a little more time and energy to be able to keep up with giving my family and friends the love and attention they need and deserve… and then still have just a little bit left over for myself.

Thanks, Santa.



P.S. Oh, and if you happen to have any leftovers in that sack of yours… I’ll take anything from Festool. :)

-- Ethan,

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#1 posted 12-25-2006 07:21 AM

First off, Congratulations. That’s pretty ambitious to plan an entire wedding in such a short spurt of time… No small feat! (never mind the two jobs). My wife and I managed to get everything taken care of early on… then waited forever (ok, only a year or so) before all the last minute details took over our lives. Exhausting. Memorable and totally worth it, but completely draining. In fact we both got sick the day after… No wonder the year got away from you.

I feel like I didn’t get anywhere in the shop either – until I look at photos of how it morphed into a much more usable space… at least I managed that (never got it totally cleaned though – almost was for one weekend)

Love the list to Santa… If he can’t come through on a similar wish for me, I’ll turn to science to see if it can help me “borrow” a small fraction of my daughters energy! (Once I crash and burn from the dozens of cookies we baked this past week).

Congratulations again,
Merry Christmas!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 12-26-2006 06:42 AM

Thanks, for your letter. I hope you can accept my answers to your requests.
1. I can’t give you any more time. We all have only the moment. Live wisely in the present, not regretting the past for it is gone, nor wondering about the future for it may never come.
2. Energy is your department. Use it wisely on the things that really matter like your health –get sufficient rest, exercise and nutrition. Expend it earnestly on things that matter like industry, family, and friends for in so doing you will discover its source thus achieving your objective. Don’t waste it on self–indulgence for this leads to its depletion.
3. True love comes from God – make sure you know Him (that why we have Christmas).
4. Finally, Frank, there is never any time left over. We all get exactly all we can handle, we get the moment. Perhaps as you learn to live in the now, the now will become tomorrow.

Your friend, Santa.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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