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Day to day life #1: Finding Balance

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 12-29-2011 03:55 PM 604 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello friends! Yesterday was relaxing and productive. Turns out that only the Brendan and Tom went with me to Coco Key’s indoor water park and we had a good time. Hunter had to reapply to college so he stayed home. I forgot how tuff water slides are on ones back, mine is very tender this morning after only three trips down the slides. We had a really good time and it could have only been better if Hunter could have come along. Maybe next time he is home.
I was able to accomplish a few things in the shop before we left yesterday; like waxing all of the equipment and lubing the table saw. During the fishing pole cabinet build I discovered that my panel sled was out of square on the left side by an 1/8 of an inch, not good. So, before dinner I was able to square it up and wax the bottom. After dinner I went to build a frame for our house numbers and half way through squaring one side of a piece of quarter sawn white oak on the jointer the board stopped moving over the blades. I stopped what I was doing and turned off the machine too found out that the throat plate on my 8” Steel City jointer was lower than the out feed table. Prior to my last build I had shimmed it with cardboard because the leveling feet are not long enough and it has worn down due to the downward pressure put on it while feeding wood through. I started making plastic shims when my wife got home from work at 8 pm and so I decided that I had done enough for the day. You can see what is waiting for me in the shop this morning.
Tom’s cousin is spending the day with us so he will be entertained while I’m in the shop. Later today the three of us will go to watch Tin Tin at the movie theater. One of my favorite cartoon charters from my youth, it will be as much for me as for them.
Thursday means that it’s date night for my wife and me. We started this after we first got married as a way for us to get alone time every week and for Tom to visit his grandparents. It usually entails us going to dinner somewhere, then going to Starbucks and talking over a cup of coffee. I would encourage everyone to find time to spend alone with your loved ones. It really makes a difference in your life.
That’s about it for today, thanks for joining me remember to try and take some time for you.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd



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