Sunday, June 27, 2010

In Which We Help Friends Move, And I Traumatize Their Neighbors, And Also Our Deck Looks Awesome

We had a busy day today!

Jake got here about nine this morning and we worked on the deck together for a couple of hours.  I got to use the circular saw again, and I didn't cut my fingers off or anything!  Then Jeremy and I left Connor with his respite care worker, Joanna, and headed up to Seattle to help some friends of ours move.  They bought a beautiful craftsman style home with, among other amazing features, an actual Hobbit door!  Even if the rest of the house wasn't totally cool, that would clinch it. 

Rowbert, our wheelchair van, is terribly handy for moving, by the way, because not only does he have a whole bunch of room inside and reinforced shocks, but he also has that nifty ramp so you can simply slide heavy boxes up into his interior or, if you have a piano mover, roll them inside.  He makes things super easy.

So we spent a few hours helping our friends move.  In my case this involved, at one point, strutting down their street dressed in a leather tunic (originally part of an orc costume) and touting a seven-foot long spear. 

Don't ask.

When we got back to the house around five, we discovered Jake had finished just about all of the framing for the deck!  Doesn't it look awesome?  We have yet to frame out the ramps, as we have to pour some concrete pads first to make sure they have a really solid base, but we're getting there!  To give you an idea of what you are looking at-- the basic "rectangle" of the deck is 15' by 24', with an additional 4' by 8' landing.  One of the ramps will run down the front of the deck off that landing on the right-- from this view we'd be looking up that ramp.  The other ramp will run down the side of the house.  Hopefully it will blend pretty well with the rest of the landscaping-- we'll just have to see!



Mary said...

Please, PLEASE tell me that K. or J. had their camera handy when you were doing your orc impersonation.

Kristin said...

I know, Mary! That's a picture I'd like to have seen with this post! :)

leah said...

I can hear the neighbors now: "Great. Orcs. There goes the neighborhood!"

Jess said...

Nope. Sorry Mary.

You'll just have to imagine it.


Julia said...

I've never been very obedient, so I'll ask: Why? As in, what was the immediate provocation for this act of orc-impersonation? Beyond the obvious fact that it was just a very cool thing to do. BTW, it's too bad that this sort of thing probably didn't make it into your home visit, because I think it's a great reason for why your family will be an excellent one for Sylvie. There's probably a version of an orc in Thai folklore.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

The deck is really moving along!

No pic of you as an ORC? What kind of blog is this, anyway?!


Jess said...

Julia, I mean they had an orc outfit and a giant spear. How could I NOT have done it?

Also the halberd was already over at the new house.

Julie, it's a blog where I maintain my basic human dignity.

Of course, I might have blown that when I started blogging about poop.

Oh well.


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Well, all right, then1 ;D


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